8 Reasons why the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is the San Francisco Bay Area’s Favorite End of Summer Party

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Saturday Sept 20 & Sunday Sept 21 – Admission FREE

“Best of the East Bay” Lafayette Art and Wine Festival, Sept 20 and Sept 21, is considered the Bay Area’s most popular End of the Summer Party.

Lafayette Festival - Best of the East Bay

The annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is thriving as a growing regional event, attracting nearly four-times the town’s 24,000 population during the Festival weekend each September and consistently voted by readers of Diablo Magazine as, “Best of the East Bay.”

The 2014 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, September 20 (10am-7pm) and Sunday, September 21 (10am-6pm) in Lafayette, CA.

Here are 8 top reasons why this Festival is considered by many to be the Bay Area’s favorite End of the Summer Party:

1. LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. The Festival is held in the heart of beautiful downtown Lafayette at one of the best times of the year, just steps from the Lafayette BART station, a few blocks from the Lafayette-Moraga bike trail (secure valet bike parking provided), two blocks off Highway 24, and an easy walk or shuttle from complimentary Festival parking.

2. CONTINUOUS MUSIC & DANCING – with NO COVER CHARGE. 2 Days. 4 Stages. Room to dance to familiar tunes played by 20 of the Bay Area’s best headliner cover bands, including The Sun Kings, Foreverland, Aja Vu, Petty Theft, Stealin’ Chicago, Zebop, The Spazmatics, The Big Jangle, East Bay Mudd, Night Moves, Bay Bridge Beat, Duo Gadjo, Other People’s Money, Juice, Bob Athayde & Friends, Acoustic S&M, Juke Joint, Red House All Stars, and Dominant 7.

VOTE for Your Favorites! “Best of the Festival” Band Contest, voted on by Festival attendees via text – and voters can win great prizes, too.

Click here to view the complete list of bands and when they are playing.

3. UNIQUE WINE & BEER OFFERINGS at THE PARTY WITHIN THE PARTY. Popular wines, beers and ales are served throughout the Festival footprint, but the real action for connoisseurs happens in the Premium Wine & Craft Beer Pavilion, where there are selections of high-end wines and craft beer that most people never get a chance to taste, including wines from the backyard vineyards of Lamorinda.

4. FOOD: CHOICE IS EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING LAFAYETTE’S RESTAURANT ROW FARE. More than 20 of Lafayette’s top restaurants are in the Festival’s footprint plus there are dozens of other food vendors and Food Trucks that offer everything from pulled pork tacos to crab cakes.

5. ORIGINAL FINE ART & CRAFTS. People from all over the Bay Area come to shop at the Festival’s 260+ local and regional artists booths, including the “Local Artists Alley” which showcases Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda fine artists who are members of the Lafayette Gallery and Lamorinda Arts Alliance.

6. NEW THIS YEAR – LIVE ART! Listen – and watch! Local artists will be creating original art pieces to the rhythms of the Fiesta Lane Art Stage band music. Like what you see? You can buy it! Proceeds from the sale of this art will go to support Meals on Wheels.

7. FAMILY and DOG FRIENDLY. People move to Lafayette for the family friendly lifestyle, so it’s no surprise that this is a family friendly festival, starting with a large KID-ZONE. New for 2014 – an interactive “Punch & Judy” style puppet show! There is also plenty for family dogs to see and smell, as well as easy access to Festival water bowls!

8. BUDGET FRIENDLY. This event is a fundraiser that supports the Lafayette Chamber’s many programs, Lafayette Partners in Education (“LPIE”), and other local non-profits, but attendees don’t have to spend. The Festival Experience offers many things that are free — admission (including access to music stages), parking, easy shuttle service from Festival Parking, and secure bike valet.

For complete Lafayette Art & Wine Festival details, go to http://www.lafayettefestival.com.


1. The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is an annual event that promotes Lafayette’s Downtown and raises money for local education, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and many other local non-profit organizations.

2. The event is produced by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Lafayette and Eckerstrom Productions.

3. This event is sponsored by Sungevity, Xfinity, BMW Concord, La Fiesta Square, NBC Bay Area, Diablo Foods, Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, MinuteMan Press Lafayette, Contra Costa Times, Bank of the West, Chevron, C&M Party Props, Special Events, Whole Foods, Wine Thieves, BART, Goose Island Brewery, Diablo Magazine, Lamorinda Publishing, Red House Studios, Lamorinda Web, Douglas Parking, Champlin Wireless Communications, AMR, Central Self Storage, Lucas Paving, EBMUD, Lamorinda CERT, Rotary Club of Lafayette, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, 92.1 KKDV, The Cooperage American Grille, Dino Riggio & Associates, and Oakwood Athletic Club.

