Diablo Regional Arts Association | Events
& performances

We’re committed to excellence across all art forms. In addition to investing in professional groups like Center REPertory Company, Smuin Ballet, California Symphony, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and the Bedford Gallery, DRAA presents our very own productions. This year, we are excited to present Country Artist Mark Mackay, the 4th annual College Notes A Cappella, Jazz at the Lesher Center Concert Series, Bay Area headliners and more. Your gift helps bring the very best talent to our stages.

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Jazz at the Lesher Center

Join us this summer for the 8th annual series, featuring world-renowned jazz artists!

Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio
July 27, 2019 @ 5pm & 8pm

Anat Cohen Tentet with Oded Lev-Ari
August 3, 2019 @ 5pm & 8pm

Monty Alexander & The Harlem-Kingston Express – Jamaica to Jazz
August 10, 2019 @ 5pm & 8pm

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Sextet: Art Blakey’s Centennial Year
August 24, 2019 @ 5pm & 8pm

July 27, August 3, August 10, & August 24

Country Artist Mark Mackay

An uninhibited guitarist with songwriting seeped in storytelling authenticity, Mark Mackay finds himself at the crossroads of country and rock n’ roll illustrated in his all-consuming performance.

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 8:00pm

College Notes

These incredible schools participated in Kaiser Permanente College Notes 2019: Vanderbilt University, Berklee College of Music, Claremont Colleges, Northeastern University, University of Oregon, and University of Southern California. In addition to 2 nights of stellar performances, these groups led workshops for local high school students in Contra Costa County, opening up a dialogue about their college experiences, mental well-being, and music.

March 10, 2018

Other Events

DRAA is proud to support these additional events taking place at the Lesher Center and within our community. 

Chevron Family Theatre Festival

The annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival welcomes the community to a day of affordable, high-quality family entertainment. The City of Walnut Creek, the Lesher Center for the Arts, the Diablo Regional Arts Association, and San Ramon–based Chevron work closely to transform the Lesher Center and the street in front of the Center into a day-long festival of fun, arts, and entertainment for families and visitors.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

On Broadway

Save the date for On Broadway Gala! Captivating, world-class entertainment will be sprinkled throughout the evening, in addition to unique auction items and experiences, exquisite fare, and signature wine and spirits. Your attendance helps fulfill DRAA’s mission to bring the brightest talent to the Lesher Center and to grant local schoolchildren access to the arts, often for the first time!

October 5, 2019

Luau at Va de Vi

We promise to have you on island time at this exclusive Party for the Arts as you enjoy a fabulous, custom menu and top-shelf wines. We hope you are looking forward to this relaxing evening with our Arts Ohana savoring the tastes of paradise on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm

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