8 Things to Do in Pleasant Hill This Fall


We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite activities and things to do as the summer ends and fall begins.

The days are starting to get shorter. You can finally get out your favorite sweaters and boots. Pumpkin Spice is back on the menu. It can only mean one thing… Fall has arrived! With breezy days and cooler weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to get outside and have a fall adventure in and around Pleasant Hill!

Take a colorful autumn leaf viewing hike and explore the plant biodiversity, or meet one of the 40+ wild animal ambassadors like owls, porcupines, and iguanas that call Lindsay Wildlife Experience “home.”

This not-so-scary Halloween trail is free and open to all ages!

The labyrinth took almost a year to design and fundraise, privately funded as a joint collaboration between Kindred at Home Hospice and the Pleasant Hill Rec Dept. and was finally completed by a group of volunteers in June 2015.

Roll the windows down, turn the radio up, and enjoy the crisp Autumn breeze as you take a long drive along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. The drive to the route (also known as PCH or CA-1) is a perfect day trip getaway just about an hour away from Pleasant Hill.

You’ll find so much more than wide open green spaces. Enjoy group picnic sites (perfect for outdoor birthday parties), a softball diamond, basketball court, 2 bocce courts, 2 horseshoe pits, a playground for the little ones, and community garden.

This shoreline park along Carquinez Strait offers group picnic areas, softball fields, bocce ball courts, soccer fields, quiet open lawns, and small family picnic areas. Nearly three miles of trails offer peaceful walks through the marsh and along the shoreline.

Grab your helmet and your bike and head for a ride along the Contra Costa Canal Trail. This trail provides a safe off-road path connecting Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and Concord. One of the most popular trails in the East Bay area, this multi-use, whole-access trail is a paved pathway for cyclists, runners and horses alike.

Maybe it’s something about the smell of fallen leaves in the air during the Fall season, but humans aren’t the only ones to notice. Your dog knows when the seasons are changing too so add a little pep to your doggo’s step and let them run and explore Paso Nogal Dog Park. Lucky for you and your pup, there are two separate areas, one for dogs under 25 lbs and the other for larger dogs.

Head outdoors, walk around and enjoy the Fall season in Pleasant Hill. For more things to do and local events, check out our full calendar here.