Music & Market is back with a full season of great music to enjoy at Todos Santos Plaza every Thursday evening through September. The series kicked off June 2 with the fun Cajun/zydeco band Gater Nation, and it continues with country, pop, rock, classic, Latin and so much more. You can find the full lineup at www.cityofconcord.org/downtownevents.
Of course, the series wouldn’t be complete without blues music, which will be featured at our Tuesday Night Blues in July. All of the concerts run 6:30-8 p.m. and are featured live and rebroadcast on Concord TV (Astound channel 1026, Comcast channel 28 and U-verse channel 99).
In addition to the live music and cool vibe, you can pick up seasonal produce at the Thursday Farmers Market and enjoy a tasty meal from one of the on-site food vendors. New this year, we are partnering with The Makers Boulevard to bring pop-up shops from local artisan makers and small businesses to the market every other week, featuring home décor, custom jewelry and more.
Thank you to our concert sponsors for making these shows possible. We appreciate your support: Ashby Lumber, the Concord Police Officers’ Association, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery, Pacific Service Credit Union, Marathon Petroleum, Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, the Pioneer and Visit Concord.
For the first time since 2019, all of the annual 4th of July activities will be happening. Kick off the day with a healthy jog around downtown at the Stars & Stripes 5K fun run, then watch local groups, dancers and patriotic individuals parade through the streets, featuring the Clayton Valley Charter High School Marching Band drumline and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.
Don’t miss the fireworks, which will be back at Mt. Diablo High School this year. The gates open at 6 p.m., and the show will begin at 9 p.m. Get all of the details at www.concordjuly4th.com.
Also happening this summer is an artsy initiative called Creative Concord. Designed to celebrate the arts and culture community, this will feature the installation of nine contemporary murals throughout the city, including around Todos Santos Plaza. There will also be special activities throughout the month of June. Learn more at www.creativeconcordca.com.
We are undoubtedly headed for some hot weather this summer. Stay cool at the Concord Community Pool. Swim lessons, splash camps and recreational swim time is available, and the ever-popular “inflatables” will be back this year for extra pool-time fun.
Or, check out the cool “splash ground” at the Meadow Homes Spray Park, which is free and open daily 12-6 p.m.
Demand for Concord’s Parks & Recreation summer programs is strong, but there is still space available for some of the classes and activities. With more than 70 half-day enrichment camps, including cooking, volleyball, dodgeball, tennis, LEGO engineering and nature, there is something for everyone. Find out which programs still have availability and register at www.concordreg.org.
Summer fun is not just for kids. Stop by the Willow Pass Center for drop-in cornhole (6-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays) or join an adult softball or basketball team.
rsion with friends, the Parks & Rec Trips and Tours program has exciting outings planned for adults ages 50+, including day trips to San Francisco, local wineries and casinos.
Summer is a time to relax, have fun, enjoy time with friends and family, and connect with your neighbors. I hope you take advantage of all that our great community has to offer.
Email questions and comments to the mayor at Dominic.Aliano@cityofconcord.org