The Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek will celebrate its 76th year, with various events taking place throughout the month of September. Grab your kids, your friends and neighbors, and bring them all down to be a part of the best little festival in the East Bay.
The Walnut Festival Run for Education will take place on Sunday, September 8th at 8am in front of Lululemon on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek. The Walnut Festival 5k and 10k courses are certified by USA Track and Field, which matters if you’re a pro, but everyone else is welcome to join for a little workout and a lot of fun. Proceeds from the run will help local schools.
On Saturday, September 14th, the Walnut King will make his appearance at the Walnut Festival in the annual Walnut Festival Twilight Parade, to start off the week of fun. Various local marching bands, Scout Troops, police motorcycles and fancy cars with their fancy people waving, will cruise down Main Street. The Walnut Festival Twilight Parade will begin at 6pm and wander down Main Street from Mt. Diablo Blvd. to Civic Drive.
Beginning Thursday, September 19th and running through Sunday, September 22nd, the Walnut Festival carnival will feature fun carnival rides, two live music stages, local vendors, fishing at the pond, and a car show on Saturday and Sunday. All the carnival fun will take place at Heather Farms Park, starting at 5pm on Thursday. Walnut Festival Tickets can be purchased online, including ride bracelets for $20. Admission is $6 for adults, but if you bring in a can of food to donate to the Contra Costa County Food Bank, you’ll get a buck off admission.
Even the Walnut Festival history of the Walnut Festival is pretty fun. The festival, and the walnut industry, got its first big boost during Prohibition, when local vineyards were replaced with walnut orchards. As time went on, the Walnut Festival Organization was established as a non-profit organization that supported youth recreational programs– a charitable notion that continues today. Although there may no longer be a watermelon-eating contest, you and your friends can still ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy carnival fare, like cotton candy and ice cream, just like they did back in the 1930’s.
photo of runners courtesy of Jason Cooke
The Walnut Festival Run for Education
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 8am
Starting line at Lululemon
1201 Main Street in Walnut Creek
The Walnut Festival Twilight Parade
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 6pm
Parade starts at Mt. Diablo Blvd, down Main Street in Walnut Creek
The 76th Annual Walnut Festival
Thursday, September 19th – Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 11am- 11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
at Heather Farms Park 301 N San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek