Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival Starts Friday, June 14! 

WHEN: Friday June 14th, 5:30-7:45pm. Concerts take place the 2nd Friday of each month from 5:30-7:45pm with a final extra concert on the last Friday of September.

WHERE: Corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond.

WHAT: Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival

WHO: Gator Nation + The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band open the 2019 Outdoor Summer Musical Festival Season

Friday, June 14:

5: 30 – 6:30pm Gator Nation – Cajun/Zydeco; New Orleans R&B

6:45 – 7:45pm The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band – West African Fusion Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B

View the whole summer music lineup.

More about the Pt. Richmond Music

These concerts are FREE to the public because a dedicated group of folks work hard to bring these events to fruition with fundraising and volunteer efforts. Sponsors include: Atchison Village Credit Union, City of Richmond ECIA Grant Program, Feagley Realtors, Golden Gate meat Co., M.A. Hayes CO., Mechanics Bank, MSH Group, Pt. Richmond Neighborhood COuncil, Republic Services Inc., Richmond Development CO. LLC, Richmond Gateway Foundation, Sim’s Metal Management, Svendsen’s Bay Marine and Wareham Development.

Our current Mayor Tom Butt was the brainchild behind the concerts when he moved here from Arkansas and had a large parking lot behind his architectural firm. The concert series was such a hit it moved from the parking lot to take over the street in Pt. Richmond. SF on the Bay  caught up with someone who helped introduce us to the community when we first created the Richmond Trail Guide – local Pt. Richmond Music board member and resident Kim Paternoster, who said she got involved with the concerts about seven years ago.

SFOTB: What drew you in? 

KAP: Well, initially it was because I lived in Point Richmond and my best friend, Pam Dewitt, and her husband were on the board. One of the fun things about living here is this concert series in the summer. So, I started going to the concerts to hang out with friends, hang out downtown, and listen to the cool music. I wanted to help out though, because I’m a resident here and I loved what they were doing. I also have a background in music (degree in classical performance), and I pretty much love music in general. I started going to the listening meetings, and saw that they needed to be more efficient. So, I initially took over the role of managing the listening meetings to make them more efficient and get through listening to 100+ bands so we could select our season.

SFOTB: What is your role now?

KAP: I finally was asked to be on the board two years ago. I manage the listening meetings (now we have over 180+ submissions). I also work directly with the bands, making sure they get paid, we get all the contracts signed and greeting them before the concerts and making sure they have drinks and snacks. I’m basically the band point person. I also built the current website, and I manage and host that.

SFOTB: What do you like most about the Outdoor Festivals?

KAP: It’s a great way during the summer to get together with the rest of the community. We have a huge turnout of people, and the bands are all really great. Friends see friends they haven’t seen in a year (or since yesterday). There’s a beer and margarita tent, and food trucks. Downtown Point Richmond on a summer night is beautiful!

SFOTB: What does it do for Pt. Richmond?

KAP: I think the concerts help make the community a little more solid. We have a wide diversity of bands too, because Richmond is such a diverse city. Last year, we had a gospel group from Richmond followed up by a Bollywood/Blues band, and we always have at least one Latin band. Our audiences love our concerts, and we’ve had such amazing submissions that it’s been hard to select just 8 bands. This year, we easily could have had 30 bands performing.

Don’t miss out! Join the Pt. Richmond community and have some fun in this historic town. Local restaurants are open on concert nights, offering a wide array of cuisine. The event features art by The Arts of Point Richmond, face painting for children,and dancing in the street.

Shops and restaurants are waiting for your visit! Voted Best Outdoor Festival by East Bay Express’ Best of the East Bay. As they say in Pt. Richmond: The Point is Music!

By |2019-06-13T15:24:18-07:00June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Save the Date! Richmond Rainbow Pride June 2nd Event

Come Celebrate Richmond Rainbow Pride’s Fifth Birthday!

WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 10am – 3pm

WHERE: Marina Bay Park – Regatta Blvd & Melville Square in Richmond

WHAT:  Annual Richmond Rainbow Pride Event  – This year they are also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village.

What’s happening this year?

  • Proclamation – presented by Supervisor John Gioia representing West County
  • Community Awards
  • Free STD testing by CCC Public Health Services
  • Get a job! UPS will interview and hire for jobs on site again this year. They had 6-8 HR people at the park in 2018.
  • New flag presentation
  • Annual art project for the whole community
  • Water will be provided. Bring your own picnic lunch and a cup for the water. Taco truck and drinks. Friendly dogs allowed – on leash only.

Celebrating five years, Richmond Rainbow Pride values and welcomes its community partners and LGBTQI – friendly businesses and organizations to its annual Pride event. Since the beginning the group wanted to be visible. “By having this family-friendly event, we are visible,” says Richmond Rainbow Pride vice president, BK Williams. ”And people can be grateful Richmond Rainbow Pride is part of their community.”

“We are building community and we want people to know they are not alone.” According to Williams, board members talk to every person that comes to the pride event. “We want them to have a good time. We are proud to celebrate and come together.” Conversations are very important. “Everyone is able to sit down and talk,” continues Williams. “It’s a way to connect.”

