2018 El Cerrito Arts Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito.

2018 ARTS Month Events

Bay Area Premiere of Allegiance

September 21 through October 21
Contra Costa Civic Theatre

A new musical inspired by a true story, Allegiance follows the Kimura family, whose lives are upended after Pearl Harbor, when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to abandon their homes and settle in war relocation camps. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, the Kimuras fight between duty and defiance, and as long-lost memories are unlocked, they find it is never too late to recognize the redemptive power of love. Visit the CCCT website for more information.

city hall gallery space exhibit

October 1 through October 25

El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave

El Cerrito artist Amei Papitto will exhibit her Plein Air landscapes painted in El Cerrito and the Bay Area. An artist's reception will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30pm; the reception is free and open to the public. Check back for more information as the exhibit approaches.

National Theatre LIVE: King Lear

October 14, 24, 29 & Nov 7, 7:00PM

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave


Broadcast live from London's West End, see Ian McKellen's "extraordinarily moving portrayal" of King Lear in this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Visit the Cerrito Theater's website for more information.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein Encore

October 22 AND 31, 7:00PM

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave

Frankenstein returns to Rialto Cinemas this Halloween, to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling production was directed by Danny Boyle and features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Visit the Cerrito Theater's website for more information.


oCTOBER 3, 5:00-9:00 pm

6159 Fairmount Ave.

Join El Cerrito Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel for El Cerrito Out Loud at Off the Grid. Come listen and let your voice be heard. Hear featured poets and participate in an open mic and writing activities. All ages encouraged to participate! No experience necessary. Food available for purchase from food trucks.

El Cerrito Art Association Annual Art Show

October 5, 6, and 7

El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane

This show will include entries by artists in visual media, including oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, photography, digital, mixed media, sculpture and more. Up to 300 entries overall are on display over the three day exhibition, plus special sales of unframed work on Saturday and Sunday. Bay Area professional artists jury the ribbons granted for cash prizes and merchant awards!

See the Association's website for more information.

One City, One Book: Author Reading

Tuesday, October 9, 6:00-7:30PM

El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave

Help kick off 2018's One City, One Book program, featuring The 57 Bus, a riveting nonfiction book about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment, telling the true story of an agender teen who is set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

Author Dashka Slater will be at the library for a book talk, a reading from The 57 Bus, and Q&A with the audience.

Visit the library's website for more information.

El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

Saturday, October 13 from Noon to 10PM
El Cerrito High School

The Arts and Culture Commission is proud to once again co-sponsor this all-day festival presented by the San Francisco Folk Music Club. The festival offers two stages of music performances, music and dance workshops, a family program and spaces for spontaneous jams. Join us to listen, learn, play and enjoy performances and workshops from world-renowned and local musicians alike. The festival is free and open to the public. Visit elcerritofolkfest.org for more details.

El Cerrito High School Band Performance

Friday, October 26 at 7PM
El Cerrito High School

The El Cerrito High School Band will perform. Tickets can be purchased at the door. More information about the event will be posted at the website.

More to Come!

Check back later as we add additional exciting art shows and performances happening in El Cerrito!

If you are hosting an arts event, performance or exhibit in El Cerrito in October 2018 and would like to be included on this list, please contact Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, at 510-215-4318. Thank you!