A special thank-you goes out to Lafayette Chamber’s Premier Members: Diablo Foods, Oakwood Athletic Club, Douglah Designs, Inc, Mechanics Bank, and Wells Fargo. 

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Rock the Plaza 2014: Free Concerts in Lafayette for Four Fridays in June

The 2014 Rock the Plaza series has begun. Please join us for free concerts every Friday in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd and Moraga Road.

Lafayette's Rock the Plaza Series - Summer 2014


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Top 6 Reasons To Take Your Dog to Lafayette’s First-Ever Dogtown Downtown Community Event, April 12 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Love dogs? Don’t miss Lafayette Dogtown Downtown. Dogs invited. Parade starts at 10am.

Lafayette Dogtown Downtown 2014 - PosterLong considered a pet friendly town, Lafayette is giving top billing to its canine community for its first-ever Dogtown Downtown event, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an event about – and for – dogs and dog lovers.

Designed to be a fun and festive canine-focused event, Lafayette Dogtown Downtown includes outdoor demonstrations, fun dog competitions, and other activities for dog lovers of all ages. Pet adoptions will be available and animal rescue group representatives will be on hand, as well as other dog-related vendors.

True to Lafayette’s passion for lifelong learning, the Dogtown Downtown event also has a strong educational offering – a curriculum of ten 30-minute presentations by veterinary specialists from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Bay Area’s SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. Organized in two tracks, topics range from pet first aid, toxins, environmental hazards, behavioral issues, and the veterinary blood bank, to how to become a veterinarian or veterinarian technician.

Admission and related activities, including the presentations, are free, but registration is encouraged, either online or at the event. Be among the first to register and receive a complimentary Lafayette Dogtown Downtown canine first aide starter kit when you check in at the event, while supplies last.

For more information about Lafayette Dogtown Downtown, including the presentation schedule and registration link, go to www.lllcf.org/dogtown.

Don’t forget: Dogs Are Invited!

Well-behaved dogs on leash and under the control of their pet owners are invited to attend.

Here are the top 6 reasons you should bring your dog to Lafayette Dogtown Downtown

1.     This event celebrates dogs. Why would you leave yours at home?

2.     Show furry family pride! Lafayette Dogtown Downtown kicks off with a Grand Parade that starts at 10 a.m. from Lafayette Plaza Park (Mt. Diablo and Moraga Road) and continues down Golden Gate Way to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. After the parade, there are friendly competitions in the following categories: Best Dog-Owner Team Trick, Looks Most Like Owner, Waggiest Tail, Best Costume (dogs only!), and Best of Show. Imagine the photos – wouldn’t those be better with your dog in them?

3.     Encourage your dog to learn new tricks. Throughout the event there will be demonstrations from the “professionals” – service dogs, police dogs, and dogs advanced in agility training, among others.

4.     Make easy conversation. Can you think of an easier way to strike up a conversation or find immediate common ground with neighbors at a dog event like this than to let your dog sniff out new friends?

 5.     Break the library rules. Chance of a lifetime: During the Lafayette Dogtown Downtown event only, dogs are allowed in the library and its classrooms, including during the veterinary presentations.

 6.     Get help picking out a new furry brother or sister.  Contra Costa Animal Services, Tony La Russa’s ARF, EBARR, and others. RF and the Humane Society will be on hand with adoptable pets. Is your family ready to expand?

More About the Lafayette Dogtown Downtown Organizers, Sponsors, and Beneficiary:

  1. The Lafayette Dogtown Downtown presenting sponsors include the City of Lafayette, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. This event is sponsored by SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, Four Seasons Animal Hospital, Minute Man Press, Lafayette Animal Hospital, The Pet Ranch at Waiterock, and Share the Joy Photography.
  3. Net proceeds from this event are being donated to support Contra Costa County’s efforts on behalf of animals.
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First-ever “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Celebration Scheduled for December 6

Fun, family friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music  – and this Santa’s “sleigh” is a historic fire truck!

Lafayette CA Holiday Event 2013 PosterThe first-ever “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 6, from 4pm-7pm (PST), in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California. Complimentary admission.

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

Festivities begin at 4pm.

Santa is scheduled to parade on Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, starting from the Lafayette Historical Society, traveling down Golden Gate Way and arriving at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30pm. A must-not-miss for the little ones!

Throughout the event, there will be activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities, including posing with Santa and Old Betsy. Where else can someone take such a fun holiday photo? Plus, while they last, Santa will be giving out limited edition goodie bags provided by Whole Foods.

The official lighting of the Lafayette holiday tree is planned for 5:30 p.m. The tree, decorated with environmentally friendly LED lights, will be lit each evening throughout the season.

