Music-minded residents can look forward to four days of outdoor concerts, starting with performances at Thursday's street party, followed by a City Hall lineup and then dueling stages at the Zucchini Festival this weekend.
"It's looking pretty good," said Richard Essi, organizer of the zucchini event, which he said brings about 20,000 people to Kennedy Park during the Saturday-Sunday event.
"We have Bonnie Pointer, a founding member of the Pointer Sisters, as well as Phil Volk from Paul Revere and the Raiders."
In addition, Curtis Lawson and Bobby Escovedo will perform at the festival, which also includes a host of food, arts and crafts booths, and a large "Kid's Town" with rides and games. There also will be cooking demonstrations from 2 to 3 p.m.
The City Hall concert is the fourth such Friday night event, and organizers expect it to be the largest one yet. It will feature Lenny Williams, who fronted Tower of Power in the 1970s, as well as Lava, a popular Latin band, and blues from the Caravan of All Stars.
That event also features "really nice vendors" and a beer and wine garden, said Sally Porfido, the city's economic development coordinator.
"The Friday night concerts are getting some good crowds, and there should be a good draw this week," she said. "They're all good groups."
Additional concerts will be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 28.
Thursday will bring the third of four summer street parties, the last one
With a theme of "California Dreamin,' " it will include a display of hot rods and classic cars, and also feature booths, bands, wine and beer gardens, and activities for kids, including a 100-foot Super Slide and free-fall Frog Hopper ride.
The final street party will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, celebrating "Art, Wine and Specialty Brew."
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WHAT: "California Dreamin' " Street Party
WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: B Street from Foothill Boulevard to City Hall Plaza, downtown Hayward
WHAT: Concert at City Hall
WHEN: Begins at 4 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall Plaza, 777 B St., Hayward
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
WHAT: 29th annual Zucchini Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd., just north of A Street, Hayward
COST: $6 general admission, $3 seniors, juniors and handicapped, kids under 5 free.
INFORMATION: Call 510-278-2079 or visit www.haywardzucchini.org.