2022 Antioch Sesquicentennial Events


On February 6, 1872, the City of Antioch was incorporated “for the purpose of police and other matters”, becoming the first city in Contra Costa County.

This year marks the 150th anniversary or what is known as the sesquicentennial of that event and the City, under the leadership of Celebrate Antioch Foundation, will be hosting events throughout the community all year. While the City is providing most of the funding, more funds are needed to help pay for all the events. Please make a tax-deductible donation on their website, today and enjoy celebrating Antioch’s rich history and fun, family-friendly events all year.

Antioch Sesquicentennial Events

Following are the official Antioch Sesquicentennial events planned in the city, this year:

Antioch’s Incorporation Day

February 6th, 2022 1 pm – 4 pm

F Street & W. 2nd Street

We are coming together to acknowledge Antioch’s incorporation date, Contra Costa County’s original city and one of the oldest cities in California, at the Birthplace of Antioch monument at the foot of F Street. A proclamation will be read and a rededication will be held, followed by a light snack and drinks at the Antioch Senior Center. (See related article)

Historical Society Kickoff Event

April 2nd, 2022 12:00 pm

Antioch Historical Museum

1500 W. 4th Street

The Antioch Historical Society will be kicking off our 150th Anniversary with an old-fashioned barbeque picnic and outdoor fun on the lawn of the museum. Visits through the museum are encouraged to learn about Antioch’s history. Entries in the art contest from Antioch’s middle schools will be displayed to look at. Who will be the winners? Lawn games, music, face painting and more. Bring a picnic lunch or pre-order a BBQ lunch.

El Campanil Theatre Sesquicentennial Concert

April 16th, 2022 2:00 pm

El Campanil Theatre

602 W. 2nd Street

Including: Toree McGee, Frankie G & Tia Carroll, Antioch High Jazz Band, Black Diamond Ballet, El Campanil Theatre Academy and more! See www.elcampaniltheatre.com for tickets.

Keep Antioch Beautiful Day/Earth Day

April 23rd, 2022

Cleaning up the City of Antioch. Please come and help clean our city. Areas will be divided.

Rivertown Art & Wine Walk

May 7th, 2022 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Start Mother’s Day Weekend by pampering her with a Sip and Stroll, while admiring some art by local artists and music in the street. Many (10-15) businesses will be serving a taste of wine. Local restaurants will be open in downtown Antioch to dine at before, during or after tastings. Businesses will be open for you to buy the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Tickets will be available at eventbrite.com.

History Walk Event

May 14th, 2022

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

History Walk Event

Black Diamond Day

May 28th, 2022

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

5175 Somersville Road

Spend the day exploring Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, hiking some trails or visiting the cemetery on top of the hill. Bring a picnic or purchase food from the local truck. Enjoy your picnic while listening to some music. Times to be determined.

Antioch Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

June 3rd, 2022 Times TBA

Lone Tree Golf & Event Center

4800 Golf Course Road

Antioch Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Fee for participants. Contact the Antioch Chamber to enter to play in the tournament at (925) 757-1800.

Free Day at Antioch Water Park

June 4th, 2022 Open-Close

Antioch Water Park

4701 Lone Tree Way

Any Antioch citizen can enjoy the water park for free. Proof of residency will be required

Movie Night at Antioch Water Park

June 16th, 2022 Dusk

Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park

4701 Lone Tree Way

Dusk (nighttime) is the starting time. Fun for everyone. Bring your chairs and/or blankets to sit on the lawn and watch a movie under the stars.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19th, 2022 Times TBA

Waldie Plaza, Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

W. 2nd & H Streets

Come celebrate the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, when all the slaves in America were finally freed on June 19, 1865 and enjoy African-American culture. There will be speakers, craft booths and music to help celebrate the day. Juneteenth is also known as: Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Black Independence Day. To be a craft vendor, contact Velma Wilson at AntiochJuneteenth@gmail.com.

Father’s Day Car Show

June 19th, 2022

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

2nd Street & G Street

Father’s Day Car Show

Movie Night at Antioch Water Park

June 23rd, 2022 Dusk

Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park

4701 Lone Tree Way

Dusk (Nighttime) is the starting time. Fun for everyone. Bring your chairs and/or blankets to sit on the lawn and watch a movie under the stars.

Sesquicentennial 5K Run

June 25th, 2022 7:00 am – finish

Trail off James Donlon Blvd.

Fee for participants enter to run this 5K on a trail off James Donlon Blvd. All competitors receive gifts in goody bags. Awards to be given. Application to enter will be coming soon to celebrateantioch.org.

Sesquicentennial Bicycle Race

June 26th, 2022 7:00 am – finish

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

W. 2nd & W. 3rd Streets

Fee for participants Enter to ride the route through Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown. All competitors receive gifts in goody bags. Awards to be given. Application to enter will be coming soon to celebrateantioch.org.

Movie Night at Antioch Water Park

June 30th, 2022 Dusk

Antioch Community Center at Prewett Family Park

4701 Lone Tree Way

Dusk (nighttime) is the starting time. Fun for everyone. Bring your chairs and/or blankets to sit on the lawn and watch a movie under the stars.

Sesquicentennial Music in The Park

July 2nd, 2022 Time TBA

Williamson Ranch Park

Williamson Ranch Drive at Hillcrest Avenue

Calling out all music enthusiasts. Bring your chairs, blankets and booty shakers and enjoy several bands that will be performing at Williamson Ranch Park. Project 4 has already been confirmed to play. Stay tuned for additional bands. Food trucks to purchase food or bring your own and make a day of it.

Sesquicentennial 4th of July Celebration & Parade

July 4th, 2022 Morning-Night

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Fee for craft vendor participants This 4th of July in Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown is not to be missed. Pancake Breakfast starts off the fun filled day, followed by craft vendors along the streets, parade with many participants, 2 stages with many, many bands playing throughout the day, food trucks with many tasty bites, as well as […]

Hot August Cruise Night and Movie at El Campanil Theatre

August 27th, 2022 Times TBA

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Start your vehicles and rev on down to Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown for some good old-fashion cruising and showing off your vintage souped-up vehicles. Poodle skirt on and hair slicked back for the movie at El Campanil.

Rivertown Peddlers Faire

September 10th, 2022 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

W. 2nd & G Streets

Fee for being a vendor GOT GOODS to sell. Now is the time to get your application in as a vendor and start the holidays off early, by selling your crafts/goodies at a booth. 50 plus booths, and these booths sell quickly, so tell a friend. Application coming soon to Celebrate Antioch Foundation website.

Fall Fest / BBQ Cook-Off

October 1st, 2022 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Entrance fee for BBQ and Craft vendors Grill Masters and BBQ Connoisseur’s, man your pits and join us for this festive BBQ Cook Off. Who is the Master of their BBQ? Tasting will tell. Apply to enter this cook off for bragging rights and prizes. Did you say BEER? YES, we will have many beers […]

Halloween Kids Fest / Trick or Treating

October 29th, 2022 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Parents, bring the kids dressed in their costumes to Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown for some Trick or Treat CANDY stops. Costume contest. We saw many families in themed costumes last year. Can you outdo the best?

Veteran’s Day Parade

November 11th, 2022 Times TBA

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Let’s celebrate our veterans and come see them walk in the parade on 2nd St.

Holiday Delites Celebration

December 3rd, 2022 Times TBA

Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown

Last Sesquicentennial event of the year and a magical time to bring the family out to buy local crafts from street vendors and Rivertown businesses and watch the parade. Santa is a sure bet to show up with Mrs. Claus, so don’t forget to get your picture with Santa.

Please check back periodically for more details of each event as they are added.

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