Redwood City Summer Events Series: July Events

City of Redwood City
Jul 2, 2019 · 11 min read

Enjoy summer events and planned activities for the whole family and stay in the know through this blog series!

With summer in full-swing, July events are finally here Redwood City! Join us again this month for more exciting events happening — movies, art, music, and more!

Check out what’s planned for July and make sure to mark your calendars!


Fourth of July Parade

The Peninsula Celebration Association’s 81st annual Fourth of July Parade — is the premier holiday parade in the region and takes place in the heart of Downtown Redwood City. This treasured event brings thousands of excited spectators to enjoy an incredible array of parade floats and numerous family festivities. This entire day of events is planned for all ages to enjoy, including plenty of free activities such as the annual pancake breakfast, a 5k run, Chalk Full of Fun, and concerts. After the parade and festival, spectators can enjoy a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show at the Port of Redwood City.

Although fireworks were banned in 2014, illegal fireworks continued to impact neighborhoods in 2017, prompting the City to increase fines up to $50,000 and expand educational efforts. To further the momentum of last year’s decreased illegal fireworks use, the City adopted a Social Host Ordinance which provides stronger enforcement by holding event organizers and property owners responsible for illegal fireworks use onsite. The new regulations are not intended to be used to seek out violations, but will be an important tool for law enforcement to increase compliance by holding persons in control of the property accountable for the illegal use of fireworks.

The City encourages the community and visitors instead to attend the fireworks show hosted at the Port of Redwood City.

The Fourth of July celebration schedule below can help you plan your day:

7:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Redwood City Fire Department at 755 Marshall Street

8:00 a.m. Parade Run 5k (check-in 6:30–7:59 a.m. Warren Street between Bradford and Marshall Streets). Starting line is at the corner of Arguello and Marshall Streets.

8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Chalk Full of Fun on Courthouse Square (Wednesday July 3rd and Thursday, July 4)

9:00 a.m. Car show at Broadway and El Camino

10:00 a.m. Fourth of July Parade

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Festival

7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. Concert at the Port of Redwood City with the Blue- Coastside Cool Band

9:30 p.m. Fireworks Celebration at the Port of Redwood City

Details about the Fireworks Show at the Port: The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at the Port of Redwood City and is brought to the community by the City of Redwood City and the Port of Redwood City and sponsors including Sims Metal Management, Recology, Sares Regis, and County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group. There will be food trucks available from 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. The Blue- Coastside Cool Band will play at the Port’s waterfront access area beginning at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen from areas where there is a clear view of the skies above the Port, and from high points all over the Peninsula. The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off Seaport Court. Portable restrooms and sinks will be available. BBQs are not permitted, alcohol is prohibited on-site at the fireworks show, and personal fireworks are always illegal in Redwood City.

Port of Redwood City Event Parking and Limited Vehicular Access: For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended, as the area is private property with very limited public parking. Once public parking is filled, Seaport Boulevard will be closed to all vehicle traffic at the intersection of Seaport/Blomquist. Once the intersection has been closed, no vehicle access to the Port area will be available. This traffic control restriction could occur as early as 7:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Just prior to the conclusion of the fireworks show, southbound access to Highway 101 from Seaport will be closed. Vehicular traffic will be diverted to Northbound Highway 101 only as this is the fastest and safest way out of the area.

For more event information, go here.

Chalk Full of Fun

July 3. 8–6 p.m.

July 4, 8–4 p.m.

Chalk full of fun is an amazing event that takes place as part of our Fourth of July festivities! Watch incredible chalk artists create amazing masterpieces on Courthouse Square. There will be plenty of chalk available for those who want to join in the fun!

For more details, go here.

Police Activities League (PAL) Music Festival

July 27, 12–8:00 p.m.

One of PAL’s biggest days of summer comes every year through the sound waves of some of the Bay Area’s hottest bands. The PAL Music Festival is bound to be lively with bands including California Cowboys, Orquesta Pacheco, Girls Got the Blues, Native Elements, and Faithfully Live. Enjoy music, art, food, and activities for kids at this fun summer event.

This event helps support PAL’s educational and recreational summer programs for the children in our community. To learn more about PAL go here.

For all of the event details, go here.

Classical Series on the Square

July 21 — Opera San Jose

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. The Symphony is a thrilling concert of popular classics. This performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

View all the scheduled summer Classical concerts here.


July 21 — Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies

Redwood City is proud to offer our kids music series for a seventh consecutive year! Sponsored by Redwood City’s Public Library and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, this series will provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance, play, and enjoy live music from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy music, along with an inflatable play-land at the Kidchella concerts this summer!

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

Art on the Square

July 26, 5–8:30 p.m.

July 27, 12–8 p.m.

With ART on the Square celebrating its 13th anniversary, you can find high quality work for yourself, your home, and for gifts — all while supporting the local economy and the best of handmade American craftsmanship!

ART on the Square features original jewelry, photography, painting, glass, metal, wood, fiber art and more, created by local artists with work at prices for every budget. You’re invited to join friends, family, neighbors, and the entire community to enjoy Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City.

If you are an artist who would like to participate in ART on the Square, view the application deadlines and download an application here.

If you are an individual, business, or restaurant that would like to sponsor ART on the Square, view sponsorship information here.

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

Jewelry on the Square

July 12, 5–8:30 p.m.

