The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 17 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 17 update

Fungi Farms is one of many vendors at Concord’s Farmers Market. Stop by every Tuesday morning at Todos Santos Plaza. The Thursday afternoon market runs until Sept. 28 this year. (Pete Cruz photo)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Sept. 17, 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

Leadership in Sustainability Awards. Sponsored by Sustainable Contra Costa, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr. Purchase tickets at

“What is the Reality of Immigration?” A webinar that looks at immigration in Contra Costa County, 4-5 p.m. Sept. 21. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and West Contra Costa County, CCTV and the Contra Costa County Library. Register at

Pleasant Hill Community Service Day. Volunteer for a variety of community projects, meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 for free breakfast and T-shirts at Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Drop off an unused bike at the Pleasant Hill Police Department before Sept. 22 for use in the Bike Build-A-Thon. Or, donate food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa/Solano County at sites throughout the city. Visit for details.

Toy and Collectable Show. Includes vintage and collectable toys, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23-24, Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd. For details, email Charles at

Wandering Wine & Whiskers Fundraiser for ARF. Behind-the-scenes journey to experience the life-changing path animals take as they arrive at the Animal Rescue Foundation on their way to new families. Plus, local wines, craft brews, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek. Must be 21 and over to attend. Purchase tickets at

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

Peace, Love & Hope Benefit Concert. A benefit for the St. Bonaventure Food Pantry, in honor of longtime patron Karen Mangini, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Organizers are also encouraging donations at

Women Marines Association. The Bay Area chapter for women Marines, past and present, meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month, usually at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Leandro. For more information, visit or call/text Clayton resident Janet Johnson at 925-890-4583.

Festival Opera Costume Ball and Gala. Music, food, wine and celebration, 6 p.m. Oct. 21, Riggers Loft Winery, 1325 Canal Blvd., Richmond. Early bird discount: use code FOFRIEND. For details and tickets, visit

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 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 through Sept. 28), Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Visit 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


Clayton. Carnival only, 5-10 p.m. Sept. 29. German biergarten, food, vendors, live music plus the carnival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1. Sponsored by the Clayton Business & Community Association (CBCA) in downtown Clayton. For details, visit

Walnut Creek. Entertainment and silent disco, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13. German food, beer and dancing, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 14, Civic Park East, 1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Purchase early bird tickets at


Spooktacular Trick or Treat Trail. For ages 2-11, sponsored by Concord Recreation Services Department, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Baldwin Park. Participating organizations may host a booth to pass out giveaways or run an activity along the trick or treat trail. For information and to sign up, visit

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. Sept. 21: Johnny and June Forever. Sept. 28: House of Floyd.

Concert at Pleasant Hill shopping center. Michael Jackson tribute, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 21, in the plaza near Jack’s, 106 Crescent Dr. For details, visit

At the Clayton Library

Magician Perry Yan performs at the Clayton Community Library Sept. 20.

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

Magician Perry Yan. Program for the whole family with magic and storytelling, 2-3 p.m. Sept. 20. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

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.

Teen Thursday: Keeping Things in Fluxx. Those in grades 6-12 can learn how to play the chaotic card game Fluxx, 4-5 p.m. Sept. 21. Registration required. Supported by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Clayton Community Library Foundation Book Sale. Members-only preview, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. If you’re not a member, you can join at the door. Regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Most books $1; most kids’ books 50 cents. Fill a bag for $5, 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

The arts

Shakespear’s “Cymbeline” plays at Orinda Cal Shakes through Sept. 24. (Photo by Neil Ormond)

At the Bruns Amphitheater. “Cymbeline” by SF Shakespeare, through Sept. 24. The Food Bank Players’ “Romeo and Juliet,” Sept. 29. Sewam American Indian Dance, Sept. 30. Notes for Hope, a breast cancer awareness concert with Michael Franti, Oct. 6. “A Midsummer Night’s D&D,” Oct. 7. 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. For tickets, go to


Antonia Reed as Yolanda in Center REP’s “Crowns” playing through Oct. 6. (Photo by James Brian Studio)

“Crowns.” Center Repertory Company’s celebration of song, dance, cultural history and fabulous headwear, through Oct. 6, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. For tickets, call 925-943-7469 or go to


“Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein the Musical. Presented by Pittsburg Theatre Company, Oct. 6-22, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. For tickets, visit

“Working.” Clayton Theatre Company musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, Oct. 13-28, Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. Go to

“Medal of Honor Rag.” Part of the Black Box Series from Pittsburg Theatre Company, Nov. 10-23, Steeltown Coffee and Tea, 695 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Tickets at “Frozen Jr.” From Pittsburg Theatre Company, Dec. 8-9, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Tickets at

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” From Pittsburg Theatre Company, Dec. 9-10, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. Also, Dec. 15-16, Martinez Campbell Theater, 636 Ward St. Tickets at

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