You can become a community event sponsor! Find out more. Want to volunteer? June 2nd is coming up and they need all the help they can get at Marina Park from 8-10am. Sign up here.

Thank you Sponsors!

  • Airbnb
  • Green Remedy
  • Holistic Healing Collective
  • Left Side Printing
  • New West Company
  • Office of Mayor Tom Butt
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • UPS
  • Various community individuals
  • Zell and Associates

Thank you Community Partners!

  • Contra Costa Public Health
  • Contra Costa County Health Services Department
  • Divas Entertainment
  • GRIP
  • LAMBDA Democratic Club
  • Mira Vista School
  • Multicultural Bookstore
  • New York Life
  • Oasis Legal Services
  • Office of Supervisor John Gioia
  • Open Door United Methodist Church
  • Point Molate Alliance
  • Richmond Arts and Culture Commission (RACC)
  • Rainbow Community Center
  • Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA)
  • RYSE
  • Sierra Club
  • Somos Familia
  • West County Democratic Club

ABOUT Richmond Rainbow Pride ~ Family . Friends . Community

Richmond Rainbow Pride (RRP) is a group of LGBTIQQ individuals and allies who live, work and/or play in or near Richmond, CA, coming together for the collective benefit of the LGBTIQQ community of Richmond. RRP creates spaces that are safe and welcoming to the LGBTIQQ community of Richmond; holds events of interest to the community; advocates for the interests of the community; and promotes LGBTIQQ visibility in the greater Richmond community.

By |2019-05-30T17:55:02-07:00May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Summer Updates from our Favorite Taprooms

East Brother Releases Freighter Series DOUBLE IPA June 1st!

On Saturday, June 1st East Brother Beer Co. releases their first Double IPA — the latest in their new Freighter Series — a doubled-up homage to a classic West Coast style IPA. “It’s brewed with a big tropical aroma and balanced bitter finish,” says co-founder Rob Lightner. “This one is sure to transport you to beer days gone by.”

Cans and Draft will be available day of in the taproom and wherever you find East Brother beer in your neck of the woods. If you have not yet visited, it’s time you do. Wed. night is rec night and all other days there are food trucks, games, bocce, ping pong, and more!

Hours: Wed/Thu 4-8pm; Fri 4-9pm; Sat noon -9pm and Sun noon-6pm.  1001 Canal Blvd in Richmond. 510-230.4081

Almanac Launches Hypernova Volume One!

Prepare for hyperspace! Hypernova Volume One launches from the intergalactic depths of the Almanac Barrel House.

Hypernova Volume One is a 100% mixed-culture fermented sour alien drank aged in oak barrels with megatons of citrons, pomelos, grapefruit, cherries, black currants, vanilla beans & a touch of lactose (milk sugar). Hypernova Volume One is their first ever barrel-aged sour beer created with lactose – with the highest fruit content in a beer, yet at close to 125lbs per barrel!

“Hypernova is an experiment in the combination of aromatic citrus with the intense flavors of cherry and black currants,” according to Brewmaster, Phillip Emerson. “The experience is amplified by a creamy lactose mouthfeel with a subtle sweetness, and finishes with an olfactory overload from the addition of whole vanilla beans. It is true intergalactic decadence.”

Hypernova is now available at the Almanac Barrel House, Brewery and Taproom in Alameda with a very limited distribution in 4-packs of 16oz cans and 5.2gal draft until sold out!

Hours: Mon – Thurs, 12-9pm; Fri/Sat 12-10pm; Sun 12-6pm. 651 W. Tower Ave on Alameda Point in Alameda. 415.992.3438

Alameda’s Faction Brewing Toasts Summer on the Patio!

Hang with your friends on the great patio (lead photo) at  Faction Brewing on Alameda Point looking out over the Bay to the San Francisco skyline.  Food Trucks daily and tons of room for you and your friends. Layer up as you never know with sun and winds on the Bay.  Save the Date! ALES for ALS is happening on July 27, 2019. This annual event raises money and awareness of ALS.  Food Trucks: June 1st Grilled Cheez Guy + Locos only; June 2nd Sip + Slide.

Hours: Wed. – Sat. 12-8pm; Sun. 12-6pm. 2501 Monarch Street in Alameda  510-523-BREW (2739)

Mural by Ryan David Labonte  – Faction Brewing’s Warehouse is lined with four different artists’ murals

(Lead photo Courtesy of Faction Brewing in Alameda)

Armistice Brings Back “Wort Art” Hazy Double IPA in 16 oz. cans!

Armistice Brewing Co. brings back “Wort Art” Hazy Double IPA  in 16oz cans! This beer has the classic, Armistice mouthfeel thanks to the ridiculous amount of oats and wheat. Then we added an insane dose of Citra, Ekuanot, and Simcoe hops which give it bursting flavors of citrus and guava.

