Redwood City 150th Anniversary Event

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Celebrating 150 Years of Redwood City

150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Chicken Wing Competition & Tasting from 12:00-5:00pm*
Magic Lantern 3D Light Show on Courthouse at 8:30pm
Downtown Redwood City
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Redwood City celebrates its Sesquicentennial year in style this spring, starting off with a special 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza on Saturday, May 20th from 12pm-9pm.

This event guarantees a fun-filled day of exciting historic activities, music, entertainment, culture, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family. Public chicken wing tasting is from 12:00-5:00pm, but come early to be sure to sample the most popular types and have time to vote in the contest! Along with delicious chicken, local restaurants will also offer delicious ethnic fare throughout the day.  

This elaborate event in downtown features three stages, along with these exciting attractions:

Music spread throughout downtown!

Entertainment Schedule

Taiko Drums, Patriotic, Bluegrass, Surfer, Blues, R&B and more!

  • Courthouse Square Stage
  • Jefferson Street Stage
  • Main Street Stage

Chicken Wing Competition!

Public Chicken Wing Tasting from 12:00-5:00pm

  • People's Choice Award
    1. $1,000 prize and award for 1st place
    2. $500 prize for 2nd place
    3. $250 prize for 3rd place
  • $500 prize and award for "Best Sauce" recipe
  • $500 prize and award for "Best Rub" recipe
  • $250 prize and award for Best Decorated Booth

Fun activities for the entire family!


Entertainment Schedule

  • 1850’s Pioneer Camp 12:00-8:30pm
  • ART on the Square 12:00-8:00pm
  • Car Show 12:00-6:00pm
  • Evening 3D Light Show 8:30pm
  • Flower Extravaganza & Flower Sale with Art and Flower Exhibition 12:00-8:00pm
  • Historic Fashion Show 1:00 & 2:30pm
  • Kids Crafts inside of the San Mateo County History Museum 12:00-4:00pm
  • Kids Love Trucks Area 12:00-6:00pm
  • Kids Play Area 12:00-6:00pm

Food, Drink & Community Booths

  • Adult Libations Tasting Area 12:00-6:00pm
  • City and Community Booths
  • Local Food Vendors offering their delicious fares

About the Sesquicentennial Celebration

The 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza kicks off a series of events in this year-long celebration of Redwood City’s 150th Anniversary, which are designed to bring the community together to discover the City's history, honor its diversity and explore its neighborhoods. These include everything from speakers' series events, the 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza, fun-in-the-park events, a historic ships visit, a historical documentary film and a sesquicentennial themed Fourth of July parade with special prizes.  

Find more details about the festival, historical blogs from guest authors, amazing old photos and information on other events here.  

The Redwood City Public Library will also commemorate the milestone with its "Redwood City Now and Then" photo project, where community members share old family photos, receive digital copies, and learn how to use online tools to create and share photos and movies.

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 year-round through Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m. 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 here


Encompassing 11 city blocks of Downtown Redwood City, the festival is held on Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton and on the beautiful Theatre Way. Downtown Redwood City, with its lively and active music, theater, dining, and shopping scene, is truly the heart of the action. Plus, Redwood City’s Caltrain station is just a short walk from Downtown and the festival. 

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