Centennial Events

In 2017, El Cerrito is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a city! Our rich history has contributed to the City’s identity and quality of life, and there is much to be proud of. The City’s Centennial Celebration Planning Task Force has been busy planning ways to celebrate El Cerrito’s 100th year anniversary including talks, tours and more!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Centennial Celebration Weekend events! See some photos from El Cerrito's largest parade! There is also a video of the parade. You can also see photos of the Centennial Gala dinner.

For more event details and volunteer opportunities, please contact Suzanne Iarla, Task Force staff liaison at 510-215-4318 or email.

Centennial Passport Activity

Pick up your keepsake Centennial Passport at any centennial event, or at City Hall during open hours. Then, collect a stamp at each centennial event you attend throughout the year. By 5pm, December 12, 2017, return your passport tally page to City Hall to be entered into a random drawing to win prizes. Participants with the most number of stamps will also be eligible for the Grand Prize. For more details, call 215-4318.

Centennial Celebration Events (September - December)

Note: Events and Details are all subject to change.

Centennial "Big Bash Weekend"

- Hosted by Centennial Task Force

Thursday, September 14 - Centennial Celebration at the Cerrito Theater

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito (10070 San Pablo Ave)
Hosted by Friends of the Cerrito Theater and the El Cerrito Historical Society
6:00 pm View vintage cars and listen to “Leftover Dreams” outside the theater
7:00 pm Brief history program with special guest Joanne Taylor, followed by screening of the 1937 comedy ‘The Awful Truth,’ with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Feel free to come in vintage clothing!
See https://cerritotheater.org for tickets to the 7pm program and film. Tickets are $9. This event is likely to sell out!
See the event flyer.

friday, September 15 - Family Night at Cerrito Vista Park

Bring a picnic dinner and your own blanket or low-back chairs and enjoy a free screening of Pixar's TOY STORY followed by the 1917 Charlie Chaplin film, THE IMMIGRANT. Movie starts at dusk at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave). Snacks will be available for purchase.Co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of El Cerrito

Saturday, September 16 - El Cerrito Showcase Parade

Watch one of El Cerrito’s largest parades featuring outstanding citizens, businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, city representatives, pioneer families and more! Great viewing opportunities along Richmond Avenue or in Cerrito Vista Park.
Parade starts at the Safeway/PetFood Express parking lot at 10am, travels along Hill Street > Elm Street > Richmond Street > Moeser Lane and into Cerrito Vista Park.
After the parade, stay and enjoy free entertainment from noon to 3pm including live music, bounce houses and chalk art for the kids, free sandwiches and cupcakes for the first 1,000 people, as well as food for sale by:
  • Plaza Girabaldi - offering nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas
  • Fillmore West Vineyards - serving Pinot and Pinot Rose
  • Kiane's Shaved Ice - with a rainbow of topping choices!

Saturday, September 16 - El Cerrito's Youth Dance the NIGHT Away

Middle school students (grades 6–8) are invited to an all-school mixer at the Community Center for games and dancing from 6 to 9 pm. Free admission, but pre-registration is required.

Sunday, September 17 - Centennial Gala Dinner   *SOLD OUT EVENT*

Enjoy an elegant dinner at the Berkeley Country Club (formerly Mira Vista Golf and Country Club, one of the oldest businesses in El Cerrito!). Take in the views and reminisce with friends while enjoying a delicious meal, centennial program, followed by music and dancing. Keynote speaker: NYU law professor and El Cerrito High School graduate Tony Thompson.
Update: Tickets for this event have sold out - Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket!
Sept 17 - Outdoor Service and Annual Bazaar
  • 11:30 (service) 12pm-5pm (bazaar) at Sycamore Congregational Church UCC (1111 Navellier St.)
  • This annual extravaganza of Japanese American Culture is hosted by Sycamore Congregational Church UCC
Sept 23- Tri-City Safety Day
  • 11am-3pm at El Cerrito Plaza (1000 San Pablo Ave
  • Annual event hosted by the El Cerrito, Kensington & Albany Fire & Police Departments
Oct 4 - Centennial Senior Resource Fair
  • 9am-12pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Annual event hosted by Recreation Department
Oct 6 through 8 El Cerrito Art Association's Annual Art Show & Sale
  • Friday Oct 6th Reception 7pm-9pm, Saturday Oct 7 Show 10am-5pm, Sunday Oct 8 Show 10am-4pm
  • Held at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Annual show and sale hosted by El Cerrito Art Association will feature a special centennial theme!
Oct 12 - Talk: Remembering Our Local Japanese Heritage (by Tom Panas)
CANCELLED: St. Jerome School S.T.E.A.M. Festival 

