Head downtown Concord for sizzlin’ summer fun

Head downtown Concord for sizzlin’ summer fun
Clockwise from left: Brenden Theater gears up for summer blockbusters. Don’t miss Concord’s 4th of July parade this week. Concord celebrated Juneteenth last weekend.

CONCORD, CA (July 1, 2024) — Summertime in downtown Concord always brings exciting and popular events for all ages.

I’ll highlight a few here, so go to www.visitconcordca.com/events for a complete list.

The successful Music & Market Concert Series returned June 13 and runs through Sept. 29 each Thursday at the beautiful Todos Santos Plaza. This event routinely draws 3,000-4,000 fun-loving attendees: some in lawn chairs or on picnic blankets, and others just dancing the night away.

The market starts at 4 p.m. with local fresh vegetables, fruits, crafts and delicious food vendors. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. See the entire concert lineup at www.cityofconcord.org/downtownevents.

And don’t forget the Tuesday farmers market runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. year-around at the plaza.

4th of July

The annual Concord July 4 Parade is always a huge, family-friendly hit. Activities start at 8 a.m. with Fun Runs and a Pancake Breakfast in the plaza, with the parade at 10 a.m. Enjoy fireworks at 9 p.m. at Mt. Diablo High School. Please come out and salute your hometown heroes and wave the flag with us.

On June 23, Todos Santos hosted the Juneteenth Celebration. This excellent presentation featured performers, music, spoken word artists and kid activities.

The luxury Brenden Theatres has all the summer blockbusters, including “Despicable Me 4” opening July 3 and “Deadpool & Wolverine” on July 26.

While you are in downtown Concord, don’t forget the huge variety of ice cream shops, coffee and tea shops, gift and clothing stores, and a long list of family-friendly restaurants. Come down and see us soon.

Walter Eichinger is president of the Todos Santos Business Association and a senior executive with Brenden Theaters. Email comments or questions weichinger@brendentheatres.com.