Foster City's Parks and Recreation Department actively participates in planning and facilitating a huge number of large and small community events every year.
In 2012, the Parks and Recreation Department planned, facilitated or participated in 49 community events, large and small.
Community Events celebrate cultural heritage and community holidays as well as promote health and fitness and just plain fun! Some examples include the Fourth of July Festival, Polynesian Festival, Community Bike Ride, Holi Festival, Lunar New Year Celebration, Halloween Festival, Tree Lighting Ceremony and various lagoon-related events. Find out what's planned for 2014 here.
Events are great for building community, but they are also great for promoting economic development for the City. Economic impact is money that goes to our local businesses, and then, in part, flows back to the City in the form of taxes, benefiting all the residents of Foster City. Based on a general formula for calculating the economic impact of Community Events, the impact of Foster City's three largest annual community events are estimated as:
$260,000 Arts and Wine Festival (20,000 attendees)
$208,000 Fourth of July Festival (16,000 attendees)
$156,000 Summer Concert Series (12,000 attendees)
$624,000 Large-Scale Special Events Annual Economic Impact
Learn more about how we estimate economic activity associated with special events here.