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Redding Unrestricted 2014

By | 04/09/2014

 

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!


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