Celebrate Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial all year!

Thank you to all the community members and visitors who attended last week’s 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza. Redwood City is ready to keep the celebration going all year long! We hope you can join us for more fun and festivities through December. Here is a look at events planned. Got your pen ready? Mark your calendars!

Continue to celebrate with us at many more Sesquicentennial events coming up!

Court History Panel Discussion

In partnership with the Redwood City Sesquicentennial Committee, the San Mateo County History Museum will present a panel discussion entitled “Our Fascinating Court History: Personalities and Cases.” The program will take place within the Museum’s beautifully restored Courtroom A. The panelists will discuss judges, district attorneys and interesting cases that have left their mark on the County (and Redwood City as the County seat). The moderator will be Judge John Grandsaert, the current Presiding Judge of the Superior Court in San Mateo County. Panelists will include Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum, Retired Superior Court Judge Margaret Kemp and current District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Join us for this event on June 10, 1–2 p.m. in the San Mateo County History Museum (2200 Broadway).

Fun in the Park

Fun in the Park events are a chance for community members to explore and celebrate Redwood City parks! Join us for games, crafts, music, food trucks and more at these events!

June 3, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. — Hoover Park

July 12, 4–8 p.m. — Stafford Park

July 28, 5 p.m. — July 29, 9 a.m. — Sleepover at Red Morton Park

August 13, 3–7 p.m. — Marlin Park

To learn more about these events go here.

Redwood City Now & Then Photo Share Events

The City still needs your help with their historic photo project! The Redwood City Public Library is conducting a photo sharing project through the end of June, culminating in a public event recognizing some of our favorite photos. Each month they collect historic and current photos of specific Redwood City locations, allowing everyone to see how these sites have evolved over time.

Attend one of the upcoming photo share events or technology workshops! Library staff will walk you through the whole process. You can even go home with a digital copy of your photograph!

June 8 — Downtown Library

June 17 — Downtown Library

June 20 — Veterans Memorial Senior Center

June 23 — Veterans Memorial Senior Center

July 19 — Culminating Photo Party at the Downtown Library

Learn more about these photo share events here.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Historic Tours

Enjoy four more historic tours this month — three at Union Cemetery and one in Downtown Redwood City.

May 29, 10 a.m. — Memorial Day Celebration and Tour at Union Cemetery

Named a California Historical Landmark in 1967 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Historic Union Cemetery (316 Woodside Road) helps to keep the history of Redwood City alive. The Memorial Day Celebration includes a flower laying ceremony and anvil firing. Tours of the Cemetery will also be available.

August 19, 10 a.m. — Victorian Days

On this tour of Union Cemetery compare and contrast the image of the Victorian times with life in Redwood City in the late 1800s. End the tour by playing an antique Victorian game to get a feel of what social life was like back then. This tour is free and lasts about an hour. Be prepared to walk on gravel paths.

August 26, 10:30 a.m. — Downtown

This historic downtown tour will begin in front of the 1863 Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street and will include most of Redwood City’s historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential properties. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the Peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and much more. For more information go here.

October 28, 10 a.m. — Halloween

Are there ghosts in Union Cemetery? Some people say yes. Come on a tour and learn about people with unusual deaths. We have all the spooky details. This tour is free and lasts about an hour. Be prepared to walk on gravel paths.

For more information about these tours go here.

Magic Lantern 3D Light Show

The Redwood City Improvement Association (RCIA) invites you to experience a new 3D video mapping light show in honor of Redwood City’s 150th anniversary! The Magic Lantern 3D Light Show is designed by world-renowned light show artist, Bart Kresa, and projects weekly onto the San Mateo County History Museum. The new Magic Lantern projection-mapping spectacle brings Redwood City’s past and present into the future.
 The Magic Lantern 3-D Show will cover the San Mateo County History Museum with an array of colorful lights taking viewers on an abstract adventure through Redwood City’s history. The show, titled RWC 150, depicts a mysterious time-travelling robot, from the days of redwood forests, through the hippie movement, and into the rise of Silicon Valley. The show is free and family-friendly!

Shows are for all ages and are approximately 20 minutes in length.

**Shows may be cancelled due to weather**

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

More Details

Don’t forget to snap some photos of your family and friends at these events! Submit those photos to our photo contest! We would love to see all the fun you have, you may even win a prize. More details on the Redwood City Through Your Lens Photo Contest can be found here.

Want to know more about Redwood City’s history? Check out our special historic microsite! You’ll find:

Blogs — Learn about Redwood City’s past! Did you know Redwood City used to be home to Marine World? Wondering how City government evolved? Read about these topics and many more here.

Historic Photos — Step back in time by browsing hundreds of historic photos in our photo galleries here.

Historic Timeline — Learn about what happened in Redwood City throughout history from the pre-1800s into the 21st century.

And more! Go here to explore.