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Pleasanton’s 125th Anniversary

Friends celebrating at a music festival

This year, the town of Pleasanton turns 125 years old. From the homes in San Jose to the apartments in SF, people from across the Bay Area will flock to Pleasanton for the celebration. If you’re planning to attend, then here’s everything you need to know.
What is the 125th Anniversary Celebration?

Aside from Pleasanton’s 125th year since its founding, this anniversary is the neighborhood’s way of celebrating all that their home stands for. The entire community will come together as they commemorate the city’s history, heritage, and never-ending hometown spirit.

Dates, Times, and Tickets

The date of Pleasanton’s 125th is on July 13th, but there are several dates celebrating the event. You can catch additional action on July 10th, August 1st, and August 2nd. Times vary by day. So, check out this list of events on Pleasanton’s website.

As for tickets, there’s no cost to attend any of the celebratory events taking place this year. Everyone from the Bay Area and beyond is welcome to attend free of charge. Just show up and enjoy the shows!

What to Expect

While Pleasanton’s official 125th Anniversary begins on July 13th at 10 a.m., the festivities start three days prior with an art demonstration featuring Heather Ihn Martin on the 10th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harrington Gallery inside the Firehouse Arts Center.

On the 13th, there’s a free walking tour titled “A Storied Past: Exploring Buildings in Downtown Pleasanton starting at 10 a.m. at the Museum on Main. During the main event, Harrington Gallery staff will host art demos, paint outs, and patio art parties for the kids at the Firehouse Arts Center’s patio.

August 1st features the Play Date! Art Exhibition opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m., while the 2nd includes a concert in the park anniversary celebration featuring Public Eye. You can catch the show in Lion Wayside Park from 3 to 9 p.m. Museum on Main will also feature a special exhibit on the 2nd debuting a newly created permanent history gallery titled “Growing Pleasanton.”

Answers to FAQs

Everyone’s first concern is parking, and rightfully so. There plenty of lots, garages, and street parking throughout Pleasanton. However, this is going to be a crowded event. You can expect the concert on August 2nd and Saturday the 13th to be the busiest days.

Parking is going to be limited, especially if you’re coming in from out of town. Taking any of the Bay Area’s public transportation options is highly recommended. Luckily, the area offers plenty of transportation options.

BART is, obviously, the simplest way to travel to the celebration. Pleasanton also has the Wheels Bus to help you get to and from the festivities. If you’re coming from San Francisco, then make it a special day and take the ferry for some scenic views before hopping on the BART station at Alameda.

Another common question is whether or not pets are allowed. Since most of these events take place inside galleries, the answer is no. While pets are allowed at Lion Wayside Park, it’s recommended that you leave them at home. The noise and amount of people can become problematic even for the most well-behaved pets. Service dogs are, of course, a different story.

There’s plenty to do during your visit to Pleasanton, as well. Premier shops like the Kiehl’s, Lululemon Atletica, and Pure Barre Pleasanton are top destinations. While you’re here, you could check out other galleries like Studio Seven Arts, stop in at the Rubio Estates Winery for a drink, or catch a movie at the Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 and IMAX.

Then, of course, there’s food. Plenty of food trucks will make an appearance during these events, but there are plenty of exquisite eats scattered throughout the neighborhood. Using the Wheels Bus, you can make your way to fine dining locales like Ashoka Indian Cuisine, Lokanta Mediterranean Bar and Grill, and Nonnis Bistro. If you’re a fan of Italian, give Pastas Trattoria a try.

If you’re in need of some peace and quiet during the day, there are plenty of nearby parks for when you want to get away from the crowd. After stopping at the winery for some picnic supplies, check out nearby Bernal Community Park or Mission Hill Park for scenic views of Pleasanton and a little R&R.

Finally, you can find an ample number of places to stay if you don’t feel like making the trek home. There are plenty of fantastic hotels to stay at, and Air BnB is always an option. Thanks to the close proximity of neighborhoods and cities in the Bay Area, the journey home is never a long one.

Apartments in SF

Speaking of heading home, there’s nothing returning to the comforts of luxury after an exciting day. Come discover Vintage, a contemporary apartment community that is as much an escape as it is a destination. This is a place where beautifully appointed homes, resort-style amenities, rolling lawns, and boutique shops combine to create a distinctly new leisure lifestyle.

The community at Vintage is filled with opportunities and accommodations that elevate your sense of living. Mingle with residents in the sophisticated clubhouse, entertain friends on the outdoor social veranda, or play a game on the Vintage Greens game lawn. Stay active in state-of-the-art fitness club or yoga and Pilates studio. Handle the day’s obligations in the Wi-Fi lounge and work center, then kick back by the resort pool and spa terrace.

Vintage allows you to inspire your inner chef via the demonstration kitchen, practice your billiards and shuffleboard game, or pamper your pooch at the pet spa. With pocket parks and courtyards across the property, there’s a place to unwind here for everyone. Without ever leaving home, you can shop and dine at the retail plaza set on over 30,000 square-feet. It’s all right here, right now.

When you’re finished socializing for the day, head back to your envious and spacious home featuring the finest of modern finishes. Quartz kitchen countertops are accentuated by modern cabinetry, fixtures, and lighting. Wood-style flooring leads to private balconies and patios. Walk-up entries, private garages, and dedicated guest parking all add the comforts of home.

Welcome to a home that’s perfectly Pleasanton. Welcome to Vintage, where you belong.