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The first known inhabitants of the Walnut Creek area were Bolbones Indians. In March 1772, the first Spanish explorers arrived to the region. Walnut Creek was first known as "The Corners" -- where the two roads leading from Martinez & San Jose and Oakland converge.

Early European residents planted many groves of walnut trees there. The town got its modern name from the creek that runs through the area and the groves of walnut trees. The walnut industry continued well into the 1960's but met its demise as the population grew. Now a thriving suburban hub surrounded by huge tracts of California Ranch Style homes, Walnut Creek, still a "Crossroads" is bound to be the urban center of the Diablo Valley.

Guests in Walnut Creek can choose from a delightful range of hotels and motels. A world-class arts center and the chance to participate in a wide range of arts programs. Walnut Creek is located in Contra Costa County 30 miles east of San Francisco between Concord and Oakland along Interstate 680 at Highway 24.

Walnut Creek is part of the Oakland, California metro area.

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11/19 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.