Summer Events Blog Series: August Events

The first week of each summer month, we will showcase events to keep you up to date and in the know!

Movies on the Square

What could be more fun for the family than a free movie night outdoors? Bring them to downtown Redwood City’s Courthouse Square and experience a 25-foot screen, with high-definition surround sound and Blu-ray when available. Bring your blankets and pick up takeout food from wonderful nearby restaurants! We also feature a small snack bar serving up popcorn, candy and water. Thursday evening movie nights start at sundown. Come early for the best seats (a limited number of chairs and tables are available).

August Movies

August 3, 8:30 p.m. — La La Land (PG-13)

August 10 , 8:30 p.m.— Finding Dory (PG)

August 17, 8:15 p.m. — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

August 24, 8:30 p.m. — Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

August 31 , 7:45 p.m.— Ladder 49 (PG-13)

Before the movie on August 31, the Redwood City Fire Department will host a public education event, where people can interact with a fire engine and truck, practice fire extinguisher training (water only, no dust), and see a fire safety presentation.

For a list and details of all movies showing each Thursday, visit here.

Music on the Square

Dance the night away at one of Redwood City most treasured summer evening events, Music on the Square. Thanks to sponsorship and community support we offer these two-hour, high-energy shows on Friday nights (6–8 p.m.) that get everyone off their feet.

August Concerts

August 4 — Mustache Harbor (Yacht Rock)

August 11 — Steel ’n’ Chicago (Chicago & Steely Dan Tribute)

August 18 — Whiskey Dawn (Country)

August 25 — Foreverland (Michael Jackson Tribute)

View all the scheduled concerts here.

Have questions about Music on the Square? Go here.

Sounds of the Shores

Redwood City takes its summer music out to Redwood Shores! Marlin Park, located on the lagoons of Redwood Shores, provides a picturesque setting for live music, as well as food concessions. Shows take place 5–7 p.m.

August Concerts

August 13 — The Shanks (Classic Rock)

In addition to this concert, we will celebrate Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial with 150th Anniversary themed crafts, games, a rock climbing wall and food trucks!

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

For more Sesquicentennial Events, click here.

Music in the Park

Join us for our free outdoor concert series on summer evenings 6–8 p.m. at beautiful Stafford Park. The Optimist Club of Redwood City graciously operates a concession tent selling hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, and drinks. All proceeds benefit the Save the Music program in Redwood City schools.

August Concerts

August 2 — Lost Dog Found (Jump/Swing)

August 9 — Sinister Dexter (Funk/Soul)

August 16 — Top Shelf (Motown and Classic Soul Favorites)

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

Have questions about Music in the Park? Go here.


The City of Redwood City proudly offers our kids’ music series for a fourth year! Master of Music and Play Andy-Z brings his high energy to Courthouse Square, inspiring kids to get on their feet and sing. This series provides a safe and fun environment for kids to dance, enjoy live music and play in an inflatable playland from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

August Concerts

August 13 — Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

ART on the Square

ART on the Square brings the best in original fine arts and crafts to downtown Redwood City. 2017 marks our eleventh year of showcasing painting, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber art, woodwork, and more — with prices for every budget. At each Friday evening ART on the Square we’ll hold a drawing for four $25 gift certificates that winners can spend on the artist’s work of their choice during the show.

August Art Offerings

August 25, 5–8:30 p.m.

To view the full summer schedule, visit here.

Shakespeare in the Park

Celebrating its 35th year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of “Hamlet” to downtown Redwood City for three weekends in August! The program offers three evening shows on Saturdays and three late afternoon shows on Sundays — all free — in the relaxing outdoor setting of Sequoia Campus.

August Shows

August 12, 19, 26–7:30 p.m.

August 13, 20, 27–4:00 p.m.

To view the full summer schedule, visit 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, designed by world-renowned light show artist, Bart Kresa, projects weekly onto the San Mateo County History Museum and brings Redwood City’s past and present into the future.
 The show illuminates the 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 20-minute 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.

For more information about Redwood City’s 150th anniversary go here.

More Details

With so many events happening, the community can take advantage of more opportunities to grab a bite at different downtown restaurants, which range from ethnic holes-in-the-wall, gastropubs and fine dining to artisan coffee and more. Visit here to view our new Downtown Dining Guide and information on parking, transportation and more! For frequently asked questions about Redwood City events go here.

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

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors who are able to make all of these events happen!

To view all events, go here.

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