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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!

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are able to help lend a hand, please send an email or call 215-4318 to express interest in volunteering. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer.

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 (July - December)
Note: Events and Details are all subject to change.

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
  • See the flyer for the event

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

  •  5:30pm-6:30pm at City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave)
  • Time Capsule Dedication and tour of City Hall. Dedication will be at 6pm.

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)

 Centennial Celebration Weekend
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 for tickets to the 7pm program and film. This event is likely to sell out!
See the event flyer here.

Friday, September 15 - Family Fun Night
Movie starts at dusk at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave)
Co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of El Cerrito
See Pixar’s “Toy Story” on a giant outdoor screen in Cerrito Vista Park, followed by the 1917 silent film “The Immigrant,” starring Charlie Chaplin. Free - no tickets required. BYO blankets or low-back chairs. Snacks will be offered for sale.

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 Ave- Moeser Ln and into Cerrito Vista Park.
Followed by free lunch for the first 1,000 people (including birthday cupcakes!), plus live music and chalk art.

Saturday, September 16 - 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. Sign-up to be notified when registration opens.

Sunday, September 17 - Centennial Gala Dinner
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 Tony Thompson.
Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table.
Purchase your Gala tickets online. Spaces are limited for this event.

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 - El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

    • 12pm to 9pm 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 here

    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.

    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

    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