Calendar of Events - Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Mobile Visitor? Try our mobile app!

Event Type:

August 2016

Events available for Registration...

City Council Candidates' Forum 2016
09/13/16 - 09/13/16
register for this event...

New Member Orientation
09/21/16 - 09/21/16
register for this event...

Business TradeFaire 2016
09/29/16 - 09/29/16
register for this event...

Events in the next 20 days...
Fresh & Ready Again

Fresher Than Ever.
You may have missed our brief five day closure, but don't miss our freshened up digs!
We're back and ready to serve you every day from 6am - 11pm with:
  • Breakfast all day every day.
  • Quick and satisfying lunches.
  • Home-style cooking.
  • Huge portions
  • Eclectic, charming decor, PLUS
  • Patio seating, and
  • A meeting room for up to 45 people. (Call or email to arrange your next power lunch!)
Hope to see you soon!
The Walnut Creek Black Bear Diner team

Founded in 1995, Black Bear Diner now has over 80 diners throughout eight western states. Discover why Nation's Restaurant News dubbed Black Bear Diner one of America's Top 200 restaurant concepts.
Website Link

more info...
Two Tickets to Pair-adise

Embark on a journey with twice the fun, twice the snuggles, and twice the love!
Bring home any two cats or kittens for just one adoption fee.
Through September 4 at ARF*
*Standard adoption criteria apply
Adoption fees: 2 cats $75, 2 kittens $125, 1 cat + 1 kitten $125
Adoption hours: Wednesday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday Noon to 6 pm; Friday Noon to 7 pm

ARF Website

more info...
Brain Remodeling

Brain Remodeling: You Can Change Your Brain and Your Health!

A workshop for family caregivers or those dealing with the challenges of aging with Linda Fodrini-Johnson of Eldercare Services.
You will learn:
•How you can repair damage done by stress to your brain
•Simple ways to change your chromosomes
•The power of “mindfulness”
•It’s never too late to be a better you!

*Limited Seating. No Fee. Class intended for family caregivers or those dealing with the challenges of aging.

Website link


more info...
Hello Goodbye:The Beatles' Last Public Performance

Revisit the Beatles’ final concert with professional musician Dulais Rhys. Songs from the 1966 event at Candlestick Park in San Francisco will be heard and discussed along with details about the opening acts and more. This free program is part of the Live! from the Library series presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Reservations are recommended to guarantee your seat and can be made online at 

more info...
Party in the Plaza

Party In The Plaza
As Phase I of the Broadway Plaza renovation comes to an end, the celebration will begin! Broadway Plaza's Party In The Plaza will be a center-wide Street Gest, officially celebration g Broadway Plaza's Grand Opening 
  • Featuring a free concert in Broadway Plaza Street from Mark McGrath & Poprocks
  • Featuring musical and roving entertainment, food trucks, a Kids' Korner and more.
  • A special ceremony will be held prior to the concert kicking off the festivities and welcoming the community to the "new " Broadway Plaza.
  • Fireweorks will blast, illuminating the downtown as the event draws to an end.
  • Partnering with iHeat Media on talent and promotion

more info...
Math + Abacus = Fun!

Come experience the magic of abacus learning!  Aloha Mind Math Open House for community members.  Enjoy refreshments and complimentary private, hands-on abacus instruction.  Kids are welcome to also attend the Friday afternoon class after receiving their abacus instruction.

Please RSVP to Hali at or 925-448-7167
Website link

more info...
Hometown Hurrah Sunset Social at RBG

Avoid the Labor Day weekend traffic elsewhere and join us here at The Ruth Bancroft Garden for a fun and relaxing late-afternoon. Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, local folk/blues musicians, will perform “an eclectic, full-bodied tapestry of Americana.” Lindsay Wildlife Experience will have some of their travelling animal ambassdors will be in attendance.

A mouthwatering dinner selection will be available for purchase along with beer by Novel Brewing Co., wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. General Admission: $20 Member Admission: $15 Dinner: $10 Beer/Wine: $5 water/Soda: $1

Event Link


more info...
Walnut Creek First Wednesday

Rockin' Reggae Night
WCD hosts Walnut Creek First Wednesdays Street Festivals each month for all ages!

Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, shopping, treats & more!

biking family stick decal

Ride your bike to the event!

Bike Walnut Creek is sponsoring a free 'bike valet' for your wheels! 
Park your bike securely with the valet attendant as you relax & enjoy the event.
Enjoy FREE parking on Wednesday nights after 5PM!

