Guidebook for Walnut Creek

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Guidebook for Walnut Creek

Drinks & Nightlife

Fun, hip place offering Cuban food, what could be more fun?
Havana Restaurant
1516 Bonanza St
Fun, hip place offering Cuban food, what could be more fun?
Lots of TVs showing sports. Great atmosphere. Live music on weekends!
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Stadium Pub
1420 Lincoln Ave
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Lots of TVs showing sports. Great atmosphere. Live music on weekends!
Fun yet intimate, outdoor seating available!
The Park Bistro & Bar
3287 Mt Diablo Blvd
Fun yet intimate, outdoor seating available!
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
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Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave
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Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
Live music, enthusiastic crowd, good vibe!
Retro Junkie
2112 N Main St
Live music, enthusiastic crowd, good vibe!
An amazing assortment of beers on tap, vibrant and warm ambiance, a local favorite.
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Hops & Scotch
7001 Sunne Ln
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An amazing assortment of beers on tap, vibrant and warm ambiance, a local favorite.
Walnut Creek Uncorked, Wednesday June 22 530-830pm. A local favorite is back, inviting you to sip, savor and stroll through Walnut Creek! Experience award-winning restaurants and browse artisan shops while enjoying a variety of regional wines, beers, and spirits. Snack on small bites and groove to live entertainment along the route. Registration: $55-70 ($15 for designated drivers). WalnutCreekDowntown.com
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Walnut Creek
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Walnut Creek Uncorked, Wednesday June 22 530-830pm. A local favorite is back, inviting you to sip, savor and stroll through Walnut Creek! Experience award-winning restaurants and browse artisan shops while enjoying a variety of regional wines, beers, and spirits. Snack on small bites and groove to live entertainment along the route. Registration: $55-70 ($15 for designated drivers). WalnutCreekDowntown.com
Fabulous cover bands mostly from the 1970s 1980s, usually perform at 8pm weekend nights. Delicious food. Newly expanded. One of the local favorites!
WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails
1932 Oak Park Blvd
Fabulous cover bands mostly from the 1970s 1980s, usually perform at 8pm weekend nights. Delicious food. Newly expanded. One of the local favorites!

Parks & Nature

There are an abundance of trail heads within a 10-minute drive. You'd be surprised how quickly one can be in the woods or walking the hillsides with very few people!
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There are an abundance of trail heads within a 10-minute drive. You'd be surprised how quickly one can be in the woods or walking the hillsides with very few people!
Stunning views, hiking trails, multiple private and lovely picnic grounds, even some rock climbing areas! The 45-minute drive up the mountain is gorgeous.
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Mount Diablo State Park - North Gate Road Entrance
1300 N Gate Rd
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Stunning views, hiking trails, multiple private and lovely picnic grounds, even some rock climbing areas! The 45-minute drive up the mountain is gorgeous.
Paved path, great for biking, walking, or blading. Different parts of the path offer different views: nature, residential flavor of the towns.
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Lafayette/Moraga Regional Trail
Lafayette/Moraga Regional Trail
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Paved path, great for biking, walking, or blading. Different parts of the path offer different views: nature, residential flavor of the towns.
Lovely park with a small lake, playground, bike/skate park, and paved walking paths. Gorgeous venue for weddings.
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Heather Farm Park
301 N San Carlos Dr
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Lovely park with a small lake, playground, bike/skate park, and paved walking paths. Gorgeous venue for weddings.
Gorgeous gardens! Holiday light show is amazing (purchase advance tickets)!
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
1552 Bancroft Rd
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Gorgeous gardens! Holiday light show is amazing (purchase advance tickets)!
Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area. Purchase advance entry tickets online.
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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area. Purchase advance entry tickets online.
Magnificent redwood forest with paved and dirt paths available. Absolutely gorgeous! Advance parking reservations are a must!
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Muir Woods Visitor Center
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Magnificent redwood forest with paved and dirt paths available. Absolutely gorgeous! Advance parking reservations are a must!
Exquisite and delightful garden with the iconic bridge. Highly recommend visiting this romantic garden and having tea there (yummy savory snacks, too). Don't let poor weather dissuade you, the garden is even more beautiful and effervescent in the rain!
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Japanese Tea Garden
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
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Exquisite and delightful garden with the iconic bridge. Highly recommend visiting this romantic garden and having tea there (yummy savory snacks, too). Don't let poor weather dissuade you, the garden is even more beautiful and effervescent in the rain!
Splendid huge park with beautiful gardens, museums, and other points of interest. Take a picnic and enjoy the day!
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Golden Gate Park
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Splendid huge park with beautiful gardens, museums, and other points of interest. Take a picnic and enjoy the day!
The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
1199 9th Ave
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The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of D’Lights. With more lights and more lasers, this year’s Garden of D’Lights is set to be better than ever! Guests of all ages are in for a holiday treat as they meander through the Garden’s 3.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents and trees that are transformed into magical and colorful botanical sculptures by thousands of lights! Garden of D’Lights is our flagship fundraising event for the year, so tickets are not refundable and all sales are final. Thank you for your support! $12-$24 non-members. https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2021/ Please email lights@ruthbancroftgarden.org with any questions. We will respond within 72 hours.
