Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Orinda  was ranked 2nd most friendly town in America by Forbes. The town is located just east of the city of Berkeley and is  home to many affluent suburban professionals who commute to downtown Oakland, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek. Its  location provides for a more rustic landscape, and Orinda's many parks and trails make it a destination for many Bay  Area hikers and naturalists.

The area is characterized by a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy  winters and hot, dry summers. Because Orinda is located in a hilly area,  microclimates often dominate temperature differences in short distances. The Oakland hills oftentimes block the cool  foggy conditions that can be seen in Oakland and the innerbay. In the summer, fog can spill over the Oakland hills  cooling off the area.

The internationally known California Shakespeare Theater, performs from  June to October at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater.

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