We’ll admit it: Redding goes a little nutty in the spring, but no one ever seems to mind, so we just keep doing it! There’s so much going on that we’ve taken to calling it Redding Unrestricted and adopting an ‘anything goes’ mentality, so book your hotel room for April 24- May 3rd and buckle up for the best spring getaway you can handle!
Easily the biggest event of Redding Unrestricted is the 27th annual Kool April Nites classic car show. Hundreds (really: hundreds!) of incredible classic autos and trucks roll into Redding for parades, show & shines, competitions, music, food, and general gawking. It’s such a big event, you can basically just pick a parking lot and watch the beautiful collectors’ cars cruise in and out. Everyone parks at the Civic Auditorium on Saturday, April 25th for the big show, where vendors and bands keep you fed and entertained while you try (in vain) to pick your favorite car. Bring the whole family- grandma and grandpa will get a kick out of everything vintage, and there’s plenty for the kids to see and do, too!
If you’re more inclined to song and dance than popped hoods and pinstriping, get your tickets to see Peter Pan at the Cascade Theatre! Its closing weekend coincides with Redding Unrestricted and is a wonderful opportunity to see the historic Cascade Theatre in all its restored glory. The theatre was built in 1935, painstakingly restored in 2004, and is listed on the national and state register of historic places. The painted walls and ceilings are beautiful examples of Art Deco, and the theatre hosts excellent entertainment year-round. Peter Pan will thrill all ages and demonstrate Redding’s talent and stage presence. Second star to the right, and straight on ’til… Market Street!
A few miles outside of town, things get even more unrestricted when the Lemurian Shasta Classic mountain bike race kicks off in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on April 25. One of the oldest single track races in the country, the LSC is famous for its epic loop, friendly atmosphere, and incredible views. It uses the best of Whiskeytown’s considerable trails to offer huge climbs and long, technical descents. All riders receive a post-race meal and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
If you want to get outside without saddling up on a mountain bike, Redding Unrestricted also includes Whiskeytown Waterfall Week, April 18-29! Whiskeytown has 4 distinct waterfalls within its 300 acres, you can do them all in one day or spread them out over your visit. Pick up your free Waterfall Challenge Passport from the visitor center, then hike to Brandy Creek, Boulder Creek, Crystal Creek, and Whiskeytown Falls, and return the passport to receive a special gift (while supplies last)… or join a guided tour! Locals love Whiskeytown, and it’ll be easier to see why once you take in the tranquil lake, mountain views, trails, and of course: waterfalls!
Nature lovers can also benefit from another Redding Unrestricted offering: the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, at Redding City Hall on Saturday, April 25. It’s a celebration of the social, economic, and environmental solutions that enhance our region while protecting its natural resources. The City Hall site will once again be filled with over 110 Exhibitors, live music, excellent local food, extended hours at the Farmers Market, loads of incredible hands-on activities for all ages, giveaways, the annual Cart Art Contest, and the return of the Whole Earth Hustle 5K Fun Run! Come get inspired at this free, family-friendly festival that just gets better every year.
Redding Unrestricted winds down its 2015 run with a ….well, run: the Color Vibe 5K, May 2! Consider it a gleeful cruise through clouds of pure happiness, with your best buds by your side! If you’ve never tried a color run before, you’re definitely missing out on an unforgettable dose of crazy fun. Kids 12 and under run free with a paid adult, and the earlier you register, the more you’ll save. Get a group together for a team discount, plan to party before and after, and don your whitest whites, because you’ll want to wear as much color as possible!
And finally, we take it to the streets! From 9-4 on May 3rd, a portion of downtown Redding will be closed to traffic and turned into a temporary ‘trail’ where pedestrians can bring their bikes, skateboards, and their walking shoes, and enjoy the open street concept. It’s called Streets Alive and you can see downtown from a new perspective when you wander the streets! This is an “inside-out parade,” where people can participate in activities and enjoy a walk or ride on a beautiful spring Sunday, a short distance from nearby lodging and the River Trail. Local businesses will produce open-house promotional events showcasing what’s great about downtown. Music, bike repair stations, art, and more…bring your wheels or just plan to walk the streets with us!
So now do you believe us that things get nutty here in the Spring? And all this is just the events, it doesn’t include Redding’s usual offerings of trails, paddling, dining, shopping, and outdoor exploring. Rooms fill up fast for Redding Unrestricted, so book yours now, then call your favorite travel companion and tell them to save the dates: April 24-May 2! We want to see how unrestricted you can get, so find us on Instagram, @VisitRedding, and tag your pics from that week with #ReddingUnrestricted.