Local Love for the Olive

Come ready to explore the pond at the Orinda Olive Festival. Photo courtesy of Wagner Ranch Nature Area.


Don’t miss the chance to visit the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, a historic site and nature preserve that’s open only twice a year to the public. Taste a variety of olives, olive oils, and products from olive growers; attend cooking demos and nature tours through the historic ranch and olive grove. Enjoy nature-based arts and crafts, pet the baby goats, and look for turtles in the pond. Bring a picnic or taste the offerings from food trucks. Wagner Ranch Nature Area provides hands-on experiential education for 1,000 school children each year. Free admission. Service animals welcome, but no pets allowed per school district policy. Info: here 

10th Annual Orinda Olive Festival
Sunday October 6, 11am–4:30pm
Wagner Ranch Nature Area 
350 Camino Pablo, Orinda


Photo courtesy of Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce


During the same weekend …

Fremont’s Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce offers a favorite annual event in the olive grove behind the old Mission. Enjoy food, music, and dance, and shop for olive oil and olive wood products. Games and crafts are offered in a festive kids’ area. Please don’t bring pets to the festival. Free admission. Info: here

17th Annual Olive Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 10am–5pm
43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(on the Dominican grounds behind the Historic Old Mission San Jose)