Welcome back to the newest installment of Event Round-Up! As always, this is where we gather five of the best Bay Area events taking place over the next month or so. Let us know if you go to any of these, and if so, how you liked them!
1. Walnut Creek Uncorked (Weds., June 20)
Walnut Creek Downtown presents a brand new event, designed for the wine-lovers in our town. Tickets are $40 in advance, and get you access to wine tastings, restaurants, artisan fashion and jewelry stands, and live entertainment. You must be 21 to buy a ticket!
Danville has a little festival of its own that you may want to check out! Our neighbor has a cute downtown that will be filled with local music, art, and food vendors. There is a classic car show on Sunday, and the event is family and dog-friendly. Danville Summerfest will take place from 10-5 each day.
3. Alameda County Fair (Fri., June 15 – Sun., July 8)
It’s that time of year again! The Alameda County Fair at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton kicked into full gear yesterday, and will carry on through the weekend after 4th of July. If you don’t have larger travel plans, you can trek over to Pleasanton for this awesome annual event – LeeAnn Rimes, Blue Oyster Cult, and Sean Kingston are some of the many musical acts expected to perform this year.
4. 4th of July Fireworks (Weds., July 4)
I don’t have any particular event or link for you here. There are generally tons of good spots to choose from to watch East Bay fireworks on the 4th of July. Take the kiddos, your leftover BBQ, and a blanket to enjoy the show. My favorite place to catch them is up at Tahoe.
5. Walnut Creek First Wednesdays (Weds., July 11)
Another stellar outdoors event to celebrate all that Walnut Creek summers have to offer! There is free parking after 5 p.m. in many major downtown garages to help you get around. If you’ve never experienced a First Wednesdays celebration, it is chock-full of live music, food trucks, drinks, games and even a Kids Fun Zone. Check it out from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Cypress St. in downtown.
Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July today! Have fun, be safe and enjoy the holiday!
For the 24 years I have lived in Walnut Creek, there have been no public 4th of July fireworks displays. According to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, fireworks are illegal in the county, so good luck trying to put on your own show!
However, you can buy fireworks in Alameda County – Dublin is not that far away – but with the drought, the law is probably a good thing to abide by.
Luckily, some cities close by are shooting off fireworks, so grab a spot on a hill, go to the location itself, or maybe a friend has a bird’s eye view from their house:
- Antioch – Contra Costa Fairgrounds (Dusk)
- Benicia – Benicia City Park (9:00 p.m.)
- Berkeley – Berkeley Marina (9:30 p.m.)
- Concord – Mt. Diablo High School & Todos Santos Plaza (9:00 p.m.)
- Livermore – Downtown (Dusk)
- Martinez – Waterfront (9:30 p.m.)
- Moraga – Moraga Country Club (Dusk)
- Pittsburg – Pittsburg Marina (Dusk)
- Pleasant Hill – College Park High School & Pleasant Hill Country Club (9:10 p.m.)
- Pleasanton – Alameda County Fairgrounds (9:30 p.m.)
- Richmond – Marina Bay Park (9:15 p.m.)
- San Ramon – Central Park (9:30 p.m.)
Have a safe, happy 4th of July!
Who doesn’t love sitting in the grass under a warm summer sun, jamming to some live music? Opportunities to do so are common in the Bay Area, but you don’t need to spend a ton of money or travel to San Francisco for a music festival to do so.
Summer Sounds Outside is a series of free concerts on the Lesher Center for the Arts plaza. On June 30th from 5:30-7:00 p.m., Box Set Duo Trio – who has played with artists like Dave Matthews Band and Willie Nelson – performs. You can take your pick from jazz to classical to acapella – check out the lineup and additional dates on their website here. In addition to Box Set Duo Trio, Chris Cain, Anderson & Roe and Blue Jupiter A Capella will perform this summer.
If you’re still looking for something fun to do on 4th of July, you can check out a free musical tribute by the Walnut Creek Concert Band (under the direction of Harvey Benstein). Head out to Civic Park before 6 p.m. to catch the show!
Always a fun evening, so don’t forget about the Broadway Plaza Summer Concert Series, which has live performances every Thursday night in August:
- August 4th: Petty Theft
- August 11th: Foreverland
- August 18th: Mustache Harbor
- August 25th: Tainted Love
Hope to see you there!