Participating Garages:
N. Locust Garage - 1625 Locust St. / S. Locust Garage - 1350 Locust St.
N. Broadway Garage - 1390 N. Broadway

BART and FREE Downtown Trolley


more info...
Mt Diablo Business Women:Network+Art of Results!

Enjoy an evening of networking over a terrific 3-course dinner at the Lafayette Park Hotel. Gain 3 essential skills for "Mastering the Art of Results" from Jo Ilfeld, PhD -- coach, entrepreneur and founder of Success Reboot.  Register by midnight Sept 5th and get directions/details at
Members $52, Non-Members $60. Attendees must register by 11:59 p.m. on Sept 5 at

more info...
Night of Thanks

Night of Thanks
As a THANK YOU to the community for supporting  Broadway Plaza during our renovation, we will be hosting a special "Night of Thanks" on Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The purpose of this unique event will be to bring the community together for a fun, fashionable night, while also raising funds for our favorite nonprofits, and driving traffic to Broadway Plaza's new and existing retailers. During this not-to-be-missed event, Broadway Plaza will offer an exclusive one-night only celebration that will include in-store retailer sales and events, in-mall activations, musical and entertainment performances, fashion shows, food and wine tastings, and other fun surprises.

more info...
Movies Under the Stars - Toy Story

Bring your picnic and watch the stars come out over Walnut Creek. Stay for the movie and you’ll see some pretty impressive stars on our screen, too!

Live music before the movie begins at 7pm. Movies begin at sunset. Please do not bring pets.

Toy Story
Saturday, September 10

Civic Park
1375 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Woody, a drawstring cowboy doll, is jealous of new-toy-in-town, spaceman action figure Buzz Lightyear in this computer-generated fantasy of an eclectic assortment of toys and their comical misadventures. Woody and Buzz must ban together to survive when they find themselves in the outside world in the first ever feature-length computer animated film.

Movies Under the Stars are brought to you by Walnut Creek Recreation and Walnut Creek Downtown. For further information: (925) 943-5858 or

more info...
Walnut Creek Fun Run

Walnut Creek Runs to Benefit Local Schools
5K, 10K and free Kids Fun Run on September 11

What: Registration is now open for the Third Annual Walnut Run – a 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run through downtown Walnut Creek to benefit Walnut Creek Schools. Costumes are encouraged! Net proceeds will benefit Walnut Creek schools, the Walnut Creek Education Foundation and Partners for Educational Achievement in K-12.
Proceeds from the race are distributed by the percentage of affiliated participants from each school. The more runners from a school, the larger percentage of funds earned. The race debuted in 2014, raising more than $15,000 for these education organizations.
Where: Downtown Walnut Creek, starting from 1231 S. Main Street.
When: Sunday, September 11; booths open at 6 a.m. and race starts at 8 a.m.
Registration fee: Starts at $25/person; race T-shirts for first 1,000 paid participants.
Register at:
Stay: Make it a Walnut Creek weekend retreat; find great Walnut Creek hotel rates at

more info...
Meet the Candidates

For the last 90 years the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce has been working hard for our community. We appreciate the trust that our residents place in our organization. That is why each election we host a free public forum to introduce all the City Council candidates to the community. Much time and foresight goes into a series of questions we prepare to bring to light their respective positions on important issues. Following that, our Chamber scrutinizes the candidates and their records very carefully so that we may offer informed recommendations.Three City Council seats are open for election this November.
Voters will have their first chance to hear from the candidates during a special Candidates' Forum 2016 sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. All four candidates — Loella Haskew, Certified Public Accountant; Bob Simmons, Retired; Justin Wedel, Technology Executive and Kevin Wilk, Business Development Director — will respond to questions posed by the Chamber's political action committee, WALPAC, and members of the audience.
When: Tuesday, September 13, 7:45 a.m. to 9:45am
Where: Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
Seats are limited. Registration is required.
Continental breakfast will be served.
To register for this FREE event, click here.

more info...
Halstrom Academy's Sip 'n' See

Halstrom Academy's Sip 'n' See is an oppotunity for prospective parents and community members to come on campus. 

more info...
WC Village First Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Come play golf, get some sunshine & exercise and support Walnut Creek Village's May 2017 launch. Our mission is to improve resources and community support to help seniors live comfortably and confidently in our homes as we age. Registration 10 am-noon; Shotgun Scramble 12:45; Awards Banquet, Silent Auction & Raffle 6 pm. If you're not a golfer, come to the banquet only- registration info for all activities on our website (see below).

