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Juneteenth Festival in San Francisco June 15th

Photo by Flickr user Christian Senger

Juneteenth Festival:

Filmore St. (btw Golden Gate Ave. & Geary Blvd.)
San Francisco
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
11:00am – 6:00pm | Free

Today the historic San Francisco Juneteenth is one of the largest African American celebrations in California and it’s sole purpose is for historical awareness, building self esteem with our youth, connecting organizations with the community and providing opportunity for African American vendors to market their business and showcase their craft.


Walnut Creek Uncorked June 20th

Walnut Creek Uncorked:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Thursday, June 20th, 2018
6:00 – 9:00pm | $40 ($50 at door)

Sip, savor and stroll through downtown Walnut Creek and experience the best restaurants, fashion, jewelry, and artisan shops while enjoying a variety of regional wines at this years WCU. Food bites, live entertainment and hydration stations available during the event.

Ticket redeemed for 1 wine glass and 1 WCD tote bag (while supplies last) at starting location. NO REFUNDS.


First Wednesdays Street Fest June 5th in Downtown Walnut Creek

First Wednesdays Street Fest:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Cypress St, between Locust St. & N. Main St.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
5:30 – 8:30pm | Free

We are kicking off WCFW’s with Neon Velvet in May, followed in June by Vybe Society. May through September you can end the work or school day on the first Wednesday of each month with a street festival full of live music, dancing, food trucks, wine and beer, Kids Fun Zone, interactive games and free prizes. This year we are partnering with the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Market (Sundays, 9a-1p, Cypress St, WC) to create a Chef’s Demo. Stop by and enjoy some delicious recipes.


Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters Playing at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord June 6th

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters:

Todos Santos Plaza
2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm | Free

Head to Todos Santos Plaza on Thursday nights the Farmers’ Market and free music concerts in the Park with a great line-up of wonderful Bay Area musicians playing Salsa, jazz, zydeco, blues and more.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters featuring Miss Carmen Getit


Art & Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek June 1st & 2nd

Art & Wine Festival:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, June 1st – Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Kickoff the summer season at the 38th annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival! Two fun-filled days of free family entertainment. More than 200 arts and crafts booths, non-stop live music, a wide variety of food and drink concessions, Premium Wine Tent, Craft Brew Garden for suds fans, and an interactive Kids Zone – all spread throughout beautiful Heather Farm Park. Festival admission is free.


Gordon H. Chang “The Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Workers” at Blackhawk Museum in Danville June 1st

Photo by Flickr user anikascreations

Gordon H. Chang “The Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Workers”:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm | Free with museum admission

Gordon H. Chang is a professor of American History at Stanford University, a renowned author and Director, Center for East Asian Studies. His particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America. He is interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present. His current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America.
His latest book, Ghosts of Gold Mountain, is being published this Spring, and in this groundbreaking account, Gordon draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, Ghosts of Gold Mountain returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga. It is a breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now.

There will be a question and answer session after the presentation as well as a book signing.


Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Playing at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette May 30th – June 22nd

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Thursday, May 30th – Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

A sizzling, exhilarating musical farce! Newly revised for the London West End, the musical whisks us off to sexy 1980s Madrid, and to the unravelling world of Pepa, Pepa’s wandering lover, the lover’s nutty ex-wife, their son and his fiancée, Pepa’s ditzy friend and that friend’s suspicious boyfriend, plus a lawyer, and a talkative taxi driver. All this comedic chaos is served up with a very specially laced gazpacho, and an irresistible Spanish beat.


Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Cal State East Bay in Concord May 22nd

Sustainable Enterprise Conference:

Cal State East Bay Concord Campus
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Concord
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
9:00am – 5:30pm | $25 ($35 at door) [includes lunch]

Sustainability is no longer simply a topic of conversation or political debate, it’s an imperative … and the path to Sustainability offers tremendous opportunities for creativity and innovation.

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is Contra Costa’s annual gathering of business owners, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, educators and activists who are dedicated to the principles of Sustainability and One Planet Living.

Speakers and panelists address critical issues, showcase successful business models and present opportunities for creating a vibrant and truly sustainable economy.


Live Poets Society at Orinda Books on May 26th

Live Poets Society:

Orinda Books
276 Village Square, Orinda
Sunday, May 26th, 2019
1:00 – 3:00pm | Free

Featuring Maw Shein Win and Rebecca Foust

Maw Shein Win‘s poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). A full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), and her forthcoming second full-length collection of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at UC Berkeley.

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive (Press 53 Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Recognitions include the Cavafy Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Lascaux Flash Fiction Prize, the American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust is passionate about literature being for everyone, not just the elite, and is happy to be able to promote this goal as Marin County Poet Laureate, an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, and the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change,


Bay to Breakers Race in San Francisco May 19th

Photo by Flickr user jganderson

Bay to Breakers Race:

San Francisco
Sunday, May 19th, 2019

A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay. As participants progress throughout the course, they will pass through nine neighborhoods, each with distinctive personalities, geography and landmarks. The course is designed to deepen your love and appreciation for the city.