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The 77th Annual Walnut Festival

Sep 09, 2014 09:05PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

On Saturday, September 13, the Annual Twilight Parade will take place on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek. The parade, which begins on Mt. Diablo and ends on Civic Drive, invites local high school bands, business owners, and community organizations to participate. The Twilight Parade is a sanctioned event and is judged by the Pacific Judging Association. High School Bands are awarded points and prizes for their participation in the parade. 
This year, the Walnut Festival Association joins with the City of Walnut Creek to celebrate their centennial anniversary. Mayors from years past will lead the parade down Main Street. The parade is free of charge, so be sure to get there early to reserve the best viewing spots. 
On Wednesday, September 17, The Walnut Festival Association will open festival doors a day early to host its annual “Special Needs Night” at the Walnut Festival. Started in 2000 by past President’s Steve & Wendy Devoe with 25 families, this invitation-only event has grown to include over 800 special needs families. Sponsored by Midway of Fun, the Walnut Festival Association, Steel Smokin’ BBQ, and Dominoes Pizza, the doors are opened solely to these families to go on rides, have dinner, and enjoy the festival without the crowds that usually limit these kids from participating during regular event hours. For more information and to receive an invitation, please email walnutfestival@sbcglobal.net. 
The 77th Annual Walnut Festival starts Thursday, September 18, and runs through Sunday, September 21. Again this year, there will be two areas of carnival rides and two live stages of entertainment. Pay one price ride bracelets are available for all days of the festival. You can purchase pre-sale coupons for $20, at www.thewalnutfestival.org. On Sunday, September 21, we are excited to announce that the world famous Aquanuts will be hosting an exhibition at the swim center. The Second Annual Beer Garden will be pouring craft beer from local breweries. Tickets for beer can be purchased at the event. Admission to the festival is $6.00 per person. A $1.00 discount will be given per ticket with a food donation to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Free admission will be given to seniors 65+, active military (with ID) and children under 5 years old. 
Hours for The Walnut Festival are: Thursday, September 18, 5 - 10pm; Friday, September 19, 5 - 11pm; Saturday, September 20, 11am – 11pm; Sunday, September 21, 11am – 8pm. Parking is available onsite. We look forward to seeing you at all of these events.
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