🌳 Issue #094

Weekend Fun Ahead: Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival + Pachanga Salsa Night!


Good morning, Walnut Creek! The weekend is almost here, and we've got some exciting events to keep your spirits high. Don't miss the 2024 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival happening June 1-2 at Heather Farms Park, featuring live music, over 200 artisans, delectable food, and fun activities for the kids. Plus, tonight, get ready to dance at Pachanga Thursday with Julio Bravo's live salsa band and DJ Chino spinning the hottest Latin tracks. Grab your tickets now and join the festive fun!

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Don't Miss the 2024 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival: June 1-2

  • Live Salsa Music and Dancing: Pachanga Thursday with Julio Bravo!

  • New Real Estate Section

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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Don't Miss the 2024 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival: June 1-2

The 41st annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival is scheduled for June 1-2 at Heather Farms Park, located at 301 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek. This beloved event has become a staple in the community, known for its picturesque park setting and engaging activities that appeal to all ages. With free admission, the festival offers a welcoming and accessible weekend for families, friends, and visitors.

Attendees can look forward to an array of attractions designed to entertain and delight. The festival features non-stop live music from talented local and Bay Area artists, providing a vibrant soundtrack throughout the event. The lineup includes performances by Michelle Lambert, Andre Thierry Accordion Soul Music, Pride and Joy, and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones tribute band, among others. This diverse musical offering ensures there's something for everyone, from classic rock to soulful pop.

In addition to the music, the festival showcases the work of over 200 artisans, offering distinctive handmade crafts and works of art. This provides a perfect opportunity for festival-goers to browse and purchase unique items, supporting local artists and craftsmen.

Food enthusiasts will be pleased with the wide variety of culinary options available. The festival features a delectable selection of festival foods, including award-winning local and regional wines, microbrews, and an assortment of ethnic and traditional dishes. Vendors such as Aroma Concessions, BunBao, Chicken and the Farm, Coastal Paella, GIO Gelati, Gourmet Faire, JC's Holey Donuts, Nahua Pizza, Old Tyme Kettle Korn, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Sophie's Kitchen, The Juicery, Tropical Hut, Twisted K's Soft Serve Ice Cream, Uncle Mike's Badass Sausages, Claytonville BBQ, and Sonoma Teriyaki will offer a diverse range of flavors to satisfy every palate.

Families will find plenty of activities to keep children entertained. The Kids Zone features games, rides, and other attractions, ensuring that young attendees have a memorable and enjoyable experience. The Festival Train, a longtime favorite, will once again be a highlight for families, offering rides around the park.

Presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Visit Walnut Creek, the festival's central location at Heather Farms Park makes it an easy and convenient destination for a day out. The event's setting, combined with its diverse offerings, makes it a must-visit for both locals and visitors.

Whether you're there to enjoy the music, browse unique crafts, indulge in delicious food and drink, or simply soak in the festive atmosphere, the 2024 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival promises a fun-filled and memorable weekend for all.

Live Salsa Music and Dancing: Pachanga Thursday with Julio Bravo!

Pachanga Thursday is set to be an electrifying event on May 30th, transforming Walnut Creek into a hotspot for salsa enthusiasts. The evening promises a dynamic lineup, headlined by the acclaimed Julio Bravo and his live salsa band, known for their captivating performances and vibrant music. DJ Chino will add to the festivities by spinning an exciting mix of salsa, bachata, timba, and more, ensuring the dance floor stays lively throughout the night.

The event kicks off at 6:00 PM when the doors open, allowing attendees to settle in and soak up the festive atmosphere. The main show begins at 8:00 PM, with Julio Bravo's band taking the stage to deliver a high-energy live performance. Guests can look forward to an immersive experience filled with rhythm, dance, and the infectious energy of salsa music.

Pachanga Thursday is not just a dance event; it's a celebration of Latin music and culture, offering a vibrant and welcoming environment for both seasoned dancers and newcomers alike. Whether you're there to dance the night away or simply enjoy the live music, this event promises an unforgettable evening of fun and festivity in Walnut Creek.



Cabaret | 5/26 - 6/23 | Lesher Center for the Arts | Cabaret, presented by Center REP at the Lesher Center for the Arts, runs from May 26 to June 23, 2024. Directed by Markus Potter with choreography by Jessica Chen and musical direction by Eryn Allen, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical captures the hedonistic nightlife of late 1920s Berlin against the backdrop of the Nazi party's rise. Featuring matinee and evening performances, Cabaret offers a gripping narrative and a celebrated score by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy | 2/24 - 8/31 on Saturdays | Lesher Center of the Arts


Bingo Drop-In (Seniors) | Civic Park Community Center - Thursdays at 12 PM

Native Plant Growers | Civic Park Community Center - Fridays at 11 AM

Farmer’s Market Walnut Creek | Locust St - Sundays at 9 AM | The Walnut Creek Market, open Sundays 9 am-1 pm year-round on Locust Street, offers local produce, supports sustainability, and provides free first-hour parking at Grower’s Square; only certified service animals are allowed.

Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market | Shadelands - Saturdays at 9 AM | Located in Walnut Creek's Shadelands Business Park, the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, open Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM with over 40 vendors, features fresh Brentwood produce, a Kid’s Craft Corner, and is a family favorite, having been voted #1 in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market contest.


Line Dancing Lessons | Bourbon Highway - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM. Watch Video


Throwback Thursdays | Thursday, May 30 | 9 PM | Dan’s Irish Sports Bar | 90s and 00s with DJ Rich Era


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