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
1552 Bancroft Rd
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Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of D’Lights. With more lights and more lasers, this year’s Garden of D’Lights is set to be better than ever! Guests of all ages are in for a holiday treat as they meander through the Garden’s 3.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents and trees that are transformed into magical and colorful botanical sculptures by thousands of lights! Garden of D’Lights is our flagship fundraising event for the year, so tickets are not refundable and all sales are final. Thank you for your support! $12-$24 non-members. https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/lights2021/ Please email lights@ruthbancroftgarden.org with any questions. We will respond within 72 hours.
This grassland and forest area features 31 miles of trails, plus fishing ponds, a playground & cattle. Free to all.
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Shell Ridge Open Space
1035 Castle Rock Rd
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This grassland and forest area features 31 miles of trails, plus fishing ponds, a playground & cattle. Free to all.
Walnut Creek Open Space remains open for hiking, walking, running, bicycling, dog walking and equestrian use while practicing proper social distancing. Picnic areas are open and are available to be reserved. The City of Walnut Creek Open Space division manages over 3000 acres of Open Space in four unique areas and over seven miles of neighborhood trails. These areas have been set aside to preserve natural resources, protect wildlife habitat and corridors, and provide recreation opportunities.
Walnut Creek Open Space
3621 Perada Dr
Walnut Creek Open Space remains open for hiking, walking, running, bicycling, dog walking and equestrian use while practicing proper social distancing. Picnic areas are open and are available to be reserved. The City of Walnut Creek Open Space division manages over 3000 acres of Open Space in four unique areas and over seven miles of neighborhood trails. These areas have been set aside to preserve natural resources, protect wildlife habitat and corridors, and provide recreation opportunities.
Acalanes Ridge is located on the northwestern edge of Walnut Creek above the Interstate 680 and Highway 24 intersection. It is a relatively small natural area serving as a greenbelt between Walnut Creek and Lafayette. The ridgeline provides incredible 360 degree views with the Carquinez Strait and delta to the north and Mount Diablo to the southeast. There are a number of short hiking opportunities including a hidden sylvan creek and spectacular spring wildflowers. Trail passes through the park. Dogs? Rangers recommend dogs remain leashed at all times. If they are off leash, dogs must be under positive sight and voice command.
Acalanes Ridge
Sousa Drive
Acalanes Ridge is located on the northwestern edge of Walnut Creek above the Interstate 680 and Highway 24 intersection. It is a relatively small natural area serving as a greenbelt between Walnut Creek and Lafayette. The ridgeline provides incredible 360 degree views with the Carquinez Strait and delta to the north and Mount Diablo to the southeast. There are a number of short hiking opportunities including a hidden sylvan creek and spectacular spring wildflowers. Trail passes through the park. Dogs? Rangers recommend dogs remain leashed at all times. If they are off leash, dogs must be under positive sight and voice command.
Undeveloped ridgeline offering hiking & biking trails amid diverse wildlife & chaparral vegetation. Open 6am-6pm.
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Lime Ridge Open Space
Ygnacio Valley Road
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Undeveloped ridgeline offering hiking & biking trails amid diverse wildlife & chaparral vegetation. Open 6am-6pm.
Enjoy this 27.80 mile, point to point trail from Pleasanton through Walnut Creek and all the way to Concord, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 11 h 23 min to complete. This is a very popular area for road biking, trail running, and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
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Iron Horse Trail
Iron Horse Regional Trail
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Enjoy this 27.80 mile, point to point trail from Pleasanton through Walnut Creek and all the way to Concord, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 11 h 23 min to complete. This is a very popular area for road biking, trail running, and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
This is one of several trail heads into the Shell Ridge Open Space. Lovely view of Walnut Creek from the hilltop. 1880-1898 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Rockspring Place trail entrance - Shell Ridge
1880-1898 Rockspring Place
This is one of several trail heads into the Shell Ridge Open Space. Lovely view of Walnut Creek from the hilltop. 1880-1898 Rockspring Pl, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
More than 3,000 acres of woodlands, grasslands & chaparral with picnic areas & multi-use trails. 2161 Youngs Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Sugarloaf Open Space
2161 Youngs Valley Rd
More than 3,000 acres of woodlands, grasslands & chaparral with picnic areas & multi-use trails. 2161 Youngs Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
One of many great entrances to the Shell Ridge open space. Small parking lot and trailhead with maps, water fountain access (for dogs too!). 181 Sutherland Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Fossil Hill Trail
181 Sutherland Drive
One of many great entrances to the Shell Ridge open space. Small parking lot and trailhead with maps, water fountain access (for dogs too!). 181 Sutherland Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
This trail accesses the Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge trails. From Sunburst Ct., take the trail slightly uphill to the gate. From the gate you can turn left going clockwise or go straight up the path (Franco Ridge Trail,) which is a steep switchback and cuts Franco Ranch Loop down the middle. At the top where Franco Ranch Loop and Franco Ridge Trail meet, you can see 1) downtown Walnut Creek, 2) Highway 24 from Walnut Creek to Lafayette. Then continue heading east on Franco Ranch Loop towards Mt. Diablo and you'll almost see the top of Mt. Diablo. Beware of Rattlers.