There will be live entertainment throughout the event, including local student musicians and singers (pre-school on up), performers from the Peter Pan Foundation, Town Hall Theatre performers and a fun holiday sing-a-long, too.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to create an ornament from recycled wooden shapes decorated with all natural sustainable ingredients. Etsy designer Matte Stephens will be on-site providing guidance and assistance during this interactive family friendly complimentary activity for all ages.

Destined to become a popular Lafayette annual holiday tradition, “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” is designed as a time for gathering, giving and gratitude.

Expect a fun – and endearing — surprise from local third graders, too! They are busy decorating “I Love Lafayette because…” cards that will be showcased on the Wall of Gratitude. Event participants will be able to decorate the same type of card to add to the Wall.

Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be provided. Food trucks will offer dinner items for purchase.

All this – plus this holiday event offers an easy way to purchase the perfect holiday gift for teachers, clients, family and friends. The Lafayette Chamber will be selling the new Lafayette Gift Card, good at over 40 local shops and restaurants. Prefer to give a personalized card. The cards are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/lafayette-gift-card or look for the link on the Lafayette Chamber website, http://www.lafayettechamber.org.

The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event is presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by local Lafayette Realtor Dana Green and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Many of Lafayette Chamber’s local non-profit partners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have as you prepare for your family’s holiday outreach. In addition, Lafayette’s Whole Foods is providing the hot chocolate, treats and the fun holiday craft.

For more details and the full entertainment schedule, please go to www.lafayettechamber.org/events/2013-holiday-event

About the Sponsors:

Lifelong Lafayette resident Dana Green is Lafayette’s top producing Realtor, and has been since 2008. www.DanaGreenTeam.com

Branagh Development is a construction and development company specializing in single-family homes, semi-custom subdivisions, custom homes, luxury apartments, and commercial properties. www.BranaghDevelopment.com

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping Lafayette’s local economy and community thrive. www.LafayetteChamber.org

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Lafayette Community Foundation’s First-Ever Garage Tour

Tired of that boring, cluttered old garage?  Mark your calendar and check out how some of your fellow Lafayette residents solved that problem! 

The Lafayette Community Foundation has announced its first-ever Garage Tour on November 10, 2013, 1pm – 5pm, featuring custom garages, shops and one professional garage in the Lamorinda area.

Lafayette Community Foundation Garage Tour 2013

The Lafayette Garage Tour is the brainchild of Jay Lifson, who has pushed to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Lafayette for years,” says Teresa Gerringer, a Lafayette Community Foundation board member. “The Lafayette Community Foundation is proud to take the lead and bring yet another great Lifson idea to fruition, while raising funds for our ongoing work in the community.”

In addition to some great ideas for transforming your garage in to the retreat of your dreams – there will be classic cars, live music and Lafayette-based Street Dogs food truck. 

Tickets are available for $35 online at www.LafayetteCF.org, and locally at Blodgett’s Flooring, Lafayette Car Wash and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Day of the Tour tickets will be available at Blodgett’s Flooring, 3291 Mt. Diablo Court, Lafayette.

Proceeds from the Garage Tour support neighborhood projects through the Lafayette Community Foundation. Learn more at www.LafayetteCF.org.

The Lafayette Community Foundation invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational and environmental health of Lafayette and beyond. Past projects include raising the funds for the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center, partnering with Rotary to build the stage at the Lafayette Reservoir, the annual Senior Symposium, and grant support for many local services such as Meals on Wheels, the Lamorinda Spirit van, Generations in Jazz, Food Bank, Burton Valley PTA green house project and another $300,000 in Excellence Grants since 1999.

Early 2013 Garage Tour sponsors and supporters include: Republic Waste, Lafayette Car Wash, Dudum Real Estate Group, Blodgett’s Flooring, Concord BMW, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, The Mechanic and Minuteman Press. Additional sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Email Info@LafayetteCF.org or call Lafayette Community Foundation at 925-284-8214 for more information.

Planning Ahead: Please let the Lafayette Community Foundation know if you or someone you know has a great garage. It’s never too early to start planning for next year.

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Insider Tip – Lafayette Reservoir Run Registration Math – How to Save Money!

We’re getting lots of registrations for the 2013 Lafayette Reservoir Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2013. Thanks to all who have already registered!

Not registered yet? Here’s what you need to know:

There are three ways to register — at the Lafayette Chamber offices (100 Lafayette Circle), online and on Race Day. Fees vary by age and when you register. Plus — there is a processing fee when you register online.

Bottom line: If you’re 12 & over, you will pay between $30-35, depending on when and how you register — and after Saturday, October 26 at 1pm, the only price option is $35.

If you’re new to the Lafayette Reservoir Run and you’re not sure if it is for you, click here to read the 6 reasons it is such a popular event.

