September 27, 2018
Celebrate PortFest 2018 at the Port of Redwood City Waterfront
The free community event on October 6 celebrates the working and recreational waterfront
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.— The Port of Redwood City announced today the event schedule and line-up for PortFest a free annual community event celebrating the working and recreational waterfront held on Saturday, October 6.

PortFest 2018 is a daylong waterfront festival held at the Port of Redwood City waterfront. It welcomes the community to learn about the maritime heritage of the Port, the industrial working waterfront, as well as participate in recreational activities on the San Francisco Bay. The day will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks and booths, boat rides, and more!

PortFest 2018 is coming up on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Port of Redwood City waterfront located on Seaport Court at Seaport Blvd.
The community celebration kicks-off at 10 a.m. with a Welcome Ceremony hosted at the Bandstand, featuring the Moffett Squadron Sea Cadet Color Guard and the West Bay Community Band performing the National Anthem and the Port Redwood March. There will be two guests of honor speaking at the welcoming ceremony including:
·          Jackie Speier, United States Congresswoman
·          Ian Bain, Mayor of the City of Redwood City

The Redwood City Fire Department Fireboat Sequoia Guardian will perform a water cannon display following the welcome ceremony . Redwood City Fire Department engine and rescue boat will be on display until 3 p.m. for visitors to enjoy.

There will be food and beverage options available all day long throughout the event, including food trucks and food booths offering a fun mix of food options including Carmen’s Taqueria, Angelica’s (Mexican food), Anthony Solano (American food) and Flaming Dogs. Check the event map for booth and food truck locations.

Youth interested in submitting their works of art to compete in the Port of Redwood City’s 2019 Calendar Art Contest should head over to the Kids Zone for more details. 

The West Bay Community Band will perform at the Bandstand from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and the Sequoia High School Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Harbor Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. aboard the Robert G. Brownlee ; each tour will last about 45 minutes and load at the Guest Dock. Tour times are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The harbor tours are sponsored by the Marine Science Institute and cost $5. To reserve tickets in advance, go here .

Working Waterfront Tours continue from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tour times are 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. These tours are sponsored by Seaport Industrial Association.

The Marine Science Institute will have a Shark Tank and Touch Table available until 3 p.m. and will be located next to the Bandstand .

Spinnaker Sailing School is offering free sail boat rides. Sign-ups available at the Spinnaker Sailing office/booth.

PortFest is a Save the Bay signature Bay Day event and Save the Bay will be celebrating at the event offering a mobile education vehicle and hands on activities.

To celebrate the Port of Redwood City’s history as a logging port in the 1800’s, the History Museum Woodside Store will have a special exhibit with an interactive logging experience.

Starting at 10 a.m., the Kids Zone will offer a variety of fun activities and bounce house open through the event. The Redwood City Public Library will offer hands on activities and a balloon artist .
The Kids Cool Game Truck mobile video theater experience will be available for event attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For recreational water lovers, the Bair Island Aquatic Center will be offering rides in a 16 person rowing barge. Sign-ups will be available at the Bair Island Aquatic Center booth.

The Beer and wine booth is open for those 21+ from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Sequoia Yacht Club.

Live music will entertain event attendees all day at the Stage, beginning at 11 a.m. with the LiveWire Band and at 1:15 p.m., the Phil ‘n the Blanks Band will take over the stage for the duration of the event.

The Woodside High School Band will round out the event at the Bandstand starting at 2:00 p.m. and perform until 2:45 p.m.
Parking at the event is free. For visitors interested in taking public transportation , a free shuttle is offered to the Port of Redwood City waterfront from Downtown Redwood City’s Caltrain stop. For the PortFest shuttle schedule, go here . To bike to PortFest, the Port recommends a bike route from the Downtown Redwood City Caltrain station. For the bike route, go here . For the PortFest map to view parking locations, go here .
PortFest is a Save the Bay signature Bay Day event. PortFest sponsors include Google, Sims Metal Management and the City of Redwood City. The Port is encouraging attendees to share their pictures and memories of PortFest by tagging #PortFest2018. PortFest is dog friendly, please ensure that dogs are on a leash at all times.

For more details about PortFest, go to the event website at . For the PortFest event map, go here . For Frequently Asked Questions, go here .
While in use since 1851, the Port of Redwood City was founded by City Charter in 1937. The Port of Redwood City is located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco and is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. The Port of Redwood City serves the Silicon Valley region and provides inland transportation access via U.S. Highway 101 and Union Pacific Railroad. The Port’s key location enables tenants to save both time and shipping costs. The Port of Redwood City specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. Having a strategic location, available deep-water facilities and efficient service, has enabled the Port of Redwood City to become the fastest growing "small" bulk port in California."

The Port has more than one mile of waterfront public access, walkways and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, public art and parking.  Other amenities include watercraft sailboats, kayaks and other personal watercraft available for rent and conference facilities. The Port also offers a public fishing pier and the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. A boat launch at the Port of Redwood City is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

A five-member Board of Port Commissioners, appointed by the City Council, governs the Port.

For information about the Port’s facilities, go here . For a map of the Port facilities, go here .

For more information on waterfront public access and viewing, go here .

For the potential ferry terminal project page, go here .

To sign up for Port of Redwood City Announcements, go here .

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For more about the Port of Redwood City, go here .

Port of Redwood City Media Contact
Meghan Horrigan