Fun Stuff

Firehouse Arts Center — Best Kept Secret Treasure of Pleasanton

Jazz N Taps Dance Studio — Best Dance School

Over the past two decades, Jazz N Taps has grown to accommodate more than 300 students learning different styles including tap, jazz, ballet and modern. Their commitment to making dance a fun experience and a memorable part in children's development has inspired the community, earning them yet another Readers' Choice award.

Firehouse Arts Center — Best Kept Secret Treasure of Pleasanton

After being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, the Firehouse Arts Center has reopened and will continue to accommodate performances in music, poetry, theater, comedy and film -- live and in-person. The city-operated venue downtown includes a theater, fine arts gallery and classroom space to promote entertainment and recreational participation in the arts.

Wente Vineyards — Best Local Winery

Wente Vineyards — Best Local Winery

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. With a combination of traditional and contemporary winemaking techniques, Wente is recognized as a premier wine destination in the Livermore Valley with their wine tasting, as well as dining, concerts and championship golf.

Pleasanton Ridge — Best Place to Take Your Dog

A three-time winner of Best Place to Take Your Dog, Pleasanton Ridge is a spectacular site for dog walking. Its oak covered ridge, miles of trail and canyon views are not only suitable for dog walking but for hikers and bicyclists alike.

Clover Creek — Best Place to Buy a Gift

Downtown Pleasanton's own Clover Creek wins Best Place to Buy a Gift with its abundance of home decorations and specialty gifts. The Main Street shop (also recognized as Best Home Furnishings) continues to be a popular destination, especially during holiday seasons. Website

Porky's Pizza Palace — Best Sports Bar

A previous recipient of Best Pizza, Porky's Pizza Palace wins Best Sports Bar this year. Their friendly-family atmosphere with authentic hand-tossed pizza, video games and craft-brewed beer on tap make it the perfect place for sports fans and friends to enjoy an evening. Website