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Featured Artists: July Open Space


Tshaka Campbell

Tshaka was one of the 100 monkeys (#37) and does poetry to help speed up the process. It was said that he spat up Ethiopia while getting drunk with Thoth and Jesus.  Once he read in a tabloid, that he and Crispus Attucks took the Underground Railroad to a house party in he Bronx and invented trap music.

Tshaka has authored three books entitled “TARMAN”, “MUTED WHISPERS”

and  “TUNNEL VISION with one more on the way entitled  “LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTER”.  He has 3 albums entitled “ONE” and “BLOODLINES” ; his most recent release “SKIN vol.1” is currently available for download on iTunes, bandcamp and various other digital stores.

Tshaka has collaborated on a number of musical projects in the House, Jazz and Blues genres as well as national commercials. 

He currently resides in California and continues to ask the world to listen different. | | 

See Tshaka at Open Space Eastridge on July 11th.


1 A.M.

1 A.M. is a young but experienced hip-hop artist coming out of Gilroy in California’s Bay Area. 1 A.M. has been making and producing her own hip-hop music since the young age of 17. Having 14 different projects out as of this year, 1 A.M.’s hip-hop seamlessly blends her raw, real life experiences with her worldview. 1 A.M. clearly sits within the realm of hip-hop, but at the same time never limits herself to only hip-hop influences. Her music is able to combine elements from various other genres in order to create her unique sound and convey her message.

Always willing to explore other artistic areas, 1 A.M. not only is a talented lyricist, but also makes her own beats. 1 A.M.’s independence cuts through all of the artistic expression of both her music and the art that accompanies it. Designing her own covers and producing all of her own music, 1 A.M.’s independence creates work that is very unified and particular to her as an artist: all of it flowing from herself from the lyrics, to the beats, to the order, to the cover, and to the very production of the project itself. With her combination of experience, artistic ability, and passion for songwriting, producing, and art in general, 1 A.M. is an artist that needs to be heard by anyone that appreciates raw authenticity and dedication.  |  @its1amsomewhere

See 1 A.M. at Open Space Eastridge on July 25th.


OPEN SPACE at Eastridge

Open Space is NEW evening for creative expression. Hosted by Lorenz Dumuk, step on stage with your words, music, movement and art. Everyone is welcome!. #EastridgeArt

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in 2018!
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Community Wing (Lower Level JCPenney Courtyard)

-No Profanity
-Hateful or discriminatory behavior & actions will not be tolerated.
-You have the right to feel physically and mentally safe, supported and respected, as well as an obligation that others can feel the same.

See moments from previous open mic nights in the @EastridgeCenter Instagram highlights.

3-Day Grand Opening Weekend

Grand Re-Opening Weekend!

Text EASTRIDGE to 41487

 for LIVE updates + chances to WIN!

$500 Shopping Spree? Use #EastridgeGO on all your Grand Opening photos this weekend to instantly be entered-to-win!

Click here for the Facebook event to invite your friends and family!

Want to follow along online? Check out the @EastridgeCenter Instagram story!

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💙San Jose! 💫THIS WEEKEND! Join us for 3-Days of Food🍉+Art🎶+Family activities🌷Last call to win VIP passes! #BestofSanJose #EastridgeGO

Posted by Eastridge on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

3-Day Deals

This weekend ONLY! 

Shop exclusives deals happening April 6-8 only!

FREE Live screen printing – Hella Tees (Sunday) Bring your own shirt and get a FREE Best of San Jose Screen print!

FREE screen printing – Shirtique(ALL WEEKEND) -Bring your own shirt and get a FREE Best of San Jose Screen print! *pickup times may vary

F21 Red – LIVE MODELING – Receive additional 50% off Clearance, 30%off Baseball hats, 30% off sunglasses!

G by Guess – Gift with purchase, when you spend over $75!  *While supplies last

Daniel’s Jewelers – Raffle! Enter to win a $200 towards a regular priced fine jewelry (excludes watches)

Tea Villa – 15% off total purchase

SSU – Special perks + DJ in-store ALL WEEKEND

Hella Tees – $5 off 1-Custom T-shirt. limit 1 per customer

Mrs. Fields – Buy 3 regular cookies & get 1 FREE or buy 2 pretzels and get 1 FREE!

