Redwood City Events: September & Beyond

Summer may officially end on September 23, but Redwood City events continue through summer and fall! From music and the last Pub in the Park to the 10th Annual PortFest and kid friendly events like Kidchella and Zoppé Circus, Redwood City offers something for everyone this September and beyond. Read on for more information about upcoming summer and fall events!


September 8, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Courthouse Square — Andy Z and the Andyland Band

Join us for the last Kidchella of the summer season! Redwood City is proud to offer our kids music series for a seventh year! The Kidchella series provides a safe and fun environment for kids to dance, play, and enjoy live music. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy music, along with an inflatable play-land at Kidchella!

Andy Z delights kids with his musical adventures in the make-believe world of Andyland. His music has been heard on NBC’s Today Show and his performances have been featured in the Pandora Video Series and on the Pottery Barn Kids Style house website. Children are drawn in by his energetic music that runs the gamut from educational to just plain silly; dance songs to sing-a-longs to full body movement. The Andyland Band makes the most of the harmonic energy provided by an electric performance and feature props and costumes. Their dynamic performances are not to be missed.

Learn more about Kidchella here.

Classical on the Square

September 8, 5 p.m. Courthouse Square — Bay Shore Lyric Opera

For the classical, instrumental and opera music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent, these concerts are for you! Families will love these free concerts, performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square.

Learn more about Classical concerts here.

Pub in the Park

September 7, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. at Red Morton Park — The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Come relax in the park, listen to live music, sip delicious local brews and play lawn games at Pub in the Park! Our British-style inflatable pub will offer quality beers on tap from local breweries. Pub in the Park is extremely popular and offers a laid-back space to hang with friends and family and enjoy some cold ones. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic style afternoon for the last summer Pub in the Park. Food trucks will also be available.

Learn more about Pub in the Park here.

Fiestas Patrias

September 15, 3–8 p.m. Courthouse Square

On September 15 Courthouse Square will be transformed into a festive, beautiful, and fun setting in celebration of this important patriotic holiday in the Mexican culture. Kids will love hands on arts and crafts, everyone will enjoy trying authentic Mexican food from local restaurants, and there will be a traditional Flag Ceremony. The Square will be filled with colorful and glamorous Ballet Folklorico dancing, live Mariachi music, and a very special live performance.

This is a free community celebration! No tickets necessary. Festivities will take place 3–8 p.m.

For more details about this event, visit here.

Salsa Fest

September 21, 12–8 p.m. throughout downtown Redwood City

Redwood City is fired up for the 12th annual Salsa Festival! Join us on Saturday, September 21, 12–8 p.m. Salsa is at the forefront of this festival with Salsa music, salsa dancing and salsa tasting. The festival will feature a variety of music, including Salsa, Latin Jazz and Reggae. The Salsa Tasting & Competition unites amateur and professional Salsa Chefs seeking fun and prizes, and showcases succulent salsa for festival-goers to sample and take part in the judging.

Last call for entries — Deadline August 30!

Amateur and professional salsa chefs can compete in this mouthwatering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition at the Redwood City Salsa Festival, happening throughout Downtown Redwood City. The deadline for entries is August 30. Go here for more information.

To learn more about Salsa Fest, go here.


September 25–29, various seatings available at Courthouse Square

Happy Hour Seatings

September 25 and 26, 5–9 p.m.

Festival Seatings

September 27, 5–10 p.m.

September 28, 12–4 p.m. & 5–9 p.m.

September 29, 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. & 4–8 p.m.

For the sixth year, Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest in downtown Redwood City. The huge decked-out Oktoberfest tent transforms Courthouse Square for revelers of all ages to enjoy for five days in September! This festival features a fabulous traditional German Oktoberfest setting featuring over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating, lots of fun and merriment, music, dancing, contests, cold beer and other beverages, food and more! With extended dates, the event now features two “Happy Hour Seatings” on September 25 and 26, followed by five Festival Seatings through Sunday, September 29.

Learn more about Oktoberfest and get tickets here.


October 5, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City

Save the Date! The 10th annual PortFest is coming up on October 5 (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.). Learn about the maritime heritage of the Port, the industrial working waterfront, and enjoy recreational activities on the San Francisco Bay. The day will include live music by Brickhouse and local high school bands, harbor and working waterfront boat tours, a kids zone with bounce house and carnival games, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and more! This event is free and open to all!

To learn more about PortFest and see a full schedule of events, go here.

Zoppé Circus

Matinee and evening shows October 11 — November 3 at Red Morton Park

Wednesdays & Thursdays — 6:30 p.m.

Fridays — 4 & 7 p.m.

Saturdays — 12, 3 and 7 p.m.

Sundays — 12, 3 and 6 p.m.

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the old-world Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus features horses, acrobats, clowns, a big top, and more!

This show takes family entertainment to new heights this year, performing even more shows from October 11 — November 3 under the intimate, one-ring tent in Red Morton Park. For 2019, Zoppé brings a special show honoring women… La Nonna, which is “Grandmother” in Italian. This one-ring circus honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition and stars Nino the Clown, along with many other thrilling, mostly women-based acts.

La Nonna is a special tribute to a past Zoppé matriarch who kept the show alive during the great depression with her tenacity and perseverance. La Nonna celebrates the power, beauty, and elegance of women with a predominately female company of artists. This is an historic show for the greater circus community. Zoppé is at the forefront of what circus has to offer humanity, while pointedly keeping in touch with true circus tradition.

The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, so get your tickets early! For more information about the Zoppé Italian Family Circus go here.

Dia de los Muertos

November 3, 4–9 p.m. on Courthouse Square

Attend a free celebration of the Day of the Dead, a ritual from Mexico, where people happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives who have passed. There will be music, dancing, an elaborate altars contest, a procession down Broadway, tasty food, event vendors, as well as activities for children. Come see Courthouse Square transformed with sugar skulls and marigolds. There will also be a community chalk art mural that everyone is encouraged to participate in.

Activities start at 4 p.m.
Entertainment begins at 5 p.m.
Welcome speech and procession at 7 p.m.
Evening ends at 9 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Casa Circulo Cultural, the San Mateo County History Museum, Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, and the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.

For more information go here.

More Details

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors who make all of these events possible!

Don’t forget to snap some photos of your family and friends at these events. We would love to see all the fun you have! Follow us on social media to share them.

To learn more about Redwood City events go here.

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