Thanks to the large cadre of the athletes, volunteers, sponsors, and community supporters, this event that began in 2007, has made the Moraga Treeline Triathlon a premiere sprint distance triathlon in the San Francisco area.
The town of Moraga, coupled with the Soda Aquatic Center and Campolindo H.S. campus, make the Moraga TreeLine Triathlon the ideal venue for the beginning triathlete as well as the more advanced competitor. The swim is a challenging 400 meter sprint, followed by a 22 Km bike ride (about 13 miles) winding thru a scenic redwood forest. The event culminates with a 5 K (3.1mile) run thru the Campolindo subdivision before finishing with a lap around the Campolindo Track and a finish in front of the grandstand. For more details go to the website: www.moragatri.com
Cinco de Mayo
This is a perfect celebration for Moraga, what with its strong historical ties to the Spanish and Mexican land grants, and the town’s Mexican name. This event was launched in 2008 by the Hacienda Foundation as a way to enable the residents to get acquainted with Hacienda de Las Flores, a historical treasure of an estate that now belongs to the Town of Moraga. Look for strolling mariachis and a pinata to hit. Try your hand at making your very own tortilla and purchase a Mexican meal. Grab a serape and a sombrero for everyone in your family at the photographer “station” and then pose for a free digital photo! Ole!
Launched in 2007 by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce, this family event is held in the Rheem Shopping Center parking lot on the second Saturday of May. It showcases the many resources, services, businesses, and organizations of our small town. In 2010, for example, there were over 80 different vendors. For children, the Faire has offered a 26′ climbing wall, a fabulous bounce house, art activities, and a chalk drawing contest. A classic car show has recently been added to the Faire and drew nearly 25 well maintained cars in 2010. Our faire wouldn’t be complete without the presence of fine artists from the Lamorinda area who bring in wall art and photography as well as wood crafts, jewelry, and silk scarves. Tasting wines of the local region rounds out this community event that has become a vital part of Moraga’s culture.
Fourth of July
Every year this old-fashioned family celebration at the Moraga Commons Park includes a full day of activities for everyone, starting with 5 and 2 mile runs plus a kiddie run and an inexpensive Pancake breakfast, prepared by the Youth Involvement Committee. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display shot up over the Country Club. In between these are interactive games for children, bike and dog parades, bands on the Commons stage, food booths and so much more. Folks from all over the area come to Moraga to enjoy this event. If everyone contributed a little to pay for the fireworks, Moraga will be able to put on this traditional celebration for years to come. The details can be found on the town website a few weeks before July 4th.
The Pear Festival
The Pear Festival helps to remind us of our early beginnings as a town when the Moraga Company, between 1912 and 1923, owned some 38 pear orchards, plus a number of walnut orchards. The event has many traditions including a pear recipe contest and great entertainment, thanks to a generous contribution from the Moraga Park Foundation. There’s fun for all ages, including “jumpies” for the kids, food booths, information booths from local community business and service clubs, plus wine tasting provided by the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association. And,of course, there will be lots of Pear Pies for sale, by the box or in single slices with whipped cream – Yummmmm!! See you there!
In 2009, the Hacienda Foundation brought this German festival to Moraga, complete with Bavarian dancers, apple strudel, a “Sound of Music” sing-a-long, Spaten beer on tap, and much more. This event is held at the town’s historical gem, the Hacienda de Las Flores. The Oktoberfest is family oriented and held in early October. Besides the music, great authentic food, and dancing, there are games for the children on the spacious green lawn in front of the Hacienda.
Holiday Tree Lighting
On the second Saturday of December, the Moraga community gathers around a 40′ evergreen tree that stands prominently in the Moraga Commons, and awaits Santa’s arrival by a long red fire engine. After Santa strides across the wide green lawn, he presses a button that instantly lights the hundreds of tiny bulbs on the tree. Then, with the tree lit, folks enjoy the cocoa and cookies sold there by the Youth Involvement Committee. For further details, call the Park and Recreation Department at 925-888-7034.