Danville, California is a lovely town in Contra Costa County. The views of Mount Diablo are great and the weather report predictably pleasant: It’s another sunny day in California. Danville is a great place to be all-year long, but there are some special times that make it even more fun to be in our town.
Danville’s annual events and festivals are exciting and entertaining and provide many activities for people of all ages.
One favorite weekly event in Danville that residents and visitors look forward to is the Danville Farmers’ Market. The market takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all year long. It is located at Railroad and Prospect in Downtown Danville. The Farmers’ Market is a local favorite for good reason: fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables direct from local growers, fresh-cut blooms, bedding plants, artisan breads, and gourmet cheeses and much more. you can sample the food items before you buy.
Danville pulls out all the stops for car enthusiasts and the public with its two car shows:
Hot Summer Nights Car Show
Hot Summer Nights Car Show is a street festival in Downtown Danville at Hartz Avenue. The street is closed for the event and the Show takes up the whole area. It’s all about classic cars and an entertaining summer evening. The streets are chock full of muscle cars, hot rods, and vintage rides a la 1976. All of which are conversation pieces and opportunities to meet new friends and strike up deep connections. There’s live music from the '50s and '60s, dancing in the streets, food, drink, and souvenir booths. If you’d like a sit down meal or shopping, drop by the many restaurants or stop in at a store.
Danville d'Elegance is another exciting afternoon of cars for a cause in Danville. This is Danville’s charitable event in support of the Parkinson's Institute. Danville’s lovely and historic downtown is transformed by an exhibit of rare and exotic current and past automobiles on Hartz Avenue, which is closed for the event. There is wine and delicious gourmet available at food stations at the event.
Primo's Run for Education
Primo's Run for Education is a 5K Run/Family Fun Walk. The half-marathon starts from Downtown Danville at Hartz Avenue and ends at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon. Proceeds of the run go to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation to augment the gaps in funding for the schools of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. After the race, there is a Fun Fair and refreshments to thank the participants.
The Fourth of July parade in Danville celebrates community and family. The Fourth of July Parade is produced by the Kiwanis Club and the Town of Danville. Up to 50,000 people come to Danville from the entire Bay Area to enjoy the event. Among the highlights are floats and participation by hometown veterans, local schools, community organizations, and much more. The parade offers many prizes in different categories such as the best of parade theme, animal group, auto interest, band, church, community service, dance and theatre, best float, marching unit, neighborhood and home owner associations, novelty-comic business, retail business, scout unit, service business, and sports teams.
When it’s Christmas in Danville, it’s time for Lighting of the Old Oak Tree at Diablo Road. Danville’s annual tree lighting ceremony brings Father Christmas and the Snow Angel to delight children and create magic that lasts through the season. The Old Oak Tree is a Danville landmark and its lighting is a much anticipated tradition in town. Local choral groups perform and neighborhood businesses pass out hot beverages to warm cold hands. Downtown businesses host refreshments, entertainment, and specials for holiday shopping.
The Danville Fine Arts Faire takes place in June each year and is co-sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville. In its 21st year now, the festival brings more than 50,000 people each year to Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville. Visitors can enjoy shopping and browsing high quality art and crafts from more than 200 artisans. There is fine art and contemporary and traditional crafts. There’s live music at the event as well as great food, and lots of things to see and discover.