Held on the 1st Saturday of October 10AM to 3PM

A free community celebration of the working and recreational waterfront.

The October 7, 2017 Redwood City PortFest was spectacular!  It is historic -- the Sesquicentennial for Redwood City (150th anniversary) and the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Port.  We are also celebrated Save the Bay's "Bay Day".
The video below shows highlights from this year's PortFest. 

We enjoyed the Fog City Swampers, the Touch of Class Band, the West Bay Community Band, the Sequoia High School Band and the Woodside High School Orchestra.  We were lucky to see a bauxite ship in port from Australia on the Working Waterfront Bus Tour.  Sims Metal Management had their scrap metal shredding operation underway even on a Saturday in order to get a full shipload of recycled metal outgoing to Asia this week.  It was fun to see the operation up close.  The jetpack demonstration was amazing.  And we had lots people taking advantage of the Kids Cool Game Truck for playing video games.  The weather was perfect!

We would like to thank our financial sponsors Sims Metal Management, Monolith Materials, the Seaport Industrial Association and the Port of Redwood City.  In-kind sponsors include the City of Redwood City, Marine Science Institute, Sea Scouts of Ship Gryphon, Sea Cadets of Moffet Air Squadron, Sequoia Yacht Club, Spinnaker Sailing, San Mateo County History Museum, and Recology.  Thanks to all of our participants, vendors, Labadie Productions, and Port staff for making it all go smoothly.

And thank you to everyone who attended.  We hope you had a great time and we hope to see you again next year!

We'd like to share your best event photos or "selfies" from PortFest.  Email them to rwcportfest@gmail.com.

2017 YouTube Video courtesy of Jill Clardy

  • Touch of Class 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm        R&B, Funk, dance music, get a taste here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMXgsy7IvNo
  • Jet Pack Flight Demonstrations: 10:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm
  • Video Game Truck: Free game play in climate-controlled environment with large high-def screens and comfortable seating.
  • Free Boat Rides on the Sea Scout boat "Gryphon"--first come, first served--check on availability at the Sea Scouts booth across from the Fishing Pier.
  • Working Waterfront Trolley Tour--go behind the scenes for a guided half-hour tour of the Port's industrial businesses. Hop on at the grass turning circle in the parking lot.
  • Beer Garden and Tiki Bar
  • Children’s and Teen’s Activities
  • Food Booths & Food Trucks
Getting to PortFest! 
Take the train and shuttle to the Port of Redwood City for the free public PortFest festival. View FREE PortFest Shuttle schedule here.  Look for the sandwich sign that says "PortFest Shuttle Stop".  It will be stationed next to the taxi pick-up area on the sidewalk of Winslow St. (Southbound train travelers will need to cross over the tracks at the designated crossing to get to the shuttle stop.)

If you drive to PortFest, take Seaport Blvd. east over highway 101. Stay in the left lane!  Turn left at Seaport Court (3rd light).  Parking is free. 

If you bike to PortFest, here is the recommended route from the downtown Redwood City Caltrain station.  Follow the green path indicated on the map shown here:  Bike route to PortFest

Arts & Crafts, Retail Businesses, Non-Profits and Food vendors are encouraged to sign up early!  Click on the Vendor page for applications.

Thank You To Our Volunteer Bands & Musicians

  • West Bay Community Band
  • Woodside High School Band
  • Sequoia High School Band
Food, Vendors & Information Booths for 2017.  
        Food & Beverage Vendors:
  • Carmen's Taqueria
  • Crab Fiesta
  • Flamin' Dogs
  • Olde Tyme Kettle Korn
  • Redwood City Downtown Lions
  • Sequoia Yacht Club Tiki Bar
  • The Ice Cream Company

  • Other vendors, booths & activities:

  • Alejandro's Trade
  • Bay Area News Group
  • Bounce House
  • Blu Harbor Apartments
  • California Canoe and Kayak
  • CBS Radio
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Elizabeth Moon
  • Farm Fresh To You
  • Fuse Theater
  • Hands-on Arts & Crafts booths
  • Jewelry by Jerry
  • Kellita by Kelly
  • Kids' Bounce House
  • Licensepl8t
  • Marine Science Institute - shark tank, touch tank, harbor tours
  • Moffett Squadron Cadets--event support, Color Guard
  • Mural Activity--Public Participation
  • Port of Redwood City - event host, info booth
  • Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation
  • Redwood City Fire Department - fireboat and info
  • Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation
  • Redwood City Parks, Rec. & Comm'ty Svcs. Dept. - Kids' activities
  • Redwood City Police Dept. - Kids' fingerprinting and safety info
  • Redwood City Public Library - Kids' activities
  • Redwood City Public Works Dept. - event support
  • Redwood City Sesquicentennial (150th)
  • Redwood Creek Preservation Trust
  • Renewal by Anderson
    • San Mateo County Historical Association
    • San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
    • San Mateo County Water Pollution Prevention
    • Save the Bay - Bay Day 
    • Sea Scouts - "Gryphon" Boat rides
    • Seaport Industrial Association - working waterfront tours, information booth
    • Tangee Trowbridge
    • Spinnaker Sailing School - boat rides
    • Tera Tera - jewelry, scarves, hand carvings
    • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
    • Woodside General Store - logging exhibit