Celebration of Arts 2022 Presents

The San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture and the Arts Commission is excited to present our first Countywide Celebration of Arts and Culture for the entire month of August. The theme, "Building Community through the Arts" is focused on highlighting the exciting and diverse programs, activities, and events happening in our County. Join us on Saturday, August 27th 12:00-3:00pm for an exciting and free event at San Mateo’s Central Park Outdoor Stage featuring a public space for all to enjoy performances including dance, music, spoken poetry, theatre and more. We invite you to share in the joy and delight these diverse talented artists and organizations bring to our community.

Bring your family, friends and a picnic to enjoy:
  • Musicians will entertain us with Arabic, American/Irish pop folk songs, jazz, and opera
  • Poets will inspire us with free verse, narrative, and spoken word styles
  • Dancers will kick up their heels in the tradition of ballet, South Indian classical, Folklorico, and dances that tell a story
  • Actors will use their magic leaving you to want more
Performances by:

ALAS, Aswat Ensemble (Zawaya), Casa Circulo Cultural, Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Program, Megan Duffy Brown, Fuse Theatre, Keiki Leni, Mannakin Dance, Karl McHugh, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, South San Francisco High School Jazz Band, Step It Up Dance, Avantika Swaminatha, VSDA Team/Vishwa Shanti, and an art exhibition featuring Art Bias and other County artists.

A participatory 8x8’ mural commemorating San Mateo sculptor Ruth Waters and her contributions to the art community will be presented at the event.

Questions: Contact artsandculture@smcgov.org

Download the Event Flyer.

A special thank you to San Mateo City Parks & Recreation Department for the use of the stage

Week 1 ~ 08/01/2022 to 08/07/2022 

Location: Virtual    
Host: South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission    
Description: 2022 SSF Art & Craft Show – “Handcrafted with Love”    
website: https://www.ssf.net/departments/parks-recreation/recreation-division/cultural-arts

Location: In-person - 33 Arroyo Drive South San Francisco and Virtual"    
Host: South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission    
Exhibition: “Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship” 2022 Recipients
Website: https://ssfculturalarts.padlet.org/culturalarts1/g6kqub35pre0b7f

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan - ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno"    
Host: AZ Gallery    
Description: Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey is an art exhibition featuring the work of five noted third generation (sansei) Japanese American artists who have dedicated their wide-ranging art careers to honor the legacy of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.         
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

Location: Atherton - multiple locations    
Host: Music @ Menlo    
Description: Music Festival - Tickets required
Website: https://musicatmenlo.org/

8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 
Location: Stafford Park Corner of King St. & Hopkins Ave. Redwood City
Host: City of Redwood City    
Description: Music in the Park - Free
Website: https://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/music/music-in-the-park

8/3  - 8/26
Wed-Fri: 12-4pm, Sat-Sun: 1-4pm
Location: Twin Pines Art Center, 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont
Host: ArtQuest Artists and Art in Action  
Description: Art Exhibit and Sale – “Across the Ages”
Website: https://artinaction.org/

3:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Main Street, Half Moon Bay
Host: Half Moon Bay
Description: Make It On Main Street - Free
Website: https://makeitmainstreethmb.org/#home-pacific-section

8/4 and 8/11    
Location: Central Park 50 E. 5th Ave. San Mateo
Host: San Mateo Parks and Recreation    
Description: Central Park Concert Series - Free
Website: https://www.cityofsanmateo.org/1663/Special-Events

6:00 - 8:00pm    
Location: Leo Ryan Park Amphitheater Foster City
Host: Foster City Parks & Rec    
Description: Summer Concert - Maroon Vibes; Maroon 5 Tribute    - Free    
Website: https://www.fostercity.org/parksrec/page/summer-concert-maroon-vibes

Location: Burton Park - 900 Chestnut St. San Carlos
Host: Parks & Rec. Foundation of San Carlos    
Description: The Music in the Park - Edgardo Cambon and Candela (Latin)" - Free
Website: https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/community-events/music-in-the-park

8/5, 8/12,8/19,8/26
6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: San Bruno City Park, in front of the Tennis Courts
Host: City of San Bruno
Description: Concerts in the Park
Website: https://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/879/2022-Concerts-in-the-Park

1:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley
Host: Portola Valley Creative Circles    
Description: Arts Festival - Free
Website: https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/community-events/music-in-the-park

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno
Host: AZ Gallery
Description: Shining a Light on Remembrance Lantern Making Workshop - Registration required   
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

Location: 1700 Industrial Road, Office 227 San Carlos
Host: Art Bias - First Sunday Open Studios - Free
Description: First Sunday Open Studios​​​​​​​
Website: https://www.artbias.org/events

Week 2 ~ 08/08/2022 to 08/14/2022

Location: Stafford Park Corner of King St. & Hopkins Ave. Redwood City
Host: City of Redwood City
Description: Music in the Park - Free
Website: https://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/music/music-in-the-park

Location: San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno
Host: City of San Bruno
Description: Social Connections for Special Needs - Bubble Art
Website: https://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=2696

Location: Red Morton Park - Redwood City
Host: SMC Commission on Disabilities
Description: Inclusion Festival - Free 
Website: https://facebook.com/events/s/3rd-annual-inclusion-festival/458236469024461/

Location: Central Park - 478 Lincoln Circle Millbrae
Host: City of Millbrae    
Description: Millbrae Goes to the Movie: Cruella - Free
Website: https://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/10654/23?curm=8&cury=2022

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan - ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno
Host: AZ Gallery
Description: Topaz Stories: Preserving stories of the Japanese American Incarceration - Free
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

