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Annual Festivals & Events In Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

While San Francisco and Oakland certainly have their fair share of attractions and annual events, for residents of Alameda or Contra Costa County, there are plenty of fun festivals and celebrations that are held throughout the year. Here are a just a few events you might wish to attend.

It should not surprise you that Walnut Creek was named because of the abundance of native California walnut trees in the area. And so the festival it is most popular for is Walnut Festival! However, it is interesting to note that the festival actually was celebrating the local grape crops and was called the Grape Festival. Once Prohibition outlawed the production and sale of alcohol, farmers decided to farm for walnuts instead. Come the month of September, the Walnut Festival takes place yearly and people join in the fun of the twilight parade, 5K-10K run and yes, the ever-famous carnival amongst other fun things too.

Concord is a bit of a jazz hotspot. This city was the birthplace of famous jazz musician Dave Brubeck and the town named a park after Brubeck. Concord Records also was founded in Concord, with its initial emphasis in jazz. Its founder, Carl Jefferson, also founded the Concord Jazz Festival. This annual event has been a popular tradition in Concord since 1969.

While the film industry still resides mainly in Hollywood, the East Bay offers several interesting film festivals. It is in the historic Orinda Theatre that both the Orinda Film Festival and the California Independent Film Festival were hosted and held. Danville also had an annual event in town which is the Danville International Children's Film Festival. Both Berkeley and Oakland also offer many film festivals.

Both counties have a yearly county fair which includes a wide variety of events. The annual Alameda County Fair, which runs from mid-June until just after the Fourth of July, includes a petting zoo, livestock and small animal exhibits, as well as live music, arts and crafts and a huge variety of contests and competitions for all ages. The Contra Costa County Fair is a four-day affair in early June that includes a carnival, live music, livestock exhibits, cooking contests and even a monkey show.

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