Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of San Mateo County Courthouse. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Mar
18
10:00 am10:00

History Tour - 1867

  • Historic Union Cemetery

Many of the Redwood City founders are buried in Union Cemetery. We will visit their graves, and tell their stories. We will also visit graves of cemetery "residents" with events that were published in the newspaper in 1867 so that you'll begin to get a feel for the life back then.

Mar
18
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Basic Photo Editing Workshop

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Come learn how to use Basic Photo Editing to create accounts, share photos with friends and create photograph memorabilia or prints. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of the San Mateo County Courthouse. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Mar
21
11:00 am11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of San Mateo County Courthouse. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Mar
24
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Basic Photo Editing Workshop

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Come learn how to do basic photo editing. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of San Mateo County Courthouse. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Mar
25
11:00 am11:00

"Fun in the Park" at Mezes Park

  • Mezes Park

Enjoy an Arbor Day tree planting and commemorative plaque dedication with the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Bonita Parlor # 10 and Native Sons of the Golden West, as well as a special 1800s Miner’s Camp display and activities. The camp will include showing how to make rope with twine, antique rifles on display and different animal hides on display that kids can touch.  

Apr
13
5:00 pm17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of Redwood City Airport.Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Apr
15
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Snapchat Workshop

  • Redwood City Downtown Library

Come learn how to use Snapchat. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Redwood City Airport. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Apr
18
11:00 am11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of Redwood City Airport. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

Technology Workshop and Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Each month, the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee will select technology topics to focus on. Bring your historical photos to share with your community and friends. This is a great time to contribute the photos you have of the historic sites we are focusing on each month.

Apr
28
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Snapchat Workshop

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Come learn how to use Snapchat. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Redwood City Airport. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Cultural Commission K-8 Art Contest Awards Ceremony

  • City Hall - Council Chambers

This local K-8 art contest is held every year by the Civic Cultural Commission, a seven member City Council-appointed volunteer board supported by Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services staff. The Commission's focus is on promoting all types of art in the community.

May
6
10:00 am10:00

Mothers' Stories Tour

  • Historic Union Cemetery

Mothers back in the late 1800s and early 1900s did not have an easy life. The newspapers back then mostly chronicled the lives of the men, but some women's stories are known. Come hear about a double murder, a mother who lost four children within two weeks to diphtheria, a shotgun wedding, a mother determined to recover her husband and child’s drowned bodies, and a mother who was shot but carried her baby one mile for help.

Tours are free and last about an hour. We walk on gravel paths.

May
11
5:00 pm17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

May
13
8:00 am08:00

Earth Day Cleanup with Pride and Beautification Committee, Tree Giveaway with City Trees

  • Public Works Services

Community members are invited to show their pride in Redwood City by volunteering for a clean-up day. Volunteers are provided with a complimentary continental breakfast and at lunch can receive a tree seedling from City Trees in honor of the 150th Anniversary.


The Pride and Beautification Committee formed in 1987, consists of participants from the community, schools, businesses, and local organizations who volunteer to improve the physical and aesthetic environment of our community.

May
16
11:00 am11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Art and Flower Reception Please purchase ticket for the event

  • Fox Theatre

This first ever Redwood City event honoring the role of the flower industry in Redwood City with a curated exhibition of art and flowers. Tickets for the reception event will be available in April. The exhibit will be open for free admission during the 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza on Saturday, May 20 from 12-7 p.m.

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & iMovie Workshop

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Come learn how to use iMovie to create slide shows using photos and short videos. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

May
20
12:00 pm12:00

150th Anniversary Festival with Flower Extravaganza

  • Courthouse Square

This signature Sesquicentennial event takes place in Courthouse Square and surrounding streets, featuring arts and crafts, historic re-enactments, cultural performances, a car show, light show, food and sponsor booths and activities for the whole family. 

May
26
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & iMovie Workshop

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Come learn how to create Landscape Photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Pacific Portland Cement Plant. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

May
29
10:00 am10:00

Memorial Day Celebration

  • Historic Union Cemetery

Named a California Historical Landmark in 1967 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Historic Union Cemetery helps to keep alive the history of Redwood City. The Memorial Day Celebration includes a flower laying ceremony and anvil firing. Tours of the Cemetery are available.

