East County Events: November 22 and Beyond


East Contra Costa County is getting into the holiday spirit this year as there are a variety of events prior to Thanksgiving. The action will be in Brentwood this weekend with the Streets of Brentwood hosting a lunch with Santa.

In the afternoon, we encourage you to join the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brentwood Coalition is proud to present the Winter Walkabout, Restaurant Tasting and Annual Holiday Parade.

IMG_1544November 22:  Winter Walkabout
The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brentwood Coalition are proud to present the Winter Walkabout, Restaurant Tasting and Annual Holiday Parade. The three-part event will last between 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Winter Walkabout
From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Elf Stops at Downtown Businesses with goodies and crafts for all the kids
Santa’s Village in the bookstore “All Inked Up” on First Street
Christmas Carolers; Hot Chocolate & More

Restaurant Tasting Tour
2pm to 5pm—$15 per person (only 300 tickets available)
Tickets: Crème dela Gem Jewelrey at 516-6200 & CoCo County Wine Store at 634-9463
Restauraunts on Tour include: Sweeneys, La Fuente, MJ’s Café, Pho Vietnam, Orleans, TLCakes, & Caps

Holiday Parade
Theme this Year:  Christmas stories
Parade will begin at 5:30 pm. This will be a lighted parade.

For more information, visit the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce

Streets of Brentwood SantaNov. 22: Lunch With Santa at the Streets of Brentwood
Welcome Santa to The Streets of Brentwood, and have a light lunch with the big guy on Saturday, November 22, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, inside Santa’s Place, near Lenscrafters. There will be free games, prizes, and limited selfies with Santa at the Winter Barnyard vignette during the event. First-come, first served.

Santa will be available for portraits in his living room in Santa’s Place from 1:30 – 7:00pm. Please RSVP to reserve your lunch. (RSVP ended on Sunday, 11/16/14),

If you were unable to RSVP, YOU CAN STILL JOIN Santa for some games, and prizes.

Contra Costa Chamber OrchestraNov. 22: Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
We Are The Nation – A Salute To Veterans
Saturday, November 22, 2014  7:30 pm
Formed in the late 1970s, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra has established a presence throughout the county. Click here to purchase tickets.

Antioch ArtsNov. 22: Lynn House Gallery: 10th Annual Local Artist Collection Exhibit
The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present The 10th Annual Local Artist Collection, featuring 35+ local artists at the Lynn House Gallery from November 22nd – December 13th. The exhibit is a diverse, non-themed mixed media exhibit of artworks featuring paintings, photographs and more. In its 10th year, the show is a local favorite and provides the community an opportunity to view and purchase local art during the holiday season.

The Contra Costa Open Studio event will be held Saturday & Sunday, November 22nd & 23rd (same day as the Local Artist Exhibit opening and artist reception). ACFA will be promoting their event and they will be promoting ours. It will be a great artistic weekend for participating artists and artist supporters. Our hours for the weekend will be 11-5 PM both Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity for those artists who do not have a studio to be part of the annual tour.

ACFA will still celebrate the opening of the Local Artist Collection exhibit with our standard artist reception from 2-4 PM on Saturday, November 22nd.  This is the chance for artists to bring their friends and family and meet other participating artists.

The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 W. 1st Street in Antioch (across from the Amtrak Train Station) and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits from 1-4 PM.

For more information, visit www.art4antioch.org or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925.325.9897 or e-mail [email protected]. If you are an artist interested in participating, click here for more information.

Brentwood Turkey TrotNovember 27: Brentwood Turkey Trot
This 5k Road Race around the Streets of Brentwood is a fundraising event that benefits the Brentwood Union School District and Liberty Union High School District athletic programs. We are proud to host this community event to promote health, athletics, and education. For more information or registration visit their website


Throwback to the 80sNov. 29: Brentwood PAL hosts Throwback to the 80’s Dance
You are invited to join the Brentwood Police Activities league as they host Throwback to the 80’s, a benefit concert featuring the Long Duck Dongs on Saturday Nov. 29 from 7-11pm at the Veterans Hall, First Street in Downtown Brentwood.

Tickets are a $20 donation while dinner, drinks and dessert are available for sale—dinner cooked by the American Legion. For tickets, contact Cathy (925) 784-8863 or Bill (925) 642-3004.

