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Walnut Festival Month

Sep 02, 2015 09:36PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Every September, the Walnut Festival Association presents fantastic events to celebrate the community.  On Saturday, September 19, the annual Twilight Parade takes 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.  The parade is free of charge, so be sure to get there early to reserve the best viewing spots.

On Wednesday, September 23, The Walnut Festival Association opens festival doors a day early to host its annual “Special Needs Night” at the Walnut Festival.  Started in 2000 by past presidents Steve and 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 Domino’s Pizza, the doors are opened to these families to enjoy the rides, have dinner, and experience 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: [email protected].

The 78th Annual Walnut Festival starts Thursday, September 24, and runs through Sunday, September 27.  Once again, 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 $25 starting Monday, September 1, at  The Walnut Festival beer garden will be pouring craft beer from local breweries.  Tickets for beer can be purchased at the event.

Festival admission is $7 per person and a $1 discount is given with a canned food donation to the Contra Costa Food Bank. *Discount will be given at the entrance gate ONLY*.  Free admission for seniors 65+, active military (with ID), and children under 5 years old. 

Walnut Festival hours are: Thursday, Sept. 24, 5-10pm; Friday, Sept. 25, 5-11pm; Saturday, Sept. 26, 11am – 11pm; Sunday & Sept. 27, 11am – 8pm. Onsite parking available.