Events: Labor Day Weekend Offers Something for Everyone



Since the popularity of our weekend event posts via social media has taken off, we at East County Today have decided to provide our readers with a weekend update every Friday about what will be happening in East County.

Amy Schrader, our new Arts & Entertainment Editor, will provide a public service to our community by gathering the events and previewing them for our readers—she may even be showing up to take photographs so be sure to say hello. If you have an event that you believe should make it into our calendar, you can email her at [email protected]

Here is a peak at this weekend’s Labor Day events in East County and beyond.  Of course, if you decide to stay home this weekend, there is always the traditional barbeque with family and friends where that is never a bad choice.

August 31

Antioch Summer Concert Series
Featuring The Wallbangers. Waldie Plaza, 2nd St and “I” St, Antioch. Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy a summer evening filled with live music. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm

Bay Area FamilyFest, Waterfront Park, Martinez
Enjoy a family fun packed weekend of entertainment, delicious foot, attractions and rides.  Admission price is $5 per person with a canned food donation and $6 without. Children under 24 months and seniors over 65 years are free. Parking is also free. For more information visit:   

Brentwood Farmers Market, Downtown Brentwood
Join your local Brentwood-area farmers at the Brentwood Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm  The market offers a taste of the Best of Brentwood with fresh seasonal produce from cherries in the spring, peaches in early summer, and tomatoes and corn in late summer. All of it just-picked and brought to the market by the farmers themselves for you and family.

Delta Discoveries at Big Break Regional Shoreline
Beginning at 11:00 am, Discover the wild in the wetlands.  Activities include games, experiments and exploration to educate children about science and wildlife in the Delta. This event is free. No registration required. East Bay Regional Park District.Meet at the Big Break Visitor Center (Science Lab) at 11am. For more information call 510-544-3050.

Hazel Atlas Mine Tour, Black Diamond Mines
Located at the Black Diamond Regional Park, visitors can explore the underground via a guided tour and learn its history, geology, and the methods used to mine the sandstone. Participants must be age 7 or older and parent participation is required. Please bring a jacket – you will be underground for 90 minutes where the temperature averages 57 degrees F year-round. Tours go 950 feet into the mountain are limited to 15 people at a time. Parking may be charged. This program is not wheelchair accessible.

Tours are available at 11am and 2pm. Groups of 10 or more may register for the 10am tour by phone only. First-come/First served may purchase tickets at least one hour in advance at the Sidney Flat Visitor Center for the noon and 3pm tours. For more information call:  888-EBPARKS

August 31, Sept. 1 & Sept 2

Ardenwood Rail Fair, Fremont, CA
The 13th annual Rail Fair returns to the farm over the Labor Day weekend from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The centerpiece of this year’s event will be the 1890 steam porter engine ‚ Ann Marie. Enjoy steam train rides, hand car rides, displays of garden railroads, model railroads, rail yard equipment displays, Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor displays, food, the children’s Hobo game, music and much more!! Info: Fee: $10/adults, $6/seniors (62+ yrs.), $5/children (4-17 yrs.), children 3 years and under are free. Call: 1 (888) 327-2757

September 1st & 2nd

148th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games , Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Soak in history and Scottish culture at one of the world’s largest Celtic festivals. This gathering features a wide range of Scottish culture and entertainment, including living history. Meet MaryQueen of Scots, Highland warriors, the Roman Legion and invading Vikings. Live entertainment features 30 pipe bands, 6 stages of continuous entertainment and a children’s glen. Hours:  8:30am – 6pm. Cost: Adult 1 day $20, 2 day $27. Children aged 12-17 $12. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are free. For more information visit their website

32nd Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore Valley Wine Country and Robertson Park
Showcase of more than 40 wineries in Livermore Valley wine country which occurs between noon-5 p.m. On Sunday, attendees will ahev access to a shuttle bus for pick up at Robertson Park (3200 Robertson Park Road) There will be no shuttle buses on Monday as cars will be permitted at the wineries.  Two-day tickets are $55 in advance, $65 day of event, $10 for designated drivers. Advance tickets are sold at, or at The Wine Steward, Winemakers Pour House, First St Wine Co and many Safeway locations. For more information including participating wineries visit: or call 925-447-9463.

September 5th

Brentwood Idol Annual Singing Competition, Downtown Brentwood at First and Oak Street. 5pm – 8pm.  Activities include the singing competition, a car show featuring 60 classic cars, face painting, bounce houses, vendors and dining in the streets.  For more information, visit their website


 Golf Tournaments

In the coming weeks, East County has a variety of golf tournament fundraisers coming up. Whether you want to play a game of golf or simply attend the dinner, here are a few you may wish to check out for some pretty great causes.

If you have an event that you believe should make it into our calendar, email [email protected]

amy schrader

By Amy Schrader
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Email: [email protected]


  1. What a fantastic idea! I love this and this site provided my family and I with some serious options over the next 3 days. Thank you so much and hpoe this type of story continues each week.

  2. Thank you! We look forward to showcasing amazing events and businesses in the East Bay. We live in such a wonderful community. I’m hoping to see many friendly faces this weekend as I’m covering these events.

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