The 5 Best Things to do Good for a Rainy Day in Pleasanton, California (CA)

December 1, 2021 Nobuko Falco

Pleasanton is a city in Alameda County, California, incorporated in 1894. It is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Oakland, and 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Livermore. The population was 70,285 at the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Pleasanton was ranked the wealthiest middle-sized city in the United States by the Census Bureau. Pleasanton is home to the headquarters of Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems. Other major employers include Kaiser Permanente, Safeway, Oracle, Nordstrom and Macy's. Although Oakland is the Alameda County seat, a few county offices and a courthouse are located in Pleasanton. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton, where the county fair is held during the last week of June and the first week of July. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is located on the west side of town.
Restaurants in Pleasanton

1. Firehouse Arts Center

4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566-6614 +1 925-931-4850 http://www.firehousearts.org
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 24 reviews

Firehouse Arts Center

Reviewed By 924ma - Pleasanton, United States

The Firehouse Arts Theater is an excellent venue for intimate performances with U shaped seating around in the balcony and angled floor seating. There are no bad seats on the floor level. However, the balcony spots overlooking the stage are a matter of personal taste - they are excellent for watching details of a musician's technique, but not so good for watching a performance with acting and drama where a more frontal view is essential. Check the website for offerings which range from bands to small orchestral and improv groups. The FHTheater is a short walk from Main St and close to the Museum on Main as well as many restaurants on Main and side streets. The Harrington Gallery is adjacent, and inside, just across the aisle from the Firehouse Theaters interior doors to the lobby. This gallery, and the wall space in front and along the upstairs hallways, provide 4 different venues for rotating art displays, so be sure to walk down the halls and go upstairs and check out the walls there in order to see all the current exhibits. The hallway exhibits are frequently devoted to regional artists as one-person shows. The main Harrington Gallery itself has new shows every few months, some selected by management, some juried with a theme, and some visiting exhibits. Exhibits usually include a small number of sculptural and figurative pieces but are primarily media for the wall. There is something for everyone's taste and the work tends to be contemporary, frequently abstract, and often less than 3 years old (per submission guidelines). Some shows have featured more landscapes and portraits as well, less abstract, so the gallery ensures that it has art for everyone. Receptions for each new show are engaging because the artists are invited and the public can meet and discuss with them about their art and learn about their ideas and techniques. The HG occasionally sponsors free public artist demonstration talks, often in the summer. All have been most informative and a pleasure to meet the volunteer local artists! The HG has classrooms upstairs where selected local artists teach children and adult classes in various media including watercolor and colored pencil for example. These classes usually require pre-enrollment and a fee and are often a several week series once a week.

2. Ruby Hill Winery

400 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566-6378 +1 925-931-9463 http://www.rubyhillwinery.net
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Ruby Hill Winery

Reviewed By Lisajramos - Pleasanton, United States

Ruby Hill Winery is a wonderful place to taste wine. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and down to earth. They have a very good selection of very good wine. They have just finished their second outdoor seating area which is very nice, with fans and heaters. It is beautiful. There you can have a glass of wine, wine by the bottle, or just sit in beautiful surroundings and enjoy your tasting. They have a small selection of deli items to make your visit complete. Highly recommend for couples, girlfriends, or we like to go with our neighbors. Casual, delicious, reasonable pricing, beautiful and fun!

3. Rubino Estates Winery

1188 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566-6409 +1 925-484-1699 [email protected] http://www.rubinoestateswinery.com/
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Rubino Estates Winery

Reviewed By MalloyTrips

We attended a wedding at the palm event center. The venue was gorgeous. The Ceremony was held in the barrel room and then the reception was in the large room. The wedding had family style food that was delicious. The lounge was also a cool space to hang out before and during the wedding.

4. Museum on Main

603 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 94566-6603 +1 925-462-2766 http://www.museumonmain.org
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Museum on Main

Reviewed By williamo207 - Johnstown, United States

Went to visit son and did a ghost tour with museum and very interesting and fun with variety of places to visit with presentations that were varied from dry descriptions of the paranormal in that area, to 1st person theatrical presentations and created a nice variety and saw much of the downtown area. The museum is free, but this tour had a cost, but reasonable.

5. Stoneridge Shopping Center

1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588-3281 +1 925-463-2778 http://www.simon.com/mall/stoneridge-shopping-center
Excellent
46%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.0 based on 68 reviews

Stoneridge Shopping Center

Reviewed By U4636NNchristyh - Lewistown, United States

We had to meet a family close to this mall and stopped in to see what it was like. This place was Huge!!! Two stories and lots of stores to fit almost anyone's taste. Very nice area and lots to do.

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