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With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start penciling in local South Bay events on the calendar. Redwood City Summer Happenings feature a number of family friendly events and camps for all ages. In addition, there are events for grown ups too.

With music and the arts taking center stage, two terrific events return as part of the Redwood City Summer Happenings. The Redwood City PAL Music Festival takes place on June 18th. In addition, the 16th annual Art on the Square will take place multiple times throughout the summer.

Summer Happenings in Redwood City

Girls and Boys in grade school dancing dressed in athletic clothes.

If you haven’t started yet, there are a lot of camps to keep the kiddos busy all summer long. After two years of on and off quarantining, we all want them out of the house, active and being social, right? Redwood City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services can help you with those goals. Redwood City has a full book of summer camps,but here are some we’re eyeing:

  • Basic Hip Hop: Ages 7-13
    A high energy, upbeat class with age appropriate Hip Hop typically to Pop, R&B music. This is an aerobic and relaxed atmosphere, where students can enjoy themselves. Finally, no experience is necessary.
  • Jujitsu/Karate/Escrima – Beginners/Intermediate: Ages 8-18
    A balanced approach to martial arts. Environment is friendly and emphasis is put on how to defend yourself. Likewise — this is a safe and fun way to learn self-defense.
  • Cuisines of the World with Chef Steve:Ages 18+
    In addition to having a lot of fun, you’ll learn five different cooking techniques and lessons throughout the summer.

 Click here for more options.

Library Learning Challenge

In addition to the camps, learn more about Redwood City’s Summer Learning Challenge. It’s hosted by the Redwood Public Library. You can follow up by clicking here.  The challenge runs from June 1 – August 31. It is again generously sponsored by Friends of the Redwood City Public Library.

Special Events in Redwood City

Redwood City hosts the largest Independence Day Parade in NorCal. This is a float with a little girl on it. The float is decorated in red white and blue. It is in a parade.

Redwood City is the place to be for community events all summer long! On July 4th the Peninsula Celebration Association hosts the largest Independence Day Parade in Northern California. In conjunction with the parade in Redwood City, there is a wonderful festival and fireworks in the evening: click here for more.

Wednesday through Sundays are FREE

Redwood City feels like it is the place to be in the Bay Area Wednesdays through Sundays! Indeed, the FREE entertainment is all the rage every week throughout the summer!

To help you organize your calendar, we put together a quick list to help you get out and about. 


Music in the Park 
June 22 – August 24
6 – 8 pm | Stafford Park

10 weeks of music variety. It’s also a great time for the entire family!


Movies on the Square
June 9 – Sept. 8
6 pm & 8:30 pm | Courthouse Square

Enjoy 14 weeks of big screen movies including six Bravemaker Film Fest Shorts – in stereo as well!


Music on the Square
June 3 – Sept. 2
6 – 8 pm | Courthouse Square

Enjoy 14 nights of music, fun and everything Downtown Redwood City has to offer too!

16th Annual Art on the Square
June 17, July 8, July 22 and August 26
5 – 8:30pm | Courthouse Square

Adjacent to Music on the Square. ART on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more.


Kiwanis Farmers Market
April through November
8 am – 12 pm | 500 Block of Arguello Street Downtown

Of course it’s the oldest and the largest Farmers’ Market on the Peninsula

PAL Music Festival
June 18
4 – 8 pm | Courthouse Square

Headlining the main stage will be the amazing Faithfully Live, The Journey Tribute Sensation! At the same time, it supports PAL’s educational and recreational summer programs.

Pub in the Park
June 4, July 16, August 13, and September 10
11 am – 4 pm | Red Morton Park

Nearby brews, live music, food trucks and, of course, lawn games.

Redwood Symphony
June 25, 2022
6 pm | Courthouse Square

Enjoy the world’s most beloved opera arias, big bands, and so much more!


Sounds of the Shores
June 26, July 24, and August 21 
5 – 7 pm |  Marlin Park

1 concert per month on the water’s edge. Of course, it includes a Food Truck on site!

​​Kids Rock!
June 26, July 24, and August 21
11 am – 1 pm | Courthouse Square

Children’s Bands + Inflatable Playland.

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