Franco Ranch Loop Trail
This trail accesses the Sugarloaf-Shell Ridge trails. From Sunburst Ct., take the trail slightly uphill to the gate. From the gate you can turn left going clockwise or go straight up the path (Franco Ridge Trail,) which is a steep switchback and cuts Franco Ranch Loop down the middle. At the top where Franco Ranch Loop and Franco Ridge Trail meet, you can see 1) downtown Walnut Creek, 2) Highway 24 from Walnut Creek to Lafayette. Then continue heading east on Franco Ranch Loop towards Mt. Diablo and you'll almost see the top of Mt. Diablo. Beware of Rattlers.
Diablo Foothills Regional Park is a 1,060 acres regional park of the East Bay Regional Park District. Address: 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
1700 Castle Rock Rd
Diablo Foothills Regional Park is a 1,060 acres regional park of the East Bay Regional Park District. Address: 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
The Castle Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile loop that is perfect for wildlife sightings, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and those wishing to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding hills. Located near Walnut Creek, the trail is easily accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area. The trail is kept open year-round, and happens to be part of the American Discovery Trail and the Coast to Crest trail. If you are not done hiking, connecting trails allow you to summit Mt. Diablo. This trail is dog friendly - but when you reach Mount Diablo State Park, please note that the park does not allow dogs. Several washouts make the trail a bit more technical than it used to be, so be cautious after it rains. Address: 1033 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Castle Rock Trail Entrance
1033 Castle Rock Road
The Castle Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile loop that is perfect for wildlife sightings, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and those wishing to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding hills. Located near Walnut Creek, the trail is easily accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area. The trail is kept open year-round, and happens to be part of the American Discovery Trail and the Coast to Crest trail. If you are not done hiking, connecting trails allow you to summit Mt. Diablo. This trail is dog friendly - but when you reach Mount Diablo State Park, please note that the park does not allow dogs. Several washouts make the trail a bit more technical than it used to be, so be cautious after it rains. Address: 1033 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Entertainment & Activities

Best climbing facility around, including a huge workout room, and lap pool. The people are friendly, helpful, laid-back, but also some serious athletes! It may seem a bit pricey, but once you see how large the facility is and how many activities they offer, you'll be glad for the fun and exercise.
Diablo Rock Gym
1220 Diamond Way
Best climbing facility around, including a huge workout room, and lap pool. The people are friendly, helpful, laid-back, but also some serious athletes! It may seem a bit pricey, but once you see how large the facility is and how many activities they offer, you'll be glad for the fun and exercise.
Although this movie theater is in Pleasant Hill, it's only a 10-minute drive and parking is fairly easy. Comfortable seats.
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Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill and XD
125 Crescent Dr
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Although this movie theater is in Pleasant Hill, it's only a 10-minute drive and parking is fairly easy. Comfortable seats.
Can't beat the location, close to restaurants and shops!
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Century Walnut Creek 14 and XD
1201 Locust St
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Can't beat the location, close to restaurants and shops!
Individual reclining chairs, YES! There is even a bar if you feel like a beer, or popcorn, while you lean back and watch a movie. Fun and comfy!
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Brenden Theatres
1985 Willow Pass Rd
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Individual reclining chairs, YES! There is even a bar if you feel like a beer, or popcorn, while you lean back and watch a movie. Fun and comfy!
Drop in for an adult ballet class or workout! Professional instructors!
Contra Costa Ballet Centre
2040 N Broadway
Drop in for an adult ballet class or workout! Professional instructors!
Know it's crazy, but if you feel like ice-skating, this is the place. 20-minute drive with no traffic.
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Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St
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Know it's crazy, but if you feel like ice-skating, this is the place. 20-minute drive with no traffic.
Boundary Oak Golf Course
3800 Valley Vista Rd
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Diablo Hills Golf Course
1551 Marchbanks Dr
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Low-key, intimate, serene environment where kids have a chance to learn about, see, and sometimes pet the rescued wildlife creatures!
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Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 1st Ave
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Low-key, intimate, serene environment where kids have a chance to learn about, see, and sometimes pet the rescued wildlife creatures!
Offers local plays, musicals, and performances. Darling little theater in downtown Lafayette, just next to Walnut Creek. About a 10-minute drive.
Town Hall Theatre Co-Lafayette
3535 School St
Offers local plays, musicals, and performances. Darling little theater in downtown Lafayette, just next to Walnut Creek. About a 10-minute drive.
Fantastic rides, arcades - kids of all ages love will love it!
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Dr
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Fantastic rides, arcades - kids of all ages love will love it!
Amazing slides. Great to cool off in the hot summer!
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
1950 Waterworld Pkwy
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Amazing slides. Great to cool off in the hot summer!
Beautiful and fun for all ages!
