Awards of Excellence

Awards of Excellence will be handed out at noon during our Opening Ceremony  to our Best of the Bay Honorees.  Assisting Mike Hennessy with the honors will be Chris Wilder, CEO of the VMC Foundation; Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors; Cindy Chavez, County Supervisor District 2.

Chris Wilder, Mike Hennessy, Dave Cortese, Cindy Chavez

Aircraft on display!

Over 40 aircraft will be on display!

Supported by

the VMC Foundation CEO, Chris Wilder

Dave Cortese, President of Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor District 2

Hot San Jose Nights 2017 at Reid-Hillview Airport is a  huge family fun classic car show & airplane show. It's really a huge classic car event bringing together everything at the airport including a static airplane display with car guys & gals showing off an incredible array of classic cars from vintage custom hot rods, muscle cars, sleek sports cars, survivors, new special interest cars, & even new cars from the dealerships for a fun day in the sun!    Bring your chairs & coolers and enjoy the day!  Great live music & food all day!  Cars & Aircraft are invited to be on display inside the airport grounds!   S.T.E.A.M.  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation & Math) Festival is happening for the kids with booths filled with fun hands on things for them to do!! Free Admission!

Register to sell your food by either booth or truck today!.

The Robots are coming!

Four different Robotics Teams are coming to Hot San Jose Nights this year!

The Girl Scouts of Northern California, Troop 62868; TEAM 254;  Leland High School Quixilver Robotics Team; Andrew Hill High School Robotics Team!

Aerial Sports League

The Drones are coming!  Caged LIVE combat and freestyle!  Battles at 10am; 1pm;  Demo at 2pm.

National Anthem will be sung by Take Two!

It is always our pleasure to present the National Anthem during our Opening Ceremony at noon.  Returning once again is the very talented Mike Hugill.  This year we are delighted to welcome and introduce Teri Barnett!  Together they are Take Two!  While you are listening to them keep your eyes to the sky for the  flyover!


contact Mike at:

or 408-615-1454

(Hennessy's Auto Repair)

Civil Air Patrol

presents the Color Guard!

We are pleased to have the Civil Air Patrol once again be presenting the Color Guard during the National Anthem during the Opening Ceremony at noon!

Book signing by Dennis Mattish

Meet Dennis Mattish, famous local auto racing authority and photographer and have him sign your book or pick one up and browse his many photos.

Baylands RC Group

They'll be putting on a fantastic air show with all RC planes with commentary! 

Starts at 12:30pm

Register your classic car, vintage, muscle

or special interest car! 

All years!

Chris Wilder

Military Tanks and Vehicles on display...... and rides!

The Eagle Field Foundation will be bringing at least 7 military vehicles including tanks!  Some will be available for rides!  Check out their website at or find them on Facebook at

 Festival of Wings BBQ Cook-Off!

What would you expect to see at an airport?  Wings!  Barbecued wings, that is!  Returning this year will be the BBQ Cook-Off for wings! 

San Jose Metropolitan Band

The San Jose Metropolitan Band  will be performing in the Trade Winds Aviation Hanger on Saturday, July 8 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. They will be featuring a lot of patriotic and aviation music.

Beech Bonanza Boys flyover!

These very talented pilots will be doing a flyover synchronized with the National Anthem during the opening ceremony at noon!

Bands, Entertainment, Displays & Activites

                             The San Jose State  

                              University aviation

                              program is one of the

                              nation's oldest and the only public institution in California offering a BS in Aviation.    With degree emphasis options in Professional Flight, Operations, Aviation Management and Maintenance Management, SJSU is well positioned to assist aspiring aviation professionals in realizing their dreams.

Come and sit in our aircraft, talk with our students and faculty, and learn more about the educational opportunities we provide.

RE/MAX hot air balloon rides!

ReMax is bringing their hot air balloon!  They will be giving tethered rides in the balloon between 7:30am - 10am (subject to weather conditions) out in front of the terminal before the show opens!


(check back and scroll down often to see more activities added!)

Second Harvest Food Bank 

canned food drive!

Check out the fun we've had at previous years at Hot San Jose Nights!

Dave Cortese & Cindy Chavez

Our community has people going hungry all year long, not just at Christmas!  Feeding kids during summer months can be a worry to some families.  Please consider bringing a donation of canned food when you attend Hot San Jose Nights this year.  It will make you feel good that you are doing something that might seem so simple for many of us but can make a real difference to a family in need!  Look for our Second Harvest Food Bank barrels at the entry point and lets fill them up!  For anyone who would rather make a cash donation online you may click here for the link.  On behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank we thank you! (click here to find most needed items.)

Antique Autos will be on display

Check out this year's selection of these very old and well cared for antique vehicles.  You can learn a lot about the history of the automobile by talking with their very knowlegeable owners.

Lots of Classic Cars on display!

Register to display your aircraft here!


Register to show your product or advertise your business!

Trade Winds Aviation

Be sure to check out the aircraft on Display at Trade Winds Aviation!  Just follow the sound of the 45 piece band that will be playing inside the Trade Winds hangar 10am - 11am!

Big Mike & the HartBeats

Get ready to be thoroughly entertained by this 13 piece band!  Horns, rhythm section and great vocals - they have it all!  Think Chicago and Doobie Brothers for starters.  Sit back and enjoy!  1pm- 2pm;  2:20pm - 3:30pm.


Best of the Bay Honorees

Every year Hot San Jose Nights likes to pay tribute and honor individuals or organizations who give back to our community.  We call them "Best of the Bay Honorees".  We list them in no particular order. (Learn more about our honorees here.)

             Helen Chapman

      Rev. Dr. Bryan J. Franzen

              Dana Hooper

     James T. Gardner, Ph. D.


                 Jay Ross


               Ken Palmer

Fire Trucks!

San Jose Fire Department will have a ladder truck on display!  Check it out, talk to the crew!  Meet the guys who help to keep our community safe every day!

9th Annual Hot San Jose Nights


Airport Day & S.T.E.A.M.!

Young Eagles

offering FREE flights!

The EAA62's Young Eagles will be offering rides in small aircraft to kids aged 8 - 17 between 8am - 12pm on a first come first served basis. (Enter through Trade Winds hangar.)



Register your non profit 501c3 for free!

San Jose State Aviation

Bi-Polar Bears

This is an awesome 3 piece band you'll really going to enjoy!  They'll be playing your favorite oldies and some new songs, too!  10:30am - 11:30am

Family friendly classic car show & static airplane show: Saturday, July 8, 2017 10am - 4 at Reid-Hillview Airport 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95148

Contact Hot San Jose Nights at:

408-615-1454 or