Plenty Going On in San Mateo This Summer

Several family-friendly events and festivals kick off next week.

It's true that a couple of San Mateo's traditional summer festivals this year. But there is still so much to look forward to. San Mateo is a great town for celebrating summer, and this year will be no different.

So what is happening in San Mateo this summer? Following is a list of some of the food, music, art and fun you can expect. We hope to see you there!

Central Park Music Series

What: Every Thursday this summer, live musical acts will perform in San Mateo's Central Park. From reggae (Native Elements) to country (California Cowboys) and some salsa, soft-rock and pop in between, there's a band for every music lover. This is a family friendly event.
When: Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., from June 23 to Aug. 11. Click here for the full line-up and list of dates.
Where: , downtown San Mateo, at the corner of 5th Avenue and El Camino Real.
Cost: Free

Movable Feast and the Local Label Faire

What: Movable Feast is bringing over 20 food trucks to San Mateo for an afternoon of gourmet mobile eats -- the largest meet-up of food trucks on the Peninsula. The Local Label Faire will also be put on in conjunction with the food fest as a showcase of local fashion, art and design.
When: Friday, July 1, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: , 1346 Saratoga Drive.
Cost: Free admission, $10 parking. 

Free Family Golf Night at Poplar Creek Golf Course

What: A free round of golf for the family at San Mateo's premiere golf course, Poplar Creek. This one is going on all summer long!
When: Every Friday evening from July 1 to Sept. 2. Starts at 6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where: , 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo.
Cost: Free. Call 650-522-GOLF (4653) for more details.

Relay for Life San Mateo-Foster City

What: Relay for Life is an annual walk-and-run fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Adults and youth are welcome, and forming a fundraising team pre-race day is encouraged -- and fun!
When: This 24-hour event goes from Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: track course, 506 North Delaware St.
Cost: Free admission. Donations encouraged. 

Ice Cream Sundae Social featuring the Senior Center Band

What: Enjoy an ice-cream sundae fest with the folks at San Mateo's Senior Center. While there, hear musical performances by the center's members, have a sundae and support local programs for the elderly.
When: Monday, July 11 at 2 p.m.
Where: , 2645 Alameda De Las Pulgas.
Cost: $2

Family Entertainment Night @ King: Talent Show

What: A talent show for the family -- and you are the stars. Audition on July 18, and become a part of the talent show at King Community Center. Watch your neighbors sing, dance and show off their hidden talents.
Where: . 725 Monte Diablo Ave.
When: Saturday, July 30, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free


What: A convention for anime (Japanese animation) enthusiasts featuring guest artists, art contests, games and workshops. Cosplay (dressing in costume as your favorite anime character) is encouraged. 
When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7.
Where: , 1346 Saratoga Drive.
Cost: At the door, tickets are $25 weekend; $15 Saturday or Sunday. Advanced registration is also available online for a discounted rate of $12 for one day or $20 for the weekend.

Show n' Shine Rod and Customs Car Show & Swap Meet

What: A car show and swap meet celebrating more than the classics: "Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars, Tricked Out Trucks, Sports Cars, Suede Kustoms, Suede Rods." This is a family friendly event.
When: Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: , 1346 Saratoga Drive.
Cost: Tickets are $8 for general admission; children 12 and under are free. A car entry is $25 and admits two people.


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