East of Orinda, the town of Moraga (population 17,000+) is nestled in the hillsides of the East Bay between Orinda and Lafayette and has a relaxed, charming rural feel. Moraga is known for its pastoral setting, quality schools, and easy way of life. Parks and trails abound great community gathering places, two small shopping centers, various sports clubs, and a popular Farmer’s Market.
Summer concerts take place in the Moraga Commons Band Shell. Commons Park features picnic areas, a splash fountain where little kids frolic on hot days, bocce ball courts, a nine-hole disc-golf course, and a skate park. Rancho Laguna Park has a playground and picnic facilities.
The summers here are warm, arid, and mostly clear, and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. The temperature here typically varies from 40°F-77°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 86°F.
Moraga is home to esteemed St. Mary’s College of California (est. 1927) and the prestigious Moraga Country Club (est. 1973). St. Mary’s College offers community programs, including a creative writing series, theater, dance performances, and exhibitions at The Hearst Art Gallery.
The town of Moraga offers year-round activities, such as movie nights, festivals, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. The historic Rheem Theatre is an art deco masterpiece and offers multiplex screening blockbusters and independent films. The Sunday morning Moraga Farmers Market, held in the parking lot of Moraga Center, features the bounty of more than 40 local California farmers and gourmet food purveyors. Visit the Town of Moraga website for more information.
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