Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bankhead Theater Plaza 2400 First Street, Downtown Livermore


Diwali “Festival of the Lights” will be celebrated in a free family event on the Bankhead Plaza on Sunday, October 22nd. The event is a joint project of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and the Youth and Education Hindu Cultural Community Center in Livermore.

An ancient Hindu festival in Nepal and India, Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” is celebrated in autumn or spring every year. The tradition originated as a festival marking the last harvest of the year before the start of winter and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day honored as the central Diwali festival or “Festival of the Lights.”

The event will include such traditional Diwali activities as diya decorations, henna, rangoli art, Indian classical songs and dancing, as well as a storytelling of the history and meaning of Diwali. Free craft projects for children will be set up and food and jewelry will be available for sale. All activities will take place in front of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers a diverse range of programs providing access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Through the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center, they offer numerous events each year, from classes and workshops, to concerts and performances, as well as extensive educational outreach in the arts. For more information visit