Photo courtesy of Ghirardelli Square

Photo courtesy of Ghirardelli Square

It’s that time of year and ready or not the holidays are quickly approaching. By now you may have embraced that Thanksgiving is yes… next week, and the rest of the 2015 holiday festivities are quick to follow. Here are a few of the many celebrations taking place around Lamorinda in the coming weeks… hit one or hit them all. They are all family friendly, will be full of small town charm and free… free is good. Interested in venturing outside of Lamorinda, here is a great listing of events throughout the greater Bay Area courtesy of

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Are you new to area with young children? Are you interested in moving your family to the Lamorinda area? You aren’t alone. Many families make the move to the our suburb with young families in tow, taking advantage of the great schools, great weather.. AND more home for the money than other Bay Area suburbs. To help with the planning The Lamorinda Moms Group is having their Annual Preschool Fair, with more than 40 preschools represented in one place. Easy one stop shopping to answer all of your preschool questions. Some preschools have waiting lists, so it’s prudent to be a forward thinker when it comes to researching the perfect learning environment for your little ones, even if you haven’t made the move yet. Located at Oakwood Athletic Club on November 13, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm. You can get specifics at You might want to check out their entire website, chock full of information you might find useful and representative of the close knit family community that Lamorinda provides. If you need to check the realtor box off your list, remember Swim & Company can help you there, just give us a call to answer any questions you may have about different types of neighborhoods and logistics. 925.766.1447


Lafayette Art Wine and Food Festival

Rock out while enjoying local wine and art at the Lafayette Art Wine and Food Festival on September 21-22.

By Cathy Tyson
Lamorinda Weekly

Look for actual art, wine and rock next weekend, Sept. 21-22 in downtown Lafayette, not to mention craft beers, lots of tasty food and a kid zone to entertain the younger set. The weekend offers free music from 20 popular cover bands spread out over four musical stages. With bands like Fleetwood Mask, Aja Vu, Petty Theft, geeky charmers the Spazmatics and Zebop (which made a great impression recently at the Moraga concert series), Beatles cover band The Sun Kings and more – there’s something for everyone. New this year is the Best of the Festival band contest, with voting via text message. “Fun, kids stuff, delicious food, adult beverages, fine art, fine music and finally more fun,” said Jay Lifson, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. “Fun is good! Have a little next weekend.”

 As if the 260 art and crafts booths that offer everything from unique handmade jewelry to paintings, clothes, and gifts wasn’t enough, this year the festival will have the America’s Cup finals on a big screen on Saturday, Sept. 21, thanks to Xfinity, which joins Lamorinda Weekly among the event’s many sponsors, along with beverages for the thirsty crowd and a food truck alley that will benefit Meals on Wheels.

 The music commences at noon, but the festival starts at 10 a.m. both days and runs until 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is, as usual, free – but tickets to kid zone activities cost between $1 and $5, drink tickets cost $7 for an individual ticket with a beer or wine glass costing $7. Funds raised go to support local education, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and many other local non-profit organizations.

 Go to for all the details including the music schedule. Free shuttle service will be provided from BART – the festival’s preferred parking location; to work off some festival induced calories, there will be secured valet bike parking behind the Art Stage at 81 Lafayette Circle in the Lamorinda Music parking lot.

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

Are you ready for the largest event in Lamorinda? The Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is coming back to Contra Costa County on September 21 and 22:

(Image: Lafayette Chamber of Commerce)