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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca

Celebrating 10 Years of the Sundial Bridge

Two weeks of events in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Sundial Bridge begin on June 20 and continue through July 4, 2014. The celebration begins with a sunset performance by vertical dance pioneers, BANDALOOP, and concludes with the annual Freedom Festival on 4th of July. Throughout the two-week duration, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, as well as the Museum Store and Café, will be open with extended hours on certain evenings. Docent- and staff-lead tours of the Sundial Bridge will also be offered to guests throughout the celebration. Additional information on all events is available at www.celebrate10.com.

BANDALOOP – June 20 and 21, 2014

BANDALOOP will perform at approximately 8:44 p.m. (sunset) on June 20 and June 21. The performers will be suspended from the Sundial Bridge pylon for the 40-minute performance with accompaniment by members of the North State Symphony. Seating with full viewing for the performances is limited and first-come, first-served and many areas will be standing-room-only. An area map with viewing areas will be available prior to the performances. Guests are welcome to bring food and drink; however, food and drinks, as well as souvenirs, will be available for purchase from various locations around the bridge.  There will NOT be ATM machines onsite. We do not recommend bringing dogs and smoking is prohibited. Parking is also first-come, first-served. All trails will remain open, so guests may enter from Sundial Bridge Drive or the trail system. Due to the nature of the performance, the Sundial Bridge will be closed at 8:30 p.m. until the end of the performance. In addition, the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will be closed until 3 p.m. on June 20 and 21.

Solstice on the Sundial – June 21

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will host its annual Solstice on the Sundial event on Saturday, June 21. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on the North Plaza of the Sundial Bridge, where there will be sundial educational activities, a special unveiling, giveaways and more! At 1 p.m. the fun and education moves to the Museum at Turtle Bay Exploration Park (free with price of admission) and continues until 4 p.m.

Sundial Music Festival – June 22-June 25 & June 29-July 2

The Sundial Music Festival, brought to you by the Community Arts Endowment Fund at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, runs Sunday-Wednesday evenings during both weeks of Celebrate 10 at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Every night, music starts at 7 p.m. and the shows are FREE to attend.  Members of Redding Improv will MC the event, providing entertainment during breaks with poetry slams, dance and more. There will be a beer garden and food trucks, plus your chance to take a photo as a Bandaloop dancer on the Sundial Bridge, with artwork by acclaimed Redding artist David Anderson. See below for complete Festival schedule:

Brews by the Bridge – June 27

Join The Indie Element and Redding Beer Week for Brews by the Bridge on Friday, June 27 from 6-10 p.m. The Quarry Patio at the North end of the Sundial Bridge will host 11 breweries, food from C.R. Gibbs and music by Wesley Jensen and the Penny Arcade and DJ RJ. This is a family-friendly event, hosted by Catalyst Redding Young Professionals. There is no cover, but food and drinks are sold separately (must be 21 to enjoy the brews). Single beers are $5 each or sample six brews for $10.

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Sundial Splash – June 28

Join the Paddle Sport Community for a fun race and massive public float down the Sacramento River through the City of Redding starting at 10 a.m. on June 28. The Sundial Splash is a flotilla of fun and a paddle race from the Sundial Bridge (boat launch) to the South Bonnyview Bridge. The event is open to all paddle sport enthusiasts in sea kayaks, canoes, surfskis, standup paddleboards, outriggers, prone paddleboards, drift boats, rafts, and anything else you can paddle. There will be live music along the race course and lunch available at Reginato River Access.

The Sundial Splash has seven first place prizes. Men’s and Women’s Stand Up Paddle Board, Men’s and Women’s Kayak, Tandem Kayak, Canoe, and Inflatables. Winners receive a $100 gift card to C.R.Gibbs American Grille, and two tickets to the Sundial Celebration at The Civic. All entrants get a Sundial Splash Tee Shirt, R.A.B.A Shuttle Service, and use of our Equipment Corral. Serious Racers will launch first, followed by Splasher’s and Community Paddlers. It is $15 for adult admission and $7 for kids.

Sundial Celebration at the Civic – June 28

The Redding Civic Auditorium will host an evening of food, music, fun and fireworks on the front lawn on June 28. The night will feature Sara Oliveira, Cattle Rocket (formerly known at the Nathan Thomas Band) and DJ Jake Easy from Power 94 FM. An exciting night is planned with live music, dancing, a bistro village with lots of local restaurants (including View 202, Cicada Cantina, Applebee’s, Logan’s, Marie Callendar’s, and Spoon Me), beer and cocktails, and a fireworks display. Q97 jocks will MC the night. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.

Freedom Festival – July 4

Celebrate 10 finishes with a bang with the annual Freedom Festival on July 4. The event includes food vendors, live entertainment, and the largest fireworks display in Northern California. Admission is free, but arriving early is advised in order to secure a seat. Food and beverage vendors will open at 5 p.m., entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.



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