The Pioneer's Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, March 26 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2023 calendar of events and activities, March 26 update

Clockwise from left: “Tales from the Briarpatch,” Apr. 2 at the Lesher Center. Clayton’s Art and Wine festival, Apr. 29-30. “Willow & Houston Throw the Grad Party of the Century” at St. Mary’s College Apr. 20-23.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (March 26, 2023) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole family.

We update the Pioneer Calendar page every week so check back often to find out what’s going on near you.

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

In the Community

Singer Songwriter Sundays. Featuring local musicians, sponsored by Concord Couch Concerts, 2-4 p.m. April 2, May 7 and June 4. Free. For more information, visit

Off the Grid. The popular food truck event returns April 5 and continues 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays on Trelany Road in Pleasant Hill. For details, visit

Contra Costa Fair. Online entries close April 14. Ticket sales begin April 24. The fair will be May 18-21 in Antioch. For details visit

Cars & Coffee. Car enthusiasts can meet up 9-11 a.m. April 16. Line up along Pine Street and in the Rotator Taproom lot, 1415 Pine St., Walnut Creek. The event is in anticipation of the Classic Cars & More Show on May 21. For more information, visit

Earth Day Beautification Project. Volunteer will paint pianos at six locations in Walnut Creek, 9 a.m.-noon April 22. Register at

Spring Uncorked. Stroll through downtown Walnut Creek while enjoying wine tastings, food bites and entertainment, 5:30-9 p.m. April 26, starting at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. $40 through March 27; presale tickets $55; onsite tickets $65. Proceeds benefit the Walnut Creek Downtown Association. For details, visit

Community Events in Clayton: The Clayton Business & Community Association is sponsoring the following events downtown: Arts & Wine Festival, April 29-30; BBQ & Brews Festival, Aug. 26-27; Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. For details, visit

“Gardens That Inspire.” Five private gardens on a self-guided tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12-13. A scholarship fundraiser by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek American Association of University Women. $40. Purchase tickets at

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.


California Writers Club/Mt. Diablo Chapter. Andrea Firth, editor of the Brevity Blog and co-founder of the Diablo Writers Workshop, will be the featured speaker, 11 a.m. April 8, Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Non-members welcome. Register at

SIR Branch 19 luncheon. A Mother’s Day celebration honoring SIR spouses, plus Rick Smith will speak about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 11 a.m. May 4, Pittsburg Elks Lodge, 200 Marina Blvd. For more on the club, visit 19.

At the Clayton Library

The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. For more information on any of these events, call 925-673-0659 or

Book Club. For adults, 6-7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month. March’s book is “These Precious Days” by Anne Patchett. April’s book will be “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner. No registration required.

Storytimes. Lapsit storytime for littlest ones 11-11:20 a.m. Thursdays; toddler/preschool storytime 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, with a stay and play event immediately after.

Computer/Tech Assistance. Adults can get one-on-one tech help, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. Bring your own device or work with a volunteer on one of the library computers. Sign up in person or call during operating hours to book a 30-minute appointment. Drop-ins accommodated as available.

Homework Help. Assistance available for elementary school students in all subjects; help for sixth- to ninth-graders available based on subject, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, April 1-May 27. Call or stop by the library to make a 30-minute appointment with a volunteer.

Clayton Knit & Crochet. For adults, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. first Wednesday of the month. Staff will be present the first hour to answer questions, followed by two hours of free crafting. No registration required.

Camp Clayton: Arts & Crafts. An afternoon of seasonal arts and crafts for children, 2-3 p.m. April 5.

Board at the Library. Tweens, teens and adults can grab a game from our collection and play at the library, 3-5:30 p.m. April 6.

The arts

“Ah, Wilderness” by Eugene O’Neill comes to the California Theatre in Pittsburg April 21-30. Pictured (l-r) Maya Rath, Gwendolyn Sampson Brown, Elijah Waller. (Photo by Sara Leyva)

“The Mousetrap.” Clayton Theatre Company performs the classic Agatha Christie mystery, through April 1, Endeavor Hall 6008 Center St., Clayton. Visit or call 925-334-0880 for tickets.

“Sweat.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about friendship on the factory floor, with Center Rep, through April 15, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to for tickets.

Diablo Ballet 29th Anniversary Gala. Featuring “Confetti,” “Paquita” and “Elevator Operator,” followed by a celebration in The Garden, March 31. For ballet tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visit or For gala tickets, visit

“Art Sparks.” Featuring 250 new works by gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays April 1-May 11, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For more information, visit or call 925-935-4311.

“Tales from the Briar Patch.” A family concert co-produced by Festival Opera and Diablo Symphony, April 2, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Get tickets at

“Willow & Houston Throw the Grad Party of the Century.” Conceived, written and performed by theater students at Saint Mary’s College of California, April 20-23, LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. For tickets, visit

“Ah, Wilderness!” Eugene O’Neill’s coming of age comedy from Pittsburg Theatre Company, April 21-30. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Purchase tickets at 925-439-7529 or

“Life in Clayton 1850-1870.” 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays for the rest of the year, 6101 Main St., Clayton. Visit