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Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd
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Beautiful and fun for all ages!
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Coliseum
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Oracle Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
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Best trampoline park around!
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Sky High Sports
1524 Rollins Rd
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Best trampoline park around!
First Wednesday of every month 5:30-8:30pm Cypress Street (Between Main & Locust Street). Live entertainment, outdoor eats, art, and more! Free parking at all city garages after 5pm.
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Walnut Creek Downtown
1666 N Main St
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First Wednesday of every month 5:30-8:30pm Cypress Street (Between Main & Locust Street). Live entertainment, outdoor eats, art, and more! Free parking at all city garages after 5pm.
Incredible selection of theater, plays, musicals, concerts, and other performances. Free outdoor concerts in July: 530pm-7pm Thursdays. To secure a table, tickets are required. Visit the Lesher Center for the Arts website or call (925) 943-SHOW. Rudney Plaza in front of the Lesher Center for the Arts.
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
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Incredible selection of theater, plays, musicals, concerts, and other performances. Free outdoor concerts in July: 530pm-7pm Thursdays. To secure a table, tickets are required. Visit the Lesher Center for the Arts website or call (925) 943-SHOW. Rudney Plaza in front of the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Fantastic outdoor music venue, which is not too large. All seats beneath the raised roof enjoy a fabulous view of the stage. Inexpensive tickets permit patrons to sit on the grassy knoll behind. Regular concert beverages and food available.
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Concord Pavilion
2000 Kirker Pass Rd
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Fantastic outdoor music venue, which is not too large. All seats beneath the raised roof enjoy a fabulous view of the stage. Inexpensive tickets permit patrons to sit on the grassy knoll behind. Regular concert beverages and food available.
9am-1pm Sundays on Locust St, downtown Walnut Creek. Fresh local produce, baked goods, crafts, food trucks, live music. Fun for the entire family!
Contra Costa Farmers' Market
1799 Locust St
9am-1pm Sundays on Locust St, downtown Walnut Creek. Fresh local produce, baked goods, crafts, food trucks, live music. Fun for the entire family!
Take the ferry and tour Alcatraz Prison: fascinating! Night tours are especially memorable. Wonderful excursion for the entire family. Advance tickets are a must! Don't forget your jacket for the lovely and chilly ferry ride!
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Alcatraz Island
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Take the ferry and tour Alcatraz Prison: fascinating! Night tours are especially memorable. Wonderful excursion for the entire family. Advance tickets are a must! Don't forget your jacket for the lovely and chilly ferry ride!
The Exploratorium is a museum of science, technology, and arts in San Francisco. Characterized as "a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one", the participatory nature of its exhibits and its self-identification as a center for informal learning has led to it being cited as the prototype for participatory museums around the world.
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Exploratorium
Green Street
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The Exploratorium is a museum of science, technology, and arts in San Francisco. Characterized as "a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one", the participatory nature of its exhibits and its self-identification as a center for informal learning has led to it being cited as the prototype for participatory museums around the world.
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium in Monterey, California, United States. Known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, it was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest when it opened in October 1984. The seals are hilarious, the jelly fish exhibit is exquisite, and the multi-story aquarium and sea life is breathtaking!
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Monterey Bayn akvaario
886 Cannery Row
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Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium in Monterey, California, United States. Known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, it was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest when it opened in October 1984. The seals are hilarious, the jelly fish exhibit is exquisite, and the multi-story aquarium and sea life is breathtaking!
Amusement park offers a variety of games and rides right on a mile-long stretch of sandy beach.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
400 Beach St
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Amusement park offers a variety of games and rides right on a mile-long stretch of sandy beach.
Fantastic indoor gym to take kids to have a blast and expend energy: trampolines, aerial skills, arcade dodgeball, stunt bag arena, and rock climbing!
Rockin Jump Concord /Formerly Sky High
1631 Challenge Dr
Fantastic indoor gym to take kids to have a blast and expend energy: trampolines, aerial skills, arcade dodgeball, stunt bag arena, and rock climbing!
Train of Lights. The annual Train of Lights returns this holiday season, offering a 1.5-hour-long-round-trip journey through Niles Canyon. Its antique coaches and open cars, expertly decorated and filled with music and refreshments will put everyone i a festive mood. W, F, Sa, and Su Nov 19-Dec 28 (except Xmas Eve and Xmas Day). Niles Station: 430pm. Sunol Staion 730pm. Tickets $30-$60. NCRY.org/Ride/Train-of-Lights.
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Niles Canyon Railway
6 Kilkare Rd
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Train of Lights. The annual Train of Lights returns this holiday season, offering a 1.5-hour-long-round-trip journey through Niles Canyon. Its antique coaches and open cars, expertly decorated and filled with music and refreshments will put everyone i a festive mood. W, F, Sa, and Su Nov 19-Dec 28 (except Xmas Eve and Xmas Day). Niles Station: 430pm. Sunol Staion 730pm. Tickets $30-$60. NCRY.org/Ride/Train-of-Lights.
