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Main Street Martinez
PO Box 776
Martinez, CA 94553

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Main Street Martinez News & Events
Downtown Cleanup Day! cleanup day
Sat., April 11
Volunteer to help downtown sparkle!
Jobs include power washers, sweepers, weed pulling, and more. Sign up as a group. It's a great volunteer projects for businesses, church groups, schools, families, and more!

Donuts, coffee, and a
BBQ lunch for all volunteers.

Sign up today! Call Barbara at
(925) 408-1338 or click here to email

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Bay Area Craft Beer Festival! beer glass
The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival in downtown Martinez began in 2010 to highlight the art and flavor of craft beer in Martinez and surrounding communities. Produced by Main Street Martinez, the festival draws 4,000 people to enjoy beer from over 40 microbreweries, live music, and food from local restaurants. The event takes place at Waterfront Park on North Court St., a short walking distance from the Martinez Amtrak Station and free downtown parking. Or, take the free shuttle from North Concord Bart!

Sat., April 18, 2015

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Martinez Vintage Market
The Martinez Peddlers Faire is now the Martinez Vintage Market!
Featuring Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage, Repurpose, Upcycle,
and Crafts!

Sat., May 16 and Sat., Aug. 1, 2015
Downtown Martinez

Visit for details.

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Farmers MarketMartinez Farmers Market
Stop by to pick up your locally grown produce and support the market this year!

Buy local produce and visit local shops and restaurants too!

Sundays, 10am-2pm
Main St. between Castro & Ferry St.   


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Visit our Downtown YouTube Channel
Visit the Downtown Martinez YouTube Channel to watch videos about the 4th of July Parade, Snow Park, Bay Area Craft Beer Festival and much more.

Click here!
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Join us on Facebook! facebook
Did you know that Downtown Martinez has a Facebook page? We have over 7,000 great and loyal fans and we want you to be part of the social experience and fun!
You'll get regular updates about events, new business openings, special sales, and more!
Click on the link below to see the page and don't forget to hit LIKE once you're there!

Like us on Facebook

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NEW Downtown Gift Card!
Give the gift of downtown Martinez and support local businesses! Introducing The NEW Downtown Martinez Gift Card!

The card will be mailed to you or within 4-5 days of your purchase. There is a list of participating businesses listed where you can redeem your card and more downtown Business's will be added to the list each week, so check back often for updates.

Downtown Martinez Gift Cards are perfect for Birthdays,
Anniversary's, Thank you's, and more!

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Main Street Partner News 
Summer Art Camps at ArtU4ia
Starting June 16th
M-F 10am-3pm Ages 7-12 
Taught by John Kleber, award winning illustrator and former Disney artist. John and creative staff will be exploring different creative skills such as sketching, cartooning, painting, using a monopress, learning some photoshop, story development and story boarding. Your child will be creating in an authentic art studio environment. Please bring a bagged lunch for our daily trips to the Marina Park. Wear sunscreen. All art materials will be supplied.

To reserve a week, email and request your desired week(s). You may pay to secure your date(s) by check made out to Artu4ia or you may drop by the studio to pay.

725 Ward St.

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Buy K9 for Martinez PD
The Martinez, CA Police Department needs an additional K9 however as is the case with most cities, there's no money in the budget to purchase an additional dog. These highly trained dogs are very expensive. If the local citizens can raise funds to purchase the dog, the Martinez Police Department has a source that will donate a bullet proof vest for the dog.
Please help us support our beautiful city that sits on the San Francisco Bay so we can donate the necessary funds to buy a dog for our police department.  Diane Boyle and I thank  you for your support of our police department.

Click here for more information and to make a donation.

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Annual Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser 
Great News!  The Martinez Lioness Club will hold their annual fashion show luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, April 22 at noon at an exciting NEW LOCATION at the IBEW Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez.  The theme this year is "Younger Than Springtime" and will feature fashions from White Rabbit Boutique in Martinez.   Luncheon cater is Wilma Lott Catering in Martinez.
Donation for the event is $25 per person and tickets are available from Janet Sparacino who can be reached at 925-229-9033.  Get your tickets early as this is a popular event and seating is limited. 
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Martinez Lioness Scholarship Program for students from Alhambra High School, Briones, and Vicente Schools, the Martinez Lioness Medical Lending Equipment Program, and the Martinez Lioness Preschool Visual Screening Program. 
This event is sponsored & organized by the Martinez Lioness Club.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Diablo Valley 
11th Annual Ginocchio Golf Fore Kids Sake Tournament
Friday, April 24, 2015

The event will take place at Roddy
Ranch Golf Club located at 1 Tour Way
in Antioch. Registration will begin at 10:30 am. The golf tournament will be played as a 4 person Scramble format and will include a $1000 hole-in-one prize, raffles, lunch, dinner, drinks and lots of fun! Individual golfers can play for $130 which includes green fees, cart rental, range balls, lunch and dinner or you can purchase a foursome for $500.

Boys & Girls Club of the Diablo Valley
1301 Alhambra Ave.

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Arts & Entertainment

Live Music at Armando's  

Friday, April 3, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Dinner & Show Special: Have dinner at local favorite, Haute Stuff, and mention "Dinner and a Show special", (wed-sat, 5-6) after dinner come to Armando's for a FREE beverage of choice that evening.
More Details


707 Marina Vista Ave. (925) 228.6985 

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California Magic ClubGerry Cal Magic 

Good Fun, Great Laughs, Grand Entertainment!

Join us for an unforgettable weekend of fun. Your ticket price includes our delicious three course dinner, all your soft drinks and tableside magic performed between courses during dinner... and then, it's showtime on stage!



Headlining our Big 11th Anniversary Show

Magician Extraordinaire - Hank MORFIN

opening our show on stage JOSEPH BARTHOLOMEW

Our 11th anniversary...WOW!  It has been 11 years since we first opened the doors to magical entertainment here in Martinez.  California Magic opened on April first in 2004, bringing magic dinner shows to Martinez.  Eleven years laters we are going strong and celebrating this weekend with an exciting weekend of great entertainment.  We hope to see you here for all the fun.  Close up magic during dinner and a big show on stage! ... with your magical host Gerry Griffin



Master of the Mysterious CHRISTIAN CAGIGAL

opening our show on stage - Magician Jack Alexander

Master of the Mysterious, Christian Cagigal is a consumate weaver of tales and teller of stories. Christian brings great theatre to his presentation of magic. His mind reading, magic and feats of legerdemain are a delight to behold in the hands of this dynamic performer. And the critics agree... with your magical host Gerry Griffin


Doors Open at 7:30 PM

514 Main St.
For show and ticket info click here


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Royal Thai RestaurantRoyal Thai music logo
Friday & Saturday:
K.J. Al Karaoke


414 Ferry St. (925) 313-9185
Open 7 days a week. Mon-Thurs 11-9,
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EVERY Sunday ~ 10 am to 2 pm ~ Roxx A'Faire ~ Local crafters fill Roxx with their wares.  Stroll our Farmers Market and drop in for Handcrafted gifts. We are open every Sunday, during Market hours  10 am to 2 pm
Thurs~ April 2th, Open Mic 7 pm to 10 pm. Sign-ups start at 6:45 pm
Fri~ April 3th, 7:00 pm Colton Waters & the Sensations 
Sat ~ April 4th, 6:30 pm Kymber Starmack,
          8:00 pm ~ Jim Caroompas and the Sisters of Mercy
Thurs ~ April 9th, Open Mic 7 pm to 10 pm Sign-ups start at 6:45 pm
Fri ~ April 10th, 7:00 pm Delta Duece
Sat~ April 11th, 6:30 pm The Two of Us
          8:00  pm ~ Rocking Horse
Thurs ~ April 16th, Open Mic 7 pm to 10 pm Sign-ups start at 6:45 pm
Fri ~April 17th, 7:00 pmThe Killbilles
Sat ~ April 18th, 6:30 pm Christian, amazing new talent,
          8:00 pm, ~ Jim Caroompas & Charles Waltmire,
          This is a must see show!
Thurs ~ April 23rd Open Mic 7 pm to 10 pm Sign-ups start at 6:45 pm
Fri ~ April 24th, ~ 7:00 pm Best of ROMTOM
Sat ~ April 25th, 8:00 pm Matt Owens - Eagles III
Roxx on Main
627 Main St.
(925) 370-7699

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A Rotating Art Exhibit highlighting downtown businesses featuring local artists.

* Martinez Arts Association Members.

Citrus Salon
631 Main St.
Group artwork by Citrus Stylists to benefit St. Baldrick's

Land Home Financial 
533 Main St.
* Nancy Robinson, abstract figures

Martinez Library
740 Court St.
Cheryl Haynes, paintings

PakMail Center of Martinez
649 Main St., Suite 102
Julia Lindsteadt, paper cutting art  

Rox on Main
627 Main St., Suite
Roz Zinns, California landscapes 

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Martinez History

Martinez Historical Society

The Martinez Historical Society was created in 1973 to save this 1890 cottage and its site from becoming another parking lot in downtown Martinez. Convinced that our city's history deserved a repository where papers, documents, photographs and artifacts could be housed, we prevailed upon the City of Martinez to join with us in acquiring use of the "Borland House" for our purpose. A lease was obtained from the Contra Costa College District, and we took possession in February, 1974. More... 


Martinez Historical Society
1005 Escobar St., 228-8160 

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Contra Costa County Historical Societycoco history logo

The Contra Costa County Historical Society's History Center is located at:

724 Escobar St. in Martinez.
Normal hours of operation are:

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
In addition, the History Center is open on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

From time to time, we may be open for special events, such as exhibit open houses, or if there is an event in downtown Martinez.

Remember, we are staffed largely by volunteers, so we may not always be open the entire time. To be sure we are open, please call ahead.

(925) 229-1042 or visit

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Visit the Shell MuseumShell Museum
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays
Pacheco Blvd. at Arreba

After two years of luncheons, bus trips, and holiday excursions, the Shell Martinez Complex Alumni turned their attention to the assembling of artifacts for a museum.  Shell Oil Company provided the building and financing for the initial stages of the remodeling. Alumni members and their spouses donated their time and expertise from carpentry, to plumbing, to gardening, to computer programming, and spent hundreds of hours outfitting the museum.    All pictures and objects are identified and catalogued and the information stored in a computer. The museum is staffed by Alumni members who also conduct tours. The museum was dedicated and opened for visitors September 22, 1990 and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More... 
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John Muir National Historic Site  John Muir

Fruit Rancher, Family Man, Writer...
Father of the National Park Service!

John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America's most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir's writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.

For information and events click here

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The Martinez Special - An American Icon martini_drink.jpg

By Robin Parker
The true story about the invention of the martini and the battle between the City of Martinez and the City of San Francisco over the right to claim its birthplace.

Click here to watch! 

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City of Martinez 
Martinez Carryout Plastic Bag BanCity of Martinez logo

The Martinez City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1381 C.S. on June 18, 2014, to prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags.  As a result, these bags will no longer be provided at checkout starting January 1, 2015 at retail and public eating establishments in Martinez.  Single-use plastic carryout bags are the plastic bags provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure from the business for the purpose of transporting food, merchandise, or other goods out of a place of business.   

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Martinez Chamber of Commerce
Martinez Chamber of Commerce
For  more information about the Martinez Chamber events and ribbon cuttings, please visit

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Who we are and where to find us
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Main Street Martinez, Inc.
For downtown shopping, dining,
and events, visit
Leanne Peterson, Executive Director
Main Street Martinez

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