Cans will only be for sale in the taproom. If you ordered online, you have until Friday May 31 (1 Week) to pick up your order. This is to not only streamline the order pickup process, but to also give everyone a chance to get some cans.

Taproom Release: Noon to Sold Out
Price: $22/4pk
Limits: 3, 4pks/person
Online Order Link:

Hours: Sun – Thurs, noon – 10pm; Fri/Sat. noon- midnight. 845 Marina Bay Parkway, #1 in Richmond.  510.230.4966.

Summer Tour!

Summer is touring all our dog – friendly places in the East Bay, yet does wait patiently when she has to stay in the car. Currently reviewing breweries wineries and eateries.

By |2019-05-30T16:43:43-07:00May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Join Richmond Main Street Initiative & Experience a ‘Taste of Richmond’ ! 

3rd Annual Festival celebrating the great restaurants, wineries & breweries of Richmond. Special shopping pass included!

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2-6pm

WHERE: Rigger’s Loft Wine Co. –  1325 Canal Blvd on the water in Richmond


  • Tastes & samples of delicious food & beverages from Richmond restaurants, caterers, wine and craft beer producers:
    • Assemble Restaurant
    • Carica Wines
    • CJ’s BBQ & Fish
    • Curbside Kitchen
    • East Brother Beer Company
    • Far West Cider
    • GDC Kitchen Quiche & Carry
    • Golden Gate Meat Company
    • Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey
    • Lemur International
    • Marina Bay Bakery
    • Nobilis Finer Diner
    • Origin Brewer
    • Plant to Plate (Anaviv Catering)
    • R&B Cellars
    • Roux
    • San Francisco Pizza
    • Up & Under Pub & Grill
  • You can also purchase larger portions of Taste of Richmond wares
  • Spectacular views of Richmond’s shoreline, San Francisco Bay and the City of San Francisco skyline
  • Live local Music – Jimi Z Band


  • $20 – Get you tickets now!
  • Kids under 10 – free
  • Must be 21+ to sample wine & beer

Friends of Richmond Main Street Initiative: Get your FREE PASS to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store! 10% of your purchase will be donated to Richmond Main Street.

May 19 – June 30, 2019: Visit the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store and show your invite (mobile or printed) at check-in and check-out, plus photo ID to shop and receive employee pricing on current season merchandise, for you and up to 4 guests per visit.

About The Richmond Main Street Initiative

The Richmond Main Street Initiative, Inc. is a community-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village, offering products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage. Visit for more information.

About the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store

Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia has become a leading global brand by channeling the company’s passion for the outdoors and innovative spirit into technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected year-round. To learn more, please visit the company’s website at

By |2019-05-17T12:26:52-07:00May 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Groundwork Richmond Does More Than Enhance the Environment: Meet Jesus Cervantes

Jesus Cervantes changed his future by becoming a member of Groundwork Richmond.

He said he met major influencers in his life starting with Richmond Youth Works, an organization that tutored young kids in the Iron Triangle District. There he was inspired by their leader Pedro Lespier and met Matt Holmes who he ran into later on in life in 2014.

“Matt talked to me about the ideas behind Groundwork Richmond,” Jesus said. ”He told me how it could help me as a student and give back to my community. Giving back to my community was something Pedro had instilled in me early on. He taught me there is more to life when you give back.”

Groundwork Richmond, originating from the National Park Service, offers two levels of participation for young people. Program Director Lorenzo Plazola explained that he Green Team is for youth 13-19 years and introduces them to nature and engages them in service-learning opportunities. The Green Team participates in environmental stewardship projects, relevant pre-employment training, community art projects, and STEAM education, all while getting exposed to the world of careers in the outdoors. The Green Corps training program is for those over 19 years and they work closely with the City of Richmond’s Parks and Landscaping Division, on the Richmond Greenway and other natural spaces in the city, and at the same time learn about careers in the outdoors.

Jesus said when he joined Groundwork Richmond his first task was to learn about the environment. “I learned the benefits of trees and landscaping – how it economically benefits the community.” His favorite job was working on the Carlson Meadow’s project part of the Watershed Project. In this project they took an empty lot near the BART station and turned it into a beautiful park. Jesus said they cleared it of debris and then mulched the ground, added trees, a couple of benches, a water fountain and plants. He learned about different species of plants and trees and said it felt friendlier with the landscaping and was glad he could leave something behind. He added that he really appreciated the support form Matt Holmes and Sarah Calderon at Groundwork Richmond.

“Jesus Cervantes, has successfully matriculated from being a high school participant,” says Executive Director Matt Holmes, “now becoming a staff member supervising our Green Corps training program. Through his service here with Groundwork Richmond Jesus is making a difference in his hometown and having fun enjoying the outdoors at the same time.”

Jesus is now going to college and working part time as a Groundwork RIchmond Green Corps Supervisor.

More information about community involvement in Groundwork Richmond here.

They have a fleet of kayaks that help them have fun out in nature and recently took visitors to the Pacific Sail & Power Boat SHow for rides in the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.

By |2019-04-12T17:12:26-07:00April 12th, 2019|0 Comments
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