PortFest 2021 is postponed due to COVID-19 but will return in 2022.
Welcome to portfest
A Redwood City Tradition
PortFest is a free community celebration and waterfront festival that takes place the first Saturday in October. The annual event welcomes the community to learn about Redwood City’s maritime heritage and the history of our industrial working waterfront.
The family-friendly event also includes live music, children’s recreational activities, food trucks, vendor booths and a day of fun overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Plan your day at
Plan your day at PortFest! Find some fun for everyone during this one-day family festival. From boat rides, to children’s activities, and plenty of music in between, the event will host various interactive and hands-on activities for all ages.
Past activities included:
Kids and teen sailing
Boat ride harbor tours with the Marine Science Institute
Free boat rides on the Sea Scout Ship “Gryphon”
Working waterfront tour
Beer and wine booth
Food booths and trucks
We can't wait to make more memories in 2022!
PortFest is a great venue to connect with the community, and a good opportunity to highlight your handmade products unique to Redwood City. Our guests are most interested in high quality arts and crafts and will always come with an appetite to support unique food and beverage selections.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please complete the vendor application form.
Booth sites are assigned on a first-come, first served basis. We provide publicity for event vendors. Sign up soon, so we can promote your business.
A Note About Insurance
Food vendors are required to carry $1 million in liability insurance and provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the Port of Redwood City and its Board, the City of Redwood City and its Council, the Labadie Productions and their respective boards, officers, agents, and employees.
Food and beverage vendors and interactive vendors are also required to provide an Additional Insured Endorsement which names the Port of Redwood City and its Board, the City of Redwood City and its Council, and Labadie Productions and their respective boards, officers, agents, and employees as additional insured.
Sponsoring PortFest is a unique and exciting opportunity to promote your business to the entire Peninsula and greater Bay Area community!
This well-attended, all-day, free public festival is held on the waterfront at the Port of Redwood City. We welcome the community to learn about the maritime heritage of the Port, the industrial working waterfront, and invite them to participate in recreational activities on the San Francisco Bay. There is fun for all at PortFest featuring live music, children’s activities, food trucks and booths, and more.
2022 sponsorship application coming soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is PortFest?
PortFest is a free community celebration and waterfront festival that takes place on the first Saturday in October. The annual event welcomes the community to learn about Redwood City’s maritime heritage and the history of our industrial working waterfront. The family-friendly event also includes live music, children’s recreational activities, food trucks, vendor booths and a day of fun overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Where is PortFest?
PortFest takes place at the Port of Redwood City along the public access waterfront, located on Seaport Court at Seaport Boulevard.
Drive to PortFest:
Take Seaport Boulevard east over Highway 101. Stay in the left lane and turn at Seaport Court. Event parking is free.
Bike to PortFest:
Bikers are encouraged to take a route from the downtown Redwood City Caltrain station. Follow the green path indicated on the map. Please do not bike under the 101 overpass.
When is PortFest?
PortFest is annually held on the first Saturday in October.
Is there handicap access at PortFest?
Many PortFest activities are handicap accessible. Handicap parking is also available at the event. The music stage is on the grassy area and event staff will be on hand to assist event attendees. Some tours and boat rides are not accessible.
Can I bring my dog to PortFest?
I own a business and would like to be a vendor at PortFest. How can I sign up?
Interested vendors should fill out the appropriate vendor application and mail in the form including payment. To learn more, visit our vendor page.
Can my business sponsor PortFest?
PortFest happily accepts sponsors to support this community event. To learn more, visit our sponsor's page.
Is PortFest free to attend?
PortFest is free to attend, and most activities are free. The harbor tour cost varies. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Sadly, I cannot attend PortFest. Is there another time I can explore the Port?
The Port of Redwood City offers public access all year long! The Port has more than one mile of waterfront public access, walkways and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, and parking. Fishing is allowed from the public fishing pier. The Port has the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. Boats on trailers can be launched in the Redwood City Channel 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Learn more about the Port of Redwood City.
portfest event schedule
The whole community is invited to celebrate on the water for our Annual PortFest! Come enjoy games, food, drinks, boat rides, sea life, and more!
Details for 2022 coming soon. Relive PortFest 2019!