2017 El Cerrito Arts Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

 The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito.

CENTENNIAL Arts Month Celebration

Saturday, October 21 from 2pm to 5pm


El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito)  Free!

To celebrate Arts Month and the City's centennial, the Arts & Culture Commission is planning a special event to take you on a journey through El Cerrito’s history! The event will include performances by:

All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. For more details, contact staff Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318.

Other 2017 ARTS Month Events


Book Release and Live In-Store Performance


Saturday, September 30 at 2pm   Free!


Down Home Music (10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito)
Down Home Music presents the release of Shorty Joe: An Autobiography, by Joe Quartuccio with Steve Hathaway. Shorty Joe Quartuccio led a remarkable life; besides years as a country music disc jockey, singer, songwriter, band leader, he worked with many test pilots and astronauts. Also enjoy a live performance by The Saddle Cats, a four-piece ensemble that embraces just about any traditional musical style under the sun.
More information: downhomemusic.com


El Cerrito Art Association Annual Show and Sale

Weekend of October 6-8


El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito)
View up to 300 entries in visual media (including oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, photography, digital, mixed media, sculpture and more) over the three day exhibition Also special sales of unframed work on Saturday and Sunday.
Information: elcerritoart.org

contra costa civic theatre: cabaret

September 22 - October 22


Shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Set in 1931 Germany and based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, Cabaret explores a moment of divine decadence through the interwoven stories of a third-rate chanteuse, an American writer, the inhabitants of a once-respectable boarding house, and the denizens of a seedy Berlin nightclub.
Tickets: ccct.org/cabaret

Cartooning Class for Kids


Saturday, October 7 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM


El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito)
The Charles M. Schulz Museum will host a cartooning class for kids ages 5-11 (grades K-8), including an intro to cartooning, animation, and Charles Schulz through a variety of drawing and art activities. Free; register to attend.
Information and registration: www.ccclib.org


One City, One Book


Tuesday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30PM


El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito)
One City, One Book is an enriching nationwide program that encourages reading and discussion within a community. The selected book is a collection of short stories, Deceit and Other Possibilities, by local author Vanessa Hua. (Due to some mature themes, this book is recommended for adults.) Pick up a copy now and read it at your own pace. Join fellow readers at a group discussion on October 10, led by Chris Sterba, Chair of the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and Senior Lecturer of American Studies at San Francisco State University, which will focus on the stories "Accepted," "The Responsibility of Deceit," and "For What They Shared." Also, meet the author on October 24 for a reading, book signing, and discussion. For more information and a list of where you can pick up a free copy, visit http://guides.ccclib.org/onebook/elcerrito2017

City Hall Gallery Space Art Show


October 16 - December 13


El Cerrito City Hall (10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito) during business hours
VIew paintings by the El Cerrito Canyon Trail Art Studio painting class. Gallery Space is on second floor of City Hall. The artists will host a reception on Thursday, November 2 from 6:30-8:00pm, to which the public is invited.

Also, now through December 7 in City Hall lobby, view stained glass artwork by David Helfant.
Information: www.el-cerrito.org/GallerySpace

El Cerrito Free Folk Festival


Saturday, October 28 from Noon to 10PM


The Arts and Culture Commission is proud to co-sponsor this all-day festival presented by the San Francisco Folk Music Club. The festival offers two stages of music performances, music and dance workshops, a family program and spaces for spontaneous jams. Join us to listen, learn, play and enjoy performances and workshops from world-renowned and local musicians alike. Visit elcerritofolkfest.org for more details.

Down Home Music Community Parking Lot Swap Meet


Sunday, October 29 at 8am (weather permitting)


Down Home Music (10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito)
Lots of vendors...lots of vinyl. Vintage stereo gear. Turntables. Amps. Instruments, etc. No seller's fees. No entry fees. If you're interested in selling, contact JC at 510-525-2129 (daytimes, Tuesday thru Sunday) or by email.


National theatre live 2017 fall 3-play season

Presented by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
The 3-play season begins in October with Yerma, Simon Stone's inspired re-working of Federico Garcia Lorca. The season also includes Follies, with music and lyrics by Stephan Sondheim, in November and December; and the comedy Young Marx in December and January.


Information: rialtocinemas.com



El Cerrito Art Association exhibits

El Cerrito Library


Joanne Uomini’s watercolors “Portraits from the National Geographic” through October 20 at 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito.

El Cerrito Community Center


Camille Reed has nine pastel paintings on display through October 31, 2017 at 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.


El Cerrito DMV 

Heidi Rand, Corinda Smith, Jean Witzke, Laura Hagar and Charlotte Britton are exhibiting work through November 8, 2017 at 6400 Manila, El Cerrito.



live music at off the grid market


Wednesday evenings - October 4, 11, 18, 25


Wednesday Night Food Truck Block Party. 10 rotating vendors, live music and plenty of seating in the heart of El Cerrito. Bring your family and join in the fun!
Information: offthegridsf.com

More to Come!

2008 logo by Lisa Greenstein
Check back later as we add additional exciting art shows and performances happening in El Cerrito!

If you are hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in El Cerrito in October 2017 and would like to be included on this list, please contact Suzanne Iarla, Assistant to the City Manager, at 510-215-4318. Thank you!