Resident Feature

Arts Around August ~

a month-long celebration of the arts

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. 

Walnut Creek, a city rich in its arts offerings, is proud to bring this first-ever celebration to downtown and to partner with many of the city’s business, non-profit and arts organizations. There will be events or activities every day during the month of August. Experiences for all ages include Summer Concert Series at Broadway Plaza, Movies Under the Stars, First Wednesday Street Faire, Downtown Stages (presented by local performing artists), Family Chalk Art Days, Moveable Feasts (an upscale culinary stroll including tastes from the best of Walnut Creek’s restaurants, with a little sample of public art sprinkled in), Paint the DownTOWN (a plein air art festival), Public Art Walking Tours, Weekly Art & History Scavenger Hunts, Family Theatre Sundays (Fantasy Forum performances for the whole family), Rehearsals on the Plaza, and Painted Pianos (8 pianos placed throughout downtown for all to enjoy). 

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.” 


Things to do this month 

Some of the events have already started in the month of July. For example, you can visit any of the painted pianos and serenade passers by, you can sign up to perform at the Downtown Stages or enjoy an impromptu street performer as you are dining or shopping, or reserve your spot for Summer Sounds at the Lesher Plaza. And the First Wednesday Street Faire will be back on Aug. 4 with the band Vybe Society. 

Please visit ArtsaroundAugust 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