No, it isn’t Friday — I’ll be posting my regularly planned article that day — but this news is too important to wait. All of the various summer concerts, movies, and such that Redwood City had to cancel last year due to COVID-19 are back! Yesterday I just happened to be walking up Jefferson Boulevard as a two-man city crew was hanging a new banner on the railroad overpass, a banner advertising the lineup for Movies on the Square:
I figured that if Movies on the Square is going to be held this year, concerts are also likely, so I checked the Redwood City Events web page. And indeed, almost everything is back on the schedule for the remainder of this summer! This includes the classical music series, which unfortunately is (so far, at least) limited to a single concert this year, in August.
As for the biggies, Music on the Square will take place every Friday from July 16 to September 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Courthouse Square. For that series the city has scheduled eight terrific bands, including several that will pay tribute to the music of Neil Diamond, Steely Dan, Chicago, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson, among others.
Music in the Park will start that same week, and will consist of eight concerts running on Wednesday evenings from July 14 through September 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. (but note that the concert times shift a half-hour earlier starting August 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.). As usual, those concerts will be held at Stafford Park.
Out in Redwood Shores, Sounds of the Shores will consist of two concerts this year, one on July 25 and the other on August 15. Both will run from 5 to 7 p.m., in Marlin Park, at the corner of Neptune and Cringle.
Finally, Kids Rock! will have at least one concert this year: Andy Z and the Andyland Band is signed up to perform on Sunday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other concerts in this series may appear on the schedule at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye on the city’s website if you have children (or you are a child at heart!).
Hoping to see a good movie? Movies on the Square will be presenting family friendly double features every Thursday night from July 15 to September 2. Like the concerts, these movies are free. Just bring a chair (or a blanket to sit on) and be prepared to enjoy a wonderful night of entertainment with your friends and neighbors in Courthouse Square.
All of the above events are free, and are open to all: you don’t have to be a Redwood City resident to enjoy these movies and concerts. Just come prepared to have fun!
Before I close, on the other side of that same overpass the crew had apparently just finished putting up a banner for another terrific civic event in Redwood City: Pub in the Park. This event, which takes place in Red Morton Park, will be held on three summer Saturdays: July 17, August 7, and August 28. Listen to live music, play lawn games, and enjoy beer and cider from local microbreweries plus food from an array of food trucks (the music and games are free, but of course you have to pay for the food and drinks). The city is still in the process of booking bands for these three dates, but come anyway: you’ll surely have a good time regardless of who is playing. As I’ve found from attending countless Redwood City concerts and events over the years, it’s more about the camaraderie than it is about exactly who is playing (although there are indeed some terrific bands playing at these events).
Nothing says summer to me like the free movies and concerts that Redwood City puts on each year, which is just one more reason why 2020 is a year I’m happy to have put behind me. With a nearly full lineup of concerts and events back on the city’s schedule, lets get out there and (safely) celebrate the fact that truly, summer is back!
[Note that dates, times, and lineups could change; refer to the Redwood City Events web page for the latest information.]