The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 13 update

The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 13 update

The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 13 update
Clockwise from Left: Slopes of Diablo 2022 at the Diablo Art Gallery; Summer concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord; Pleasant Hill gets ready for the return of their Art and Wine Festival on May 21-22.

(Contra Costa County, CA, May 13, 2022) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.

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In the Community

Contra Costa County Fair. Through May 15. Contra Costa Event Park, 1201 W. 10th St., Antioch. Visit for details.

Digital Art Showcase. Featuring work from Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Art & Digital Media Pathways, through May 25. Sunvalley Shopping Center, 1 Sunvalley Mall Road, Concord.

“Making Democracy Work: Tools for Finding the Facts.” A Zoom webinar for informed voting, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 4-5:30 p.m. May 19. Register at

Mental Health Awareness Resource Fair and Fundraiser. Mental health information, stroll for health, music, kids’ zone and more, 9 a.m.-noon May 21, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Sponsored by the Contra Costa branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Visit for details. Register for the stroll at

Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Music Festival. Arts/crafts, wine/beer, food court, kids zone and live music, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22, downtown Pleasant Hill. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. For details, click here.

Contra Costa County Historical Society Book Sale. Includes rare and specialty books as well as some free books, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21, outside the History Center, 724 Escobar St. and 615 Estudillo St., Martinez.

Concerts in The Grove. 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday through Sept. 10, downtown Clayton. Reserve a spot with chairs or blankets starting at 4 p.m. Free but donations welcome. May 21: Night Moves and Creedence Classic Revival, two classic rock tribute bands. June 4: Brickhouse with dance-rock. June 18: Pride and Joy SF, featuring Motown’s greatest hits. July 2: The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band. July 16: Cut Loose with your favorite rock, pop and R&B. July 30: Mixed Nuts dance music. Aug.13: The Houserockers, powerhouse of rock and soul. Aug. 27: The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band. Sept. 10: East Bay Mudd with classic soul, funk and R&B. Visit for more information.

Animals on Broadway. Fundraiser, pet walk and outdoor festival, sponsored by the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. Sign up at

Concord Historical Society Spring Fundraiser. Includes the dedication of the Dave Brubeck Stage and a performance by his sons, Chris and Dan, 5:30 p.m. May 27, Event Center, 1928 Clayton Road, Concord. $100-$150. For more information, call Lloyd Crenna at 415-722-7100 or click here.

Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday, beginning May 29, at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. May 29: Unauthorized Rolling Stones. June 12: Tom Rigney & Flambeau. June 26: Frankie G & the Conviction. July 10: The Bell Brothers. July 24: East Bay Mudd. Aug. 7: Cut Loose. Aug. 21: The Landbirds. Sept. 4: The Big Jangle. For details, visit and click on “Festivals and Events.”

Music and Market. Music along with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For music details, visit

World Pickleball Tour. The largest, non-sanctioned amateur pickleball series in the nation, June 4-5, Willow Pass Community Park, 2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord. Also, Nike Adult Pickleball Camp, June 2-3. For details, contact Ben Harrison at or 614-557-1475

Concord Crawl. Art and Wine Walk in downtown Concord to benefit educational scholarships for local women and girls, 1-4 p.m. June 18. Sponsored by the Concord branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). $27 before April 30. $30 at the door. For tickets, click here.

Clayton Pride Parade. With the theme “Every Color in the Rainbow,” everyone is invited to dress colorfully. 10 a.m. June 25, down Main Street. June 11 deadline for submitting an application to participate; visit

Tuesday Night Blues. Family-friendly lineup plus food vendors, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For music details, visit

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays year-round and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.

The Arts

“Slopes of Diablo.” Juried painting competition celebrating our iconic mountain. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 25, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. May 15. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

“The 39 Steps.” From the Ballet School’s Performing Arts Studio, May 20, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to

“Coppélia.” Diablo Ballet presents the family-friendly fantasy, May 20-21, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Virtual viewing May 27-June 5. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or visit or

“Crazy for You: Youth Edition.” Presented by the El Campanil Theatre Academy, May 20-21, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. Call 925-757-9500 or visit

“Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” auditions. For the fall production by Clayton Theatre Company, 3-4 p.m. May 22, immediately followed by call backs, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. No appointments necessary. Download audition form at

Diablo Women’s Chorale Spring Concert. Featuring movie songs from the 1950s to the 2010s, 3 p.m. May 22, Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek. Purchase tickets at or call 1-800-838-3006.

“Romeo y Juliet.” Spanish and English intermingle in this Cal Shakes adaptation featuring two women lovers, May 25-June 19, Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda. Call 510-548-9666 visit

“Antigone, presented by the girls of St. Catherine’s.” High school drama students find their lives suddenly mirror the classic story in this town Hall Theatre adaptation, June 2-25, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. Call 925-283-1557 or go to

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