Return of PortFest

PortFestYesterday the Port of Redwood City was privy to the fun-loving activities of PortFest. This year was that it coincided with a cargo-loading operation (which isn’t so common since there are only around 60 commercial vessels each year arriving in the port). Even though these days this is now an automated process, it’s still cool to see. T

PortFest was originally instituted was to educate residents on the operations of the Port of Redwood City, which has many more functions than just commercial activity. It’s an exciting place and helps people really connect to the Bay.

At the festival, there are boat rides, live music, marathons, Tiki bar, a beer garden and more. The Marine Science Institute boat tours are going to be using the organization’s research vessel. They last 40 minutes and cost $5, although entrance to the PortFest is free. As well, there were boat rides for no fee, offered by the Spinnaker Sailing School and Sea Scouts organization.

Another cool feature of the PortFest is that it was the start and end point for OktobeRun, raising money for the Redwood City Educational Foundation.

And of course, for foodies, Sam’s Chowdermobile sold its wares for the first time – voted one of the Bay Area’s best foodtrucks.

A great, educational, cultural and fun-loving day for the whole family.

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Free San Francisco Activities

beerIt can be challenging to keep everyone amused over the summer vacations.  And then, even when the kids do eventually go back to school they always seem to be looking for things to do.  The trick is, to find San Francisco activities that don’t break the bank; preferably ones that don’t cost anything.

Herewith is a roundup of some fun free San Francisco activities for the whole family.  First, on Friday nights there are a whole array of art events at the De Young.  Get some free beer at the Anchor Brewers & Distillers as they celebrate their sailing traditions.  This is because Anchor Steam® Beer was named the official beer and Junípero® Gin the official gin of Oracle Team USA, the city’s hometown team and 34th America’s Cup Defender.   Don’t forget to book ahead of time.

For parents who need to destress after the long summer vacation juggling work and kids, there are many free yoga classes being offered in the region.  Every Saturday morning San Francisco Recreation and Parks offer a free class at the Golden Gate Park.  And then there are the ‘laughter yoga’ classes offered by the UCSF.

For those looking for a bit more of a workout, there are the Filbert Steps – see if you can climb every San Francisco staircase. Or go skating in Golden Gate Park on Sunday mornings at the 6th Avenue skate park.

There are many free San Francisco activities – it’s just a case of figuring out which one (or ones) are most suited to your desires.

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