Diablo Valley Lines is one of the largest exclusively HO scale model railroads in the US. The entire exhibit routinely switches from day to night and features a simulated thunderstorm complete with real rain Tickets: $3-$5 (children under 6 are free). WCMRS.org
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
2751 Buena Vista Avenue
Diablo Valley Lines is one of the largest exclusively HO scale model railroads in the US. The entire exhibit routinely switches from day to night and features a simulated thunderstorm complete with real rain Tickets: $3-$5 (children under 6 are free). WCMRS.org
Free concerts Friday evenings in June, 6-8:30pm. Lafayette Plaza Park - 3537 Plaza Way, Lafayette (corner of Mt Diablo Blvd. & Morgan Rd) June 10: SONA the band June 17: Keep on Trucking (rock, blues, R&B) June 24: Lamorinda Idol
Lafayette Plaza Park
Plaza Way
Free concerts Friday evenings in June, 6-8:30pm. Lafayette Plaza Park - 3537 Plaza Way, Lafayette (corner of Mt Diablo Blvd. & Morgan Rd) June 10: SONA the band June 17: Keep on Trucking (rock, blues, R&B) June 24: Lamorinda Idol
Free concerts Thursdays June 30-July 28, 5:30pm-7pm. Rodney Plaza at Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. LesherArtsCenter.org
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
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Free concerts Thursdays June 30-July 28, 5:30pm-7pm. Rodney Plaza at Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. LesherArtsCenter.org
Downtown Stages Sundays June 2023. Free admission. Discover an exciting pop-up entertainments series where local musicians, dancers, poets, and other performers present their talents in the heart of Walnut Creek. Water Light Public Plaza, 1501 Locust St., Walnut Creek.
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Walnut Creek
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Downtown Stages Sundays June 2023. Free admission. Discover an exciting pop-up entertainments series where local musicians, dancers, poets, and other performers present their talents in the heart of Walnut Creek. Water Light Public Plaza, 1501 Locust St., Walnut Creek.
Alameda County Fair June - July 2023. Wednesdays through Sundays 11am-11pm (11am-8pm July 4). All concert tickets include fair admission and sell out quickly, so grab yours now. Enjoy a nightly drone light display at 930pm after every show and a free fireworks spectacular on July 1. Otherwise admission is $14-$18 (children 5 and under are free). Event Entrance: Gates 8 & 12 off of Valley Ave., Pleasanton, CA.
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Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
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Alameda County Fair June - July 2023. Wednesdays through Sundays 11am-11pm (11am-8pm July 4). All concert tickets include fair admission and sell out quickly, so grab yours now. Enjoy a nightly drone light display at 930pm after every show and a free fireworks spectacular on July 1. Otherwise admission is $14-$18 (children 5 and under are free). Event Entrance: Gates 8 & 12 off of Valley Ave., Pleasanton, CA.
Fabulous museum with lots of child-friendly hands-on activities and lectures.
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Lawrence Hall of Science
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Fabulous museum with lots of child-friendly hands-on activities and lectures.
Fascinating observatory. Guest lectures, too!
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Lick Observatory
7281 Mt Hamilton Rd
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Fascinating observatory. Guest lectures, too!
Annual Walnut Festival Thu-Sun 9/22-25, 2022. Thu 5-10pm, Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 1-8pm. Specialty food vendors and a craft beer garden. Two-wheeled riders will enjoy the free supervised bicycle valet on the weekend. Admission: Repurchase - $12, At the gate - $15. Parking: $5. 301 No San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek.
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Heather Farm Park
301 N San Carlos Dr
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Annual Walnut Festival Thu-Sun 9/22-25, 2022. Thu 5-10pm, Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 1-8pm. Specialty food vendors and a craft beer garden. Two-wheeled riders will enjoy the free supervised bicycle valet on the weekend. Admission: Repurchase - $12, At the gate - $15. Parking: $5. 301 No San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sep 17 and 18, 2022. Sat 9/17 10am-7pm. Sun 9/18 10am-6pm. Free admission Parking at Lafayette BART with shuttle service to event. Live bands, arts and crafts, beer and wine, local artisans. Not to be missed!
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Lafayette
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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sep 17 and 18, 2022. Sat 9/17 10am-7pm. Sun 9/18 10am-6pm. Free admission Parking at Lafayette BART with shuttle service to event. Live bands, arts and crafts, beer and wine, local artisans. Not to be missed!
Marvel at an iconic show that presents artistic synchronized swimming in an epic theatrical format complete with lights, props, special effects, glittery costumes and an impressive three-dimensional stage backed by an enormous screen. Enhance your experience with food, beer, wine, and other refreshments for purchase. Tickets: $25-$27 - Seniors 62 and older: $20-$22 (Children 3 and under are free). Clarke Memorial Swim Center, 1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek.
Walnut Creek Aquanuts
1750 Heather Drive
Marvel at an iconic show that presents artistic synchronized swimming in an epic theatrical format complete with lights, props, special effects, glittery costumes and an impressive three-dimensional stage backed by an enormous screen. Enhance your experience with food, beer, wine, and other refreshments for purchase. Tickets: $25-$27 - Seniors 62 and older: $20-$22 (Children 3 and under are free). Clarke Memorial Swim Center, 1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek.
Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park Sep 30 - Oct 31, 2022. The price of admission will grant you access to what is known as one of the top ten Halloween experiences in the nation. Timed entry tickets are only available online and will NOT be sold at the door. Tickets: $20-$78. (Apologies, Airbnb prohibits including weblinks.)
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Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
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Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park Sep 30 - Oct 31, 2022. The price of admission will grant you access to what is known as one of the top ten Halloween experiences in the nation. Timed entry tickets are only available online and will NOT be sold at the door. Tickets: $20-$78. (Apologies, Airbnb prohibits including weblinks.)
Daily 9:15am-4pm. One Jelly Belly La, Fairfield, CA. Self-guided factory/museum tour. Every tour includes a Jelly Belly Train Ride (weather permitted)! Fun, interactive and sensory exhibits. Retail store: 9am-5pm.
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Jelly Belly Factory Tour
1 Jelly Belly Ln
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Daily 9:15am-4pm. One Jelly Belly La, Fairfield, CA. Self-guided factory/museum tour. Every tour includes a Jelly Belly Train Ride (weather permitted)! Fun, interactive and sensory exhibits. Retail store: 9am-5pm.
Wine & Whiskers Sat 9/17 5:30-8pm. Enjoy live music, regional specialty wines, and vegetarian appetizers from local eateries while you browse an exciting array of auction items in the presence of adorable animals looking for their forever homes. All proceeds benefit ARF's programs for pets and people. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets: $100. 2890 Mitchel Dr, Walnut Creek.
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Clinic
2890 Mitchell Drive
Wine & Whiskers Sat 9/17 5:30-8pm. Enjoy live music, regional specialty wines, and vegetarian appetizers from local eateries while you browse an exciting array of auction items in the presence of adorable animals looking for their forever homes. All proceeds benefit ARF's programs for pets and people. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets: $100. 2890 Mitchel Dr, Walnut Creek.
Annual event. Sat 9/10 10am-2pm. View a variety of beautiful classic and rare vehicles, including a special exhibit of vintage pickup trucks. Proceeds benefit the Seniors Around Town transportation program. Admission is free. Orinda Motors, 63 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA.
Orinda Classic Car Show
Annual event. Sat 9/10 10am-2pm. View a variety of beautiful classic and rare vehicles, including a special exhibit of vintage pickup trucks. Proceeds benefit the Seniors Around Town transportation program. Admission is free. Orinda Motors, 63 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA.
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games September 2023. Celebrate the best of Scottish culture at a weekend-long event that features thrilling dance presentations, heavy athletic competitions, impressive piping, drumming and massed band performances, live Celtic music, and more. Tickets $15-45.
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Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
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Scottish Highland Gathering & Games September 2023. Celebrate the best of Scottish culture at a weekend-long event that features thrilling dance presentations, heavy athletic competitions, impressive piping, drumming and massed band performances, live Celtic music, and more. Tickets $15-45.
Garden of d’Lights at Ruth Bancroft Garden. A 3-acre facility in Walnut Creek, is lighting up its outdoor gardens with thousands of lights and lasers to create a beautiful nighttime stroll for guests. Succulents, cacti, and trees will become colorful sculptures. A magical holiday light show. The event will run from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023 on most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Check schedule for specific dates as it varies on the month. Three admission times are: Admission Group 1: Enter from 5:30pm – 6:00pm Admission Group 2: Enter from 6:30pm – 7:00pm Admission Group 3: Enter from 7:30pm – 8pm The organizers estimate that visitors will spend an hour to an hour and a half walking through the gardens. Adults: $20-$28 Kids (5-17): $12-$16 4 and younger: FREE Advance purchase required.
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
1552 Bancroft Rd
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Garden of d’Lights at Ruth Bancroft Garden. A 3-acre facility in Walnut Creek, is lighting up its outdoor gardens with thousands of lights and lasers to create a beautiful nighttime stroll for guests. Succulents, cacti, and trees will become colorful sculptures. A magical holiday light show. The event will run from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023 on most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Check schedule for specific dates as it varies on the month. Three admission times are: Admission Group 1: Enter from 5:30pm – 6:00pm Admission Group 2: Enter from 6:30pm – 7:00pm Admission Group 3: Enter from 7:30pm – 8pm The organizers estimate that visitors will spend an hour to an hour and a half walking through the gardens. Adults: $20-$28 Kids (5-17): $12-$16 4 and younger: FREE Advance purchase required.

Shopping

Newly renovated, this OUTDOOR shopping extravaganza has all the top names and boutiques you can imagine. The setting is lovely with mini-gardens, a fountain, sitting areas. People come from all over to shop here! Only a 5-minute drive with ample parking in the covered lots.
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Broadway Plaza
1275 Broadway Plaza
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Newly renovated, this OUTDOOR shopping extravaganza has all the top names and boutiques you can imagine. The setting is lovely with mini-gardens, a fountain, sitting areas. People come from all over to shop here! Only a 5-minute drive with ample parking in the covered lots.
