Livermore’s downtown is a central part to the city’s identity and a favorite hub for locals and visitors to explore the restaurants, shops, and attractions that the city has to offer. The downtown area provides a beautiful and unique escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding cities. With the motto “Live, Shop, Play, Dine, & Stay”, downtown Livermore won’t disappoint. For more information on the downtown and its restaurants, stores, and events visit here http://www.livermoredowntown.com
The restaurants provide guests with a diverse variety of menus that are sure to provide a culinary experience like no other. With over 25 restaurants to choose from, patrons are sure to find something for everyone. Livermore downtown’s six block area has 19 locations that offer live entertainment including classic rock, jazz, blues, acoustic, alternative, opera, country, and theatre. Theater enthusiasts and music lovers alike will love what the downtown has to offer. The city is proud to be home to many local and family-owned shops and boutiques. Because the merchandise is hand-picked by the store owners, the shops in Livermore provide a unique variety of options that cannot be found in big retailers. Shoppers will find everything from kids toy stores to western clothing and supplies stores on the the downtown strip. The downtown is great for children and pets; the whole family can join in on the fun!
The downtown is also a great place for people to immerse themselves in the city’s local events.
Each year in May, the city holds its Wine Country Festival and over 150,000 guests attend. The festival is the largest celebration of wine, craft brew, arts, crafts, shopping, dining, and entertainment in the East Bay. General admission is free for guests of all ages. There are over 300 vendor booths for patrons to shop at and those over 21 can taste a variety of wines and beers at booths throughout the street. Additionally, there are arts and crafts booths for the little ones and carnival rides for everyone to enjoy.
A local favorite venture is the Livermore Farmer’s Market. The Year-Round Market is every Sunday from 10AM-2PM and farmers bring fresh and local fruits and vegetables for customers to purchase. The Summer Market is from May to September and goes from 4PM-8PM and patrons can come buy fresh produce, buy food from food trucks, and enjoy live music. Also, there is an event called Family First which is held three times during the Summer Market and offers a variety of entertainment and activities for the youngsters. Lastly, Thirsty Thursday is held five times throughout the summer market where three wineries are showcased with local artisans and crafters.
The downtown is also a popular area for seasonal festivities.
Each year, Livermore has its 4th of July, Red, White, and Boom Fireworks and Block Party Celebration. At 6 PM they shut down the street so people can come and gather to watch the firework show that is displayed over the parking garage.
The Welcome Parade for the Little League World Series is held on the streets of downtown every August. Thousands of fans root for the teams as they march through town before beginning their baseball tournaments.
In August Livermore hosts the Taste of Downtown event where folks can walk through town enjoying culinary creation from our restaurants and taste wines from our local wineries.
October is a fun month for those in Livermore. Witches Night Out is held annually and the girls of the town are able to shop, try new cocktails, and dine throughout town. There are also Witches Hat and Cackle contests with opportunities to win gift certificates and prizes. Before Halloween, Livermore hosts one of its favorite family traditions—The Downtown Halloween Carnival. The old-fashioned carnival is filled with costume contests, games, entertainment, and more.
In November, the city holds Puppy Patio Palooza. Dog lovers get to dress their dogs in sweaters and bandanas and bring them to the downtown to enjoy treats, activities, and a pet expo. Shortly before Thanksgiving, Livermore hosts the Earlier Than The Bird event where folks can beat the rush of Black Friday shopping. The Livermore shopping district launches the holiday season by opening shops at 7 AM and encouraging customers to wear pajamas.
December is a very special month for the downtown area and folks are sure to never be bored. In the beginning of December, the city hosts Home for the Holidays, a celebration of the traditions of the holidays. The fountains are transformed into a winter wonderland for children and both shops and restaurants immerse costumers in the joys of the Holiday season. Then, there is the Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade and Tree Lighting. Over 50 creative and festive floats featuring local clubs, businesses, organizations, marching bands, and associations drive down the streets for the whole town to watch. At the end, Santa leads the town in the official tree lighting ceremony.