Introduction to Pleasanton, California
The California city of Pleasanton, part of Alameda County, is situated in the Tri-Valley Region of Northern California's Bay Area. The city is located about 40 miles east of San Francisco and is serviced principally by Interstates I-680 and I-580. Pleasanton is surrounded by Dublin (to the north), Livermore (to the east), Fremont (to the south), and Castro Valley (to the west).
Blessed with rich soil, Pleasanton in its early history served as the agricultural center for the Amador Valley. Its locally-grown hops were sought after by many of the largest domestic and foreign beer producers, making Pleasanton internationally famous. Incorporated in 1894, the city became home to Pleasanton Race Track, the oldest horse racing track in the nation. Pleasanton's rural character remained intact through the mid-20th century but during the century's latter stages the city became a magnet for retail/commercial developers. By the mid-1980s, Pleasanton was one of California's fastest growing cities. The city today retains a welcoming family character while at the same time continuing its emergence as a major job center with an ongoing influx of many corporate businesses and industries.
Things to do in Pleasanton
The Alameda County Fairgrounds, home to the annual mid-summer Alameda County Fair, is located in Pleasanton. The Fairgrounds also hosts numerous shows and statewide and regional events which draw thousands annually. Downtown Pleasanton is another venue which offers many fun and exciting events throughout the year. Some of these are:
- Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting (February)
- Cinco de Mayo Celebration (May)
- Antique Faire (May)
- Concerts in the Park (Summer)
- Pleasanton Heritage Festival (September)
- Fall Antique Fair (October)