21st Annual Piedmont Harvest Festival

An edible’s contest, art show, carnival, jazz festival, farmers market, scarecrows and more will highlight the 21st annual Piedmont Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The Harvest Festival owes its origins to two friends and longtime Piedmont residents — the late, beloved volunteer Bill Drum and former Mayor Susan Hill.

A popular feature at the Piedmont Harvest Festival is the array of food submitted for judging. Homemade jams and jellies, breads, pies, salsa and other edibles can be submitted by home cooks for judging at the festival. The Piedmont Harvest Festival edibles contest has been a part of the festivities since its beginning in 1998.

People are asked to bring an entry form for each submission between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, September 22 to Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. The Bill Drum Memorial Prize will be awarded to the person or group that receives the most blue ribbons for their entries. There is no charge to enter. Stop by the Recreation Department to pick up an entry form.

Among other activities will be a jazz festival providing music throughout the day on an outdoor stage in the Piedmont Community Park. This year’s lineup includes Piedmont High School Jazz Band, Bob Roden Quintet, Albany Big Band, and the Wild Woodsmen.

Another food-oriented event is the farmers market, hosted by Village Market, with tables overflowing with heritage tomatoes, squash, fresh corn, peaches, melons and mini-pumpkins, Indian corn and gourds to celebrate fall.

There will be several food trucks offering a wide array of gourmet choices.

A thirst-quenching fundraiser is festival lemonade, a true community project, made from the juice of lemons grown on Piedmont-area trees, and squeezed and served by the Piedmont Community Service Crew (PCSC).

Two elements of the festival raise funds for Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF). The tri-school carnival run by elementary school parents is an area with 10 to 15 game booths as well as activities like the popular cake walk and face painting.

Another fundraiser, the scarecrow contest, provides an imaginative outlet for all manner of Fall Fun. The scarecrows are all created by local schoolchildren and Piedmont organizations. All scarecrows will be auctioned off with proceeds going back to PEF and the school parent clubs.

Rounding out the festival is an art exhibit at the Japanese Tea House, featuring Piedmont artists. If you would like to submit a piece for the art show, please send an email to harvest@piedmont.ca.gov.

The Piedmont Harvest Festival is a zero waste event. Please help us by bringing your own water bottle and using the proper receptacles at the event. Water stations will be placed throughout Piedmont Park.  The event's clean energy sponsor is East Bay Community Energy. 

For more information and/or you would like to volunteer, contact Jackson Steans at jstearns@piedmont.ca.gov or call 510.420-3075. Or visit the Piedmont Recreation website at ci.piedmont.ca.us/recreation.

The Piedmont Recreation Presents... Movie in the Park 2019

The Recreation Department invites your family and friends this SEPTEMBER to watch a family movie under the stars!

On Friday, September 27, join PRD for Disney’s “The BFG” where Sophie, an orphaned little girl, befriends a benevolent Big Friendly Giant who takes her on adventure to Giant Country, and along the way attempts to stop the Man-Eating Giants that are invading the human world.

All movies begin at dusk in the Piedmont Main Park, are family friendly and admission is FREE!!!


DATE & TIME: Friday, September 27 at 7:15pm
LOCATION: Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Avenue