Art by Bike

The Tri Valley Artist Studio Tour is a FREE art tour the weekend of November 13 & 14 of 20 Studios and Galleries with over 50 participating Artists in Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore.

Take a cool, Fall day in Northern California, hop on your bike and pedal around the beautiful rolling hills, flat trails along the creeks, charming downtowns, and miles of vineyards. Now, we are going to add a few stops along the way at Artist’s Studios. Come visit, browse, or just chat with Artists about their work. What inspires them? Where do they get their ideas? Do they use a special technique? All artists in this tour are local: sculptors, painters, printmakers, glass blowers, and even a porcelain Artist.

Three towns are participating in the Tri Valley Artist Tour: Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore. I created routes for all levels and abilities. Do not worry about transporting any artwork you might purchase. Shipping or drop off can be arranged with the Artist.

Easy, Short (>10 Miles)

Routes for cruisers (no gears), kids on bikes, as well as kids in tow.

Downtown Pleasanton Tour: 4 Miles exactly, begin and end at the Firehouse Art Center, with over 10 participating Artists, with three more stops, you will visit painters, photographers, a local Gallery chock full of art, and Pleasanton’s own Museum on Main.

Downtown Livermore Tour: Begin and end at the Bothwell Art Center with over 20 Artists in residence, circle through the charming neighborhoods around downtown via the Mocho Arroyo trial and the Iron Horse Trails.

Flat but Moderate (15-25 Miles)

Routes for geared bikes, weekend cyclists, and e-bikes.

Dublin/Pleasanton Art by Bike: Begin and end at the Frame Company hosting ten artists, before making your way via the Arroyo Grande Trail (gravel/paved) and Iron Horse Trails (paved) to visit local artists in their studios. Firehouse Art Center is the half-way point and situated in charming downtown Pleasanton. Roughly 15 miles, flat.

Pleasanton/Livermore and Darcie Kent Winery by Bike. A flat 36 mile route that begins and ends at the Firehouse Art Center in downtown Pleasanton. Cycle through vineyards, lakes, and open fields to Livermore. The destination is Darcie Kent Winery on Tesla Road, enjoy a sip of wine and Darcie Kent’s beautiful oil paintings before cycling up to the Purple Orchid Resort. Experience the paved trails connecting the Bothwell Art Center and surrounding artists studios before heading back along the Stanley Bike path, past Quarry Lakes and right to the parking lot behind the Firehouse Art Center.

Beautiful Ride with Some Art (for the Hard Core Cyclists)

Half Art Tour, Half Cycling Tour: About 70 miles encircling the three participating towns: Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore. The first half visits the studios with minimal fuss before heading to the Purple Orchid Spa, conveniently located at the start of gorgeous, rolling hills and valleys of Livermore. Cycle north, through the back valleys along Highland Road before traversing Dublin back to the start. Finish the day with a pint at Three Sheets, a carft beer bar with an impressive selection.