Shoe Palace – Jordan 11’s Release, special perks and raffle in-store!

Starbucks – Eastridge $2 and 2s: ALL WEEKEND LONG!  A “2 and 2” is 2 shots of espresso and 2 pumps white mocha for just $2!

Kay Jewelers – Receive 10% off a regular priced item


Best of San Jose: FOOD

Ribbon Cutting + Balloon Drop at 1pm!

2-3PM: Best of San Jose Food Panel

Local favorites Brewery Gordon Biersch + Michelin Star- Adega + Taste for the Space winner Trifecta CooksALL on ONE STAGE talking FOOD! Sears Courtyard next to The Eatery.

Explore the The Eatery

Born and raised in San Jose, the multi-talent juggler – Draco the Juggler will showoff his skills 3-4pm!

LIVE Music 3-4:30PM

Food Trucks

VIP Lounge with Toni & Guy 


Best of San Jose: ART

Performances & Free Classes

11AM: Traditional sounds from Mexico by Mariachi Academy of Music

12PM: Polynesian Dance Group brings the islands to the center at 12PM

1PM: Open Space at Eastridge SHOWCASE! The best of open mic nights!

2PM: Ballet performance by San Jose Dance Theater 

3PM: Learn ballet basics with a class by San Jose Dance Theater

4PM: Learn how to shuffle with local talent Jessica Garcia

Interactive Community Mural with Evergreen’s Lila Gemellos

2–5PM: Make your mark on the map! JCPenney Courtyard

Makers Market: 10AM-8PM!

Forever Oh So Crafty  + M Paper Flowers + MonMo Treats + Capri & Co  + Gourmonade + Very Berry ACAI + Lets Kid’s Heaven and Hannah  + Frenchie Couture

 Izzy + Crafting with Color + Amaris Woo 

11AM-5PM: Make terrariums with Maker Space Ship 


Best of San Jose: FAMILY

11AM-1PM: Coffee with a Cop 

Speak with San Jose Police Department and Eastridge Security!

NOON – 1PM: Explore PLAY and Eastridge with SJ Sharkie

1–5PM: Family Expo! 

Meet Dreamworks TROLLS in the new PLAY area by Macy’s

FREE Bounce House Sears Courtyard

FREE Face Painting in the new PLAY area by Macy’s

DIY workshops with Evergreen Community College in JCPenney Courtyard (12-6PM)!

1–4PM: Story time in Center Court

Join “Use your Voice” author Kat Kuan for an hourly story time (15 minutes on the hour)

1pm  •  2pm  •  3pm •  4pm

Interactive Community Mural with Evergreen’s Lila Gemellos

2–5PM: Make your mark on the map! JCPenney Courtyard

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Art Wednesday’s at Eastridge

Wednesday nights at Eastridge just got a whole lot better!

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Text “EastridgeArt” to 41487 to stay updated!

Introducing #EastridgeArt Wednesday’s where we celebrate the best of San Jose through music, dance, film, art, culture, and community!

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OPEN SPACE at Eastridge

Monthly: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Time & Location: 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Community Wing (JCPenney Courtyard)
Even better than an open mic night, Open Space is a new East San Jose evening for all creative expressions. Hosted by San Jose poet Lorenz Dumuk, join other local artists (and their best friends and biggest fans) to step on stage with your words, music, movement and art. Or just grab a seat and support and enjoy the show. Everyone is Welcome!.


Open Space at Eastridge

Open Space at Eastridge featuring Anup WEDNESDAY NIGHT! Music, Poetry, Dance? Share your work here. #EastridgeArtEveryone is welcome – just grab a seat and enjoy all this fierce local talent!

Posted by Eastridge on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Music Performances

Monthly: Every 1st Wednesday

Time & Location: 6:30pm-7:30pm in Center Court

 Mariachi Academy of Music brings Los Toritos mariachi group, to Eastridge! Hear the trumpets and guitars being played by the talented group in Center Court! Their powerful vocals & authentic sounds fill the air at Eastridge!  Come watch and enjoy their passion and history for traditional mariachi music with LIVE music and an array of instruments! Catch LOCAL group Los Toritos every 1st Wednesday’s in East San Jose every 1st as part of the NEW

#EastridgeArt Wednesdays!

