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Walnut Creek

Pop.: 66,584
Elev.: 131 ft
Land Area: 19.45 sq. miles

Walnut Creek is a fabulous place to live, shop, and work. It is bordered by the City of Lafayette to the west, and the towns of Alamo and Danville to the south. Located 24 miles east of San Francisco with a community of 64,000 residents, its prime and coveted location is well-served by just about any amenity a family could want.

Walnut Creek offers fine luxury homes and condominiums, excellent schools, fine restaurants, shopping, and superb golf at Boundry Oaks Golf Course. Of note, Walnut Creek shopping facilities boast the upscale and affluent Broadway Plaza. This desirable shopping area includes the stores of Nordstrom, Tiffany, and Nieman Marcus.

Walnut Creek boasts the state-of-the–art Trauma Center at the renowned John Muir Medical Center for the finest in health care.

Access to San Francisco is simple utilizing Walnut Creek’s own Bay Area Rapid Transit station, and it is of value that the city is located at the intersection of I-680 for an easy trip to Silicon Valley or Sacramento, and I-24 for quick motoring to Oakland and San Francisco.

Located downtown, the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts offers a variety of performing arts groups in its three theatres, and is a renowned theater for its quality performances.

Further, there are many great restaurants such as Tullio’s Italian Restaurant on North Broadway that provide tastes of Tuscany for the whole family.

Lesher Center for the Arts

The Lesher Center for the Arts, located in Walnut Creek, California, is the premier destination for an exceptional arts and entertainment experience. First opened in October 1990, the Center now presents more than 900 productions and events each year. More than 350,000 patrons walk through the Center’s front doors each year. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Walnut Creek.

When you purchase a ticket to a production or event at the Lesher Center for the Arts, you not only receive the promise of a great show, but also:

  • A wide variety of world-class dining and shopping surrounding the Center
  • Comfortable lobby seating with beverage service, including a full bar
  • Free admission to the Bedford Gallery, located on the first floor of the Lesher Center
  • Discounts at local restaurants (check with ticket office or become a member of the LCA at
  • $125 or above and receive 10% off at participating restaurants)
  • Friendly, welcoming staff to ensure your comfort and enjoyment
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the lobby
  • Easy, plentiful parking in the Locust Street Garage
  • Three distinct theatres providing a space tailored for every show and audience
  • Rental opportunities for corporate and personal events
Bedford Gallery

Bedford Gallery exhibits the work of historic, modern, and contemporary artists. The Gallery is dedicated to providing the public with opportunities to learn about visual arts through public programs that are varied, accessible, challenging, and educational. Its mission is to provide exhibitions and other programs that both reflect and engage the diverse audiences of the entire Contra Costa region.

The Gallery organizes and presents five to six exhibitions each year. In addition, we offer lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and many other kinds of public programs. Gallery docents give tours that include hands-on art projects to over 2,000 school children each year, in addition to tours for seniors and adult groups. The approximately sixty volunteer members of the Bedford Gallery Docent Council receive professional training in both art history and teaching techniques. The Bedford Gallery Guild, a volunteer group of 55 members, staffs the reception desk every day, hosts receptions and other special events, and produces annual fundraising events.

With 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, Bedford Gallery is the largest community-based visual arts facility between the Bay Area and Sacramento. This contemporary art space is housed in the City of Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, which also contains three theaters. The Gallery was originally founded in 1968 as the Civic Arts Gallery and was renamed for Peter and Kirsten Bedford, who donated generously to the Center’s campaign.