Getting Cooler all the Time

Come one, come all! The Cool Davis Festival offers loads of family fun Saturday morning, October 12, 8 AM to 1:30 PM at Central Park next to the Farmers Market.

Entertainment, interactive exhibits and information about carbon footprint reduction through home and garden, food, travel, and healthy lifestyle options include bike activities and a full program of music and dance.

We can all be part of greenhouse gas solutions, and have a great time, too!

Cool Cycles
The Bike Circus returns to the Cool Davis Festival, offering an array of amusing and amazing bicycle goings-on. Third Street is 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. 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,” says Christal Waters, the Davis Bicycles! mastermind for bike activities on Third Street this year.

“Here’s something new. Come out to see the Davis Bike Polo exhibition game at 9 AM, followed by an open bike polo court for the general public,” comments Eric Berber of this unique polo team. There will be demonstrations on how to wield the mallet and game playing lessons to help newcomers get started.

At 10:15 AM, on the main festival stage, participate or cheer on as someone you know vies in the “Only in Davis” Jeopardy-style trivia quiz. Categories include Bicycle History, Davis History, Davis Geography, Bike Physics and Cool Davis.

Don’t miss the races at 10:45 AM on Third Street. Special guests including Davis City Council members, County Supervisors, Davis School Board 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 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Third Street is 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. Also try out Peter Wagner’s fun and wacky bicycle creations.

Nine-year-old Milo Kerr, 4th grader at Willett Elementary School exclaimed, “Whymcycles are awesome. I want one. My favorite is the pedal-steered four-wheeler!”

Ongoing, from 8 AM to noon, mechanics from local bike shops will be on hand to assist bicyclists in minor bike maintenance. The festival is an excellent opportunity to get your child’s bicycle checked out for the upcoming Davis Bicycles! October bike rodeos at Patwin and Cesar Chavez Elementary Schools.

Tha Dirt Feelin returns to the festival.
Tha Dirt Feelin returns to the festival.

Outstanding Performers Program

“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 AM to 1:00 PM, on the Rotary Stage next to the pedal-powered carousel.

This year, Don Saylor returns as emcee for the festivities, which include appearances by many favorite local artists. In addition, the Damento Jugglers will 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 are joined by percussionist Lucas Silva to present some Cool Davis sounds. Wendy Silk teaches the class Earth Water Science Song at UC Davis. Students communicate environmental science knowledge through songwriting and poetry exercises.

Sam Alfaro plays Native American folk, acoustic folk, Latin-inspired music and rock on a variety of cool instruments.

No Bones About It! Jazz Ensemble plays arrangements of classic jazz standards by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Count Basie complimented with Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, & Irving Berlin. They have performed at many venues including Davis, Vacaville and San Jose Jazz Festivals. They now add ‘Cool’ to their list.

The Spokes are UC Davis’ only all-female a cappella group and can often be found singing on campus and around the town of Davis.

We’re excited to have three returning local groups this year. Tha Dirt Feelin’s music is a positive, upbeat blend of soulful singing, thoughtful raps and musical accompaniment with a solid dance beat.

Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan, student-run Japanese Taiko Drumming group from UC Davis, will wake us up with their resounding rhythm. Last year’s popular performances by Fiesta Dance & Fitness come back to the Cool Davis Festival with children’s dance and dance styles from around the world.

These emphatic sounds and colorful performances are not to be missed!

Ride your bike, take a walk or get on the bus. Unitrans is offering free bus transportation Saturday, October 12. We’ll see you at the fun and free Cool Davis Festival!

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Cool Davis Festival Entertainment Schedule:
Rotary Stage in Central Park, Davis CA

8:45-9:15 AM Mm Mm Good
9:15-9:45 AM Sam Alfaro Native American Folk Music
9:45-11:00 AM No Bones About It! Jazz Ensemble
10:15-10:30 AM Jeopardy: Cool Questions
11:00-11:30 AM The Spokes
11:30 AM-12 Noon Tha Dirt Feelin
12 Noon-12:30 PM Bakuhatsu Taiko Drummers
12:30-1:00 PM Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness
Bike Circus at Cool Davis Festival Schedule:
Third Street between B and C Streets, Davis CA

8:00 AM-12 Noon Free Bicycle Maintenance
9:00 AM Davis Bike Polo exhibition game
10:15-10:30 AM (Rotary Stage) Jeopardy: Cool Questions
10:45 AM Elected Officials Whymcycles
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Fun for all! Obstacle courses and Whymcycles