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Signature Centennial Events

The Centennial Committee invites the community to celebrate at our Signature Centennial Events.


Centennial Birthday Festival Set for October 18

A free, fun, family-friendly “party of the century”
at Shadelands Ranch Museum

Birthday FestivalSave the date and enjoy the party of the century! Walnut Creek officially turns 100 in October, 2014. The public is invited to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Centennial Birthday Festival on Saturday, October 18, from 11am to 4pm at the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek. Party goers will find live music, food trucks, local artisans, activities and crafts for kids of all ages—and, of course, birthday cake!

Generously sponsored by Broadway Plaza, this fun, free, family-friendly celebration includes a full day of live music and dancing to Locust & Main, featuring an all-new take on popular music from the 1960s to today, and strolling music by the Devil Mountain Chorus. More than 50 booths will dot the ranch grounds, including artisans and vendors, community service groups, children’s activities, the Centennial Store, and the History Alley tribute to Walnut Creek.

Food trucks are trending—look for a variety of delicious offerings to please everyone’s palates: kabobs, frozen yogurts, ethnic delights, pizzas, greens, coffees, smoothies, and much more. Shadowbrook Winery, the official Centennial winery, will be sampling and taking orders for its exquisite Centennial Blend.

Community service groups will offer live, interactive experiences that showcase their missions, including Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CERT, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Ruth Bancroft Gardens, Lesher Center for the Arts, Save Mount Diablo, and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, to name a few.

Children’s activities include The Karaoke Girl, Big Al Caricatures, Bricks4Kidz, Face Painting by Hollis, and The Pumpkin Patch at the Shadelands.

Shining a spotlight on Walnut Creek’s rich art community and the programs and offerings exclusive to the city, the Artists Market will feature educators; artists from the Civic Arts Education Program, Clay Arts Guild, and Fiber Arts Program; and local independent artists and vendors. Demonstrations in a variety of studio art genre and art sales will be going on throughout the day.

Located at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, the Shadelands Ranch Museum will also be open to the public that day. Built in 1903, the former home of Hiram Penniman (1824-1907) now houses the Walnut Creek Historical Society and showcases numerous historical artifacts.

The public is encouraged to come, join the party with family and friends, and help Walnut Creek celebrate its Centennial–it only happens once in 100 years!

For questions contact Festival organizer Carolina Katz at caromelk@aol.com.