The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 29 update

The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 29 update

The Pioneer Spring 2022 calendar of events and activities, May 29 update
Clockwise from Left: Dreamgirls cast, Ria Dixon (Lorrell), Vickia Brinkley (Effie) and Autumn Carter (Deena) (Photo by Sara Levya). Valley Art Gallery’s exhibition first place winner Heather Martin, ‘Diablo View on Treat Blvd.’ Gunhild Carling, famous for her musicianship and showstopping antics on stage, performs with members of the California Symphony at Symphony Royale, Saturday, June 18, at the Scottish Rite Center. (Photo courtesy of Gunhild Carling.)

(CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, May 29, 2022) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.

If you’d like to submit your event to the Pioneer Calendar page, please send email to us at

In the community

Memorial Day Service. Sponsored by the cities of Concord and Clayton, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525, Blue Star Moms Chapter 20 and Korean War Veterans Chapter 264, 11 a.m. May 30, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord.

Music and Market. Music along with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, June 2-Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. June 2: Gator Nation. June 9: The Bell Brothers. June 16: Diablo Symphony. June 23: Fleetwood Mask. June 30: Orquesta Borinquen. July 7: Aja Vu. July 14: George. July 21: Local Bands Night. July 28: David Martin’s House Party. Aug. 4: Carlos Reyes. Aug. 11: The KillBillies and Quattro. Aug. 18: Matchbox Twenty Too. Aug. 25: Zepparella. Sept 1: Local Bands Night. Sept. 8: Fast Times. Sept. 15: Steve Snyder’s Big Band. Sept. 22: Midnight Sun. Sept. 29: House of Floyd. For music details, click here.

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. June 4: Brickhouse. June 18: Pride and Joy SF. July 2: The Boys of Summer. July 16: Cut Loose. July 30: Mixed Nuts. Aug.13: The Houserockers. Aug. 27: The Sun Kings. Sept. 10: East Bay Mudd. Visit for more information.

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.

Mt. Diablo Branch/California Writers Club. Betsy Graziani Fasbinder will present “How to Be the Best Ambassador for Your Book,” 11 a.m. June 11, Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, and via Zoom. Register at

Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. 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.”

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. July 5: Katie Knipp. July 12: Maria Muldaur. July 19: Terry Hanck. July 26: Annie Sampson. For music details, click here.

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. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

“Romeo y Juliet.” Spanish and English intermingle in this Cal Shakes adaptation featuring two women lovers, through 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

Diablo Ballet Dance Laboratory. Audience can vote on a work to be included in the 2022-’23 season, 2 and 4 p.m. June 5, Diablo Ballet Studio Theatre, 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. To purchase tickets, visit

“Dreamgirls.” Pittsburg Community Theatre presents the musical about a Motown group’s rise to fame, June 12-19, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd St., Antioch. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit

Symphony Royale. Sweden’s “queen of swing” with members of the California Symphony, 6 p.m. June 18, Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. The fundraiser includes dinner and dancing. For details, call 925-280-2490 or visit

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