Starting Oct 16 - El Cerrito Restaurant Week
  • Dine out at local restaurants. Hosted by Economic Development Committee and El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce
  • Details will be posted at www.el-cerrito.org/RestaurantWeek
Oct 21 - Walk & Talk: History of Hillside Natural Area (led by David Weinstein, Mark Miner & Ralph Boniello)
Oct 14 - Tour: Historical El Cerrito High School
  • 1pm-3pm at ECHS (540 Ashbury)
  • The self-guided tour will include several display cases full of departmental archival items; an overview of the Hall of Fame in the gymnasium’s lobby and the main museum which exhibits items from the school’s first days in 1944 to a dedication to the school’s one Japanese student who was taken to an interment camp, to dance books from the 50’s, to the Coach Roach track and field days, to the 60’s Spirit Jug brought to every game and rally, to a section for the ECHS veterans who gave their lives for the country and, of course, a nod to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • Hosted by the El Cerrito High School Archiving Project
Oct 21 - Arts Month Celebration
  • 2pm-5pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • The Arts & Culture Commission invites everyone to celebrate El Cerrito's history through music and dance! Performers will include:  
    Vincent Medina - traditional and contemporary Ohlone songs and stories
    Los Arribeños de San Francisco - songs and dances from California’s Spanish and Mexican eras
    SF Sakura Ren - traditional Japanese dance and music
    The Saddle Cats - World War II era country swing music
    Tia Carroll and Her Awesome Blues Band – 1940s/1950s era rhythm blues music 
  • The event is free. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
Oct 28 - El Cerrito Free Folk Festival - new date!
  • 12pm to 10pm at El Cerrito High School (540 Ashbury Ave)
  • two stages of music performances, music and dance workshops, a family program and spaces for spontaneous jams
  • co-sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club and The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission
  • More information available on the SF Folk Music Club website
Oct 28 - Centennial Halloween Haunted House
  • 1pm to 8pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Annual event hosted by Recreation Department
  • Contact the Recreation Department for ticket information.
Nov 4 - Walking Tour: Architecture in the Hills
Nov 4 - Film: Sundar Shadi's Gifts
Dec 9 - Centennial Holiday Pancake Breakfast
  • 9am-11am at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Annual event hosted by Recreation Department
  • Tickets are available at the Community Center or online (activity #464773).
Dec 10 through 26 - Shadi Holiday Display
  • Lit nightly 5pm-10pm at (7501 Moeser Lane)
  • Hosted by Shadi Display Committee & El Cerrito Community Foundation
  • Did you know the Shadi Holiday Display was started by Mr. Sundar Shadi with a single star in 1949? His elaborate hand-made display has been delighting generations for 68 years!
Dec 17 - Sing-Along Messiah (with the 1966 West Coast Pioneers of the Sing-along Yourself Messiah)
  • 6pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd, Kensington)
  • Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
Dec 19 - Closing Centennial Program
  • The El Cerrito City Council will commemorate the Centennial and thank the Centennial Planning Task Force members, and the winners of the Centennial Passport prizes will be announced at the City Council meeting at 7pm.

Passport Bonus activity:

Take the self-guided walk along San Pablo Avenue to see the 28 Historic-Cultural Pavers. Read more information about the Pavers.

monthly - Open Hours at the Shadi History Room

  • On the third Thursday of every month from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at City Hall (2nd floor) (10890 San Pablo Ave)
  • Hosted by El Cerrito Historical Society
  • The El Cerrito Historical Society offers "open hours" at the Dorothy & Sundar Shadi Historical Room (located inside City Hall)

monthly - Tour of the Recycling Center

  • On first Wednesday of every month at 3pm at Recycling & Environmental Resource Center (7501 Schmidt Lane)
  • Hosted by Public Works Department
  • Attend a one-hour tour of the award-winning Recycling Center. Must wear close-toed shoes. Groups/Organizations should contact Recycling Center staff to arrange for group tour. Details at www.el-cerrito.org/Calendar.aspx

monthly - Cerrito Classics Movie Series

  • On the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito (10070 San Pablo Ave)
  • Hosted by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito & Friends of the Cerrito
  • Cerrito Classics is a monthly film series featuring classic Hollywood hits (check website for exceptions). Purchase your tickets in advance and get to the theater early to select your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer. Tickets are $9