Celebrate 10

When you’re approaching the ten year anniversary of a world-renowned sculpture/bridge/marvel, you don’t string a few lights, pour some wine, and call it a commemoration. You go BIG.

You dangle aerialist dancers from the gnomon.

You send the whole town downriver on rafts.

You have flash mobs.

You pack as many craft breweries as possible onto the patio.

You have nightly concerts.

You give out sidewalk chalk to anyone with a hand.

You pull every photo, sketch, and construction document out of storage to tell the whole story.

You take an already-legendary fireworks show and turn it up to 11.

Don’t wait to make your plans to attend Celebrate 10, June 20 – July 4, 2014! We only have so many hotel rooms to go around, and this event has been generating buzz for months already. The Bandaloop performances are free to the public and the area around the Sundial Bridge will fill fast. The performers have already visited Redding to rehearse- here’s Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph on their most recent trip:

“An architectural expression of counterbalance two hundred and twenty feet high tilting away from the Sacramento river over the nature refuge called Turtle Bay, the Sundial Bridge is one of the most visually stunning sites we have ever had the opportunity to create work on. We were there last weekend to rig and investigate the possibilities for our June 20/21 performances and were affectionately and efficiently hosted by the City of Redding and Turtle Bay. The freedom of a huge free-hanging pendulums was made possible by the hardworking rigging team. Supported by Matt Leonard, Peter Mayfield  shimmied inside the pylon, maneuvering to rig our test points which allowed the dancers to ascend the interior of the pylon and enter from high on the arm and from low on its face. Exploring the movement possibilities offered by Calatrava’s architectural sculpture felt unprecedented in our twenty three year history of site work.”

Don’t miss this truly unique event! Book your hotel rooms now and check back here often for more updates on Celebrate 10 activities!

Redding Unrestricted

Do you ever wish you could take a weekend vacation and have every possible event/opportunity available to you that weekend? There is a time and place for that dream to come true: It’s April 25-27 and it’s in Redding! Around here we call it Redding Unrestricted, because you can do it ALL. From classic cars to waterfalls, to races, live music, and wine, this is the spring weekend that will shake off any last vestige of the winter doldrums. Links to event information are in bold.

Reserve your parking spot today for the West’s biggest park & shine and Redding’s favorite cruise: Kool April Nites! Classic cars from all over the United States rumble into town for this week long celebration of all things vintage. There are concerts, contests, vendors, and more fun than you can roll your fuzzy dice at. Registration is still open if you want to enter your precious ride in the big show or the main cruise. Whether you’re a driver or just a fan, you’ll want to be here for this week of gearhead fun! Kool April Nites takes to the streets of Redding April 19-27.

If two wheels is more your speed, be sure to check out the Lemurian Shasta Classic, an infamous mountain bike race renowned for its epic loop, huge climbs, and long, technical descents. Cash prizes, medals, “schwag”, free food, and bragging rights abound with this historical race through the beautiful hills around Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Redding is a mountain biker’s paradise, and life doesn’t get any better than racing in the Lemurian. Come see why! Take to the hills April 26.

It wouldn’t be Redding Unrestricted without our favorite celebration of all things green: The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival! This open-air commitment to clean air includes 120+ innovative exhibitors, give-aways, art, delicious local food, live music, and interactive, educational fun for the entire family. This year’s festival has features like the Earth First Young Children’s Zone (pre-school-5th), the Watershed Passport Program (k-12), free rides from the Redding Area Bus Authority, recycling opportunities, and the Whole Earth Hustle 1 mi/ 5K Fun Run. This community-wide event celebrating social, economic, and environmental solutions for ourselves and our planet takes over Redding City Hall April 26th.

Need an afternoon break? Good thing Redding Unrestricted also includes the 3rd Annual Downtown Wine Walk! Get your passport and visit five locations to taste great wine and food while enjoying all downtown Redding has to offer. Choose from red or white April 26.

If you need a musical interlude between mountain biking and car showing, the Shasta County Arts Council presents a new toe-tapping event in Redding: The Nor Cal Jazz Festival! Held at historic Old City Hall in downtown Redding and featuring several excellent musicians and acts, you’ll want to bring the whole family to celebrate ‘America’s Music’! The cool tunes and hot beats play April 26.

You can also take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge during National Park Week, April 19-April 27. Pick up your free Waterfall Challenge Passport from the visitor center, then hike to Brandy Creek, Boulder Creek, Crystal Creek and Whiskeytown Falls. Return the passport to receive a special gift (while supplies last). You can also join a free ranger-led hike, offered daily to Whiskeytown, Brandy Creek or Boulder Creek Falls at 9:00 a.m., and at 2 p.m. to Crystal Creek Falls. April 26 is also National Junior Ranger Day at Whiskeytown! There will be fun, interactive ways to learn how to preserve national parks and become a Junior Ranger. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate, and those who complete the program will earn a Whiskeytown Junior Ranger badge. 11-2pm at Brandy Creek Beach. Start your Whiskeytown journey here!

