The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 21 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 21 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 21 update
Clockwise from left: Check out the College Park students ceramics exhibit at Valley Art Gallery through April 26. Clayton Theatre Company will hold auditions for it’s production of ‘9 to 5 the Musical’ on April 29-30. The  AAUW Garden Tour returns May 10-11.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (April 21, 2024) — 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

Clayton Art & Wine Festival. Premium wine and beer, arts and crafts, live music, Kids Fun Land, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28, downtown Clayton. Free admission and shuttle from various locations. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association. For details, visit

Mom’s Day Boutique. Mother’s Day comes early this weekend with the ultimate local shopping experience at the free event this Sunday. Shoppers can pamper themselves and buy gifts for all the moms on their shopping list from 50 local vendors. Open April 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and free parking at the Hilton Concord Golden Gate Ballroom.

Singer-Songwriter Sundays. 2 p.m. May 12 and June 2, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For details, email

Contra Costa County Fair. May 16-19, Antioch Fairgrounds. Pre-sale tickets start April 22. For details, visit

Pleasant Hill Art, Wine, and Music Festival. Includes arts and crafts, two performer stages and a kids zone, May 18-19, downtown Pleasant Hill. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. More information and performer schedules at

Sunset by the Lake Summer Concert Series. Every other Sunday, May 26-Sept. 1. New this year will be food trucks. May 26: the Great Space Coaster with hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. June 9: Van Goat plus a Family Fun Zone. June 23: Beaufunk featuring Michael Jeffries, plus Nash Metropolitan Car Show. For more information, go to

Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival. Vendors, wines, craft beer, live music, food and children’s activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 1 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2, Heather Farm Park. Visit for details.

Music & Market. Farmers Market begins at 4 p.m. Thursdays, with music at 6:30 p.m. June 6-Sept. 25, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. June 6: Andre Thierry, Cajun and Zydeco. June 13: The Houserockers salute to Earth, Wind & Fire. June 20: Sacred Fire, a Santana tribute band. June 27: Traveling Wilburys Revue, the best of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. For the complete schedule, visit

CBCA Round Up. The Clayton Business & Community Association celebrates its 40th anniversary with a BBQ dinner, music, dancing, raffles and silent auction, 6-10 p.m. June 14, Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton. For tickets, visit

Juneteenth Celebration. Activities, performers and music recognizing the June 19 end of slavery, 5-9 p.m. June 19, on the lawn by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. Sponsored by the Diversity Commission and held in conjunction with Off the Grid.

Blues and Brews Festival. Beer garden, music and food, pre-party 6-9 p.m. July 19, and main event 3-9 p.m. July 20, Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Sponsored by Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District. For more information, visit

Off the Grid. Featuring food trucks and live music, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays until October, on the lawn by Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. For details, visit

Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays year-round and 4-8 Thursdays June 6-Sept. 26, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit for more information.

In the Garden

AAUW Garden Tour. A fundraiser to support college scholarships for local women, STEM camperships for middle school girls and educational programs in our community, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10-11. Hosted by the Danville Alamo Walnut Creek American Association of University Women. Tickets are $40 before May 1, $45 thereafter. For more information, visit

Plant Sale. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11, Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. The club is co-sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District. For more information about the sale or the club, go to or e-mail

Clayton Gardens Tour. Five unique gardens, May 17-18. Sponsored by the Clayton Historical Society to raise funds for the Clayton Museum. To volunteer as a docent, call JoAnn Caspar at 925-567-6079 or Joan Bergum at 925-672-4597. Purchase $40 tickets online at; at R&M Pool, Patio & Gardens, 6780 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton; or by sending a check to Clayton Museum, P.O. Box 94, Clayton CA 94517. Tickets will be $45 on tour day at the Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St.


Women Marines Association. The Bay Area chapter meets 11:30 a.m. every third Saturday, usually at Harry’s Hofbrau, 14900 E. 14th St, San Leandro. For more information, visit or contact Janet Johnson at 925-890-4583.

Concord Library

The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. For more information, call 925-646-5455.

Early Readers Book Club. For kindergarten-second graders who are starting to get the hang of reading, 3:30 p.m. April 24. Bring an adult along to join the fun and tackle activities together.

