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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2013

Lucas Wilder
Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Redwood City presents
Free, Fun Events and Activities in Downtown Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - Redwood City welcomes the community Downtown for its seventh season of FREE events and entertainment. Every week throughout the summer at beautiful Courthouse Square, engaging evenings will showcase fabulous, free, fun-filled activities on Thursdays with Movies on the Square, and on Fridays featuring Music on the Square. Other ongoing events in the coming months include Classical Concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, a new Kid's Concerts Series on Sundays called Kidchella, as well as special outdoor exhibits featuring Art on the Square.

The beautiful, inviting atmosphere of Courthouse Square, with its cooling fountains and surrounding variety of shops and eateries, offers friends, family, and neighbors a stunning place to gather and enjoy balmy summer evenings. Redwood City has grown to be known as the Entertainment Capital of the Peninsula!

Below is the run-down of this season's Downtown Redwood City entertainment (see details at

Movies on the Square
Redwood City's summer movie experience continues with FREE movies on Thursday evenings starting at sundown (approximately 8:45pm, then earlier as the summer progresses). Enjoy classic movies that will delight kids and adults alike, including movie classics like My Fair Lady on June 13th, along with newly released flicks such as The Hunger Games on July 18th and The Croods on August 15th, among many others. Come early for the best seats (a limited number of chairs and tables are available), bring your blankets, and pick up take-out food from any of the nearby wonderful restaurants. Redwood City is THE ONLY city in California offering surround sound movies, so come enjoy the scene and experience outdoor "theater" with our 25-foot screen. More info about Movies on the Square is online.

Music on the Square
Free music every week throughout the summer! The 2013 season features 17 impressive concerts not to be missed on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, beginning with Steelhorse on June 7th. With top-quality local and national musical performers - from rock, blues, and pop, to Latin, Reggae, and much more- music fans of all ages will be thrilled to discover and enjoy our free summer concert series, this year through September 27th. More details are online.

Art on the Square
Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts for six juried special events, starting on June 14th at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Complementing Music on the Square and the PAL Blues Festival, Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more, at prices for every budget. It's great fun to wander the booths and discover unique painting, photography, glass, ceramics, and more at prices for every budget. There's also exquisite jewelry at every show, and for those who can't get enough of it we've added Jewelry on the Square on July 12th. Plus, every Art on the Square event is combined with great music, food, and fun! More information about Art on the Square is online.

KIDCHELLA - Kid's Concert Series
Redwood City is proud to offer a new music series this year especially for kids, named Kidchella. For three Sundays this summer, the ubiquitous Andy-Z will be the Master of Music and Play by bringing his high energy to Courthouse Square. Sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library, this new series will provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance and enjoy live music from 11am to 1pm. The first event on June 30th will feature Alison Faith Levy's Big Time Tot Rock. On August 18th, Andy Z will also be performing with The Andyland Band, and The Hip Waders will complete the series on September 15th. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy free live music, along with an inflatable play land at the new Kidchella series this summer!

Classical Music Series
For the classical music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent, Redwood City continues its Classical Music Series starting in June. The series launches at 6 pm on June 29th with Redwood Symphony, and continues on July 20th with Opera San José, then on July 21st with the West Bay Community Band at 5pm, and winds up on September 22nd at 5pm with Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Families will love these free classical concerts, performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square.

Shakespeare in the Park
Celebrating its 31st year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of "Macbeth" to Redwood City for 3 weekends in August! Shakespeare in the Park will offer 3 evening shows on Saturdays and 3 afternoon shows on Sundays, while providing an opportunity for everyone to see high quality, professional theater in the relaxing setting of the Sequoia High School campus, free of charge. Treat yourself to some Shakespeare this August!

More info about all of the events at

These free events, running four months through the spring, summer, and fall, are sponsored by the City of Redwood City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and Civic Cultural Commission. The City of Redwood City would also like to thank these generous sponsors of Music on the Square:

There's more summer fun to be had! Go online to learn about Music in the Park, the Wednesday evening concert series at Stafford Park, and Sounds of the Shores, monthly concerts at Marlin Park in Redwood Shores.

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