Northgate Calendar

November 2020

At the time of printing, many events are still getting cancelled, so please check in with the organizers before going.

Self-Guided Downtown Heritage Walk 
@ downtown Walnut Creek 
Walnut Creek residents and visitors can explore Walnut Creek’s fascinating heritage through a free self-guided cellphone walking tour that allows you to visit downtown heritage sites on your own schedule and at your own pace. The Heritage Walk is part of “Walk Walnut Creek: Art and History Live Here,” an immersive self-guided tour that tells the stories that shaped Walnut Creek’s history and describes the public art that graces the current city landscape. Check out Walk Walnut Creek. 

The Heritage Walk features some 60 sites — from Botelho’s Island (now Broadway Plaza) to the Nuthouse (now the Lesher Center for the Arts). Each site is marked with prominent, colorful signage on downtown street lamp posts. The signs include pertinent information about the site and details on how to listen to the audio and, for those with smartphones, how to access a mobile app. 
Cost: FREE events/historical-tours/ 

Every Week 
Behaviorally Fit Backyards 
@Arbolado Park 
Join your neighbors and create community at these events. All are welcome for a nominal charge. 
Every Wed. 4:30-5:30pm – Teens discussing what matters 
Every Thurs. 8:30-9:30am – Yoga under the trees 
Every Thurs. 9:45-10:45am – Emotional Wellbeing Workshops (Nutrition, mindfulness, anxiety, parenting and more) 
Every Saturday 8:00 – 9:00am – Body Sculpting under the trees 
For more details about Behaviorally Fit Backyards, see article on page 12. 

Throughout November
Bird, Nest, Nature Exhibit
@Bedford Gallery
Bird, Nest, Nature is a juried and invitational exhibition featuring a roster of local, national and international artists. Birds have long captured the attention of humankind, the earliest evidence of which can be found in cave drawings that reflect all that we cherish in nature from flora to fauna. This exhibition was juried by Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator, ICA Boston and Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, MOCA Los Angeles, and includes over 150 artists inspired by the exquisite beauty of creatures of flight. Face covering and social distancing required. Tickets must be purchased in advance to control the number of people allowed inside.
Cost: $5
Time: 12-5pm

Public Art Walking Tour
@Downtown Walnut Creek
There is now a self-guided audio tour available for Public Art in Walnut Creek, featuring 33 stops about the artwork in the downtown area. Look for the pink and orange Public Art signs around town, located by artworks. Dial the number on the signs to hear about that artwork. You can visit the Public Art Walking Tour web app online at

Thurs., Nov. 19
Virtual Remodeling Seminar
@The comfort of your own home
Are you, a neighbor, a family member, or a friend looking to remodel, and just don’t know where or how to get started?
Do you have questions like:
• How do I get started?
•How do I make sure that the construction costs don’t exceed my budget?
• How do I make design decisions I won’t regret later?
• How do I choose the right contractor?
• How do I avoid an ugly court battle?
• What is a mechanic’s lien and how do I protect myself?
• How do I make sure my remodel gets completed on schedule?
Join us and get your questions answered. RSVP required at
Cost: Free
Time: 6-8pm or call (925) 885-3770 today!

Nov. 20 – Dec. 20
(Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings)
Garden of d’Lights
@Ruth Bancroft Garden
Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of d’Lights. With more lights and more lasers, this year’s Garden of d’Lights is set to be better than ever. Guests of all ages are in for a holiday treat as they meander through the Garden’s 3.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents and trees that are transformed into magical colorful botanical sculptures by thousands of lights. Don’t miss this special opportunity to enjoy the holiday season safely outdoors in the Garden of d’Lights! Timed tickets by reservation only @5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 pm. Masks required.
Cost: $20 adults, $10 children 6-15, free for children 5 and under

Nov. 28 – Dec. 13
Holiday Faire
@Shadelands Ranch Museum
Do your holiday shopping locally for beautiful handmade gifts and delicious food items. Benefits the Walnut Creek Historical Society. Social distancing and masks required.
Time: 10am-4pm daily

Sat., Nov. 28
Small Business Saturday
@Local Businesses
This is a nationally promoted event that encourages shoppers to support small businesses. American Express rewards their customers for purchases on their American Express card at any small business on this day.

Every Monday 
Book- Talk it Up 
Get great book recommendations by library staff as they share their adult and teen favorites with you. 
Cost: FREE 
Time: 1-1:15pm WalnutCreekLibraryCCCL/ 

Every Tuesday and Saturday 
Farmers’ Market 
@Castle Rock Farm, 700 Castle Rock Rd. 
Local farmers and neighbors provide organic produce grown right in the Northgate neighborhood. 
Time: 10am-5pm 
www.castlerockfarmstand. com 

Every Tuesday and Thursday 
On-line story time 
See our favorite storytellers create impromptu story times every Tuesday and Thursday Time: 10am