Bilingual Storytime. Miss Rosa will share stories and songs in Spanish and English for families, 10:30 a.m. April 25. Children can wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal.

Cascada De Flores presents Aquíles Va Un Cuento. Celebrate Children’s Day and Book Day with a bilingual musical adventure, 5 p.m. April 30.

Clayton Library

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

Insiders. Fun activities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build confidence while navigating the library and accessing library services and resources, 1-2 p.m. April 23 and every second and fourth Tuesday, Hoyer Hall. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Homework Help. For children in grades K-5 in all subjects, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Assistance in select subjects is available for those in grades 6-9. Call to make a 30-minute appointment. Drop-ins accommodated as available.

Clayton Library Book Club. “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas, 6-7:45 p.m. April 23 from. May book is “Wolf Willow” by Wallace Stegner. For adults; new members welcome.

Chair Yoga & Meditation. Low-impact chair yoga for adults, followed by guided meditation, 10:15-11:15 a.m. April 25. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Lapsit Storytime. For children aged 0-3, 11-11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Children must attend with caregiver.

Toddler/Preschool Storytime. For children ages 2-5, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Children must attend with caregiver. Stay and play toys available afterward.

Lion Dance. A children’s program to kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Month, 2-2:30 p.m. May 1, Performed by members of Concord Kung-Fu Academy. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Teen Thursday: Watercolor Cookies. Yvonne Lin will teach those in 6th-12th grades how to make stunning watercolor cookies, 4-5:30 p.m. May 2. Registration required. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

The Arts

“Off the Page. A staged reading of “The Coast of Leitrim” from Word for Word, 7 p.m. April 23, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. The audience can talk with the company and give feedback afterward. For more information, go to

College Park High Ceramics Exhibition. Honoring the 2023 recipient of the Gloria Marshall Award, through April 26, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

“Willy Wonka.” A musical based on the Roald Dahl book from Pittsburg Theatre Company, April 26-May 5, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Go to for tickets.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra. Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto #1 in G minor,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony #3 ‘Scottish’ ” and Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Overture for Orchestra,” 7:30 p.m. April 27, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette. For tickets, visit

Chromatica Chorale. The Danville-based chorus has commissioned “Transfigurations,” a choral and instrumental suite in six movements by Christopher Tin with lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri, April 27, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lanet, Walnut Creek, and April 28, Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara, Danville. For details, visit

“My Dearest Love.” An improvised series of scandalous letters and dangerous liaisons from Synergy Theater, through April 28, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

“Ekphrasis 2024.” An exhibition of fine art that inspires literary works, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 29-June 28, Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. Grand opening program and reception 1-5 p.m. May 4. Sponsored by the Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Lamorinda Arts Council and California Writers Club/Mt. Diablo Branch. For more information, call 925-254-2184 or visit

“9 to 5 The Musical” Auditions. Prepare a two-minute monologue and 32-measure song for Clayton Theatre Company’s production, 7-10 p.m. April 29 and 30, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. No appointment necessary. Open to non-Equity actors 18+. For details, visit

“Mass Appeal.” Plotline Theater Company’s comedy-drama about a young upstart and an older priest, May 3-19, Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St., Martinez. For tickets, go to

“Good Vibrations.” Paintings by Valley Art Gallery artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through May 11, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

Call for Artists. The Concord Art Association is looking for exhibitors for its Spring Pop-up Art & Craft Show on May 11 at Todos Santos Plaza. Deadline is May 9. For details, visit

“The Firebird,” “4 in the Morning” and “Light Rain.” Diablo Ballet’s “Firebird” is based on the Russian folktale. World-renown dance maker Val Caniparoli created “Morning,” and “Light Rain” has been an audience favorite since 1981, 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 18, Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Get tickets at or

“A Lovely Way to Spend the Evening.” The Diablo Women’s Chorale blends the nostalgic and the contemporary, featuring the Stephen Evans Cello Choir, 7 p.m. May 18, 3 p.m. May 19, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universal Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. For tickets, visit

“Tribute to Tina.” An art exhibit in memory of Tina Turner, through July 12, JOR Fine Art Gallery, 1026 Oak St. No 102, Clayton. For more information, visit

Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.