The Alameda County Fair is back – Starts this Friday

It’s that time of year again YAY!!! The Alameda County Fair Starts this Friday

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre facility located here in Pleasanton, California. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events.

Here is some information, locations and schedules for you.

Address: 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Use Gate 8 Valley Rd., Pleasanton, CA 94566  Phone: (925) 426-7600

Getting Here:

The Alameda County Fair is located off of the Bernal Ave Exit from the 680 Highway in Pleasanton, California.

There are 4 entrance gates to the Fair for the public:

Green Gate – Known as the “Main” entrance, the Green Gate is located right off of Valley Ave, cross street of Bernal Ave.

Blue Gate – Accesed from the main parking lot.

Red Gate – Red Gate is accessible from the Gate 12 entrance located about a 1/4 mile up on Valley Ave. from Bernal Ave.

Yellow Gate – Located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. off Bernal Ave. This is the location of: Administration Offices – Will Call Ticket Booth -VIP Parking Lot

From BART

View Wheels Shuttle schedule from E. Dublin/Pleasanton BART

Here are just a few of the attractions at the Fair:

  • Rides
  • Concerts
  • Stage Acts

Here is the schedule of performances – http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/entertainment/live-music-special-events/concerts

Alameda County Fair Stage

 

There is also a list of companies that are giving away FREE tickets at the link above!

Pleasanton CA Cattle Drive Route

  • Horse Racing

http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/horse-racing/live-horse-racing  Free with Fair admission

Pleasanton Horse Racing

Must see the over 14 wineries that will be here, and there will be entertainment specifically for the Beer and Wine Garden.

And here is the full schedule of events at the Fair.

Alameda Fair Schedule of Events

We hope to see you there!!

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Val Vista Park in Pleasanton CA – A kid friendly park in the Tri Valley

Val Vista Park Pleasanton CAThere are so many exceptional parks and recreation areas in the Tri Valley but the Val Vista Park in the town of Pleasanton California is an oasis for parents wanting to spend the day with the kids. A place to play sports, enjoy the snack bar and nature trails to take in the fresh air and unwind. It is the ultimate activity day where Pleasanton and East Bay children can play for hours to their hearts content.

There are two play areas within the park. There is also a large picnic area where families can gather and have lunch on any afternoon during the week. There are soccer fields here, a giant skateboard park, roller hockey rink and a climbing wall for the more adventurous.

Val Vista Park also has a nature trail walk and don’t forget to bring your swimwear to experience either one of its two water sports areas. There are three play structures to keep kids occupied all day and those coming from all around East Bay will be pleasantly surprised to learn there is plenty of parking around the park.

Val Vista Park East Bay

The approach to the park is down Stoneridge Drive where you will notice the roller hockey rink, several soccer fields and a skateboard park. These are just a taster of things to do within the park. Once you have parked, you will notice the two huge play structures, a big area for families enjoying a picnic and a water feature to take your selfies at.

The play structures are for kids of all ages. There are tiny tot swings, four slides for larger children and a small water feature boat. There is also one huge play structure for kids and juniors up to the age of 12, a main playing structure that has so many different ways of climbing up that children will be spending most of their day on this, and six different slides to accommodate all the kids. There is also a safe high bridge and plenty of wheels to spin on or just hang onto.

The play areas are a haven for the kids and there are areas specifically designed for smaller children (aged two to five). This wonderful park has a snack bar area and bathroom facilities and a lovely little stream running through the nature trail walking area.

If you are ever at a loss of what to do with your family one afternoon in the Tri Valley, you should bring them here to the Val Vista Park. It is what childhood memories are made of and makes for a complete day out.

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A little History of our own Alviso Adobe Community Park here in Pleasanton.

The Alviso Adobe Community Park The Alviso Adobe Community Park is a recreational piece of land, measuring about seven acres, and located at the edge of Pleasanton in the Tri-Valley. The Alviso Adobe is actually a house that forms the center point of this park and remains on the Californian Historical Landmark registry.

Adobe houses are essentially made from mud and/or clay. It was once the primary building material of all homes that were built from our early existence until some point in the 19th century.
The park was due to be constructed in 2000 but lack of funds meant the park’s construction was not even started until 2007. The project began with a total funding pool of $4.4m and opened to the public in late 2008.

The adobe was originally built a century and a half ago in 1854 by father of ten, Alfred Alviso (whom the park is now named after). He, his wife and children only owned the property for a couple of decades before selling the adobe to the soon-to-be Mayor of Oakland. New land developer John West Martin allowed the Alviso family to stay at the property right up until 1888.

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The historical home suffered – as did many properties in the area – in 1906 from a massive earthquake. Cracks in the walls, a chimney that was falling apart and several other damaged fixtures Walter Briggs purchased the property cheaply in 1919 and turned it into a dairy.
Briggs sold the adobe on to the Great South and West Corporation and the organisation toyed with the idea of building an amusement theme park at the location of where the park is today.

This concept was met with protest and fury from the local residents and many small businesses. Eventually, the idea of an amusement park was scrapped and GSWC saw little use for the land, so sold it on to a land development company specialising in building affordable homes. A number of small housing lots were constructed, all of which surrounding the original Alviso adobe, which was protected by the state as an historical monument.

The Community Park tells a little history of the state of California, in some ways, as this was the place where some of the earliest activity took place. Native American settlements, building of Spanish ranchos and cattle farming all took place across the Amador Valley where the park is situated today.

Alviso Adobe is just another great historical gem, trenched in history, that we have in our beautiful home, the Tri-Valley. If you are thinking of moving to the Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore areas of the East Bay, Contact Us. We would be happy to discuss our unique and beautiful community.

Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve – Beautiful space in the Tri Valley

Bishop Park East Bay

Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County
The Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve is a hiking trail and dog walking land close to the Interstate 680 highway and near to the residential neighborhood of San Ramon. Its 529 acres are also perfect for jogging, exercising or picnic leisure under old oak trees.

Some of the reserve has pathways solely for hikers, others are for multi-use, such as horseback riders and cyclists, and there are unpaved routes where also for multi-use but wheelchairs are not suitable for much of the terrain on the reserve.

There are a few options for taking a route through the reserve: the Stream View walk is a loop around the reserve which changes to the Grey Fox Trail and its midpoint. If you take the start of your hike from the south eastern boundary, you can fulfill the Red Tail Hawk Trail.

Map of Bishop Ranch

The entire reserve can be completed in about three hours, making it perfect for those with a free afternoon to spare. At one point, where the Red Tail Hawk Trail and the Stream View Trail meet, you can actually see uninterrupted views of the foothills of Mount Diablo. Here the rolling hills and natural landscape block out the civilization, so you can see no sign of freeways or housing developments.

There is ample parking available at the edge of the residential neighborhood. Entry to the park is free but there are no permits issued for overnight camping as the reserve strictly closes at 10 pm each day.

The reserve will be closed to cyclists and horse riders during wet weather. Indeed, the fall season here sees the deciduous valley and black oak trees mark the season appropriately. Springtime is best here as the grass is lush green, wildflowers bloom everywhere, nature is at its very best and the temperature is warm but not too hot.

It is the perfect setting for a general stroll through lush countryside pasture and the distance you’ll cover on the trails is approx. 2.5 miles (if you loop the reserve). If you need gas, a pay phone, restaurant, café or dining services, you should visit the nearby Bollinger Canyon and San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

There are no restrooms on the reserve and maps are only available online. It is strongly recommended you stick to any of the three trails within the reserve and cross into the adjacent boundaries, as this area is private land.