Few places boast the vast natural beauty that Northern California has to offer. Redding and its nearby neighbors also have plenty to offer besides great views. Whether you prefer a good run, a casual jaunt through nature, intellectual stimulation or more creative activities, the Redding area can provide you quality, family-friendly outings this Fall and all year-round. Below you will find just a few activities for you and your family to enjoy, courtesy of the offices of Dr. Daniel B. Lensink.
Arts and Cultural Happenings
For those who enjoy the creative side of life — as an observer or as a participant — Redding has several not-to-be-missed events for you.
This Fall, the Cascade Theatre hosts Redding City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on December 8th and 9th as well as another holiday favorite, the film “Miracle on 34th Street,” on December 17th. For those seeking great music without the holiday soundtrack, North State Symphony’s “Infections Rhythms” concert, also at the Cascade Theatre on November 12th, will make your feet tap. The concert features crowd-pleasers such as Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Ravel’s “Tzigane” along with original work by local composer Dan Pinkston. Visit the box office or Cascade Theatre online for tickets.
Another holiday favorite arrives just in time at the Riverfront Playhouse. Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” — adapted for the stage — runs from November 11th through December 9th — but if you desire a more hands-on experience, visit the Family 2nd Saturday Art Studio at Turtle Bay Exploration Park for an all-ages art-making event. Activities — which range from weaving to watercoloring — vary. The Art Studio also opens on November 11th with no admission charges.
Know your history, and science!
History buffs will love the Blacksmith Demonstrations at Shasta State Historic Park (November 18th and December 16th) and get a real taste of life in California’s Gold Rush days. Visitors can watch present-day blacksmiths perform their craft, ask questions and later explore the ruins of Shasta City, the former center of the region’s mining activities. You can find Shasta State Historic Part just six miles west of Redding.
For the science-minded among us, visit the Public Planetarium Shows at Schreder Planetarium on November 3rd and December 1st. The Planetarium offers a seasonal view of the night sky along with customized presentations on topics in astronomy geared for all ages. Tickets, which you can also purchase online, cost $7 per person. Buy your tickets early, however, because shows do sell out.
The Great Outdoors
For those of you who can’t pass on a good workout and want to enjoy Northern California’s incomparable natural offerings, try the Clikapudi Trail Runs! 5K, 10K or half-marathon races along the shores of Shasta Lake. All ages can (and do) participate in the races which occur on January 1st. Online discounted registration closes on December 15th, but you can also register in person on the day of the event at The Jones Valley Boat Ramp.
And don’t forget year-round attractions such as Lassen Volcanic National Park which remains accessible for hiking, cross-country trekking and snow-shoeing through early December. (Certain areas of the park have no access from December through May.) Home to three of the four kinds of geothermal features (steam vents, hot springs and mud spots) as well as all four volcano types and every kind of natural lake formation, Lassen will inspire the seasoned geology buff and casual nature lover alike. Visitors can purchase seven-day passes for $20 per vehicle or non-vehicle passes for $10 per person at the park.
Only in Redding
If you care to enjoy a little “shop therapy,” Redding has a unique offering to suit your needs and help you get ready for holiday gift-giving. The Roses and Rust Vintage Market, opening on November 3rd, hosts over 100 vendors from all over the West. The Market carefully hand selects its vendors based on quality of goods as well as presentation, ensuring that visitors will enjoy great shopping or just great “window shopping” if they prefer. Admission ranges between $7.50 and $15.50. The Market runs only two days, so don’t miss it!
After an evening of shopping, enjoy a fresh, local brew at Wildcard Brewing Company, an artisanal brewpub in the heart of Redding. Wildcard hosts “Foodie Friday” each week from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., inviting local food trucks to their Tied House location and offering up beer pairings. You can find Tied House at 1321 Butte Street in downtown Redding.
Redding, truly something for everyone
Whatever your preferences, get out and enjoy the beauty of Redding and Northern California this Fall with your family and friends. Besides some awe-inspiring natural treasures, you will find learning, entertainment and adventure all outside your doorstep. Whatever you decide to get out and do, we at the offices of Dr. Daniel B. Lensink wish you a happy, healthy and entertaining holiday season!