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85th Anniversary Special Events & Activities

For 85 years, the East Bay Regional Park District has preserved and protected open space in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and provided public access to regional parks, shorelines, and trails for hiking, biking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, and nature discovery. Explore our 85th Anniversary interactive story map!

To celebrate the Park District’s 85th Anniversary, we have planned a number of special events and programs, including FREE Park Fridays, FREE Concerts in the Parks, and a FREE Fall Arts and Music Festival. Join us in celebrating our 85th Anniversary and the Regional Parks Foundation's 50th anniversary!

Free Fridays

Free Park Fridays

Park entry and other fees will be waived every Friday in 2019 from April to December to celebrate the Park District’s 85th Anniversary. Park entrance and fees for day-use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching, and fishing permits will all be waived. Fee waivers do not apply to special event permits/reservations, camping, and associated fees, or state fees such as fishing licenses and watercraft inspections. Fee waiver also does not apply to District concessions. Park entrance is subject to available occupancy.

  • FREE parking, swimming, dog fees, horse trailers, boat launching, and fishing permits.
      State fees/permits camping, watercraft inspections still apply.
  • FREE entrance to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, on non-event days.
  • Download: Free Friday's Flyer [PDF]

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Regional Parks Foundation

Regional Parks Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala Event

A Night to Remember, Golden Gala featuring Michael McDonald.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery.
RPF Website Gala Homepage [PDF Archive]
RPF Website Event Page [PDF Archive]

Free! Fall Arts and Music Festival

FAM Fest! Come and celebrate our 85th anniversary and the Regional Parks Foundation's 50th anniversary on Saturday, September 28, from 1-5 p.m. Explore Oakland’s newest regional event center, the Bridge Yard Building, and get a sneak peek of the future Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline park in Oakland.

The celebration will feature live music performances, kids activities, vendors, live art and exhibits, food, tours, secure bike parking, and much more.

Organized in partnership with OAKHELLA, SaulPaul and Drakes Brewing Co.

Performance schedule (current line-up):

  • 1:00p - 1:35p - Opening Ceremony + Artist Set (JC Stringz)
  • 1:35p - 2:00p - DJ Set
  • 2:00p - 2:35p - Announcements + Artist Set (SaulPaul+DJ R+Saraswathy Lakshmivaraham)
  • 2:35p - 3:00p - DJ Set
  • 3:00p - 3:35p - Announcements + Artist Set (Queen Deelah)
  • 3:35p - 4:00p - DJ Set
  • 4:00p - 4:35p - Announcements + Artist Set (Alphabet Rockers)
  • 4:35p - 5:00p - DJ Set

Previous Concerts in the Parks

  • Friday, September 13, 5:30-7:30pm, Concerts at the Cove, Crown Beach, Alameda
    SambaDa: Traditional Afro-Brazilian heritage music blended with funk, rock & reggae

  • Friday, August 23, 6-8pm, Concert in the Park, Contra Loma, Antioch

    The David Perez Band: Latin Pop/Rock, Cumbia, Tex Mex, Salsa

  • Friday, August 9, 5:30-7:30pm, Concerts at the Cove, Crown Beach, Alameda
    Jazz Mafia
    Jazz Mafia:   Jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop & electronica

  • Friday, July 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Concerts at the Cove, Crown Beach, Alameda
    Majestic: A Tribute to Journey
    Majestic: The Ultimate Tribute to San Francisco's very own rock band 'Journey'

  • Saturday, June 22, 12pm-2pm, Concert in the Park, Lake Chabot, Castro Valley. Parking fees still apply.

    The Cheeseballs: High energy dance band