Michael G. Harris, Pleasant Hill Mayor

Pleasant Hill has busy lineup of ­summer ­activities

Michael G. Harris, Pleasant Hill MayorPLEASANT HILL, CA (Apr. 26, 2022) — “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy …” This iconic line from the Broadway hit musical “Porgy and Bess” certainly describes summertime in Pleasant Hill.

While COVID-19 isn’t gone, the situation has improved to the point where we can now start returning to many of the summertime activities that have been favorites in our city for years.

We are going to have an outstanding array of activities for a community that has been restricted for the past few years. Our city will host a great lineup of special, easy livin’ summertime events during the next few months – with plenty of fun for the entire family. Here are some of the highlights:

Off the Grid. Come out to the lake by City Hall 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays as the amazing array of Off the Grid food trucks returns. Try out the great selection of food and sit by the lake for a fun summer evening picnic.

Art, Wine & Music Festival

The downtown is going to be hopping May 21-22 as the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce brings back this fantastic event, with musical favorites including Frankie G, the Bell Brothers, Duo Gadjo and the New Frantics. Music, art, food and, of course, wine will all be in store during this two-day, fun-filled festival.

Sunset by the Lake Summer Concerts. The Civic Action Commission hosts the annual concert series on the lawn at City Hall beginning Sunday, May 29, and continuing every other Sunday through Sept. 4. I hope you can join me for our annual family-friendly and extremely popular concert series in the relaxed atmosphere and cozy confines by the lake at City Hall. (Yes, I know it isn’t really a lake, but concerts by the lake sounds a lot more summerlike and romantic than concerts by the fishpond.)

The lineup this year includes great bands like East Bay Mudd, Cut Loose, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, the Landbirds and the Big Jangle. Dine out at one of our fantastic local eateries before enjoying great music. For details and the full concert schedule, visit www.pleasanthillca.org/summerconcerts.

Fourth of July Celebration

The Fourth of July Commission is still working out the details, but I want the community to know that there will be something great happening on July 4. As we get more information regarding this fun and patriotic annual event, keep an eye on the Outlook, the bi-weekly update, city website and city social media for all of the latest. Let’s hope we can bring back the parade and the fireworks.

Blues & Brews Festival. If you like great music and adult beverages on a warm summer afternoon, the annual Blues & Brews Festival is the place for you July 15-16. This incredibly fun outdoor event is held each year at Pleasant Hill Park. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to www.bluesandbrewsfestival.com.

National Night Out Against Crime. Come to the City Hall lawn on Aug. 2 to meet members of the Pleasant Hill Police Department. There’ll be food and fun, and a chance to get to know the men and women of the PHPD.

I am very excited to see our city move forward in a post-pandemic direction. If these activities are any indication, it is going to be one outstanding summer here in Pleasant Hill, where “the livin’ is easy.”

Email questions and comments for Mayor Harris to mharris4ph@gmail.com