Formed in 2016, Friends of Levitt Pavilion San Jose is a non-profit organization comprised of community stakeholders committed to the revitalization of St. James Park as a safe and inclusive destination for people of all ages and background.  The new outdoor Pavilion will feature 50+ free concerts throughout the year along with other performances.


Levitt Pavilion San Jose’s mission is to build community through free live music and performing arts, transforming historic St. James Park into a safe and inclusive destination for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Levitt Pavilion San Jose envisions a meaningful cultural venue enlivened by 50 free concerts and performing arts events annually in an open lawn setting, and serving as a visual, experiential, and economic catalyst for the Downtown historic core.

Connected to Community – we are part of a larger network of individuals and organizations working towards a greater good; we seek out and encourage connections with our community.

Excellence – Programs and operations are delivered at the highest quality and integrity

Leadership – We influence and inspire others to engage with the arts and our community

Collaborative – We work together to create shared passion and responsibility for our mission and vision; we recognize the intrinsic worth of each person engaged in our enterprise.

Culturally Inclusive – We value the importance of culture in the delivery of services to all segments of the population.

The Levitt Story
It all began with Mortimer Levitt – a son of struggling immigrant parents who became a successful retail entrepreneur.  In the 1960’s, Levitt created a family foundation focused on youth and performing arts and built his first pavilion in Westport Connecticut.  This project evolved into an innovative philanthropy program to help communities establish their own Levitt music venues. There are six Levitt pavilions today, from Arlington Texas, to Bethlehem Pennsylvania. All have played a transformational role in reinvigorating their host parks into a healthy “third space” serving the broader community.

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