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2011 Annual Hand-Car Regatta | West End Resident
Historic Railroad Square
Santa Rosa, CA
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2011 Annual Hand-Car Regatta | West End Resident
The Handcar Regatta represents a public celebration of Mechanical Railcar Races, Visual, Culinary, and Costumed Performing Arts combined with an inclusive concept of Community Participation and Human Ingenuity embracing sustainability, alternative transportation, and good old fashioned fun.

The railcar races at the center of the Regatta highlights Innovation and Human-Powered Ingenuity to devise cheaper, viable, and hitherto undreamed of methods for bizarre transport beyond the standard notions of to-day. Together with an emphasis on biking, the Regatta provides a platform for playfulness and sustainable concerns within the realm of human-powered alternative transportation.

Tinkerers, artists, and eccentrics both young and old are invited to participate in Artistic and Mechanical Innovation upon a playful and inspired mixture of fond remembrance for a stylized industrial railroad past remixed with progressive styles and technologies of today. The public is invited to partake in the Regatta through a participatory attitude, costumed buffoonery, and enlightened interaction (never fear: those with inhibitions in the costume department need not worry, feel free to come as you are and enjoy).

Creative endeavor is cultivated through Art, Science and Ingenuity by many in the community beyond the insulated galleries, studios, and museums and out into the street for People to engage in. "Play-ticipation" is key to The Handcar Regatta and for the public who heartily join our cause of arts, inventiveness, and doing.

Ultimately, the storied history of the Santa Rosa West End and Railroad Square are honored as a spring-board of community enriching involvement and alternative entertainment far beyond the trappings of idle consumption and detached spectatorship.

The Handcar Regatta will delight the senses with Railcar Races, Melodious Music, Daring Diversions, Rollicking Games, Delectable Comestibles, and all manner of Adventurous Entertainments with a progressive soul grounded in experimentation, imagination, playfulness, and the empowering act of creation and FUN!


Historic Railroad Square
4th & Wilson Streets
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Sweets
Music > All Ages
Music > Festivals
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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