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  • The Tri-Valley is home to a thriving arts and culture sector, featuring a variety of museums, art galleries, cultural celebrations, theaters, and experiences. Read below for some of our favorite ways to explore the unique arts and culture offerings in the Tri-Valley.  Bankhead Theater The Bankhead Theater is easily the largest venue in the Tri-Valley, […]

  • Read up on one-of-a-kind educational experiences that preserve the unique role of the Tri-Valley in California’s development in addition to other worldly exhibits.

  • October is National Arts & Humanities Month! The Tri-Valley is home to several art galleries, museums, theaters, public art displays, and historic sites for visitors and residents to experience. Whether you’re a long-time patron of the arts or you have yet to discover the Tri-Valley’s diverse artistic community, here are a few ways to get involved […]

  • Public art installations not only help beautify our region, they give us something interesting to seek out and enjoy while exploring the Tri-Valley. There are several murals, statues, mosaics, and public art pieces that can be found throughout our area, each with their own unique backstory. Read up on some of our favorite public art […]

  • Ever sipped a California Chardonnay, Cab-Sauv or Petite Sirah? Thanks to wine pioneers Wente and Concannon, we bet you have. Take a close look, and it’s clear that the histories of the Concannon and Wente vineyards are as entwined as the vines in a block of old-growth Chardonnay. Both were founded in 1883—Wente by German […]

  • Theater buffs pay homage to the “father of American drama” at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Tap into the region’s literary history with a visit to the gorgeous Tao House, the onetime home of America’s only Nobel Prize–winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, who penned The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey Into Night from his […]

  • For the ultimate in stylish travel, look no further than the historic and refurbished cars of the Niles Canyon Railway. The train runs each Sunday from April to August, from Sunol to the Niles area in Fremont. Each direction takes about 30 minutes, with a layover at the turnaround. If that isn’t enough old-school elegance […]

  • Each city in the Tri-Valley offers its own insight into the area’s frontier past. In Dublin, Heritage Park and Museums is made up of Pioneer Cemetery; St. Raymond (1859), the region’s oldest Catholic church; the Murray Schoolhouse; and the 1911 craftsman bungalow Kolb House, now a museum. Other areas boast their own treasures: In Danville, […]

  • It was half my life ago when I met this incredible woman. She changed my life forever. I’ve worked for her, lived with her more than once, and we remain great friends and traveling buddies to this day. Tri-Valley native Judy Ashworth’s “Farewell to Bud” party in 1986 made famous today’s multi-tap establishments serving only craft beer, […]

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