Free live concerts return to Lamorinda Parks this summer

Posted on June 8, 2022
Free live concerts return to Lamorinda Parks this summer
The Real Thing performs June 2 as part of the free summer concert series at Orinda Community Park. Photo Sora O’Doherty

Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda will enjoy an abundance of live concerts this summer. The 2022 summer concert season in Orinda kicked off on June 2, with The Real Thing performing at the Orinda Community Park. The Orinda Concerts, which take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., are sponsored by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation and supported by the Orinda Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of Orinda, and the City of Orinda. This year, the concerts will take place on Thursday evenings to accompany the Thursday Night Food Truck event with Taste of the World Market.

The following additional bands will perform: June 16, Opera in the Park; June 23, EP Sax; July 14, Idol of Lamorinda; July 28, Juke Joint; August 4, West Grand Blvd.; August 25, Grateful Bluegrass Band; and the season finale on September 8, 925 Band. This year marks the 12th year that Orinda Rotary has sponsored “Opera in the Park.” The free event features opera sings from the Festival and music from Broadway.

The concerts are free and open to the community. The Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation will be on hand to collect donations to help fund the community park renovation project. Families are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs. Dinner options include the food truck event or one of the local restaurants.

Moraga Commons will also host a series of concerts, from early June to early August.

The Moraga Park Foundation presents the Summer 2022 concert series from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings, with the exception of the 4th of July which falls on a Monday. The site is Moraga Commons Bandshell and food will be available for purchase from food trucks and vendors on site. Picnics are welcome. Please bring your lawn chair and blanket. Moraga concerts are sponsored by the Bruzzoni family, Republic Services, Kiwanis, 5A Rent-a-Space, Moraga Junior Women’s Club and Moraga Parks and Recreation.

The schedule at Moraga is as follows: June 9, Midnight Flyer Eagles Tribute; June 16, Juke Joint, Classic Soul and R&B; June 23, Beatles Flashback, Beatles Tribute; June 30, 3-day weekend, classic rock and MoTown; July 4, House Rockers Rock & Soul (7 p.m. concert); July 14, Mixed Nuts, hits from the 1940s to the present day; July 21, Moonalice, 60s psychedelic Bay Area rock; July 28, retroactive, dance party; and on August 4 Aja Vu, Steely Dan and Chicago Tribute.

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will host the Rock the Plaza Concert Series from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday nights at Plaza Park in downtown Lafayette during the month of June. The series kicked off with the 925 Band on June 3 and will continue on June 10 with Juke Joint, A Tribute to Classic Soul and R&B; followed by June 17 Keep on Truckin, Rock, Blues, R&B; and June 24 Lamorinda Idol.

To find out which food trucks will be at concerts in Orinda or for more information, visit https://www.tasteoftheworldmarket.com/#calendar.


Orinda’s summer movies in the park are back!


The Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to bring Movies in the Park back after a two-year hiatus. The films, which are presented by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation with support from the Orinda Community Foundation, will now take place on Friday nights at the Orinda Community Center Park located at 28 Orinda Way.

The first movie of 2022 was “Luca” and the remaining five movies will all start at dusk:

July 8: “Coco” (PG)

July 15: “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

August 19: “Jungle Cruise” (PG-13)

August 26: “Bolt” (PG)

October 7: “ET” (PG)

This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring their blankets, lawn chairs and don’t forget the popcorn!

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