The Port of Redwood City is among the sponsors of Redwood City's 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza, a free community festival on Saturday, May 20, from noon to 9 pm. in downtown. This is the Port's 80th anniversary.
The Festival offers historic reenactments, art exhibits, a chicken-wing contest, food, vendors, and music performed by 10 bands. The San Mateo County History Museum will present models wearing fashions worn through the years.
As the oldest city in San Mateo County, Redwood City has a long and illustrious history.
Originally a port town
during the Gold Rush, Redwood City became the county seat of the newly formed San Mateo County in 1856.
Here is the full schedule of events and activities provided by the city.
ART AND CULTURE:
ART on the Square's summer kick-off starts at the 150th Anniversary Festival and Flower Extravaganza from 12-8 p.m. along Broadway. Wander through booths with fine arts and crafts including painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more. To learn more about ART on the Square go to
FLOWERS: The Flower Extravaganza, flower sale and art and flower exhibition from 12-8 p.m. provides a nod to Redwood City's past as the Chrysanthemum Capital of the World. This event is sponsored by San Mateo Credit Union and located at the Fox Theatre (2215 Broadway) and on the steps of the San Mateo County History Museum (2200 Broadway).
Live entertainment on three stages from 12-8 p.m. will offer music from Mustache Harbor, Sinister Dexter, Top Shelf, the Big Wave Band, the Mile Blues, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, 27 Strings, West Bay Community Band, Ron Gariffo
Orchestra, Nirav Sanghani's Pacific Six, and the Woodside High School Band. Stages are located at Courthouse Square, Jefferson Avenue and Main Street at Broadway.
KID FUN: For family fun all day (from 12-9 p.m.) check out the Kids Love Trucks zone, inflatable play land, rock climbing wall and a 1850's pioneer camp located behind Courthouse Square, on Hamilton, and on Middlefield. For crafty kids, an arts and crafts area will be hosted inside the San Mateo County History Museum. Cultural performances by Taiko drummers and Ballet Folkloric will be located on Courthouse Square.
FOOD AND ADULT BEVERAGES: From 12-9 p.m. an adult libations tasting area will be located on Hamilton, with ethnic food and vendor booths located next to Courthouse Square at Broadway and Middlefield Road.
FASHION SHOW: A free historic fashion show will take place inside the San Mateo County History Museum, Courtroom A from 1-2 p.m.