Overview

Montalvo is nestled in the foothills above Saratoga with 175 acres of woodland hiking trails and gardens. Located just 20 minutes from the Mineta San Jose Airport and Downtown San Jose, we are open 364 days a year and free to the public. In addition to a calendar of events that invite the community to experience the arts in all its forms, visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the sprawling Great Lawn, explore our stunning gardens, and experience both temporary and permanent collections of outdoor Art on the Grounds.

Park Hours

Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am–5pm

Upcoming Closures

Upcoming closure dates for Montalvo Arts Center and grounds:

• Sunday, October 16, 2022 (park closes at noon)
• Sunday, December 4, 2022 (park closes at 11am)
• Sunday, February 26, 2023 (park closes at 11am)
• Sunday, March 26, 2023 (park closes at 11am)
• Saturday, April 1, 2023 (park closed all day)

Return to this page to check for additional future closure dates.

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Picnics

Bring a basket and a blanket, and relax at Montalvo.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own blankets and enjoy a picnic on our lawn. However, we do not have picnic tables or barbecues.

Please make note of reserved areas and do not interfere, as we often have private events and weddings occurring in various locations on the property. If your party is larger than 12 or if you need special accommodations, please contact our events team at events@montalvoarts.org to help coordinate your event.

Parking

Enjoy easy access to everything Montalvo has to offer.

As you enter the property, you will first arrive at Parking Lot 1, where the Artists Residency is located off to your right. If you are coming to the Villa, Garden Theatre, Carriage House, the Box Office, or to visit the hiking trails, continue past Lot 1 up the road and alongside the Great Lawn. You will see Parking Lot 2 on the right side of the Villa and lots 3 and 4 on the left side of the Villa.

Please drive slowly through the estate, as we have many visitors walking the grounds including children, the elderly, and wildlife.

View a PDF map of the Montalvo grounds.

Additional parking information for special events:
For some events and Garden Theatre concerts, we offer free shuttle service from nearby West Valley College, Parking Lot #1. If we are offering West Valley parking with shuttles, we will note it on the event; if it is not noted, parking will be on site at Montalvo.

Parking at West Valley for Montalvo events is free. The address for West Valley is: 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070. Please note the entrance to Lot 1 is off of Allendale Avenue.

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Art on the Grounds

Here, imagination roams freely for all.

Discover artwork from international, multidisciplinary artists throughout the public park that surrounds historic Villa Montalvo.