Watch Los Toritos in the 2017 Eastridge Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Dance Performances

Monthly: Every 3rd Wednesday

Time & Location: 7:30pm-8:30pm in Center Court

Watch Lokahi Polynesian Dance Group bring the islands to Eastridge! The sound of roaring LIVE drums fill the air while the dance group performs their traditional Polynesian dances! The halau has performed at a Warriors Game, Disneyland, all over San Jose, and on NBC and Telemundo! Now join them in East San Jose every third 3rd as part of the new #EastridgeArt Wednesdays!

Watch Polynesian Dance Group in the 2017 Eastridge Tree Lighting Ceremony!


Most Murals of any Shopping Center in the world!

See the Eastridge Mural Project every day!

Time & Location: For really big works of art – viewable 24/7!

Watch the Eastridge Mural Project video (3 min) HERE!

Artist: Aaron de la Cruz – AMC Parking Garage West Wall (30 sec video)
Artist: Lila Gemellos – Between Red Robin and JCpenney (30 sec video)
Artist: Brendan Monroe – 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport East Wall (30 sec video)
Artist: CYRCLE – JCPenney East Wall (30 sec video)

Come and see what 59 hours of creative labor looks like!  Drive around the center to see this massive East San Jose Mural Project – only at Eastridge! Take photos and when you post them online, be sure to tag #EastridgeArt for a chance to be featured on the Eastridge Instagram!

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Follow Eastridge on Instagram & Facebook to keep up with all the new #EastridgeArt in 2018!

#NewAtEastridge 2018



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More murals than any center in the United States

Kids’ PLAY Area  (Now Open!)

A New Look for The Eatery

Re-Charge Lounges & Free WiFi (Now Open!)

Vehicle Charging Stations (Now Open!)

Community Gathering Spaces

Fresh Entrances (Now Open!)

Center-Wide Amenity Updates

All New 2018 Events!

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You can check out our four incredible (massive!) murals NOW by driving the Eastridge Loop (and jumping out for photos of course).

Check out the mural video! The murals were painted and filmed in spring 2017 to kick off our full-center remodel!


New kids PLAY area, located in Macy’s Courtyard. Nearest entrance is lower-level Macy’s.

A fully-updated Eatery with phone charging stations and family-friendly dining, including kid-sized tables!


New events and programs are starting WEEKLY at Eastridge!

Click here to visit us on Facebook for what’s up next.


Open Mic Nights

Yappy Hour for pets

Free Fitness classes daily

Evergreen Explore Camp at Eastridge Center

Game Nights


Cultural Festivals

Health Fairs

So much more!


Follow @EastridgeCenter on Instagram or like us on Facebook to stay IN the loop with events, sales, and the announcements!

PLAY now open!

Kids PLAY area NOW OPEN at Eastridge Center! #NewAtEastridge

Enjoy the newest family amenity at Eastridge – PLAY! Explore, build, climb the climbing wall, and interact with digital games. Down the hall, just steps away, is an all new state-of-the-art family lounge with family restrooms, changing tables, a new nursing room, and a new lounge with movies and games for the family to relax.

For more fun, stop by one of our new family events! Every week – game night, summer camp, YogaLand, pet-friendly events, and more! Text FAMILIA to 41487 for a text messages about free kid-friendly fun!

Located in the lower-level of Macy’s Courtyard, PLAY is best suited for kids ages 3-5 years old.

Parking is easy at Eastridge (no circling up a parking garage here!) with more open air lot spaces than any Center in the South Bay. Nearest parking location would be Macy’s upper or lower level.


The Eastridge Eatery is kid-friendly too! 


12 Days of Giveaways with Eastridge!

12 Days of Giveaways

Follow us on Instagram @EastridgeCenter!  We’re giving away a TON OF GIFTS (like $4000 worth) every day December 4, 2017- December 15, 2017! Plus our Instagram is awesome – sneak-peeks, cool events, new stores, weekly giveaways, and Sunday Sessions in our story every week! Which giveaway is happening on which day? Follow to find out!!

ONE CENTER for all your holiday shopping!

(And if you really want all the fine print, read the full rules here).








(Selected randomly, just like our winners)

Swag from DISTRICT 8 – Thank you Councilwoman Silvia Arenas!

Watch for this boomerang to snag that autographed hockey puck from San Jose Shark, Brendon Dillon!

