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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!

For more event details and volunteer opportunities, please check back soon!

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.

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.

Centennial Celebration Events (March - December)
Note: Events and Details are all subject to change.

NEW! May 6 - Madera's 60th Diamond Anniversary Auction

  • 5:30pm-10:00pm at the El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Silent & Live auction fundraiser for Madera Elementary School.

May 11 - Contra Costa County and the City of El Cerrito Standing Together for Affordable Housing

  • 5pm-7:30pm at Supervisor Gioia's Office (11780 San Pablo Ave Suite D)
  • Open house and history display of affordable housing in El Cerrito hosted by Supervisor John Gioia 
  • More information available here

May 20 - Public Safety Day: Fire Dept. tours and Police Dept vehicle display

  • 1pm-3pm. Meet firefighters and police officers, see a vehicle display and tour the stations! 
  • Police Station & Fire Station 71 (10900 San Pablo Avenue)
  • Fire Station 72 (1520 Arlington Blvd.) - Fire Dept only
  • Event flyer here

May 20 - Spring Garage Sale

  • Shop at the annual citywide Garage Sale coordinated by City, at locations throughout the city
  • For more details sale, visit

May 21 - Community Worship Service and Reception at St. Jerome Catholic Church

May 21 - Hillside Festival

  • 10am-5pm at Hillside Natural Area (meadow above the Schmidt Lane entrance 7451 Schmidt Lane)
  • Hosted by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, Friends of Five Creeks, Environmental Quality Committee, National Park Service and others. The festival features hikes, nature walks, events for kids and families, historical talks, garden giveaways, music and poetry, more.
  • Schedule is online at

May 21 - Celebration of Old Roses

May 23 - Cameron School Tour and Ice Cream Social

May 30 - Talk and Tour: Camp Herms

June 3 - Walking Tour: When Gamblers Ran Our Town

June 3 - Centennial Community Water Safety Day

  • 10am-2pm at El Cerrito Swim Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • Hosted by Recreation Department
  • Event includes free swim lesson (pre-reg. suggested) & discounted entrance for recreational swim - $3/person

June 11 - Loving Day Celebration

  • Celebrate and strengthen El Cerrito's multicultural community.
  • Check back in the spring for information about this event hosted by the Human Relations Commission at City Hall.

June 10 & 11 - Centennial Pickleball Tournament

  • 9am-4pm at ECHS Fields (540 Ashbury)
  • Hosted by Recreation Department
  • Contact the Recreation Dept. for details and to register

June 17 - Hike: It's Our Fault

June 20 - Law Enforcement Torch Run

  • Cheer on members of the El Cerrito Police Department as they run in support of Special Olympics of Northern California.
  • Route info will be posted online in June.

June 22 - Talk: Victor Ramon Castro and His Family at the Castro Adobe 1839-1928 (by Joanne Rubio)

June 24 - Community Celebration with Worship and Reception

June 25 - Holy Ghost Parade

June 25 - St. John the Baptist School's Annual Vacation Day Camp Open House

July 3 - Centennial 4th of July Festival Preview Concert

  • 5pm - 7pm at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave)
  • Hosted by the City of El Cerrito, worldOne Radio and our generous sponsors

July 4 - Centennial 4th of July Festival

  • 10am - 6pm at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave)
  • Hosted by the City of El Cerrito, worldOne Radio and our generous sponsors
  • Details online here.

July 19 - Talk: Where Recycling is a Pleasure (by David Weinstein)

  • 6pm-7:30pm at Recycling & Environmental Resource Center (7501 Schmidt Lane)
  • History talk hosted by El Cerrito Historical Society , co-sponsored by the Environmental Quality Committee

Aug 1 - National Night Out

  • Contact the Police Dept. about hosting a block party in your neighborhood! 
  • Details online here

Aug 17 - Tour of the Sundar Shadi History Room

  • 3:30pm-4:30pm lesson on curating and collecting; 4:30pm tour of the Society archives. The Shadi History Room is located on the 2nd floor  at City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave)
  • Hosted by El Cerrito Historical Society


Aug 23 - Centennial Time Capsule Dedication

  • Check back later for details for the Time Capsule Dedication and tour of City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave)

Aug 26 - Centennial African American Cultural Event

  • 1pm-4pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
  • El Cerrito NAACP & St. Peter CME Church are planning a cultural event sharing African American History in El Cerrito.

Aug 27 - Open Service & Talk at St. Peter CME Church

  • 11am Open church service for the community, followed by a talk about the church's history in El Cerrito
  • Hosted by St. Peter CME Church (5324 Cypress St.)

Aug 29 - Open House and Ice Cream Social

Sept 9 & 10 - Staged reading of the 1917 Broadway hit, Hamilton

  • Saturday, Sept 9 at 8pm, repeated Sunday, Sept 10 at 2pm at Contra Costa Civic Theatre (951 Pomona Ave)
  • Hear a staged reading of the 1917 Broadway hit, HAMILTON --the play, not the musical-- by Mary P. Hamlin and George Arliss.
  • Hosted by Contra Costa Civic Theatre
  • Tickets $2.50 per person (the price you would have paid to see the show on Broadway in 1917)

Sept 14 - Centennial Celebration at the Cerrito Theater

Centennial "Big Bash Weekend"
- Hosted by Centennial Task Force

Sept 15 - Family Night at Cerrito Vista Park
  • Approx. 8pm at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave)
  • Details to be posted in the spring

Sept 16 - El Cerrito's Youth Dance the Evening Away  
  • 6pm-9pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)    
  • Details including ticket information will be posted in spring
Sept 16 - El Cerrito Showcase Parade
  • 11am-2:30pm; Parade route will be listed on this page in the spring
  • Join in the parade, or cheer on parade participants as they enter Cerrito Vista Park
  • After the parade, there will be lunch, including free birthday cupcakes, entertainment and student chalk art
Sept 17 - Centennial Gala Dinner
  • 4pm at Mira Vista Golf & Country Club (7901 Cutting Blvd)      
  • Ticket info will be posted online.

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

  • Details to be posted in the spring about this annual event at El Cerrito Plaza (1000 San Pablo Ave)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Oct 14 - Tour: Historical El Cerrito High School

  • 1pm-3pm at ECHS (540 Ashbury)
  • Details to be posted soon.
  • Hosted by the El Cerrito High School Archiving Project

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

    Oct 21 - Walk & Talk: History of Hillside Natural Area (led by David Weinstein, Mark Miner & Ralph Boniello)

    Oct 21 - Arts Month Celebration

    Oct 28 - Centennial Halloween Carnival & Haunted House

    • 12pm to 5pm at El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane)
    • Hosted by Recreation Department
    • Contact the Recreation Dept. for ticket info.

    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)
    • Hosted by Recreation Department
    • Ticket information will be available in the fall.

    Dec 16 through 25 - 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 65 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

    • Details to be posted later in the year.

    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

    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