Golden Gate Park (Sharon Meadows/Hippie Hill)
Saturday, April 20th, 2019
10:00am – 5:00pm | Free
4/20 at Hippie Hill is a San Francisco tradition said to date back to the 1970’s. Each year, tens of thousands of people arrive from all over the world to celebrate the glorious Cannabis plant.
The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
5:00pm | $75
Get ready to party at The Gardens at Heather Farm! This year’s Fiesta fundraiser hits right on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and there’s no better way to celebrate the festive day than by hanging outdoors in our beautiful garden enjoying scrumptious tacos, frozen margaritas, beer, live mariachi and more!
Take in the fresh, evening air and walk among thousands of blooming roses. Try samples of several unique tequilas and test your taste buds on our salsa “heat scale” while helping to raise funds to support our community-based public garden and environmental science programs for local school children.
Featuring live performances by the amazing Mariachi Mi Mexico and an array of tasty, Mexican-inspired foods prepared by Elisa’s Catering & Flavors of Cali Food Truck, including tacos, mini empanadas and chimichangas, guacamole, salsa and more!
Ages 21+ only
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
2:00 – 3:30pm | Free
Join us for a captivating and enriching afternoon with Vita Voci, a nine-person vocal ensemble, performing music from 1790 – 1870 America. The Music of Poets, Soldiers, Slaves, Shakers and a Civil War is an a capella journey through wars, escapes, and upheavals; from Adams to Abe. A Q&A session will follow the musical performance.
Japantown, San Francisco
Saturday, April 13th, Sunday, April 14th, 2019
11:00am – 6:00pm | Free
Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown! We expect this year to be filled with special events and new attractions.
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, April 14th, 2019
2:00pm | $35
The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is delighted to join forces with Diablo Ballet on April 14 to present a concert the whole family will enjoy. In a program celebrating dance, audience members of all ages will be invited to move – and maybe even clap out loud – to rhythms of the waltz, the polka and Russian folk dance. Dancers will bring cats and unicorns to the stage, and the orchestra will transport imaginations to a village fair with gypsies, masqueraders and a dancing bear. Classic ballet selections featuring dancers from Diablo Ballet include Tchaikovsky’s “Pas de Deux” from Swan Lake and “Puss in Boots” from Sleeping Beauty. Under the direction of Matilda Hofman, the orchestra will perform the universally loved waltz from Sleeping Beauty as well as selections from Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet Petrushka. Capping off the celebration, a surprise guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Strauss’s exuberant “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka”.
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
7:00pm | Free
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.
Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
160 University Ave, Berkeley
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free
Enjoy hands-on educational activities and learn about organizations helping to protect the Bay and its wildlife. A variety of live music for all ages will play throughout the day and there will be an assortment of food vendors. Take a sailboat ride or paddle a Dragon Boat. Build with recycled materials in Adventure Playground. All ages are welcome.
New this year will be a Bay wildlife-themed costume parade!
3849 Mount Diablo Blvd
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
8:00am | $30
Join us for New Day’s annual 5K walk/run at the Lafayette Reservoir.
Grab some friends and family and come walk for a great cause on April 13th – we’re starting earlier this year – at 8 am!
This is a great way to fundraise for New Day! Form teams and get competitive against other teams! Have friends, family and colleagues sponsor you for this great walk/run! Just think if you ask 10 people to sponsor you for $20 that’s an easy $200 that you’ve raised for New Day and that could be just the beginning!
Registration is $30 for adults, kids/students 6-22 years old is $15 (this amount will be reflected at checkout) and kids 5 and under are free!
Prizes for the fastest age group runners: adults (18+), young teens (13-15), old teens (16-18), and kids (under 13)
Photo by Flickr user luckywhitegirl
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm |$15
In this exciting, hands-on workshop you’ll learn about simple, backyard rainwater harvesting systems. We’ll cover common types of rainharvesting systems, storage options, system components, how to size a system, and irrigation methods. Led by the experts from Greywater Action, we’ll install a rain barrel system that will:
- provide storage
- reduce stormwater runoff and sewage overflows
- recharge aquifers
- increase your backyard harvest
- lower your water bill
Healthy lunch and beverages will be provided. Location details will be sent after registration.
Holi Festival Celebration:
BR2600, Southeast Parking Lot
2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon (across street from City Center Bishop Ranch)
Friday, April 5th, 2019
5:00 – 8:00pm Free
Holi is an ancient festival from India that celebrates the beginning of spring. Participants throw brightly colored powdered pigments on each other as a way to commemorate the vibrant, abundant colors of springtime and to say farewell to the long winter.
Along with the traditional throwing of colors, there will be plenty of free activities for the family, which include face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances, live music, gourmet food trucks and a Kids Zone.