What: Cool Davis Festival, featuring interactive exhibits, entertainment and information on how to reduce your carbon footprint
When: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets
Getting there: Ride your bike, walk or take the bus; Unitrans is offering free rides all day
The Cool Davis Festival offers loads of family fun Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Central Park, adjacent to the Farmers Market.
The festival features entertainment, interactive exhibits and information about how to reduce your carbon footprint through home and garden, food, travel and healthy lifestyle options. Bicycle activities and a full program of music and dance are planned.
The Bike Circus returns to the festival, offering an array of amusing and amazing bicycle goings-on. Third Street will be closed to traffic between B and C streets, opening the street for pedal and pedestrian fun.
“I love having the Bike Circus at the festival,” says Christal Waters, the Davis Bicycles! mastermind for this year’s activities. “I enjoy seeing kids of all ages enthusiastic about bicycling in Davis, trying out the Whymcycles, learning about bike maintenance, and tackling the bike safety obstacle course.”
New this year is a Davis bike polo exhibition game at 9 a.m., followed by an open bike polo court for the public, says Eric Berber of the Davis team. There will be demonstrations on how to wield the mallet and game-playing lessons to help newcomers get started.
An “Only in Davis” “Jeopardy”-style trivia quiz is planned at 10:15 a.m. on the festival’s main stage. Categories include bicycle history, Davis history, Davis geography, bike physics and Cool Davis.
Don’t miss the races at 10:45 a.m. on Third Street. Special guests including Davis City Council members, Yolo County supervisors, Davis Board of Education members and others return for the second annual elected officials cycle race. They take their roles seriously, and welcome encouragement from an eager crowd.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Third Street will be open for all to practice bike control skills such as the rock dodge, slow racing and quick stops under the guidance of Davis Bicycles! members. All are welcome to try out Peter Wagner’s fun and wacky Whymcycles.
Nine-year-old Milo Kerr, a fourth-grader at Willett Elementary School exclaimed, “Whymcycles are awesome. I want one. My favorite is the pedal-steered four-wheeler!”
Ongoing from 8 a.m. to noon, mechanics from local bike shops will be on hand to help cyclists with minor maintenance issues. The festival offers an opportunity to get your child’s bicycle checked out before the Davis Bicycles! bike rodeos later this month at Patwin and Chávez elementary schools.
“Cool Davis presents a day of environment-friendly fun with a great lineup of local personalities and performers,” says Jennifer Estremera, festival program chair. The entertainment will run from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Rotary Stage next to the pedal-powered carousel.
Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor returns as emcee while the Damento Jugglers keep things lively on the grass.
The program starts with some Mm Mm Good music. Meg Allison, Meri Superak, Wendy Silk and Ron Goldberg, multi-instrumentalists/vocalists, will be joined by percussionist Lucas Silva to present some Cool Davis sounds. Silk teaches the class Earth Water Science Song at UC Davis. Students communicate environmental science knowledge through songwriting and poetry exercises.
Sam Alfaro will perform Native American folk, acoustic folk, Latin-inspired music and rock on a variety of cool instruments.
The No Bones About It! Jazz Ensemble will play arrangements of classic jazz standards by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Count Basie complemented by tunes from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin.
Others on stage include The Spokes, a UC Davis all-female a cappella group; Tha Dirt Feelin’, playing an upbeat blend of soulful singing and thoughtful raps to a solid dance beat; Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan, a student-run Japanese taiko drumming group from UCD; and Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness, showcasing children’s dance and dance styles from around the world.
Entertainment, on Rotary Stage:
8:45-9:15 a.m.: Mm Mm Good
9:15-9:45 a.m.: Sam Alfaro, Native American folk music
9:45-11 a.m.: No Bones About It! jazz ensemble
10:15-10:30 a.m.: “Jeopardy”-like cool questions
11-11:30 a.m.: The Spokes
11:30 a.m.-noon: Tha Dirt Feelin’
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan
12:30-1 p.m.: Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness
Bike Circus, on Third Street
8 a.m.-noon: Free bicycle maintenance
9 a.m.: Davis Bike Polo exhibition game
10:45 a.m.: Elected officials on Whymcycles
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Obstacle courses and Whymcycles