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Target
560 Contra Costa Blvd
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You'd be surprised what amazing bargains you can find and so nearby! It does require a certain amount of patience, but so worthwhile on a budget!
Ross Dress for Less
1295 S Main St
You'd be surprised what amazing bargains you can find and so nearby! It does require a certain amount of patience, but so worthwhile on a budget!
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Macy's
1320 Broadway Plaza
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Apple Broadway Plaza
1200 S Main St
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Tiffany & Co.
1119 S Main St
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They have everything - not just clothing - at super reasonable prices!
McCaulou's
3512 Mt Diablo Blvd
They have everything - not just clothing - at super reasonable prices!
Mc Caulou's Department Store
718-C Bancroft Rd
Nordstrom Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek
1200 Broadway Plaza
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Barcelino Women's Apparel
476 Post St
Forever 21
1192 Locust St
Talbots
1259 S Main St
Makers market in the plaza. Saturday, November 20,2021 11am-5pm. Browse a breathtaking array of handcrafted items at Makers Market's Artisan Fair in beautiful Broadway plaza. Admission is free, RSVP requested. 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek (near Starbucks and Macy's) MakersMarket.us/Events
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Broadway Plaza
1275 Broadway Plaza
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Makers market in the plaza. Saturday, November 20,2021 11am-5pm. Browse a breathtaking array of handcrafted items at Makers Market's Artisan Fair in beautiful Broadway plaza. Admission is free, RSVP requested. 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek (near Starbucks and Macy's) MakersMarket.us/Events
Shadelands Ranch Holiday Teas & Faire - now through Dec 11! A wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items from dozens of vendors will be displayed and available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Holiday Tea $55-$65 at 11am and 130pm featuring a three-course luncheon including sweet and savory scones, lemon curd, and teas.
Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Shadelands Ranch Holiday Teas & Faire - now through Dec 11! A wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items from dozens of vendors will be displayed and available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Holiday Tea $55-$65 at 11am and 130pm featuring a three-course luncheon including sweet and savory scones, lemon curd, and teas.

Grocery Stores

From private establishments to chain stores, you have a wonderful variety of grocery stores to choose from!
The store workers are down-to-earth, friendly, and helpful. High quality food at reasonable prices. Small enough to get in and out quickly, but large enough to offer a wide variety of healthy foods.
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Trader Joe's
1372 S California Blvd
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The store workers are down-to-earth, friendly, and helpful. High quality food at reasonable prices. Small enough to get in and out quickly, but large enough to offer a wide variety of healthy foods.
Organic, healthy, high quality food and more! They have an excellent ready-to-eat food bar, too! Check out their desserts! They also offer natural body products and a small, but tasteful collection of clothing!
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Whole Foods Market
3502 Mt Diablo Blvd
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Organic, healthy, high quality food and more! They have an excellent ready-to-eat food bar, too! Check out their desserts! They also offer natural body products and a small, but tasteful collection of clothing!
If you feel like an easy, healthy meal, you can grab it here and eat at the store! Excellent quality food choices!
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Whole Foods Market
3502 Mt Diablo Blvd
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If you feel like an easy, healthy meal, you can grab it here and eat at the store! Excellent quality food choices!
Very close to the Lafayette BART station if you need to pick up groceries upon your return. This Safeway is a bit larger with a great selection than the Safeway on Tice Valley Rd.
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Safeway
3540 Mt Diablo Blvd
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Very close to the Lafayette BART station if you need to pick up groceries upon your return. This Safeway is a bit larger with a great selection than the Safeway on Tice Valley Rd.
Not even a 3-minute drive!
7-Eleven
17 Golf Club Rd
Not even a 3-minute drive!
Less than a 3-minute drive!
Olympic Liquor & Grocery
2400 Olympic Blvd
Less than a 3-minute drive!
Diablo Oriental Foods
2590 N Main St
A bit more upscale than your everyday grocery store.
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Diablo Foods
3615 Mt Diablo Blvd
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A bit more upscale than your everyday grocery store.
Best manicure in the area! Ask for Kathy!
La Morinda Nail Salon
3502 Mt Diablo Blvd
Best manicure in the area! Ask for Kathy!
Teddy Bear Coin Laundry
496 Center St
Laundry and dry-cleaning with environmentally safe products. 3 minute drive from here!
Dutch Girl Cleaners
2094 Mt Diablo Blvd
Laundry and dry-cleaning with environmentally safe products. 3 minute drive from here!
Soft brush/cloth automatic car wash. Regular wash is $9!
Li'l Bears Car Wash
604 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Soft brush/cloth automatic car wash. Regular wash is $9!
