KidFest is back for 32nd edition this weekend in Concord

KidFest is back for 32nd edition this weekend in Concord

KidFest is back for 32nd edition this weekend in Concord
Bay Area KidFest comes back to Concord this weekend.

CONCORD, CA (May 24, 2023) — The 32nd edition of Bay Area KidFest, one of the Bay Area’s longest-running family events, is on the May 27-29 Memorial Day Weekend featuring three days of jam-packed entertainment and attractions, activities, food, KidFest Marketplace, rides and fun in Downtown Concord. 

In a spacious outdoor setting at Mt. Diablo High School, KidFest features free non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage plus meet and greets in the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health KidFest Marketplace Pavilion with children’s literature superstars Pete the Cat and Llama Llama.

America’s only traveling sea lion show Sea Lion Splash has three performances a day and their thanks are open all day to view and learn about these aquatic mammals.

The Silver Starlets all-female aerial acrobatic show from Canada and Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom both have three shows each day. Attendees can explore another popular KidFest attraction Kid’s Town America all day.

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

There are two eclectic Food Courts with over a dozen vendors to select from, and arts and crafts and exhibitor booths in the KidFest Marketplace.

For the 12th year, KidFest presents a special Memorial Day ceremony at noon Monday, May 29, with the 20-time World Champion Concord Blue Devils C Drum and Bugle Corps performing their show 2023 show “BD C-fair,” Mt. Diablo High School Jr. ROTC color guard and music honoring America’s service people past and present. 

Admission tickets, ride wristbands and ride tickets go on sale each day at KidFest starting at 9:45 a.m. Admission is just $8 with a donation of canned food to the Monument Crisis Center or $9 without a can donation. KidFest attendees have donated over 130,000 pounds of food over the past 25 years.

Celebrating the new collaboration for food donations through Monument Crisis Center, Saturday is Double Can Day. A person donating two canned goods on Saturday gets $2 off their admission. A family of four bringing eight cans will save a total of $8 off their admission ticket purchase.

Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ get free admission to KidFest.

KidFest offers an all-day, all-rides wristband to be used on 20 thrilling rides for kids of all ages, including Waterballerz, Dragon Wagon roller coaster, Euro Bungy Jump, Ferris wheel, giant slide, petting zoo, pony rides, Stars ‘n Stripes train, jeeps, bumper cars and more. All-day ride wristbands are $39 and are sold in the KidFest grounds. KidFest also has three discount ride ticket packages on sale all day.

Proceeds from Bay Area KidFest benefit local educational, health and sports groups, who have received nearly $100,000 cash from KidFest since 2010.

The first 500 families through the gates of KidFest receive a free Goody Bay compliments of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

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

On-site vehicle parking is $9 with plenty of free street parking around the site also available.

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