By Jeannie Howard
From The Point and parks to along the shoreline and waterfront, Richmond is offering up a little bit of everything to satisfy anyone’s need for fun this summer.
“Everyone likes something different and the things that we have going on this summer are really interesting!” said Beth Javens, Executive Director of the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We love that the events represent the diversity of our city and its population.”
12: Annual Point Richmond Music Series Open
This year’s summer concert series is sure to excite music lovers of all genres. Kicking off the series on June 12th will be Samba Da playing their high energy eclectic Afro-Brazilian sounds followed by Tom Rigney & Flambeau with a fiery mix of zydeco, blues and New Orleans funk.
The free concerts will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on the second Friday of each month from June 12 to September 25 at the Point Richmond Music outdoor concert venue on the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond.
For more information or to purchase the official CD from this year’s concert series for only $5, visit pointrichmondmusic.com.
12-14th: American Rosie the Riveter Association National Convention/Reunion
Every year, the “Rosies” hold their national convention and reunion as a way for the Rosies from all over the country to reconnect. This year they have chosen Richmond, a city that played a tremendous role in America’s efforts during World War II, as the location for their 2015 reunion.
“Rosie the Riveter played such an integral role in Richmond’s history that it only seems fitting that the ARRA selected our city as the site for their 2015 convention,” said Javens. “We are both excited and honored to host this impressive group that includes many of our Richmond Rosies!”
As part of their full schedule of events the Rosies will be touring their name sake national park, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park, on Saturday, June 13; which makes for a great day to visit this fantastic park since not only will Richmond’s own Rosies be available to answer questions but so will many others be able to share their stories.
For more information visit nps.gov/rori/index.htm or Rosietheriveter.net.
13: Point to Point Richmond Art Festival
This pop up inspired event is in its second year and will be featuring works from the artistic community from throughout the Bay Area.
“It is kind of an in-your-face visual arts, music and performance event,” said Javens. “It’s really a collaboration between artists, musicians and businesses.”
The event boasts an easy going organic feel and flow; businesses do not have to sign up or pay to participate. A merchant simply puts a big red dot on their storefront on the day of the event to show they are participating. Visitors can connect the dots all over the pedestrian friendly Point Richmond neighborhood while exploring the art.
The event will take place throughout the Point neighborhood from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit pt2ptrichmond.com.
20: Richmond Juneteenth Parade & Festival
A wonderful mix of history and culture, the Juneteenth holiday is a celebration of the emancipation of slavery in American. This year’s parade will begin at the corner of Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way South, and will proceed to Nicholl Park where the party continues.
Festival goers will delight in the two stages of entertainment with shows by local drill teams, African American horse riders, the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, a “Nae Nae” dance contest and a youth poetry slam, to name a few. Rounding out the celebration will be an array of ethnic foods and goods will be available from local venders.
The parade and festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission is free. For more information about the parade and to learn more about the importance of the Juneteenth holiday go to richmondcajuneteenth.org.
20 – 21: KpfA Inaugural Summer Art Fair
Making for a wonderful addition to KPFA’s popular Winter Arts Fest, going into its 44th year, the first annual Summer Arts Fest will exhibit hand-made works from more than 200 artists and crafts people. There will be work from all media from painting and sculpture to ceramics and woodwork, to fine and affordable jewelry, glasswork and photography, beautiful unique goods for the home and the body as well as a glorious assortment of gifts.
Vendors will be set up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the historic Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront both Saturday and Sunday. Two-day admission is $12; seniors and disabled $8; youth 18 and younger are free. Visit kpfa.org for more information.
21: Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Enjoy the million dollar view from the deck of the SS Red Victory as you treat your Dad, or even your grad, to a delicious pancake breakfast. The buffet style breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice and coffee. Mimosas will also be available for an extra fee.
Breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are $9 and $5 for children 8 and younger. Arrive early since breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis. If you’re not able to make the Father’s Day breakfast, there are monthly breakfasts through October 2015. For more information go to richmondmuseum.org.
21: Marina Bay Half Marathon and 5K
Known as The Riveter, this half marathon and 5k race is an awe inspiring experience that not only gives you the opportunity to test your limits but also allows you to get lost in your run while racing through the beautiful historic surroundings.
Starting and finishing at the Craneway Pavilion, this fast flat course will take racers past breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Skyline, and the Marina Bay and out to Point Isabel and back on the newly paved East Bay Trail System.
Half marathon $100; 5K $45; 5K for kids 12 and under $25. Registration fees are good until June 17. Half marathon begins at 7 a.m. with the 5k starting shorting after at 7:30 a.m. For more information and to register visit marinabayhalfmarathon.com.
3: Independence Eve with the Oakland East Bay Symphony
Celebrate the Fourth a day early with the 7th Annual Independence Eve featuring a performance by the Oakland East Bay Symphony and guest artists. Promptly following the free concert will be a spectacular fireworks display.
Located at the Craneway Pavilion, the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow. For more information go to oebs.org.