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Claycord Online Museum – The History Of The Walnut Festival In Walnut Creek


Today, we celebrate the history of the Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek.

The video above was created in the early-1990s, and includes some interesting facts, including how the Mayor of Concord in 1911 asked all Concord residents to travel to Walnut Creek to assist in the success of the event.

The Concord Mayor also created a city-wide holiday to celebrate the festival in Walnut Creek.

Click on the video above to learn more!


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WC October 6, 2022 - 2:01 PM - 2:01 PM

Want a Walnetto?

S October 6, 2022 - 6:19 PM - 6:19 PM

WOW… That is a great item for a “Pick One”.

Man in Brown October 6, 2022 - 6:21 PM - 6:21 PM

This years 86th Walnut Festival concluded a couple weeks ago.
Unfortunately the parade that used to go with it no longer happens. The “parklets” that the restaurants have put out in the streets have taken all the areas that were used to watch the parade. The city of Walnut Creek doesn’t seem interested in helping to continue the Festival or Parade.
The Walnut Parade was one of the last ones in the area. Area high school marching bands would compete for “the Nut.” Local merchants, schools and clubs would enter floats. Events of local pride such as these seem to be disappearing in our current culture. I, for one, miss these events. Homecoming, July 4 and other local parades and events, are vanishing parts of Americana.

BORbeliever October 6, 2022 - 6:46 PM - 6:46 PM

Man in Brown, I also miss the Walnut Parade. We definitely lose something when these traditions vanish. Very sad.

Anonomous October 8, 2022 - 4:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Everyone looked forward to the Walnut Festival. So much pride and community was strong.Sad that more generations don’t get to experience the feelings of pride and accomplishment in the community.Was a great many memories.

The Professor October 6, 2022 - 8:10 PM - 8:10 PM

Marched in the parade when I was a kid. Won a blue ribbon in 1970 for my tiger costume.

I remember hearing that in the 70s, the Walnut Parade was the second biggest parade in CA (behind the rose parade).

Ttd October 6, 2022 - 8:20 PM - 8:20 PM

Fun fact- the walnut festival parade used to start with a bull running ahead of the parade. I guess I dated myself . Lol

Aunt Barbara October 6, 2022 - 10:11 PM - 10:11 PM

It seems to be for little kids now that they moved it to the front and cut back. like everything else, but not the prices. Harumpf!

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