Seasonal Events at Shadelands Ranch

Shadelands Ranch is proud to host a number of seasonal events open to the public.
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Ranching in the Valley
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Walnut Creek Historical Society is partnering with the One City, One Book project to present a Centennial celebration program called "Ranching in the Valley" on Sunday, September 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Shadelands Ranch Museum. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING. Visitors will meet the Pennimans, learn about the daily challenges of life on a Northern California ranch, tour the main house and the Japanese workers' cabin, and participate in chores and games. This event is a family friendly version of our successful Living History program for 3rd grade students who spend a day experiencing ranch life at the time of Walnut Creek's beginnings. Light refreshments will be for sale.

One City One Book: Walnut Creek Reads is a "citywide book club" that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. To pay homage to Walnut Creek's farming and ranching roots in this Centennial year, the selection for the 2014 program is John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. First published in 1932, the book consists of interconnected stories about a small, beautiful agrarian valley located near Salinas and Monterey — one that is similar to Walnut Creek in the early 1900s. Copies of The Pastures of Heaven are available at both public libraries, online through, at the Rossmoor Library and through local bookstores.

If you are interested in being a docent that day to help present the program or help with house tours, please contact the Historical Society office at 935-7871

Walnut Creek Centennial Family Picnic
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mark your calendars! We're excited to be hosting a family picnic event at the ranch, celebrating Walnut Creek's centennial. Details to come.

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Annual Holiday Faire
November 29 – December 14, 2014

Since 1983, the Holiday Faire has been a seasonal tradition at Shadelands. During this two-week event, dozens of vendors will offer a wide variety of hand-crafted items and gifts for sale inside the Museum. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


Victorian Teas
November29 – December 14, 2014

Coinciding with the Holiday Faire, Shadelands also hosts three-course tea luncheons with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Groups are welcome. Many families and friends maintain an annual tradition of attending the teas. Call the Shadelands office for reservations from October 1.

If you would like to help out or become a vendor for these Holiday events, please contact the office at (925)935-7871.