If ever there were a festival serving up something fun for everyone, the 12th Annual North Richmond Shoreline Festival is surely it. With family friendly activities spanning the gamut from live music to fishing to kiddie choo-choo train rides, the festival offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy good times in the great outdoors.
Hosted by the North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance (NRSOSA)—in partnership with its co-sponsors the East Bay Regional Parks District and the Cities of Richmond and San Pablo—the festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond.
“For those who haven’t visited Point Pinole, the festival provides a great reason to explore it,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “It’s easily one of the Richmond shoreline’s most breathtaking spots.”
The fest will offer up tons of fun for the littles among us, including the aforementioned choo-choo train, pony rides, free books, Richmond fire engine exploration (from 3-4 p.m.), a mosaic steppingstone project and lots of other kid-friendly activities.
Also planned for that day will be free food, demonstrations, exhibits and live entertainment from blues musician Clarence Van Hook, gospel/jazz from Consonance, Latin sounds from Duamuxa and other performers.
Dancer Patricia Bullitt will perform Egretfully, Eleven, a solo dance performance to the music of composer/musician Gretchen Yanover that’s inspired by nesting and courtship movements.
On the nature end of the spectrum, the Audubon Society will be leading bird watching sessions, while fishing (bring your equipment!) and organized nature walks will also be among the day’s enjoyment.
Local community leaders including Whitney Dotson of East Bay Regional Parks, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, San Pablo Vice Mayor Rich Kinney and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia will be the festival’s featured speakers.
Parking is available on-site. Easy Go Transportation shuttle buses will also pick people up at various locations throughout the day and return them to the same locations as the festival winds down. The pick-up/drop-off spots will include: North Richmond Health Center; Nevin Community Center; Helms Middle School; and Parchester Village. Click here for shuttle times, location addresses, etc.