The Pioneer Summer 2022 calendar of events and activities, June 26 update
Clockwise from left: The Invisible Man at Campell Theater, through July 10. The Pleasant Hill library grand opening set for July 30. Valley Art Gallery presents Thoughtscapes, through Aug. 6.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (June 26, 2022) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.

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In the community

Sunset by the Lake Concerts. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday at the lake by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. 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 & Market. Music along with the Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. 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, visit

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. 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.

Clayton 4th of July: Pancake breakfast at Endeavor Hall, 7-10 a.m. Downtown parade, including Kiddie Parade, 10 a.m. Parade applications due June 30. For more information, click here.

Pleasant Hill 4th of July. Firecracker 5K Run begins on Gregory Lane, 7:45 a.m. Downtown parade, 9:30 a.m. Party in Pleasant Hill Park, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fireworks at College Park High School, field opens at 6:30 p.m., show begins 8:45 p.m. The city is also encouraging residents to join the home decorating contest July 2-4 to win gift cards. For details, visit

Concord 4th of July. Stars & Stripes Kids Fun Run at Todos Santos Plaza, 8 a.m. Followed by 5K Run & Walk, 8:15 a.m. Downtown parade, 10 a.m. Fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School, gates open at 6 p.m., show begins 9 p.m. For details, 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, visit

Clayton BBQ Cook-off. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association and sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 9 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10, downtown Clayton. For details, visit

Blues & Brews Festival. Family-friendly pre-party with music, food, drinks and a free Kidzone, 6-9 p.m. July 15; main festival with music, beer tasting, food and craft show, 3-9 p.m. July 16. Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. For details and to purchase VIP tickets, go to

Pleasant Hill Library Grand Opening. Includes ribbon-cutting, crafts, creek tours, music and storytime. 10 a.m.-noon July 30, 2 Monticello Ave., Pleasant Hill.

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 through Sept. 29, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.

For Your Health

Caregiver Classes: Sponsored by Hope Hospice, free via Zoom. “Handling Grief and Loss,” 10 a.m. July 14. “Signs of Dementia Vs. Normal Aging,” 10 a.m. Aug. 11. “Dementia Basics,” 10 a.m. Sept. 8. “End-of-Life Legal and Financial Issues,” 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Register at Call 925-829-8770 for more information..

The Arts

“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, through June 25, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. Call 925-283-1557 or go to

“Beehive.” High-energy ’60s musical retrospective by Center Rep, through June 26, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-SHOW or visit for tickets.

“Towards Zero.” Orinda Starlight Village Players offer a lost version of Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery, through July 2, Orinda Community Center Park Amphitheater, 28 Orinda Way. Call 925-528-9225 or go to

“The Invisible Man.” A new musical adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel. Through July 10, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. Purchase tickets at or

“ThoughtScapes.” Abstract paintings by Paula Boas, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, June 28-Aug. 6, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. The artist will be in the gallery on July 2. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit