Resident Feature

Arts Around August

a month-long celebration of the arts

Come celebrate the arts in downtown Walnut Creek! The City of Walnut Creek and eleven of its community organizations are collaborating to present Arts Around August, a month-long program in downtown Walnut Creek to celebrate the performing, visual and culinary arts. Many events are free and designed to welcome everyone downtown again as businesses, restaurants and arts programs emerge from the pandemic. 

There are events or activities every day during the month of August. Every Thursday you can dance the night away at Summer Concerts at Broadway Plaza; Wednesday evenings offer an opportunity to join a progressive dinner experience called Moveable Feast. And as the Lesher Center re-opens with indoor performances by many arts groups, you can find tickets for Festival Opera, youth performances and many more. 

For families, there will be Movies on the Roof (of the Lesher garage), First Wednesday Street Fest ( Sept. 1 ), Family Theatre Sundays (Fantasy Forum performances of Cinderella) and Family Chalk Art Days. The last weekend of August features Paint the DownTOWN (a plein air art festival where local artists will be painting outdoors and sharing their creative process). The event ends on Aug. 29 with an art show and awards. 

Ongoing activities include Downtown Stages (presented by local performing artists), Public Art Walking Tours, History Tours, and impromptu opportunities to play or hear music from eight Painted Pianos located throughout downtown. 

Grab a group of friends or family and discover hidden treasures throughout downtown in weekly Art & History Scavenger Hunts or check out the Makers Market Open-Air Marketplace at Broadway Plaza on Aug. 28 where local artisans sell their hand-crafted items. 

Kevin Wilk, Mayor of Walnut Creek, says, “We are very excited and proud that eleven non-profit and business organizations, as well as the City of Walnut Creek, are all working together to bring Arts Around August to our downtown this summer. With downtown open, and many programs starting again, it will be a great celebration of the arts with many activities for all ages. We hope that residents of Walnut Creek and neighboring cities will join us downtown for these fun events and help bring back a sense of community and vibrancy to our great city.” 

Please visit for more information and a complete calendar of events, times and locations. 

Some components and events are subject to change pending COVID-19 state and county guideline updates. 

By Kara Navolio, Resident since 1991