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will offer a guided tour of Turtle Bay’s history, which includes the land’s first residents- the Native Americans- and later days of sawmills and gravel mining. Find out why Turtle Bay is “the most valuable land in California” and learn the connections it has with one of the richest businessmen in California. The tour is April 26th at 6pm.

And finally….FISH! While Redding offers year-round fishing on the Sacramento River, the city still celebrates that official opening day of fishing in small-area streams. Bring the whole family to hang out with fishing pros, shop for the latest gear, and show of your skills in a fly casting competition, all at the famous Fly Shop. There’s even a complimentary breakfast or lunch. Contact The Fly Shop to learn more about the fishing season kickoff.

What are you waiting for? Book your hotel room and start making your Redding Unrestricted itinerary! 

Paddle Up- The California 100 Is Back!

photo by Chris Flentye

There are plenty of roads in the world. Let the runners pound the pavement, watch out for cars, ice their shins, and pick asphalt out of their knees when they stumble. For those looking for a different kind of marathon- one with oak woodlands, leaping trout, and sunlight on rushing water- the California 100 could be the answer!  This 100-mile one-day paddling race on the Sacramento River begins under the Sundial Bridge in Redding and finishes near Chico on May 25th.  Open to all paddle sport enthusiasts in sea kayaks, marathon canoes, surfskis, stand up paddleboards, outriggers, prone paddleboards and anything else you can paddle, the Cal 100 shows off the best of northern California’s riverfront scenery. The race is presented by Rivers For Change, a 501c3 not-for-profit, founded in the Fall of 2011 to connect individuals, communities, and organizations to rivers through collaborative events and campaigns like the Cal 100 and Community Conservation Paddles, among others. RFC marries adventure and conservation within a Source to Sea holistic view of river systems. They host river clean ups at several rivers throughout the year and are partnering with Redding’s upcoming Whole Earth and Watershed Festival to promote appreciation and conservation of our beautiful waterways. Many California 100 racers will make the Redding-to-Chico trek in canoes, but there will also be sea kayaks and outriggers and even some (crazy?) racers stand-up-paddling the entire 100 miles. Last year’s race was capped at 100 participants and filled up fast. Most racers came from out of the area and left with a new appreciation for Redding’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Rivers for Change is hoping to see double the number of paddlers this year, thanks in large part to the positive response of the inaugural event. Follow Rivers For Change on Facebook and check back at our blog for more insight into this one-of-a-kind event!


Let’s Rodeo!

If your Redding events calendar hasn’t filled up for May yet, you should saddle up for the 66th Annual Redding Rodeo! Attracting mutton busters and steer wrestlers from all over the United States, the prestigious Redding Rodeo is a week-long event with excitement for all ages. It kicks off with a steak feed BBQ and dance (with karaoke championships, no less!) at the rodeo arena on May 10th, and following days include barrel racing and mutton bustin’- where  future Rodeo Champs ride the wool off some sheep! The silver tour rodeo officially opens on May14th and the Champions Challenge performance closes out the festivities on Saturday evening, May 17th. Whether you’re a boots-and-buckles cowboy or just someone curious to see some impressive athleticism, the Redding Rodeo is a great way to get your fix! Redding is beautiful year-round, but May is when we really show off our springtime assets. Come for rodeo week and explore some of the 225+ miles of Redding trails, the exceptional steelhead and salmon fishing in and around Redding, and the many hiking and OHV areas! When we talk about all the great outdoor activities and recreation Redding has to offer, we mean bull riding too! Get Redding Rodeo ticket information and a full calendar of events at www.reddingrodeo.com. See you in the arena!


Let your colors run!

The Gnarly Neon is coming back to Redding on May 3rd to make sure everyone is behaving colorfully!

This 5K-of-growing-fame features live bands, djs, crazy costumes, clouds of crazy colors, a super fun after party, oh and some running. All runners, walkers, skippers, and hoppers (and teams therein) are encouraged to wear their whitest running gear OR their wackiest costume. Extra points if your costume is wacky AND white. The Gnarly Neon 5K benefits the Redding Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund, so sign up for some fun (and laundry obligations…) while making a difference in the community! Don’t worry about any lack of athletic prowess- this color run is all about partying for a cause. In fact, the only qualifications are:
1. Show up in your whitest whites

2. Run, skip, hop or dance through the colorful chaos

3. Party your face off at the Gnarly Neon after party

If this sounds like your kind of exercise, get the full rainbow of details and sign up to run!