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Walnut Festival, Twilight Parade and Fishing Derby

Aug 29, 2016 02:28PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Walnut Festival Twilight Parade - Sept. 17
80th Annual Invitational Twilight Parade

Every September, the Walnut Festival Association presents fantastic events to celebrate the community. At 6pm on Saturday, September 17, 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.


Walnut Festival – Sept. 22-25
Thousands are expected to descend on Heather Farm Park, starting Thursday, September 22, through Sunday, September 25, for the Walnut Festival. The four-day festival offers family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides, Kid Zone, a showcase of amazing local and regional talent including artists, craftsmen, designers, jewelers, builders, food specialties, craft beer garden, and more.
The cost of admission is $7 per person and free for kids 5 and under, 65 or older, and active military (ID required). Bring a can of food for donation and the price is $6. Hours for the festival are: 5-10pm, Thursday; 5-11pm, Friday; 11am-11pm, Saturday; and 11am - 8pm, Sunday. You can purchase pre-sale coupons for $25 starting Monday, September 12, thru Tuesday, September 20, at the Walnut Festival office, located in Heather Farm Park at 500 N. San Carlos Drive, 9am and 4pm, Monday - Friday. "Pay One Price" ride bracelets will be available, providing full access to all the festival's great rides Thursday, September 22, or Sunday, September 25 after 4pm.


Fishing Derby - Sept. 24-25

Before the festival, children can learn to fish at a free fishing derby at the Heather Farm Park lake, 7 – 11am, Saturday and Sunday, September 24 - 25. Poles and bait provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation: $5. To register, visit or call (925) 935-6766.