After the California Gold Rush of 1849, the population of the Bay Area grew at an exponential rate. An effect of the population growth was the settlement of a city in the East Bay region of San Francisco called Brentwood in 1878. Although San Francisco dominates the region in things to do, Brentwood is one place that you do not want to miss the next time you are visiting Northern California with friends or family. In addition, Brentwood is the ideal place to visit if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Here are some top things to do in Brentwood, California.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Also known as “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is the last day that you will be able to eat all you can before the fasting holiday of Lent. If you are looking for an event where you can eat Cajun-inspired cuisine, listen to live music, and are looking to have an overall good time with friends or family, then come check out this event. The Mardi Gras Celebration of Brentwood occurs in February and it will be an event that you and your friends or family will never forget. Who knows, maybe you and your friends or family will learn a bit of French at the event too. One common French phrase that is uttered during the celebration of Mardi Gras is “Laissez les bons temps rouler”, which means “Let the Good Times Roll”.
Brentwood Farmers Market
The Brentwood Farmers Market is a great place for locals to not only sell their products but for visitors and residents to taste the diverse flavors of the city. Some of the products that people are able to purchase are different kinds of bread and meats. If you want to attend the local farmers market, be sure to come and visit Brentwood between the months of March to November. During those respective months, the market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the intersection of Oak and First Street.
Similar to the Brentwood Farmers Market, the Brentwood Fall and Spring Bazaars are an opportunity for people who want to sell their unwanted items to others. Some of the past unwanted items that have been featured at the bazaars are electric guitars and rocking horses to name a few. You may perhaps find what you are needing or want to purchase for yourself. On the other hand, you may also find that perfect furniture piece to complement a room in your house. As an alternative, you may find a perfect gift for a special occasion for a friend or family member. Besides the purchasing and selling of items, the Brentwood Fall and Spring Bazaars are also a huge fundraising opportunity for the local Brentwood schools.
What is celebrating the 4th of July without having a parade?! The Brentwood 4th of July parade is an event that you do not want to miss with friends or family if you are visiting Brentwood in the summertime. If you love classic American food (who doesn’t?!) and live entertainment then come on down to downtown Brentwood and see what makes this 4th of July parade special from other parades. The best part about the Brentwood 4th of July parade is that it is completely free to all. Therefore, it does not matter if you decide to bring your significant other or twenty of your closest friends. Some past activities of the Brentwood 4th of July Parade have been face-painting and balloon twisting to name a few.
As you can see, there are a diverse amount of activities in the beautiful city of Brentwood, California no matter the time or the season and whether you are visiting the city with friends or with family. These upcoming events in the city of Brentwood will make you want to continue vacationing in the area or perhaps consider moving to the area. Last, but not least be sure to enjoy that California weather as much as you can!