CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Aug. 6, 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 Calendar@pioneerpublishers.com.
In the community
Moveable Feast. An upscale culinary stroll featuring nine Walnut Creek restaurants, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 16 and 23. For tickets and more information, visit https://walnutcreekdowntown.com/marquee-events/moveable-feast.
Dana Estates Neighborhood Garage Sale. Sponsored by real estate broker Peter Maclennan, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-385-8798 for details.
Monument Impact Stronger Together Gala: Secure a table of eight or purchase individual tickets by Sept. 1; sponsorship opportunities also available. The event is Sept. 7, Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Get tickets here.
Leadership in Sustainability Awards. Sponsored by Sustainable Contra Costa, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr. Purchase tickets here.
All-Ford Car Show. Sponsored by the Diablo Valley Mustang Association, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14, Cobra Experience, 777 Arnold Dr., Martinez. Register by Sept. 30 at DMVA.org.
Hope 100 Golf Marathon. Registration open for players and sponsors for the fundraiser for Hope Hospice, Oct. 23, Castlewood Country Club, Pleasanton. For more information, visit hope100golfmarathon.com or call Marc Rovetti at 925-829-8770.
Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays (with concerts at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays), Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit pcfma.org for more information.
Off the Grid. The popular food truck event continues 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Trelany Road in Pleasant Hill. For details, visit https://offthegrid.com/event/pleasant-hill/.
Music Around Town
Music & Market. Listen to music while shopping at the Certified Farmers Market, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 28, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Aug. 10: Latin Touch Band. Aug. 17: Radiokeys. Aug. 24: Native Elements. Aug. 31: Zepparella. Sept. 7: Pop Rocks. Sept. 14: The Sun Kings. Sept. 21: Johnny and June Forever. Sept. 28: House of Floyd.
Concerts in The Grove: 6-8:30 p.m. every other Saturday through Sept. 16 in downtown Clayton. Aug. 19: Fleetwood Mask. Sept. 2: Alameda All Stars. Sept. 16: East Bay Mudd. For details, visit https://claytonca.gov/fc/Concerts-In-The-Grove-2023.pdf.
Sunset by the Lake Concert Series. 6-8 p.m. every other Sunday through Labor Day weekend at the lake in Pleasant Hill. Aug. 20: Native Elements. Sept. 3: The Big Jangle. For details and sponsorship information, visit https://www.pleasanthillca.org/1396/Summer-Concerts.
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 ccclib.org/events.
Camp Clayton: Arts & Crafts. Seasonal themed children’s program, 2-3 p.m. Aug. 9.
Lapsit Storytime. Children ages 0-3 can explore the joys of movement, books and songs while building early literacy skills you can practice at home, 11-11:15 a.m. Thursdays.
Toddler/Preschool Storytime. Children ages 3-5 can explore the joys of movement, books and songs while building early literacy skills you can practice at home, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays.
Native Wildlife with the Lindsay Museum. Children’s can meet animals that make up the diverse habitats of the Golden State and find out how to support them, 2-3 p.m. Aug. 16. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.
Switch it Up. Teens can play Switch games, including Mario Kart and Just Dance, 4-5 p.m. Aug. 18. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.
Memory Café. Socialize and connect with other adults experiencing memory loss. Includes memory-boosting activities and free snacks, 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 and every third Saturday of the month. Open to all older adults with or without memory concerns and their caretakers. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.
Arts Around August. A month-long celebration sponsored by the city of Walnut Creek and 12 community organizations. Visit www.walnutcreekdowntown.com for a complete schedule.
“It Runs in the Family.” Orinda Starlight Village Players present the British farce, through Aug. 17, Orinda Community Center Park amphitheater, 28 Orinda Way. For more information, go to www.orsvp.com.
“Carmen.” Festival Opera presents an updated story, Aug. 18 and 20, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Visit www.festivalopera.org/carmen or call 925-943-7469.
Art to Draw For. Participate in a free drawing to win one of eight original paintings, through Sept. 2, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Dr., Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Meanwhile, “Arrivals and Departures” exhibit ends Aug. 5. For more information, call 925-935-4311.
“The Three Feathers.” Solo Opera presents the West Coast premiere of the full version sung in English, Sept. 8 and 10, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. There will be a 30-minute pre-show lecture by opera librettist Dana Gioia. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or visit lesherartscenter.org.
“Life in Clayton 1850-1870.” 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays for the rest of the year, 6101 Main St., Clayton. Visit claytonhistory.org.
“The House on Galloway Street. A Ghost Story.” An original script from The Drama Factory, for actors 20+, Aug. 7-8, Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F Street., Antioch. Be prepared to do a cold read and a little improv. For details, go to www.dramafactory.org.
Diablo Women’s Chorale. Auditions by appointment, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 14, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3051 Putnam Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Contact Nancy Hickman at 925-899-5050 or email@example.com. Learn more about the group at www.DiabloWomensChorale.org/join-us.
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.