Frequently Asked Questions

What is PortFest?

PortFest is a day-long waterfront festival held at Port of Redwood City. It welcomes the community to learn about the maritime heritage of the Port, the industrial working waterfront, as well as recreational activities on San Francisco Bay. The day will also include live music, children’s activities, food trucks and booths, and more.

Where is PortFest?

PortFest takes place at the Port of Redwood City. Go here for a map.

If you drive to PortFest:

Take Seaport Blvd. east over highway 101. Stay in the left lane. Turn left at Seaport Court (3rd light). Parking is free.

If you would like to take public transportation:

Take Caltrain and our free shuttle to the Port of Redwood City. View the free PortFest shuttle schedule here.  Look for the sandwich sign that says “PortFest Shuttle Stop”.  It will be stationed next to the pick-up area on the sidewalk of Winslow St. (Southbound train travelers will need to cross over the tracks at the designated crossing to get to the shuttle stop.)

If you bike to PortFest:

There is a recommended route from the downtown Redwood City Caltrain station. Follow the green path indicated on the map shown here. Please do not bike under the 101 overpass.

When is PortFest?

PortFest is held on the first Saturday of October from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For 2018, PortFest will be celebrated on October 6.

Is there handicap access at PortFest?

Many PortFest activities are handicap accessible and handicap parking is available. The music stage is on a 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?

Yes, guests may bring their dog to PortFest. Please keep in mind there will be many people at the event and potentially other dogs. If you choose to bring your dog, they must be on a leash.

I own a business and would like to be a vendor at PortFest. What should I do?

Interested vendors should fill out the appropriate vendor application and mail in the form and payment. Go here to find further vendor information and instructions.

Can my business sponsor PortFest?

Yes! PortFest is accepting sponsors. All sponsorships of $500 or more, committed by September 1 will include signage at the Port. There are many different levels of sponsorship. For more information, go here.

Is PortFest free to attend?

Yes! PortFest is free to attend and most activities are free (harbor tours cost $5 per person). Food and drink are also 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. The use fee is $5 per launch. Learn more about the Port of Redwood City here.