Celebrate 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:

Sunday, June 22 – Doug Godwin Band & Jim Dyar Band with Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Home Helpers
Monday, June 23 – Redding Art Project Ballet, One Sol with We Care A Lot Foundation
Tuesday, June 24 – Left Hook with Riverfront Playhouse
Wednesday, June 25 – Thom Berry & Shasta Blues Revue with People of Progress

Sunday, June 29 – Shingletown Bound Kid Fiddle Group & Down Home String Band with Shasta Historical Society
Monday, June 30 – Matthew Songmaker & The Mountain Messengers, Mary Ann Coty/Grant Rudolph with Golden Umbrella
Tuesday, July 1 – The Torpedoes & Still Married with Redding School of the Arts Foundation
Wednesday, July 2 – Coyotes & North Valley Art League

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.

List of breweries:
Calicraft Brewing Company
Drake’s Brewing
Fall River Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co
Lost Cost Brewery
Mad River Brewing
Mt. Shasta Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Wildcard Brewing Company

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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7 Responses

  1. Very excited for this event!

  2. Avatar david kerr says:

    It would have been better to build a less costly bridge, say a replica of the Dieselhorst bridge PLUS a public arboretum like Butchard Gardens in Victoria, Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix or the gardens in Golden Gate Park.

    Beside the cost to build, the glass bridge has the cost of replacing broken glass panels, cleaning out the spider webs which really get ugly, slipping when it is icy and burning the dog’s paws in summer.

    Redding would be a great place for a world class arboretum. That’s where the money should have gone. A bridge which violates “form follows function” was folly.

  3. Ah, but would a simple bridge have garnered ninety-four 4 and 5 star reviews on Yelp?

    The Sundial Bridge has been a gift to this community – a unique symbol, a world-famous piece of art right here in our lovely city. I’m so grateful that people of vision took the reins and persevered with this spectacular project.

  4. Avatar Cheri Davis says:

    Looking forward to all of it…..I love the Sundial Bridge and the wonderful energy it brings. So excited to see Bandaloop too! Fun times!

  5. Avatar Jeff Darling says:

    The bridge has become a loved iconic symbol for Redding and draws groups of tourist as I witnessed last weekend with my 2 grandkids in tow. This was all on our way to a wonderful animal show at TurtleBay. Honor the past and celebrate the future!

    Come see a show a the beautifully restored Cascade Theatre.

    Jeff Darling – Cascade Theatre General Manager

  6. Avatar Amy says:

    So tired of the Redding Bashers. Thank you, Celebrate 10, for reminding us that we do have things worthy of celebration, right here in river city.

  7. Avatar Magnolia Neighborhood Resident says:

    Loved the Bandaloop dancers on the Sundial Bridge & the Northstate Symphony music. What a magical evening along the Sacramento River! Thank you to all who planned & participated in this wonderful event. Happy 10th Birthday to a fine piece of Art & community gathering place!