Signature Community Events 2017
Earth Day Reminds Us to be Nice to Mother Earth
Sunday, April 23, 11am–3pm, Lafayette Library & Learning Center
If you were a hippie back in 1970 you might remember the first “Earth Day.” Saving the Planet was not the first thing many thought of back then. Global warming has launched an awareness about who we are and how we act. Earth Day has been set aside to share the challenges and solutions to our environmental issues. Do we move towards clean energy alternatives or do we continue to guzzle gas like a “drunken sailor.” Come find out how you can make a difference with the future of our world. Join us at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Sunday, April 23. This event is produced by Sustainable Lafayette, the Lafayette Chamber, the City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. www.sustainablelafayette.org/earth-day-2017
Saturday, April 29, 10am-12pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
The event starts at 10am with a Police Escorted Doggie Parade from the Lafayette Library and Learning Center up Golden Gate Way to Lafayette Plaza. At the Plaza enjoy demonstrations, exhibits, marketing & swag. Contests include Looks Most Like Owner; Best Costume; and Best Team Trick, (register your pet for the contests at the Library Plaza beginning at 9:00am). Dogs must be social, friendly and on leash at all times. Learn more here.
Taste of Lafayette
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-9pm, Bank of the West/Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette’s Favorite Dinner Party – The “Taste of Lafayette” Restaurant Stroll. Friends, Food & Entertainment – 20+ Participating Restaurants. A hosted wine and beer reception starts at 5:30 pm at the Bank of the West. Here, participants check in, meet friends, and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer while noshing on delicious appetizers. The “stroll” begins at 6:30 pm, when ticket holders head out at their own pace with friends to stop at any or all of the participating restaurants for sampling. Any time after 8:00pm guests can return to Bank of the West for dessert and the Lafayette Community Foundation raffle drawing. This event supports the programs of the chamber and the many donations made to our community by the Lafayette Community Foundation.
Rock the Plaza
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 5:30pm-9pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
We are riding on the coattails of the 50th anniversary of the SUMMER OF LOVE. We will transform Lafayette Plaza Park into a time machine and take you all back to 1967. This year, our summer series will include a vendor market – “Shakedown Street”- along Plaza Way and an acoustic hootenanny around the campfire directly after the bands finish their set. The bands this year include cover bands featuring Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and many of the sounds from 1967. In our final segment on Friday, June 23, we will feature Barry “The Fish” Melton and his band. These guys were all there in the Haight back in ‘67. Our last concert on June 30 will again feature the Lamorinda Idol finalists. Peace, Love and Bobby Sherman! If you remember the 60’s you probably were not there. For complete details visit http://bit.ly/summeroflovelafayette.
Make Music Day
Wednesday, June 21
Make Music Day, celebrated in over 700 cities across 120 countries, encourages people to band together and play in free public concerts. We gather at the amphitheater (Lafayette Library & Learning Center) on the corner of 1st Street and Golden Gate Way. We feature live band Karaoke. You pick the song you want to play and our house band backs you up. It’s your big chance to a Rock Star for 5 minutes. Music crafts and fun is also provided by Lafayette Park & Rec’s Camp Awesome.
Lafayette’s Annual Art & Wine Festival – 3rd weekend in September
Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, Downtown Lafayette
The Chamber’s Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held each year on the third weekend in September, is perhaps the largest weekend event in Contra Costa County. Over 100,000 visitors attend, strolling among the art and handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews. Non-stop musical entertainment on four stages throughout the weekend helps spark the block party ambiance. The “Premium Wine Pavilion” offers tastes of some of the world’s finest wines. The event also includes a KIDS ZONE and a Local Artists Alley. Learn more here.
Lafayette Res Run for Education
Sunday, October 22, Downtown Lafayette
The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city’s most popular “family affair,” involving kids, parents, grandparents, and thousands of serious runners from the Bay Area. 2,300 participants compete in a 10k, 5k or 2 mile race through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Learn more here.
Trick or Treat Street
Friday, October 27, 4pm-6pm, Downtown Lafayette
This event is free for everyone and recommended for children 9 and under. For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat at participating merchants along Mt. Diablo Blvd. from First Street to Dewing Ave, Lafayette Circle, La Fiesta Square and the Shops at Plaza Center. All participating businesses will display a Trick-or-Treat poster and balloons on their door. Please come in costume! Don’t forget to bring your Trick-or-Treat bag. Check the chamber website for a complete list of participating businesses.
Thanksgiving Community Breakfast
Friday, November 20, 7pm-8:30pm
Join business owners, residents and community leaders on the Friday before Thanksgiving. This long tradition in Lafayette brings our community together as we welcome in the holiday season.
It’s A Wonderful Life in Lafayette
Friday, December 1, 4pm-7pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
Fun, family-friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts — and this Santa’s “sleigh” is Lafayette’s historic fire truck, Old Betsy!
Scheduled for Friday, December 1, from 4-7 p.m., in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette. Complimentary admission.
Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long. Learn more here.