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Bay Area KidFest

May 01, 2017 02:00PM ● By Elena Hutslar

The 28th annual Bay Area KidFest on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, is one of the Bay Area's longest-running family events, and this year has three days of jam-packed entertainment, activities, food and fun planned in downtown Concord.


In a spacious outdoor setting at Mt. Diablo High School, KidFest features free, non-stop entertainment on the main stage, the super popular Wild About Monkeys Show, Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom, Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team, and the chance to meet and have your photo taken with Batman and Curious George.


There are dozens of other free kids’ activities, including Kid’s Town America, face painting, balloon hats, spin art, keepsake handprints, slides, crawls, kiddie golf, soccer, and much more included in the low admission price.


This year’s KidFest is offering an all-day, all-ride wristband to be used on all the thrilling rides, including zip line, Bobble Lagoon, roller coaster, Zippy Pet cars, Xtreme Lasertag, Euro-Bungy trampoline, Spider Mountain, Ferris wheel, giant slide, petting zoo, pony rides, train and more rides. Advance sales of wristbands, including a free admission ticket, are offered on the KidFest website for a limited time at

 There's also an eclectic food court, arts and crafts, and exhibitor booths.


For the seventh year, KidFest presents a special Memorial Day ceremony at noon on Monday, May 29, with the 17-time champion Concord Blue Devils C Drum and Bugle Corps, Mt. Diablo High School Jr. ROTC color guard, and music honoring America's service people, past and present, sung by Janelle Feraro.


For the fifth consecutive Claycord reader’s poll, KidFest was voted Best Community Event. This category covers events in Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Clayton, Concord and Walnut Creek. KidFest has won this category every time the poll has been held.


Admission is just $6 with a donation of canned food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano or $7 without donation to the Food Bank. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are free. On Saturday, attendees can double the discount deal by bringing two canned goods to get $2 off an admission.


Proceeds from Bay Area KidFest benefit local educational, health and sports groups. KidFest continues for the 22nd year as one of the major annual donor events for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.


KidFest is open 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am – 5pm on Memorial Day Monday. KidFest is held at Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. in downtown Concord, just off Highway 242.


On-site vehicle parking is $5, with plenty of free street parking around the site also available.


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