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June 22, 2004 > Summer Activities for Tri-City Residents

Summer Activities for Tri-City Residents

When thinking of summer activities, many Tri-City residents think of long, sunny days at Lake Elizabeth or activities at Ardenwood. Summer fun also awaits Union City residents and visitors at a variety of events.

Union City is home to much more than the massive movie theaters at Union Landing. There are numerous events that compliment pleasant summer weather such as the Farmers' Market and Summer Concert Series in the Alvarado district. Held every Saturday from June 26 through August 21 at Cesar Chavez Park, 3871 Smith Street, the gathering is a popular place for residents to socialize and pick up delectable vegetables, scrumptious fruits and other tasty items at the Pacific Coast Farmers Market. Once you have had your fill of fresh produce take a seat and enjoy the sounds of the numerous concerts:

  • June 26: Shades Of Blue-Union City's own that play a Jazz, Soul and Classic R & B
  • July 3: Mariachi Sol Azteca de San Jose-a youth Mariachi group
  • July 10: The Back Pages-classic rock from the 60's
  • July 17: La Familia-Afro-Cuban sounds
  • July 24: Julie Brand and the All Stars-classic rock
  • July 31: Sonanta Pi-soul
  • August 7: (to be announced)
  • August 14: Sambada-samba music
  • August 21: Pep Sounds-cool jazz

The music plays on at Bandfest 2004, sponsored by the group Bands 4 Bands. The event will be held at Kennedy Park on Saturday, August 14 from noon to 7 p.m. There will be food and activities in addition to the great music.

Family Night Out, on Friday, June 25 is sure to be great time for the whole family. For only $6 ($7 at the door) per person, families can enjoy a night of swimming and food from 6-9 p.m. Please note that an adult must accompany all children.

Derby Day on Friday, July 9, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., is a chance for the family to enjoy a hands-on activity that challenges the mind as well as the body. Ages 5 and up are welcome to come out and attempt to build a boat out of nothing but cardboard and duct tape. You must register your boat by July 14th at the cost of $6 per boat.

If reggae and ska are more your musical tastes, head on out to Ska Feast, at Cesar Chavez Park on Saturday July 31. The day of food, prizes and groovin' rhythms lasts from 3-7 p.m. Scheduled to perform are Shakage, Issue 10, MinusVince, among others.

For parents that need a break from their out-of-school kids, there is Parents' Night Out, which gives them a safe and fun environment to leave their children in while enjoying a night off. Parents' Night Out is Friday, August 6, from 6-9 p.m. The fee, which includes swimming, food and games, is $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Children must be at least 7 years old to be left at the pool unaccompanied by an adult.

The summer is topped off with the Annual Summer Park and Playground Carnival held at Cesar Chavez Park on Friday, August 6 held from noon until 2:30 p.m. While at the festival enjoy game and snack booths hosted by the leaders and participants of Union City's summer teen and youth programs.

For more information on any of these events, contact Union City Leisure Services via their website at
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