Tag Archive for ‘Marketfest’

Market Street Fair – A New Twist on a Redding Summer Tradition

Even before I moved to Redding, Marketfest was one of my favorite summertime rituals. Despite the event’s reputation, in the last few years, as a hangout for rowdy emo teens and an assorted cast of other characters, I was a fan. This year, Viva Downtown Redding, has turned Marketfest on its head and transformed the [...]

The Heart of a Vibrant Community is Open

I was recently in the downtown of a major American city on a major American holiday the day after the city’s biggest annual event. Thousands of people were walking around downtown on a warm, breezy day. And nearly every attraction for visitors was closed. The city was Indianapolis, the holiday was Memorial Day and the [...]

Sunny First MarketFest of Summer Draws Huge Crowd

Plenty of people turned out for the first MarketFest of the season on Thursday in Redding’s Library Park. Here’s a sample of what the afternoon looked like, photographed by Alan Ernesto Phillips. For more on this summer’s free outdoor concerts, including Marketfest, Shasta Lake’s Friday Night in the Park and Anderson’s Mosquito Serenade, please see this week’s Take-Out Window. [...]

Summer Arrives in Time for Free Concert Season

Coinciding the arrival of warm weather, the free summer concert season is starting in Shasta and Siskiyou counties. The music started last night, June 8, as Mosquito Serenade opened its 30th season in Anderson River Park. The series continues at 7 p.m. on most Wednesday nights through August 10, with the traditional July 3 detour [...]

MarketFest Begins Thursday with Hot Club Sandwich

What: MarketFest begins June 9 in downtown Redding
When: Thursday, June 9, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Library Park, 1527 Yuba St, Redding

The Downtown Redding MarketFest begins its summer run of free community concerts starting this week …

Tuff Enuff Music Schedule

One of the all-time great bands from one of the all-time great music towns (Austin, Texas) performs at 8 p.m. tonight at the Shasta District Fair in Anderson. The Fabulous Thunderbirds are known from such hits as “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap it Up,” and “Why Get Up” (a tune my cousin Ruth Ellsworth wrote with her [...]

MarketFest Opens with The House Jacks

What: The House Jacks opens MarketFest When: June 17, 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: Library Park The sensational singing group The House Jacks opens MarketFest on Thursday, June 17 in Library Park in Downtown Redding. This free concert is open to the public; 5:15 p.m to 8:30 p.m. MarketFest will run eleven consecutive Thursday [...]

Summer: The Best Time Of Year

With temperatures expected to hit the 90s this coming weekend, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Bring it on! If you’ve lived in the Redding or Red Bluff areas for any length of time, then you’ve heard the same anecdote over and over from people who reside in cooler climes. The story goes something [...]

Rebuilding Downtown – One MarketFest at a Time

It’s over now; one more year of MarketFest has come and gone. It seems just a moment ago that I was standing in the center of Library Park in downtown Redding for the first show of the new MarketFest season, surrounded by a large, happy crowd jammed into a very tiny park listening to great [...]

One More Week to Savor Summer

My summer ritual always includes a weekly dose of music, art, community booths, snow cones, food and beer at Redding’s summer staple – Marketfest – presented by Viva Downtown Redding.  Marketfest may be our best community event – a place to unwind after work, entertain cooped-up kids, relax in the shade, catch a free show [...]

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