San Ramon’s arts and culture scene will appeal to everyone, including film lovers and families with young children. With its wide open spaces and manicured public areas, San Ramon is ideal for casual outings. For wider arts and culture choices, the neighboring towns and San Francisco offer a variety of performing arts, galleries and festivals.
The California Independent Film Festival
The California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) is a popular and intimate film festival in California. It was founded in 1997. Today CAIFF is known in national and global film circles as an established and respected film festival. Many celebrities attend the event. Local Bay Area residents and visitors alike can get a first look at world-class films, listen to well-known filmmakers in an intimate setting as well as catch a glimpse of international celebrities. This year the Festival will be held on November 8-11, 2012.
Past Festival attendees include Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Ed Asner, Taylor Lautner, Daryl Sabara, Loni Anderson, Wayne Knight, Tippi Hedren, Nancy Cartwright, Tom Kenny, Mark Rydell, Rosanne Barr, John Daly, Bob Clark and Barry Morrow.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Every year, the City of San Ramon rocks Central Park with The Summer Concert Series. This year performance featured local favorite band Pride and Joy on July 4th. This fun and casual event is a popular community gathering where people bring picnics and visit with friends. Check the city’s website for the most updated programs and lineup.
San Ramon Performing Arts
The San Ramon Performing Arts Center is located at Dougherty Valley High School and has a 600-seat theater with full stage, lobby, restrooms, city office, dressing rooms, and a 3,500 square foot rehearsal room. The Performing Arts Center features community programs such as the Symphonic Band, Community Theater, Youth Symphony, and Community Chorus.
San Ramon Community Theater stages productions throughout the year. In 2012 San Ramon Community Theater staged The Odd Couple. Past season performances were Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place or Never Trust a Tattooed Sailor (2010), Bah Humbug, Scrooge’s Christmas Carol, and Into The Woods (May 2011).
The San Ramon Symphonic Band has 75 talented, local musicians playing popular movie and musical tunes, classic marches and some original works.
Improv U produces improvisational performances featuring students and graduates of its program.
The Youth Symphony gives string and woodwind students an opportunity to perform in a large ensemble. There are two concerts each year.
The San Ramon Community Chorus performs a range of tunes from popular melodies, tunes from musicals, and folk music.
Every year a cultural variety performance including music, dance, fashion, comedy showcases the vibrant culture, music and performing arts of Pakistan. The theme for 2012 the fourth year for this event was “Josh” which translates to “Passion.” This annual cultural event is one of the largest cultural shows in the Tri-Valley.
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival brings together more than 200 community-based programs and activities to celebrate summer. The festival falls on Memorial Day weekend on Sunday and Monday in San Ramon’s Central Park at 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Family-friendly activities entertain the young and the young at heart: professional kite flying demonstrations, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, variety entertainment by local schools and organizations on three stages, and two large kids’ activity areas for free play. There’s plenty to try at the Festival from fair foods such as pretzels, funnel cakes, specialty sandwiches to favorite kettle corn and wine and beer. No pets are allowed at the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival.