Sesquicentennial Antioch

Antioch is Turning 150 Years Old

Antioch, it’s time to celebrate!

This year, Antioch is celebrating 150 years of cityhood! Antioch is one of the oldest communities in California. From humble beginnings to a thriving and bustling city, we are excited to honor our legacy as we mark our SESQUICENTENNIAL. In 2022, the City of Antioch, in partnership with the Celebrate Antioch Foundation, is planning a series of events to pay tribute to our heritage and vision of the future.

Our first celebration will be to mark the anniversary of our incorporation on February 6th. This will be a small ceremony located at the “Birthplace of Antioch” historical marker at the foot of F Street, followed by a reception at the Nick Rodriquez Community Center.

The first large-scale event will be a Community Picnic and Barbecue event sponsored by the Antioch Historical Society. The event will be held on April 2nd at the Antioch Historical Museum located at 1500 W. Fourth Street.
The Museum is housed in what was originally the Riverview Union High School, completed in 1911, and is a wonderful way to learn about our rich history.

Then on April 23rd, we invite you to join us to “Keep Antioch Beautiful.” This day of service will coincide with Earth Day and help our community take pride in our City by reducing waste in our parks and public spaces.

Later this spring and summer, we plan to host a number of other events including a Sesquicentennial History Walk, Golf Tournament, an Outdoor Movie Series, Bicycle and 5k races, and more. The Sesquicentennial Celebration will culminate on July 4th with a parade and festival held downtown that will be beyond anything we have held before.
We look forward to celebrating this monumental milestone
with you!

Sesquicentennial Events

February 6: Incorporation Anniversary

    • We are coming together to acknowledge Antioch’s incorporated date, one of the oldest cities in California, at the F St. and 2nd St monument. A proclamation and rededication will be given, followed by a light snack and drinks at The Antioch Senior Center.

April 2: Kick-Off BBQ presented by the Antioch Historical Museum

    • Antioch Historical Museum will be kicking off our 150th Anniversary with an old fashion barbeque picnic and outdoor fun. Visits through the museum are encouraged to learn about Antioch’s history. Art contest from Antioch’s middle schools will be displayed to look at. Who will be the winners? Lawn games, music, face painting and more. Bring a picnic lunch or pre order a BBQ lunch.

April 16: El Campanil Presents: Sesquicentennial Concert

    • Including Toree McGee Frankie G & Tia Carroll Antioch High Jazz Band Black Diamond Ballet El Campanil Theatre Academy & More! See for tickets.

April 23: Keep Antioch Beautiful Day/Earth Day

    • Cleaning up the City of Antioch. Please come and help clean our city. Areas will be divided.

May 14: Sesquicentennial History Walk 

May 21: Black Diamond Day at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

    • Spend the day exploring Black Diamond Mines, hiking some trails or visiting the cemetery on top of the hill. Bring a picnic or purchase food from the local truck. Enjoy your picnic while listening to some music. Date & time to be determined.

June 3: Golf Tournament (sponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce)

    • Antioch Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Fee for participants Contact the Antioch Chamber to enter to play in the tournament.

June 4: Free Day at Antioch Water Park

    • Any Antioch citizen can enjoy the water park for free. Proof of residency will be required

June 16-30: Thursday Outdoor Movie Nights at Antioch Water Park

June 25-26: 5k Run and Bicycle Race

July 2: Music in the Park at the Williamson Ranch Park

    • Calling out all music enthusiasts. Bring your chairs, blankets and booty shakers and enjoy several bands that will be performing at Williamson Park. Project 4 has already been confirmed to play. Stay tuned for additional bands. Food trucks to purchase food or bring your own and make a day of it.

July 3: Concert in Historical Rivertown District

July 4: July 4th Sesquicentennial Extravaganza! 

    • This 4th of July in Downtown Antioch is not to be missed. Pancake Breakfast starts off the fun-filled day, followed by craft vendors along the streets, parade with many participants, 2 stages with many, many bands playing throughout the day, food trucks with many tasty bites, as well as local restaurants open and ready to serve, children’s play area with bounce houses, rock wall, slides, obstacles and more, and at night, a nighttime firework show on stage, followed by the spectacular fireworks over the Delta River. Grab your gear and get downtown early. Local transit is best as streets will be closed off for all the events. No Alcohol.

August 27 – Hot August Cruise Night and Movie at El Campanil Theatre – Downtown Antioch

    • Start your vehicles and rev on down to Downtown Antioch for some good old-fashion cruising and showing off your vintage souped-up vehicles. Poodle skirt on and hair slicked back for the movie at El Campanil.

September 10 – Rivertown Peddlers Faire – 2nd and G Street – Downtown Antioch

October 1 – Fall Fest / BBQ Cook-Off – Downtown Antioch

    • Start your vehicles and rev on down to Downtown Antioch for some good old-fashion cruising and showing off your vintage souped-up vehicles. Poodle skirt on and hair slicked back for the movie at El Campanil.

October 15 – Witches Wine Crawl – Downtown Antioch

    • All Witches get your brooms and fly over to Downtown Antioch for a bit of Wine Walking, while you shop all the local stores for goodies. Restaurants are open and ready for all witches to crawl in afterwards.

October 29 – Halloween Kids Fest / Trick or Treating – Downtown Antioch

    • Parents, bring the kids dressed in their costumes to Downtown Antioch for some Trick or Treat CANDY stops. Costume contest to the best. We saw many families in themed costumes last year. Can you outdo the best?

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Parade

    • Let’s celebrate our veterans and come see them walk in the parade on 2nd St.

December 3 – Holiday Delites Celebration – Downtown Antioch

    • Last event of the year and a magical time to bring the family out to buy local crafts from the street vendors and businesses and watch the parade. Santa is a sure bet to show up with Mrs. Clause, so don’t forget to get your picture with Santa.

For more information about these events or if you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please visit Celebrate Antioch –