Farmers’ Market (Saturday, May 4 – November 16)
The farmers’ market, located in the downtown plaza (next to Jack’s Restaurant), runs weekly on Saturdays through November 16 and features the freshest produce, baked goods, cooking demonstrations, and live music. Go to www.pcfma.com for more information.
Sunset by the Lake Summer Concerts (May 26 – September 1)
The Civic Action Commission hosts the 16th Annual Summer Concert Series on the lawn at City Hall. I hope you can join me for our annual family friendly and extremely popular concert series in the relaxed atmosphere and cozy confines by the lake at City Hall. (Yes, I know it isn't really a lake, but “Concerts by the Lake” sounds a lot more summer-like and romantic than “Concerts by the Fishpond.”)
The lineup this year includes local favorites Cover 2 Cover, East Bay MUDD, Zoo Station (U2 cover band), and Dave Martin’s House Party. Local eateries will have food and treats for sale at each concert. For more details and the full concert schedule, check out www.pleasanthillconcerts.com.
Downtown Plaza Concert Series (June 20, July 18, August 15 & September 19)
This year, downtown Pleasant Hill is hosting concerts on the third Thursday of June, July, August and September in the plaza area between Sweet Tomatoes and Jack’s Restaurant. Each concert is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The series features four of the most popular bands in the Bay Area with Cover 2 Cover on June 20, Fast Times on July 18, Dave Martin’s House Party on August 15, and The Fundamentals on September 19. The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce will also host a wine stroll the evening of each concert. For more details, check out www.shopdowntownpleasanthill.com.
Fourth of July Celebration
Yes, you guessed it. This annual favorite will be held again on July 4. This year’s theme is “We the People – An American Melting Pot” with grand marshal and former City Manager Jim Alkire. Come early for the Firecracker 5K Fun Run, stay for the parade, fun and food in the park, and then return in the evening for an amazing fireworks display at College Park High School. For more information, go to www.phjuly4.com. (Here's a riddle for the kids. Do they celebrate a Fourth of July in England? Kids, when you figure it out, ask your parents if they know the answer.)
Blues & Brews Festival (Saturday, July 27, at Pleasant Hill Park)
If you like great music and adult beverages on a warm summer afternoon, the annual Blues & Brews Festival is the place for you. For more details and to purchase tickets go to www.bluesandbrewsfestival.com.
American Iron Car Show (Sunday, August 11 in downtown Pleasant Hill) Bring your pre-80’s American car and enter many competitions for great prizes. Or, just come for the show to enjoy music and food and vote for your favorite cars. For more details, see www.pleasanthillrec.com.
Get more information about all these and other summertime activities at www.pleasant-hill.net/festivals. I hope you enjoy these great summertime events. And don't forget the sunscreen!
(My sincere thanks to Martin Nelis, the city's public information officer, for providing information in this column.)