8/13, 8/14
10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 2100 Bay Road, East Palo Alto
Host: High Society Events and Travels
Description: African Diaspora Festival and Cultural Exhibition: A two day Cultural Extravaganza. Cultrual Exhibition, Arts, Food, Dance, Music, Fashions, etc. Panel Discussions and Networking
Cost: $10 fee and registration required
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-diaspora-festival-and-cultural-exhibition-tickets-379378931597

10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: North Fair Oaks Community Center, 2500 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Host: San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
Description: North Fair Oaks Community Festival, Free
Website: https://www.northfairoaksfestival.com/

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan - ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno"      
Host: AZ Gallery
Description: Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey - Film Showing and Artist Conversation - Free        
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

Location: San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo  
Host: Pacific Islanders Culture Association
Description: Bay Area Aloha Concert - Hawaiian entertainment, food, arts & crafts. This year's main feature is Na Hoku Award Winner and Artist Extraordinare Josh Tatofi!
Fee: Fee and registration required
Website: https://bayareaalohaconcert.brownpapertickets.com/?fbclid=IwAR3c_dWPHm1vKZrpNWZMvab8glVfL9No0Oj0S1wNQHXw1Ogm-qlDi_dLrw4

Location: 1220-B Linda Mar, Pacifica   
Host: Sanchez Art Center
Description: Artists Talk - Tiffany Schmierer, Interconnections - Free    
Website: http://www.sanchezartcenter.org/

Week 3 ~ 08/15/2022 to 08/21/2022

7:00 - 8:30 pm  
Location: Virtual event
Host: Belmont Parks and Rec
Description: Poetry Night - Free 
Website: https://www.ssf.net/departments/parks-recreation/events

6:00 - 8:00 pm  
Location: Millbrae
Host: City of Millbrae
Description: Beats, Brews and Vines 
Website: https://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/10651/23?curm=8&cury=2022

Location: Martin Elementary School Ball Field - Hillside Blvd & Belmont Ave. South San Francisco
Host: SSF Parks and Recreation
Description: Movie Night - Encanto    Free 
Website: https://www.ssf.net/departments/parks-recreation/events

Location: Twin Pines Park One Twin Pines Lane Belmont
Host: Belmont Parks and Rec
Description: Movie Night    Free    
Website: https://www.belmont.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7319/559?curm=8&cury=2022

7: 00 - 10::00 pm    
Location: 1855 Rollins Road, Burlingame
Host: Pied Pipers Players
Description: 20th Anniversary Caberet Performance and Dinner - Fee  
Website: https://piedpiperplayers.org/anniversarycabaret/

Location: Downtown Pescadero Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
Host: Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
Description: Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival    Free    
Website: https://pescaderoartsandfunfest.org

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno
Host: AZ Gallery
Description: Remnants of Tanforan Incarceration
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

Location: Burlingame Avenue Burlingame
Host: Burlingame Chamber of Commerce
Description: Burlingame on the Avenue - Free    
Website: https://burlingamechamber.org/burlingame-events/burlingame-on-the-avenue/

Location: Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) - 800 Foster City Blvd Foster City
Host: Peninsula Jewish Community Center    
Description: Bululú  - Latin Jazz Concert    
Cost: Tickets required:$20 M/ $25 Public    
Website: https://pjcc.org/programs/concerts/

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno
Host: AZ Gallery
Description: Flowering Cherry Blossom Workshop - Registration Required
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

Week 4 ~ 08/22/2022 to 08/31/2022

11:00 am - 1:00pm
Location:  CZI Community Space, 801 Jefferson St., Redwood City
Host:  Redwood City Parks & Art Foundation and CZI   
Description: Art Connecting Community, A bridge to Understanding: 7 San Mateo County Artists
Cost: Free 
Website: https://www.rwcpaf.org/art-at-the-czi-community-space

Location: Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica
Host:  Pacific Beach Coalition   
Description: The Edge of the Wild - This film chronicles a contentious land-use battle that is home to a rare butterfly & how that struggle has affected environmental policy. Registration Required
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-screening-the-edge-of-the-wild-tickets-368725286257?fbclid=IwAR1yZn6elrwqsR8I9L1NtSvGr2msvULCFVcN0Jd7iiOzfTd9qjRHrVXD5Pc

Location: Mcdougal Park - 1403 Solano Drive Belmont
Host:  Belmont Parks and Rec    
Description: Movie Night - Free    
Website: https://www.belmont.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7321/559?curm=8&cury=2022

Location: Hamilton Ave and Courthouse Square - Redwood City
Host: ART on the Square    
Description: ART on the Square    Free    
Website: https://artonthesquarerwc.com/

6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: To be disclosed 48 hours before the event to ticket holders only
Host: Redwood City Parks & Art Foundation
Description: Picnic En Blanc 2022. Fee and Registration Required
Website: https://www.rwcpaf.org/picnic-en-blanc

8:00 - 10:30pm
Location: Junipero Serra Park,  1801 Crystal Springs Rd., San Bruno
Host: San Mateo County Parks 
Description: Movies in the Park - Brave - Free   
Website: https://parks.smcgov.org/movies-in-the-park

Location: AZ Gallery - Tanforan ​1150 El Camino Real, Ste 254 San Bruno
Host: AZ Gallery    
Description: Tsuru For Solidarity Art and Social Justice Talk, Film Screening, and Panel - Free      
Website: https://www.sanseigranddaughters.com/

12:30 - 2:30pm
Location: Orange Memorial Park, 781 Tennis Drive, South San Francisco
Host: South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission
Description: Summer BBQ for the Arts, Benefits the “Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship”
Cost: Tickets required $10
Website: https://www.ssf.net/departments/parks-recreation/recreation-division/cultural-arts