American DryCleaning
2400 Olympic Blvd
The grocer offers a wide selection of natural and organic foods, including fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items. 1530 Geary Rd. Walnut Creek, CA 94597 925-953-1113 Open Daily: 7:00AM –10:00PM
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Sprouts Farmers Market
1530 Geary Rd
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The grocer offers a wide selection of natural and organic foods, including fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items. 1530 Geary Rd. Walnut Creek, CA 94597 925-953-1113 Open Daily: 7:00AM –10:00PM
Chain offering an eclectic mix of household items, beauty products, food and more at discount prices. Everything is $1.25! Located in: Crossroads Shopping Center Address: 2318 Monument Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Dollar Tree
2318 Monument Blvd
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Chain offering an eclectic mix of household items, beauty products, food and more at discount prices. Everything is $1.25! Located in: Crossroads Shopping Center Address: 2318 Monument Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
High quality fresh produce and groceries.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
1530 Geary Rd
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High quality fresh produce and groceries.

Arts & Culture

Such a variety of productions from plays, musicals, concerts, dance, recitals, and less than 10-minutes from us! There are 3 stages/concert halls depending on the production, so EVERY seat has a fantastic view of the stage! The quality of the shows is amazing. Even though the musicals are off-Broadway, they usually have a live orchestra, professional sets rented from Broadway, and the performers are usually semi/professional!
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
1333 N California Blvd
Such a variety of productions from plays, musicals, concerts, dance, recitals, and less than 10-minutes from us! There are 3 stages/concert halls depending on the production, so EVERY seat has a fantastic view of the stage! The quality of the shows is amazing. Even though the musicals are off-Broadway, they usually have a live orchestra, professional sets rented from Broadway, and the performers are usually semi/professional!
Book your 90-minute tour at lesherartscenter.org or telephone (925) 295-1400. General Manager Scott Denison will lead you through all three theaters and backstage spaces and address all your questions about what goes on behind the curtain! Learn about the equipment and staff that make the magic happen on and off stage.
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
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Book your 90-minute tour at lesherartscenter.org or telephone (925) 295-1400. General Manager Scott Denison will lead you through all three theaters and backstage spaces and address all your questions about what goes on behind the curtain! Learn about the equipment and staff that make the magic happen on and off stage.
Explore world-class artwork in downtown Walnut Creek with a one-hour docent-led tour. Adults $5, 18 years or younger free, cash only. 11am-12pm Saturdays: June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18. Tours meet in front of the Lesher Center for the Arts on Rudney Plaza. Please wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. Masks and social distancing will be observed. For information: bedfordgallery.org/walkingtours.
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
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Explore world-class artwork in downtown Walnut Creek with a one-hour docent-led tour. Adults $5, 18 years or younger free, cash only. 11am-12pm Saturdays: June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18. Tours meet in front of the Lesher Center for the Arts on Rudney Plaza. Please wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, and bring water. Masks and social distancing will be observed. For information: bedfordgallery.org/walkingtours.
The de Young Museum, formally the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, is a fine arts museum located in Golden Gate Park, it is a component of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
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The de Young Museum, formally the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, is a fine arts museum located in Golden Gate Park, it is a component of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 46 million specimens.
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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
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The California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 46 million specimens.
The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. With construction having been completed in 1879, it is the oldest building in the park.
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Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F Kennedy Dr
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The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. With construction having been completed in 1879, it is the oldest building in the park.
The Blackhawk Museums is a group of museums in Danville, California, best known for its significant collection of classic, rare and unique automobiles. The Art of Africa Gallery presents a stunning array of sub-Saharan African artifacts from ceremonial masks to massive sculptures. Newest Exhibit: World of Nature. Open Friday-Sunday. Tickets must be pre-purchased online. BlackhawkMuseum.org
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Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir
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The Blackhawk Museums is a group of museums in Danville, California, best known for its significant collection of classic, rare and unique automobiles. The Art of Africa Gallery presents a stunning array of sub-Saharan African artifacts from ceremonial masks to massive sculptures. Newest Exhibit: World of Nature. Open Friday-Sunday. Tickets must be pre-purchased online. BlackhawkMuseum.org
Features various artists using a whole range of mediums. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Please wear a mask when visiting our gallery.
Moraga Art Gallery
432 Center St
Features various artists using a whole range of mediums. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Please wear a mask when visiting our gallery.

Getting Around

DIRECT from San Francisco International Airport! One-way adult fare $10.40, round-trip $20.80. Remember to KEEP YOUR TICKET because you will need it to enter/exit station. Take the BART train towards Pittsburgh/Bay Point and exit Lafayette station (65 minutes). Uber (approximately $15) or curb-side taxis (approximately $25) 10 minutes to our place.
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Bart Lafayette station
3601 Deer Hill Rd
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DIRECT from San Francisco International Airport! One-way adult fare $10.40, round-trip $20.80. Remember to KEEP YOUR TICKET because you will need it to enter/exit station. Take the BART train towards Pittsburgh/Bay Point and exit Lafayette station (65 minutes). Uber (approximately $15) or curb-side taxis (approximately $25) 10 minutes to our place.
Walnut Creek BART station is slightly closer to our house, about an 8-minute drive, but since most people are traveling towards San Francisco, we tend to use the Lafayette station.
BART Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek BART station is slightly closer to our house, about an 8-minute drive, but since most people are traveling towards San Francisco, we tend to use the Lafayette station.