$150 for full day of golf with cart, food, goodie bag, games, prizes $50 Awards banquet dinner/silent auction & raffle only

Website link


more info...
The Exploration of Mars

Jay Trimble of NASA Ames Research Center will share photographs and discuss what NASA has learned about Mars from its robotic explorers in a presentation titled The Exploration of Mars. This free program is sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation in celebration of Walnut Creek’s 2016 One City One Book selection, The Martian by Andy Weir. Trimble will also recount stories from NASA’s Mars Missions along what the fictional Mark Watney, protagonist of The Martian, might see on Mars. Register online at

more info...
Board of Directors Monthly Meeting

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors meet the third Thursday of each month from 7:45am-9:00am.

more info...
Christian College Fair

Please join us at the NACCAP Christian College Fair on Thursday, September 15th at Berean Christian High School from 6 PM-8 PM! This event is FREE and open to the community! Over 50 Christian Colleges will be in attendance for you and your students to meet with and learn more about their respective universities. A Financial Aid seminar will be taking place as well, which will highlight the upcoming changes to FAFSA, along with Cal Grant information, and answer any questions you have. Register for your bar code at to best utilize your time while at the fair and view the schools registered to be in attendance. Please direct all questions to Kayla Luttrell at
Looking forward to you joining us on September 15th!  

more info...
CCAR 95th Anniversary Celebration

more info...
Math + Abacus = Fun!

Come experience the magic of abacus learning!  Aloha Mind Math Open House for community members.  Enjoy refreshments and complimentary private, hands-on abacus instruction.  Kids are welcome to also attend the Friday afternoon class after receiving their abacus instruction.

Please RSVP to Hali at or 925-448-7167
Website link

more info...
Cancer Support Community Gala

The 16th annual Cancer Support Community Gala will be held on Saturday, September 17, at the Diablo Country Club.  All proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community, providing counseling, education and support for cancer patients and their families.  This elegant evening featured live music, a gourmet dinner, lively auctions, and a program celebrating cancer survivorship.

Advance reservation required.  For more information, please contact Adrienne Ursino at 925.953.1209 or

Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area
3276 McNutt Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Event link

more info...
Fishing Derby - Walnut Festival

Fishing Derby at Healther Farm Park Lake where children will be able to learn to fish.  Poles and bait will be provided.  Fishing will be open from 7:00AM to 11:00AM on Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25th.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Free The event is before the opening of the Walnut Festival

Event Link


more info...
Twilight Parade

Every September, the Walnut Festival Association presents fantastic events to celebrate the community.  On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 6:00pm, the annual Twilight Parade takes place on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek.  The parade, which begins on Mt. Diablo and ends on Civic Drive, invites local high school bands, business owners, and community organizations to participate. The Twilight Parade is a sanctioned event and is judged by the Pacific Judging Association.  High school bands are awarded points and prizes for their participation in the parade.  The parade is free of charge, so be sure to get there early to reserve the best viewing spots.
Walnut Festival Association's YouTube video

Event Link

more info...
Retooled Opening Reception

Highlights from the Hechinger Collection
Sept 18- Nov 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 3:00-5:00 pm
View tool-inspired art from the Hechinger Collection at the exhibition opening. Enjoy complimentary Hors D’oeuvres & wine!
Admission: General $5; Youth (13-17) $3; Children 12 and under, free.
Retooled delves into the engaging and unexpected world of tools through more than 40 inspired paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs. This exhibition celebrates the prevalence of tools in our lives with art that transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works that speak with beauty, insight, and wit.
Providing a dynamic entry point into the rich themes, materials, and processes of 20th century art, Retooled profiles 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including nationally recognized artists such as Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Leger, and H.C. Westermann.
Ancillary Exhibition in the Alcove Gallery Blade Runner: Retooling the Saw as Art
Organized by the Bedford Gallery, this invitational features 20 artists from the Greater Bay Area who use blades as a surface for painting or as 3D objects.
Curriculum Connection:
Explore our history and relationship with everyday tools, and learn how artists transform them into objects of beauty.
Art Project:
Dust off your workbenches and make tool-inspired artwork from hardware, wire, and twine.

more info...