Jun
8
5:00 pm17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Landscape Photography Workshop

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Come learn how to do Landscape Photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Jun
20
11:00 am11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Jun
23
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Landscape Photography Workshop

  • Veterand Memorial Senior Center

Come learn how to capture landscape photography. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Five Points. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Jul
4
10:00 am10:00

July 4th Parade and Festival

  • Downtown Redwood City

It is only logical that Redwood City, the county seat of San Mateo County, should be a parade capital. The first parade conducted here occurred on July 4, 1887, when outside the old courthouse there was 38-gun salute that put into motion the Redwood City Brass Band and other marching unit — 23 years before they even got around to paving the streets in downtown Redwood City.


The Peninsula Celebration Association held their first celebration in 1939 when a local car dealer, butcher, and real estate agent came together to create a nonprofit, all-volunteer event that allowed local families to celebrate the Fourth of July close to home. Today you can join in to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Redwood City by creating a float, a marching unit or a performing group, or being part of the audience! Check it out here.

Jul
12
4:00 pm16:00

"Fun in the Park" at Stafford Park

  • Stafford Park

In celebration of Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial enjoy sesquicentennial-themed crafts and story time, plus games, a rock climbing wall and concert.  

Jul
19
5:00 pm17:00

Culminating Photo Party

  • Redwood City Library, Community Room

Join us to celebrate the photos collected over the past six months and to see large canvas prints of the photos selected by the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee.  

Jul
28
Jul 29

"Fun in the Park" at Red Morton Park

  • Red Morton Park

Overnight family camp out featuring movies, s'mores, a fire pit, games, and stories including moments from Redwood City's notorious past. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Victorian Days Tour

  • Historic Union Cemetery

Ahh, the Victorian Days in the Wild West!  Compare and contrast the image of the Victorian times with life in Redwood City in the late 1800s. We had our parks, dances, photographers, fancy clothes, and social life - but with a "twist".  End the tour by playing an actual antique Victorian game to get a "feel" of what social life was like back then.  

Tours are free and last about an hour.  We walk on gravel paths.

Oct
28
10:00 am10:00

Halloween Tour

  • Historic Union Cemetery

Are there ghosts in Union Cemetery?  Some people say "Yes". Come on a tour (if you dare) and learn about people with "unusual" deaths.  Yes, bloody.  Yes, frightening. We have all the gory details. Slit throats. Burnt (and eaten) bodies. A mild-mannered but perhaps murderous horse. We've got it all.

Tours are free and last about an hour. We walk on gravel paths.


Feb
24
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Shutterfly Workshop

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Come learn how to use Shutterfly to upload photos, share with friends and create photograph memorabilia. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Sequoia Hotel. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Feb
21
11:00 am11:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of Sequoia Hotel. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share & Shutterfly Workshop

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Come learn to use Shutterfly to share photos and create photograph memorabilia. We walk you through the whole process. All ages welcome.

Also, join us to share your photos of Sequoia Hotel. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Feb
9
5:00 pm17:00

Redwood City Now and Then: Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Public Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of Sequoia Hotel. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members.  Or take a modern day photo at the site. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Jan
27
10:00 am10:00

Technology Workshop and Photo Share Event

  • Veterans memorial Senior Center

Each month, the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee will select technology topics to focus on. In the month of January we are focusing on how to use Instagram.  We will walk you through how to create an Instagram account, how to upload photos, and how to restrict who sees the photos. At the same time, you can also scan your physical photos to add them to the Instagram site. Bring your historical photos to share with your community and friends. This is a great time to contribute the photos you have of the historic sites we are focusing on each month.

Jan
21
10:00 am10:00

Technology Workshop and Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Teen Center

Each month, the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee will select technology topics to focus on. In the month of January we are focusing on how to use Instagram.  We will walk you through how to create an Instagram account, how to upload photos, and how to restrict who sees the photos. At the same time, you can also scan your physical photos to add them to the Instagram site. Bring your historical photos to share with your community and friends. This is a great time to contribute the photos you have of the historic sites we are focusing on each month.

Jan
17
11:00 am11:00

Photo Share Event

  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Join us to share your photos of the historic site of the month selected by the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

Jan
12
5:00 pm17:00

Photo Share Event

  • Redwood City Library, Fireside Room

Join us to share your photos of the historic site of the month selected by the Redwood City Now and Then Planning Committee. Bring your photos and your stories to share and scan using our high resolution scanners. You can go home with a digital copy of your photograph.

Don’t have any photos? No problem! Come hear historical stories from other community members. Sessions are intended to be drop-in but you are welcome to stay for the whole time.

Jan
9
6:15 pm18:15

Council Meeting Kickoff

  • City Hall Council Chambers

Join us for a special 150th anniversary reception in the lobby of City Hall prior to the City Council meeting. During the meeting, guests can get sesquicentennial updates and see award-winning historic artwork by local high school students.