They also hooked you up with 4 tickets to the San Jose Nutcracker (ballet downtown!) AND a $25 gift card to Edible Arrangement.

Jenn Plus (NOW OPEN!)

An EXCLUSIVE accessories gift set from Jenn PLUS (Only At Eastridge). Jenn now has 2 stores open – juniors and plus – both on our lower level on either side of Center Court.

Just wait until you touch this scarf, it’s literally the softest. And you can’t see it in the photo, but there’s big ole hoop earrings in this giveaway too!

And 93.3 La Raza is giving away a $100 gift card and this flying backpack – tune in if you want it!


Macy’s Impulse Beauty

Win an EXCLUSIVE limited edition beauty basket by TOO FACED! This prize cannot be won anywhere else but that @EastridgeCenter Instagram! (And don’t forget that you can be totally stress free getting glam for your holiday parties – go to them for any beauty needs, now taking appointments!)


We are giving away SO MUCH JEWELRY from our sparkliest stores:

Don Roberto’s Jewelry

Valliani Jewelers

Classic Diamonds

Daniels Jewelers

Kay Jewelers


JCPenney will be giving away TWO gift baskets full of cozy wonderfully wintery things!
Fuzzy blankets and slippers for the little ones is all you need for Christmas.
Win one on our Instagram + one on 93.3 La Raza!

EPIC Menswear & See’s Candies


Holiday magic in one-day of giveaways. If you have a date on the calendar this December, be ready for this one. Giving away menswear accessories from EPIC Menswear (bow ties and suspenders!) AND a pound of See’s Candies chocolate from our annual holiday pop-up shop! And when you see these giveaways, that means 93.3 La Raza is giving away a NEW PHONE from MetroPCS! Listen in!

Toni & Guy

If you don’t know about Toni & Guy yet, we’re about to rock your holidays.

Located in the lower-level Sears wing, they offer cut and color services AND are currently accepting Hairdressing Academy students!

WIN this Bed Head hair care basket from Eastridge.


Yeah. You read that right.





Y Holiday PLAY Saturday


Y Holiday PLAY Saturday


Each Saturday during the month of December, engage your child in a fun & educational PLAY experience while you shop! This blend of traditional & specialty camp will allow your child to engage in the Y Camp experience through hands-on activities and STEAM-based learning while you gather gifts to celebrate the season. Under the supervision of highly qualified and caring staff, your child develops social skills, makes new friends, learns new skills, and expresses their growing independence.

Open to ages 5 -12.

HOURS: 10:30am – 5:30pm

Saturdays – December 9, 16, and 23

Program Director: Marisela Herrera


Y Holiday PLAY Saturday is available by the hour while you shop. You will receive a text notification (15) minutes before your designated pick-up time, at which time you will have the option to check your child back in for an additional Y PLAY session.


Advance Registration:

On-site: Eastridge PLAY (located in front of Macy’s Eastridge)

Call 408 715 6500

He’s Making a List and Checking It Twice…. Santa is at Eastridge!

In less than 33 days Christmas will be here! What better way to start he holiday season, than a visit to the mall. Oh, the nostalgia! The tree in Center Court, the music, all the hustle and bustle. A Christmas Story, the movie always comes to mind. How can we forget the epic mall Santa scene, and Ralphie’s hopes for a Red Ryder air rifle.


The Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 was truly unforgettable (video coming soon!). If you didn’t have a chance to attend the festivities check out our Facebook page for a recap, videos, and up to date event information. Eastridge hosted a wide variety of performers for this year’s ceremony. Eastridge extends a huge round of applause to all that helped make the ceremony so memorable.

Our emcee Jasmine Orozco

The Classy Cats sax quartet

EYAC Cheerleaders

Lokahi Polynesian Dance Group

Wynstar Talents

Liberty Dance Company

SJ Nutcracker

Mariachi Los Toritos

DJ Krucial

And, of course, the Big Man himself!

Liberty Dance Company performance of The Grinch!

EYAC Cheerleaders!


Beginning on November 18, and continuing through December 24, photos with Santa are back! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to capture the sweet Christmas moments with Santa while telling him all of your Christmas wishes. Photo packages start at $25.00-50.00 and digital options are available.

In a hurry? No problem, check out the Santa FASTPASS to get in your photos even faster.


