The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 19 update

The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, May 19 update
Clockwise from left: Festival Opera has 2 short operas lined up for July. Clayton’s Pride Parade returns June 2. Center Rep presents ‘Cabaret,’ May 26-June 23.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (May 19, 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.

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In the community

Bay Area KidFest. Family entertainment including arts and sports, two food courts and kid-friendly rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 25-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27, Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord. For details, visit

Memorial Day Commemoration. With WWII veterans Chuck Kohler and Jake Larson, 10-11 a.m. May 27, the Grove Park, downtown Clayton. Sponsored by VFW Post 1525 and its auxiliary, along with the cities of Clayton and Concord. Bring your own chairs.

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.

Clayton Pride Parade. Featuring keynote speaker Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and musician Arnold Muller, 10 a.m. June 2, downtown Clayton. For more information, visit

“Mis- and Disinformation: Election Edition.” Learn how to spot fake news, fact-check sources and navigate the complexities of today’s media landscape, 5:30-7 p.m. June 4, Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley. Free, but RSVP at For more information, contact Janet Hoy at 858-688-6646 or

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

Clayton BBQ & Brews Festival. Signups are open for the KCBS Pro Pitmaster Competition, along with vendors, sponsors and volunteers. Hosted by the Clayton Business & Community Association, the festival will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15, Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton. For details, visit

Father’s Day Run for Rotary. Three-mile run, 8:30 June 16, followed by a fun run for kids 7 and under, 10 a.m., Newhall Park, Concord. Sponsored by Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise Rotary Club as a fundraiser for local schools. To sign up, visit If you’d like to volunteer to help, contact Jeff Wilson at 925-286-1827 or

Juneteenth Celebration. Activities, performers and music recognizing the 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.

Pleasant Hill July 4th. Firecracker 5K Race/Kids 100-yard dash, 7:45-10 a.m., downtown. Parade, 9:30-10:30 a.m., downtown. Party at Pleasant Hill Park with live music, food and fun for the kids, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 167 Gregory Lane. Fireworks, 8:45 p.m., College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr. For more information, visit

Concord July 4th. Rotary pancake breakfast, 8 a.m., Todos Santos Plaza. Stars & Stripes Kids Fun Run, 8 a.m., followed by Stars & Stripes 5K Run/Walk, 8:15 a.m., Todos Santos Plaza. Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Concord. Festival gates open at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m., Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. For more information, visit

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.

Community Concerts

Veranda Unplugged. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 31, Pavilion Fountain Park off Diamond Boulevard in Concord. For bands and more information, visit

Concerts in The Grove. 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday, May 25-Aug. 31, sponsored by the city of Clayton, downtown Clayton. May 25: Leo Vigil’s Rockin’ Horns. June 8: California Cowboys. June 22: Mixed Nuts. July 6: Strange Brew. July 20: Nick Rossi & the Swing Six +1. Aug. 3: Pride & Joy. Aug. 17: Club 90. Aug. 31: East Bay Mudd. For more information, visit

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

Singer-Songwriter Sundays. 2 p.m. June 2, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. For details, visit

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


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.

Clayton Library

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

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.

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.

The Arts

“Cabaret.” Music, colorful characters and romance set against the rise of Hitler, from Center Rep, May 26-June 23, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to

Artist Juanita Hagberg. Featuring watercolors using the synthetic surface Yupo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 24, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. For details, call 925-935-4311 or visit

“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 through June 28, Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. 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

“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

“La Voix Humaine” and “Dido & Aeneas.” A double bill of short operas from Festival Opera, 7:30  p.m. July 12 and 2 p.m. July 14, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Early bird tickets on sale now with code FOFRIEND. For tickets, 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.