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Entire Community Invited to Join Exciting Special Events in Downtown Redwood City - Cultural Dance and Music, Target “Family Days,” Concerts, Movies, Plays, Dancing, and More!

Redwood City, CA - June 19, 2008 - Summer is almost “officially” here, and Redwood City is offering an exciting array of fabulous events – all happening in Downtown Redwood City, including free outdoor Cultural Events. Featured THIS SATURDAY June 21st from 6 – 8 pm in Courthouse Square is the Kusun Dance Ensemble, directly out of Ghana in West Africa.

The Kusun Dance Ensemble ( is an extraordinary group of musicians and dancers based in Ghana, which includes past members of The National Ballet and The Pan African Orchestra.  Although rooted in traditional music, the group has developed a new brand of music and dance featuring innovative rhythms and dances highlighted by bass and lead guitar, electrifying jazz and African rhythms, and traditional Ghanaian instruments. They have been dazzling audiences in Ghana and around the world, and now they’re right here in Redwood City!

But that’s just the beginning! Redwood City’s special 2008 Cultural events also include:

  • July 20 - Haale - Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock;
  • August 17 - Massenkoff - Russian Folk Festival;
  • September 27 - 17 Hippies - Whirling, bobbing, Balkan music from Eastern Europe.

And, Redwood City and Target Stores are proud to present Target Family Days, a series of FREE themed family activities in Downtown Redwood City from noon to 4 pm. The first great event is THIS SUNDAY, June 22nd , with the theme of R&B and Soul, and the musical sounds of Big City Review. Plus, kids will love Captain Kaleidoscope Interactive Exhibit, Daffy Dave, hip hop dance performances, hands-on art projects, storytelling in the San Mateo County History Museum, snacks and kid-friendly drinks, bounce houses, and more! Target Family Days, generously sponsored by Target Stores, will attract kids and adults of all ages one Sunday per month. There will be something for everyone, as Courthouse Square becomes the center of a magical assortment of family entertainment.

Plus, the surrounding streets will be closed to through traffic, making a family outing in Downtown an even more safe, fun, and gratifying experience for everyone.

Summer Target Family Days Schedule:

  • June 22 - R&B/Soul Theme
  • July 13 - Latin Theme
  • August 10 - Hawaiian Theme
  • September 14 - Caribbean Theme

Other exciting FREE Downtown events include: Music on the Square on Fridays, Movies on the Square on Thursdays, Dancing on the Square on Tuesdays, as well as Lunchtime on the Square, a bi-weekly performance series on Mondays and Wednesdays. There will also be six special Art on the Square events coinciding with our concert series, and Shakespeareon the Square. Full details are at

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Jordana Freeman
Redwood City Parks

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