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Mexican Heritage Plaza

San Jose Wedding Venue
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, California 95116
Contact: Event Services
Phone: 408/794-6240

Why We Like This Place

The Mexican Heritage Plaza, a six-acre jewel located in a bustling section of San Jose, is a beacon of neighborhood pride and veritable feast for your senses. Viewed from the street, its distinctive adobe-hued tower and modern building complex barely hint at the treasures you'll find within this dynamic culture and education center. The artfully designed property revels in its mix of vibrant murals, architectural flourishes, tranquil gardens and soothing water features. But it's the whole-hearted homage to family and community, expressed artistically throughout the property, that stirs your soul and makes this exciting venue such a compelling choice for a wedding.

From the moment you arrive, you see the fun and unexpected ways in which Mexico's heritage is celebrated, from the colorful mosaic walkway at each entrance, to the Aztec symbols adorning a fountain at the side entry. A gate here leads to the beautifully landscaped garden and water areas.

The Main Garden is utterly charming, with a wide lawn planted with rows of stately palms and an adobe brick wall draped in ivy and red trumpetvine flowers. Set into the wall are large niches decorated with handcrafted tiles imprinted with photo transfers of local ancestors and historic events. Woven together, they create a tapestry of life from generation to generation. With your own nearest and dearest gathered to witness your rite of passage, this makes a particularly meaningful ceremony site. As an alternative, you can exchange vows in front of the adjacent Rose Garden. Your guests will be seated beneath a lovely arbor that's covered with an array of blooms and ringed by flowering trees. Separating these two captivating settings is a serene reflecting pool, complete with feathery marsh grass, a small waterfall and surrounding patio.

Either of these areas is also perfect for a cocktail reception, especially at night when twinkle lights or hidden spots add a bit of magic. Or take advantage of the site's modern, state-of-the-art theater building by utilizing the glass-enclosed Theater Lobby. With its massive, brightly painted wooden bar, Day of the Dead figurines and tribal theater masks adorning the walls, it makes for a festive scene.

You're in for a treat when it comes to options for your main reception as well. The dazzling Pavilion has a dramatic, stepped pyramid-style ceiling that reflects more than a nod to Aztec influences. The room's four walls are made up of glass doors that can fold away leaving only the corner pillars, creating an indoor-outdoor feel (with the advantages of a great sound system and climate control). If you're craving a totally al fresco party under the stars, set up your dining and dancing in the Plaza itself. No matter what spaces you choose you can't go wrong here: From expansive backdrops for large groups to unique nooks for more intimate gatherings, every spot at the Mexican Heritage Plaza has its own allure.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 900
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 500
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 2000


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 300 seated indoors and 200 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 200 seated or 500 standing indoors and 900 seated or 2,000 standing guests outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 250 seated.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

One third of the total event cost is required to secure your date, and the balance is due 90 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $3,900–6,500 depending on the time of year, guest count and space reserved. Clients who mention Here Comes The Guide when booking will receive a 10% discount off the rental fee.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer or BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: available in most areas
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: upon request
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided; AV equipment CBA
Parking: large lots, on street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: in-house contractor required
View: fountain, garden courtyard, landscaped grounds

Venue Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
College Campus/School
Community Center/Civic Bldg


Alcohol: BYO, security required (restrictions apply)
Smoking: 20 feet away from facility
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

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