The Cemetery ClubEl Campanil: The Cemetery Club Presented by The Vagabond Players
Sunday November 30, 2014   2:00 pm
Another Vagabond favorite is this comedy about Doris, Lucille and Ida, three long-time friends who have become widows within the past few months. Once a week they gather to visit their husbands’ graves.   A comic and cathartic play about friendships, the future and new possibilities. Click here for tickets

Dec 4 Seafood banquetDecember. 4: Fundraiser for Antioch High School
The Seafood Banquet is in it’s 22nd year. It is put on by the 19th Hole in Antioch as a fundraiser for the Antioch High School Football program and Antioch High School Music Masters. It is on Thursday, December 4th at 6pm. There are still tickets available but space is limited. They are $65 each. If people are interested in purchasing they can stop in or call the 19th Hole. (925-757-6545)

The students involved in Music Masters and the Football programs at Antioch High are selling raffle tickets for $2.00 apiece. The prizes include a

55″ Vizio HD TV donated by Best Buy in Brentwood, 3 Month Single Membership to In~Shape of Antioch, $150.00 Gift Card to Best Buy donated  by ICR Electric, $100.00 in California Lottery Tickets donated by The 19th Hole, and Dinner for Four at Mac’s Old House. If people wish to purchase tickets they can feel free to contact me, Kathleen Rogneby, at 925-550-8489.

We are also looking for businesses to donate items that can be auctioned off at the Banquet. All donations are tax deductible. A Tax ID number will  be provided once the donation has been received. Anyone interested in donating can contact me at the same number provided above.

Brentwood LogoDecember 5: Brentwood Tree Lighting
Festivities start at 6 p.m. and include music, singing and a visit from Santa Claus, followed at 7 p.m. by the official lighting of the Christmas tree.  This “holiday happening” is sponsored by the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee (BANC).

When: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: City Park, 710 Second Street, Brentwood, CA, 94513
More Info: Click Here


Oakley Tree Lighting 2013Dec. 6: Oakley Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
The Annual Christmas tree lighting in Oakley will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6th at 4:00 p.m. Festive entertainment will be provided by local youth choirs and dancers. Nonprofit service organizations will be on hand with crafts, games, and activities for the children. Free cocoa and cookies will be served.

Our special guest for the evening will be Santa Claus himself! He will be visiting with children and posing for photos so parents are encouraged to bring their cameras! Stroll through “candy cane lane” in the park on the way to light the 30’ grand Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, call 625‐7044 or email: [email protected]

Antioch Holiday DeLitesDec. 6: Celebrate Antioch Foundation Hosts Holiday Delite parade

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 6th. Our parade will start at 4 pm at 2nd and E streets, proceed down 2nd to I, around City Hall to 3rd street and return down 3rd to the dirt lot at 3rd and D streets.
Santa Claus will stop and stage at City Hall parking lot to greet the children. Families will be able to take pictures of their children with Santa.

The memorial tree in the center of City Hall parking lot will be lit at about 5:30 pm.
The parade should be over by 6 pm, just in time for everyone to enjoy the lighted boat parade on the river.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate Antioch, Joy of the Holidays.” For more information, click here

2014-parade-of-lights-reg-formDec. 6: Discovery Bay Parade of Lights
Join the Town of Discovery Bay for the 12th Annual Discovery Bay Parade-of-Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 6. The event begins at 6:00 pm with the parade followed by the Tree Lighting, Awards Ceremony and Santa Photos at 7:30 pm. Click here for registration and more information.

Hotel CaliforniaDec. 6: El Campanil – Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles
Saturday December 6, 2014   8:00 pm
For more than two decades, HOTEL CALIFORNIA has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. Click Here for tickets

OakleyDec. 13: Oakley Breakfast With Santa
Oakley Recreation Buildings, 1250 O’Hara Avenue
Fee: $5/person
Enjoy a delicious, continental breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will include pastries, fresh fruit, and juice/coffee. There will be make‐n‐take holiday crafts for the children. Space is limited so sign up early!
Pre‐registration is required at City Hall, 3231 Main Street.

Kiwanis RunDec. 13: The 38th Annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health
The Kiwanis Club of the Delta from Antioch, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, East Bay Regional Park District, and the City of Antioch proudly present The Holiday Run and Walk for Health!

This race event, preparing for our 38th year, benefiting local schools, youth, and libraries and is an effective vehicle to promote and build a healthy community—starting with our youth! The 38th Annual Holiday Run and Walk for Health will once again be held at the Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch.

The event will feature:

  • 9:00 am – 1 Mile Run/Walk
  • 9:30 am – 10K Run
  • 9:35 am – 3 Mile Run/Walk
  • 10:15 am – Kids Dashes With Santa

Click here to download a race registration form or click here to register on-line!

For more information about the event, click here.

handel messiahDecember 13: El Campanil Handel’s Messiah
With Orchestra, Community Chorus and Guest Soloists Under the Direction of Susan Stuart
Saturday December 13, 2014   7:30 pm
All Seats: $12

Messiah, George Frederich Handel’s most successful and best known oratorio, was composed in the year 1741 in just 24 days. It was first performed at a concert in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, with Handel himself conducting. An oratorio is a dramatic sacred choral work, usually for soloists, chorus and orchestra, that is performed in “concert hall” style rather than “staged.” (Approximately 2 hours)

For more information and tickets, click here

Future Events

For future events to be included, contact [email protected]