If you plan to participate — and we think you should — here’s the “Registration Math” to help you pick the best registration option for you:

Lafayette Reservoir Run - Registration Fees & Options

CHOICE #1: Best Price

Pre-Register at the Chamber Offices by Saturday, October 26, at 1pm

100 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA 94549 • 925.284.7404

12 & Over: $30 • 11 & Under: $22

Easy & you pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip at the same time


Lafayette Reservoir Run 2013 - October 27

CHOICE #2: Easy & Quick — and You Still Save

Pre-Register Online by Saturday, October 26, at 1pm

 Price includes processing fees

12 & Over: $33.03   • 11 & Under: $24.49

Use the faster moving “Online Registration” line

on Race Day to pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip


CHOICE #3: Miss the Pre-Registration Deadline?

Register at the Race (Desk opens 6:30am)

Full Price, No Processing Fees

12 & Over: $35 • 11 & Under: $27

Line length will vary. Plan to arrive early. Pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip at the same time






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6 Reasons Runners and Spectators Love the Lafayette Reservoir Run

Lafayette Reservoir Run – October 27, 2013

Choice of Races & Fun for All –  Races start 8am

Online Registration Link: http://bit.ly/Res-Run-2013

(see below for Res Run Math – and how to save!)

Lafayette Reservoir Run Start - Lafayette CA

The Lafayette Reservoir Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2013, is a popular Lafayette, CA, community event that attracts upwards of 4000 people of all ages and athletic ability, including spectators.

Athletes from across the Bay Area enter the Lafayette Reservoir Run because of the event’s unique combination of small town feel, beautiful scenery, fast-paced 5-K competition and challenging 10-K course, complete with “heartbreak hill.”

Here are the top 6 reasons why so many love the Lafayette Reservoir Run.

  1. Location. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is held in the heart of beautiful downtown Lafayette, with all runners coursing through the tree-lined Mt. Diablo Blvd. The 10-K course circles scenic Lafayette Reservoir along a paved path within view of the water, before turning back towards town.
  1. Lafayette Reservoir Run 2013 - October 27One Event, Choice of Races. 2mile Fun Run (8am start), Fast Paced 5-K (8:30am) and Beautiful 10-K with a challenging “heartbreak” hill (8:45am start). Certified, Electronic 10K + 5K results — and medals.
  1. Easy Group Event. All races have Up and Back Race Courses, making it easy to enjoy the event with friends and family with varied running interest and speed.
  1. Community Event Fun. Pre-race warm-up exercises, music, pancake breakfast, Health Expo vendors – and lots of friendly people.
  1. Easy – and FREE – Parking on the Street and at BART
  1. A Healthy Local Fundraiser! Benefits local education.

The Lafayette Reservoir is Easy to Enter – Even on Race Day.

Register early to save: Here is the Registration Math:

Lafayette Reservoir Run - Registration Fees & Options

More Info about Registration Options

Online Registration Link: http://bit.ly/Res-Run-2013

Pre-Register at Lafayette Chamber (100 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette CA)

Same Day Registration Desk Opens at 6:30 a.m. (GPS: 3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA

** Bib, t-shirt and timing chip can be picked up prior to race day at the Chamber office,

but it’s just easy to get it on Race Day.

The Lafayette Reservoir Run is a Lafayette Chamber of Commerce event sponsored by Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and Oakwood Athletic Club of Lafayette.

See you there!

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We need you! Volunteer at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

How many volunteers does it take to run our award-winning Lafayette Art & Wine Festival? More than you might think! Want to help?

Volunteer Infograph - Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013

If you’d like to help, please contact the Lafayette Chamber at 925.284.7404 or email Info@LafayetteFestival.com.

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013 is Saturday, Sept 21 and Sunday, Sept 22 – with set-up Friday, Sept 20

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New 5-Star Yelp Review for Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Comes with Parking Advice

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival just received a new ★★★★★ Yelp review from a 10-year Festival Veteran, We loved the advice the poster offered so much we’re posting it here for all to read. 

Lafayette Art & Wine Yelp Review - Sept 2013


We totally agree about coming early, staying late! Here’s what we’d add if you are worried about parking:

(1) Parking is never an issue when you take BART, bike or walk 
(2) There is a free shuttle bus from the Festival Parking at BART if you’d prefer not to walk
(3) We offer free secure bike valet parking within steps of one of the music stages
(4) There are lots of creative (read: “unofficial”) parking solutions – and many long-timers have their favorite “secret” spot. If you have a friend who is a big fan of the Festival ask where they park. A really, really, REALLY good friend will tell you  

Festival Veterans: Any other advice you’d give a newcomer to the Festival?

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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival — The 2013 Glasses are In!

Good news! The 2013 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival wine and beer glasses are in! Get yours at the Festival, Saturday, September 21 (10-7pm) and Sunday, September 22 (10am-6pm) in downtown Lafayette!

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013 - Glasses

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