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Celebrate Redwood City's Sesquicentennial 
at The 150th Festival &  Flower Extravaganza Saturday, May 20,
from Noon to 9 p.m. in Downtown
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).
ENTERTAINMENT: 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
Nirav Sanghani's Pacific Six
Nirav Sanghani's Pacific Six
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. 

REDWING CHICKEN WING COMPETITION: A chicken Wing competition and tasting will take place on Jefferson Avenue at Broadway from 12-5 p.m Learn more about this contest at
FASHION SHOW: A free historic fashion show will take place inside the San Mateo County History Museum, Courtroom A from 1-2 p.m. 
LIGHT SHOW: A special Magic Lantern 3D Light Show presentation for Redwood City's 150th anniversary will take place every Tuesday night, with a special performance on May 20th on Courthouse Square at 8:30-8:50 p.m. To learn more about the Magic Lantern 3D Light Show go to
Celebrate 150 years of the Redwood City community all year long! 

City's Historic Website: The City's Historic website offers the community a chance to step into Redwood City's past by reading history blogs, viewing old photos and an easy to navigate calendar of events aimed at informing the public about Redwood City's 150th Anniversary events offered all year long. For details, visit 
Citywide Photo Contest: Earlier this year, the City launched our "Redwood City Through Your Lens" photo contest. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Redwood City is welcome to participate. Engage with your City and community and join the conversation by sharing your captured moments with us using  #ThroughMyLens, tagging the City of Redwood City in your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and following us. For more details go to
Commemorative Magazine: Just in time for Redwood City's 150th anniversary, a special commemorative magazine is available that tells the story of the city from its earliest days to the present, including an article about the Port's history.  Redwood City 150 is a glossy, full-color magazine produced by an all-volunteer team of more than 20 writers, editors and photographers, including former journalists, history experts, and other contributors. Thanks to advertiser and sponsor support, the publication is provided at no charge to the community. 
Port in 1878
Port in 1878
The community can pick up a copy at the 150th Festival and Floral Extravaganza, at Courthouse Square Saturday, May 20, as well as at other events throughout the year. The magazine can also be found at most of the stores, coffee shops and other locations where Climate magazine is normally available, as well as at city facilities including City Hall, libraries, and parks buildings. Climate magazine's editorial staff contributed time and resources so a commemorative special edition could be made available to the public.  Be sure to see an article about the Port, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary though it is older than the City.  See the article to learn why.
For a complete list of sesquicentennial activities, go to  or  
Bands Announced for Port-Sponsored Redwood City Music-in-the-Park Series
The Port Commission has agreed to again help sponsor Redwood City's popular Music-in-the-Park series, scheduled for June 14-August 16 at Stafford Park at the corner of King Street and Hopkins Avenue.  The lineup of entertainers is now posted on the series' website,
Roughly 1,600 people a week attend the Wednesday night concerts.

Tortilla Soup Performs July 26
Tortilla Soup performs July 26

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