Our Compassionate Santa project is geared to help children and adults with special needs and sensory concerns enjoy a visit with Santa in a calmer setting. Music will be turned down, stores will not yet be open, and there will be a more peaceful atmosphere to accommodate your visit. Please RSVP HERE  for Sunday, December 3rd 9AM-11AM – walk-ins also welcome.


Don’t forget your furry friends this Christmas! Eastridge supports all things pets, and believes that they deserve a photo with Santa too! Santa will take pet photos on Tuesdays beginning at 5PM. All dogs are welcome, they just must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Please see the Eastridge pet policy on the website for details.


Don’t forget to use hashtag #EastridgeJoy on all your Eastridge photos this year, and instantly be entered to win gift cards from your favorite brands! Winners will be announced weekly. Follow @EastridgeCenter on Instagram to see all the puppy photos from pet nights, find the Elf on the Shelf, and be the first to hear about sales and events!

Tis’ the season to SHOP!

Barnes & Noble Customers Give the Gift of Reading to Children in Need Through Annual Holiday Book Drive

Eastridge Mall/San Jose Barnes & Noble Chooses Teen Challenge Family Centers As Local Non-Profit Recipient

San Jose, CA–November 1st, 2017– Barnes & Noble Eastridge Mall invites customers to give the gift of reading to children in need during the company’s annual Holiday Book Drive, taking place November 1, through December 31.  The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive provides customers the opportunity to donate books to locally designated non-profit organizations. Last year, Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers provided more than 1.5 million books to over 650 local charitable organizations that provide services to children across the country.

Holiday Book Drive recipients throughout the country include schools, libraries, literacy organizations, family social service agencies and homeless centers.  This year, the San Jose/Eastridge Mall Barnes & Noble, located at 2200 Eastridge Loop Space #1420 will be collecting books for  kids at local non-profit Teen Challenge’s Family Centers. Customers can choose and then purchase any book K-12. Give it their cashier and we will be sure to deliver the book to Teen Challenge kids.

“The Holiday Book Drive is a favorite program of both booksellers and customers across the country,” says Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble.  “Customers often purchase and donate a personal childhood favorite as a way to pass on a holiday tradition to a child in their local community.”

To find out how to participate in the Holiday Book Drive, contact the San Jose/Eastridge Mall Barnes & Noble Community Business Development Manager Michael Koller at408-270-9477 or

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Trifecta Cooks! Our 2017 Taste for the Space WINNER!



Local Trifecta Cooks will launch a new location at Eastridge!

Results are in from the Taste for the Space culinary competition hosted by Eastridge! Were you at our first annual foodie fest?! We are so excited to announce Trifecta Cooks as the winner of the inaugural East San Jose event. Trifecta Cooks earns an equipped eatery space at Eastridge Center with six months free rent and a $50,000 investment to kick off this new hot spot – a total prize package worth $140,000.


Trifecta Cooks consists of three friends who met during their time at well-known Morimoto Napa.

Lai Chao, Ryan Gallego and Jason Artajos have a shared passion for Japanese cuisine and look to perfect their craft. Trifecta Cooks focuses on using quality local ingredients with traditional techniques and modern flavors, including sushi and small plates. “Our redevelopment of the center this year focuses on local San Jose stories and experiences,” says Najla Kayyem, senior vice president of marketing for ownership Pacific Retail. “Trifecta Cooks is a great match for Eastridge Center and I’m thrilled to welcome them.” Trifecta Cooks currently operates as a private catering company based out of San Jose while hosting pop-ups in San Francisco through Feastly and private events throughout the Bay Area.


Taste for the Space was held May 13 at Eastridge Center and event partners included Joseph George Fine Wines, Camino Brewing and Content Magazine. “We had about 1,500 people show up,” says Eastridge Center general manager John Peterson. “The community loved the live music performances and opportunity to try so many types of food from local chefs.” Fourteen San Jose competitors were selected to show the crowd why their taste should win the space. Set-up much like a food festival, the crowd tasted the competitors’ signature dishes then used text messaging to vote for their favorite. This community voice, along with a panel of judges, selected Trifecta Cooks as the first Eastridge Taste for the Space winner.

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Follow Trifecta Cooks and Eastridge on Instagram for more on what we’re dishing out this year!




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