WALNUT CREEK -- Nary a nut will be on hand, but it's still time to celebrate at the 73rd Walnut Festival.
Thousands are expected to descend on Heather Farm Park today through Sunday for the festival. Complete with standard carnival games and rides, the festival will also feature live music and a fishing derby for children.
Pre-sale ride tickets are available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Friday at the Walnut Festival office, 500 N. San Carlos Drive.
"All-you-can-ride" bracelets are available but can only be used Thursday and Sunday after 4 p.m.
The cost of admission is $5 per person; bring a can of food for donation and the price is $4.
Hours for the festival are 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
During "Fishing in the City" at the Heather Farm lake, children will be able to learn to fish; poles and bait will be provided.
Fishing will be available from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The suggested donation for the event is $5. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-935-6766.
Also scheduled are several live musical acts, including Points North with guest Danny Jones on Saturday night and Walnut Creek Civic Arts Band on Sunday afternoon.
The Walnut Festival grounds were opened to special-needs kids on Wednesday. Around 700 children rode rides, played games and ate for free. The festival association has opened the park a night early to special-needs children for years, organizers said.
For details, go to www.thewalnutfestival.org.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at twitter.com/enardi10.