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Redding Unrestricted 2013

By | 04/26/2013

Well April 15th came and went and so many of our wallets and bank accounts are lighter than we had expected. Maybe that big vacation to Hawaii or the cross county road trip may not happen this summer. But there will always be mini-vacations! And this weekend is the perfect time to escape to Redding, California. So book a room a in Redding this weekend and enjoy all there is to do in Northern California. Because it is just time to get out the big city and enjoy the beauty and adventure of the outdoors.  

Redding Unrestricted kicks off Saturday morning, April 27th at 9 am with flying colors at the Gnarly Neon 5K . This 5K fun run is great for family and friends as all speeds and ages are welcome. Participants will run, skip, and hop through Turtle Bay Exploration Park including the Sundial Bridge and Botanical Gardens. Runners start in costumes of their whitest whites and end in the race showered in neon. During the run Chris Molitor and his band will entertain runners and spectators alike, followed by a DJ at the Gnarly Neon after party. Registration for the Gnarly Neon 5K is sold out! But there will be plenty of room for spectators at the after party.  To learn more about this event and plan ahead for next year visit GnarlyNeon5K.com or VisitRedding.com

Simultaneously, spectators are invited to watch the 25th Annual Lemurian Shasta Classic at Whiskeytown Lake. Cheer on extreme mountain bikers as they enjoy the epic, grueling fun of this locally sponsored race. While at Whiskeytown you will want to enjoy the scenery, perhaps even hike Whiskeytown Falls, or soak up some sun at one of the many lakes and beaches. Learn all about the race and the Redding Mountain Biking Club at ShastaLemurian.com.

From 10 am to 4 pm celebrate environmental solutions and healthy living at the free The Whole Earth and WatershedFestival at Redding City Hall and Sculpture Park. If you need a ride to the festival hop on RABA for their free ride day! The festival will be filled with family activities including the Earth First Young Childrens Zone and the Watershed Passport Program. Stop by next door for some delicious local produce at the Shasta Growers Farmers Market. Learn more at ShastaGrowersAssociation.com. And of course no festival would be complete without snacks so be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of many food venders and enjoy some live  music and entertainment while you eat. In conjunction with the festival Shasta Living Streets presents Family Bicycling Day. This free event celebrates the livability of our community and is the perfect opportunity for families to bike, skate, or dance down a carless street with thousands as part of Northern California's largest inside out parade. 

After the festival hop on RABA and ride down to the Redding Civic Auditorium and peruse the Living Well Expo. This free event begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The first annual Living Well Expo will gather health and wellness exhibitors in one location for a well-being, fitness, and pampering extravaganza. Learn more at LivingWellRedding.com.Turtle Bay Exploration Park, right next door to the Civic Auditorium, is joining the fun by offering a special entrance discount. For Saturday April 27th only they will offer a $5 per person deal.  

After all this excitement you may be ready to wine down with the Downtown Wine Walk. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy tastings and delectable appetizers at six of Redding's downtown wine bars. Visit each to be entered into a raffle and enjoy mini performances by Riverfront Playhouse on the Promenade as you make your way from tasting to tasting. In town without a ticket? No problem, just stop by any one of the six wine bar participants to collect your $20 passport. Learn more at Downtown Wine Walk 

Wrap up this fun-filled day with a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at 7 p.m. at the spectacularly renovated pre-WWII Cascade Theatre. Let this classic story serenade you with beautiful music, dance, and laughter as acoustics echo throughout the architecture of this beautiful theatre. Learn more at CascadeTheatre.org.

Redding Unrestricted is Saturday, April 27th. To plan your mini-vacation go to www.visitredding.com. Because when it comes to living unrestricted, Redding is the place to be! 

 



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