The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 24 update

The Pioneer’s Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 24 update

The Pioneer's Summer 2023 calendar of events and activities, Sept. 24 update
Clockwise from left: Festival Opera’s Costume Ball and Gala, Oct. 21. Clayton Theatre Company presents “Working” Oct. 13-28. Bubble wizard Stirling Johnson performs at the Clayton Library on Oct. 4.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Sept. 24, 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

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 925-890-458.

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 through Oct. 5 with 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, Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. Final Thursday concert is 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 28 with House of Floyd. 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

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

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

Library Book Club. For adults, 6-7:45 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. September book is “The Paris Bookseller” by Kerri Maher, and October will be “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.

Camp Clayton: After-School Explorers. STEAM-related activities and independent exploration for children in our Discovery Zone, 2-3 p.m. Sept. 27.

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.

Tiny Art Show Supply Day. Adults can pick up your supplies for our third annual Tiny Art Show while supplies last, all day Oct. 3. Make your masterpiece during October, then bring it back to the library in November for our display. One winner will be randomly chosen to win a prize. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Sterling Johnson: The Bubble Experience. Children ages 5 and up will be amazed by the bubble expert, 2-3 p.m. Oct. 4. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation

If You’re Board, Switch it Up. Students in 6th-12th grades can play Nintendo Switch or board games,  3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 5, and every first Thursday. Sponsored 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

At the Bruns Amphitheater. 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

“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.