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See why Walnut Creek goes 'nuts' in September

Every year visitors go nuts over Walnut Creek California when the city presents its annual homage to it namesake nut. This year marks the 77th such event and it will take place for two weeks beginning September 13 at 6 p.m. with a twilight parade on Main Street.

Family fun at the Walnut Creek Festival
Family fun at the Walnut Creek FestivalCourtesy Walnut Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau
The scene of the first Walnut Creek Festival 77 years ago
The scene of the first Walnut Creek Festival 77 years agoCourtesy Walnut Creek Convention and Visitors Center

A family-style outing, the event features live entertainment with two stages of music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides and 40 vendors, fun games, food and beverages, a Specialty Beer Garden and more. Rates start at just $116 at the newly renovated and conveniently located Holiday Inn Express; more accommodation options available below.

77th Annual Walnut Festival: Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek. Two Live music stages, two areas of carnival rides and games, Kid Zone, Specialty Beer Garden, Car Show:

  • · Thursday, September 18; 5 to 10 p.m.
  • · Friday, September 19; 5 to 11 p.m.
  • · Saturday, September 20; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; free fishing in the lake, 7 to 11 a.m.
  • · Saturday, September 20; noon to 6 p.m. – Car Show (one day only)
  • · Sunday, September 21 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free fishing in the lake, 7 to 11 a.m.

Admission is $6 per person; $1 off per ticket when guest brings a can of food to donate to the Contra CostaFood Bank; free for active military with valid identification, seniors and for children under five with paid adult admission. Food and beverage, games, rides and parking not included in admission price. You can also pay one price for Ride Bracelets that allow full access to all the rides without purchasing individual tickets. Admission and advance sale Ride Bracelets are available at www.thewalnutfestival.org. For more information call 925-935-6766 or email walnutfestival@sbcglobal.net or visit www.thewalnutfestival.org/festival.php.

Backstory:

The first Walnut Festival took place 1911 as a celebration of the harvest of grapes and was called The Grape Festival. During prohibition, grapes were replaced with walnuts as the cash crop of the area and vineyards became walnut groves. In 1936, the harvest celebration became known as The Walnut Festival. The Walnut Festival Association was officially incorporated in 1938 and except for a suspended period during World War II, has been celebrated as the popular annual community event it remains today.

Take a weekend break:

The centrally located Holiday Inn Express offers a charming guest room, hot breakfast buffet, parking, Wi-Fi, access to courtyard heated pool and spa starting at $116/night.Visit http://www.hiewalnutcreekhotel.com/ for reservations. Check into one of Walnut Creek’s hotels and make it an overnight retreat. Find a great rate at www.gowalnutcreek.com/where-to-stay.html.

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