Jewelry on the Square brings the best in unique jewelry to downtown Redwood City. Enjoy shopping as you listen to live music coming from the Square. Jewelry on the Square is brought to the community by ART on the Square.

Music in the Park

July 3 — Tempest

July 10 — Sinister Dexter

July 17 — Andre Thierry

July 24 — West Grand Boulevard

July 31 — Jinx Jones and the KingTones

Redwood City is renowned for its incredible variety of free concerts and entertainment, featuring top-quality local and national performers. These concerts are a great way to spend your summer with friends, family, and neighbors in downtown Redwood City! Thanks to sponsorship and community support, we are able to continue to bring you these two-hour (6–8 p.m.) high-energy shows that get everyone off their feet dancing and having a great time.

View all the scheduled concerts here.

Have questions about Music on the Square? Go here

Movies on the Square

July 11 — Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

July 18 — Sweet Home Alabama (PG-13)

July 25 — Bumble Bee (PG-13)

Experience Redwood City’s high definition surround sound 25' outdoor theater! Enjoy downtown Courthouse Square by bringing the family out to a free weekly movie all summer. This movie experience will be enhanced with a showing of 12 movies on Thursday evenings starting at sundown (approximately 8:45pm). Come early for the best seats (a limited number of chairs and tables are available).

Movies are shown in high definition Blu-Ray and Surround sound when available. Bring your blankets and pick up take-out food from the nearby wonderful restaurants! We also have a small snack bar on site serving up popcorn, candy, and water.

Go here for more details.

Music on the Square

July 5Ticket-to-Ride: Bay Area Beatles Tribute

July 12Careless Whisper: 80’s Dance

July 19California Soul: Top 40 & Soul Review

July 26Bayonics: Reggae

Courthouse Square is the place to be on Friday nights! Enjoy fourteen nights of music, fun and everything downtown Redwood City has to offer! Redwood City is renowned for its incredible variety of free concerts and entertainment, featuring top-quality local and national performers. With top-quality local and national musical performers — from rock and pop, to reggae and much more — music fans of all ages will be thrilled to discover and enjoy our free summer concert series in Downtown’s living room. Thanks to sponsorship and community support, we are able to continue to bring you these two-hour (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) high-energy shows that get everyone off their feet dancing and having a great time.

Reminder: Glass bottled beverages are NOT allowed at events. This policy will be enforced.

View all the scheduled concerts here.

Pub in in the Park

July 20 at Red Morton Park — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Come lounge in the park, listen to live Americana and Bluegrass music, sip delicious local brews and enjoy lawn games at Pub in the Park! Our British-style inflatable pub will offer quality beers on tap from local breweries including Blue Oak Brewing, Freewheel Brewing Company, and cider from South City Cider during four Saturdays from June to September. Pub in the Park 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. Food trucks will also be available for guests’ enjoyment.

For the full Pub in the Park summer schedule, go here.

Sounds of the Shores

July 21 — The Groove Doctors

Head to the shores this summer and enjoy your favorite music on the water’s edge! Redwood City takes its summer music out to Redwood Shores! Marlin Park is located on the lagoons of Redwood Shores and provides a picturesque setting for live music. This show will feature a new food truck, MoBowl. Concerts run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To view the summer schedule of Sounds of the Shores, visit here.

Putt’n Around Mini Golf

Putt’n Around Mini Golf is the latest pop-up recreation activity for all ages. We’ve brought back your favorite mini-golf memories with an 18 hole course complete with scaled decorations and nighttime black light golf! Book your tee time today!

May through mid-July
The Armory in Red Morton Park
939 Valota Road, Redwood City 94061-

Fri- 3pm-10pm (Last tee time 9:15pm)
Sat- 10am-10pm (Last tee time 9:15pm)
Sun- 10am-8pm (Last tee time 7:15pm)
Closed Mon-Thurs (open for rentals- see below)

Last tee time: 45 min before close

Putt’n Around is open for team building events, summer camps, and special groups. Please email to schedule events for weekdays. Rates are $300 for the first hour and $150 for additional hours.

Click here for more info and to reserve tee times online.

Summer Learning Challenge

Get Set to Take the Summer Learning Challenge! Kids! Teens! Adults! Everyone can take the challenge. Read or listen and complete fun learning activities. Get prizes for reading all summer long! Visit all four libraries throughout the summer for great performers, weekly drawings, and fun engaging programs.

To sign up and view the Summer Learning Challenge schedule, go here.

Magic Lantern 3D Light Show

The Redwood City Improvement Association (RCIA) invites you to experience a 3D video mapping light show! The Magic Lantern 3D Light Show, designed by world-renowned light show artist Bart Kresa, covers the San Mateo County History Museum with an array of colorful lights, taking viewers on an abstract adventure. The 20-minute show is free and family-friendly at 9 p.m. on July Tuesday nights!

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

More Event Details

At events on Courthouse Square, a limited number of tables and chairs will be available. At any event, you can also bring your own setup to be comfortable throughout the event. You are also welcome to bring food to the events. Please remember to help keep Redwood City beautiful by picking up your belongings and any waste before you leave the event.

With so many events happening downtown, grab a bite to eat at any of the nearby restaurants before or after the event. Visit here to view our updated downtown dining guide and find information on parking, transportation and more!

To view all City events, visit here.

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