2017 Vallejo Waterfront Weekend

On behalf of the Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Committee, I would like to invite anyone reading this to Vallejo’s largest two-day party of the year! Whether you live, work, recreate – or all of the above – in Vallejo, you won’t want to miss the one event that showcases everything the city has to offer – from the waterfront, to Mare Island, to historical landmarks – and above all, its wonderful community. 

Year four is taking place this weekend, October 7th and 8th, and is free to the public, with so many things to do that is hard to list them all! But I will give it a shot. 

Opening Ceremonies will take place Saturday at 10 am. on the promenade in front of the Whaleboat Stage. This year’s competition will be held in memory of Mel Nash, who was a lifelong resident, Vallejo High graduate and at the core of the whaleboat community for decades. Colors will be presented by troops from the Girl and Boy Scouts under the watchful eyes of our Veterans and dignitaries like yourselves. And after a final goodbye to our friend, we will begin what is shaping up to be the best Vallejo Waterfront Weekend yet! 

The Straits of Mare Island Rowing Club will host the whaleboat races, which will begin at 10:30 am and run until 4 pm, or whenever all the heats have been decided. The Heat, Frost and Insulators Local #16 will be defending their title and there will also be demonstrations of CMA Crew boats and Kayak races as well. 

The Hot Rod and Custom Car Show put on by Boyz Under the Hood will also kick off first thing and there will be an expanded Kids Zone with GVRD, Loma Vista Farms and Leadership Vallejo bringing activities that will include a video gaming truck, Zorb ball area, pumpkin patch, animals, rock wall, jumpy toys and more! 

At noon, the Chili Cook off begins at the Vallejo Yacht Club with last year’s champions, the “28 moo’s later” team led by Shawn Bryant, back to defend the title! Also at noon Saturday will be our karaoke contest on the Community Stage. 

On this year’s Sol Trans guided Bus Tour you can jump on a bus and visit key stops in Downtown Vallejo, such as the McCune Collection and Vallejo Museum before heading over to Mare Island to other significant landmarks like St. Peters Chapel and the Mare Island Museum. Or you can chill out at Vino Godfather or visit the Coal Shed before heading back to the festival. Take a passport provided by local docents, who will tell you the real Vallejo stories. If you visit two stops, you can become eligible to win special Visit Vallejo Baskets full of awesome items. There will also be a bus going back and forth to the California Maritime Academy, who are hosting their alumni reunion this weekend as well and are a huge supporter of the VWW. 

And as usual we have an illustrious list of local luminaries who have agreed to take a turn in Shannon O’Hare’s “Dunkus Ex Machina” Water Chair. Visit our website and see who is hoping to knock last year’s Queen of Vallejo, Shawna Gilroy, off her pedestal and raise the most money for local non-profits. You can even pledge money to your favorites if you cannot get a turn to pour the water on their heads yourselves! 

Another special addition this year will be three iconic works of art by Mario Chiodo displayed on the waterfront -- and Mare Island Films has promised a special surprise for us as well. Firefighters #1186 will be joined by the Vallejo Soroptimist Club to offer a great selection of craft brews and wines, and we have a record number of vendors and community groups setting up booths to sell their wares or feed the masses. 

The Police Athletic League is hosting this year’s Lucky Ducky Derby and will be selling tickets until Sunday when a Syar cement mixer will pour the rubber ducks into a whaleboat. The first four ducks to find their way into a very small tube on the bottom of the boat will be the winners of the following prizes: $5,000 towards a lease from TEAM Chevrolet; a VIP experience from Six Flags; $2500 cash prize; or a $1,000 shopping spree at Victory Store. Visit the website to see where you can get your tickets today. 

As the sun sets over the straits Saturday evening we have a special treat in store. At 5 pm, we are bringing the Unauthorized Rolling Stones on stage to welcome the community, their fans and the participants of the Vallejo Waterfront Weekend’s Glo Run 2017, which is hosted this year by the Robby Poblete Foundation. Runners will assemble on the waterfront, board a ferry and be taken across the Mare Island Straits where they will begin their 5k fun run/walk back to the party awaiting them on the Green. 

This year, runners will be celebrated by a lighted boat parade and serenaded by the second of our British Invasion Bands. We will all “Come Together”, celebrate “Yesterday” and look forward to “The Long and Winding Road” ahead by welcoming the Sun Kings Beatles Tribute Band to the stage. After the concert, the Glo Run will hand out awards including the best adult, youth and pet costumes and then it will be a glo-in-the-dark-themed celebration that will close down the festivities for the night. 

Sunday’s festivities start bright and early with the Bridge to Bridge Triathlon starting at 7:45 am at the Vallejo Yacht club. Awards will be presented on the Main Community Stage immediately afterwards. 

At 10 am, the Mike Thompson Warriors Cup Whaleboat Challenge will begin. Teams will be rowing for a $1,500 prize to be donated from the Straits of Mare Island Rowing Club to a charity of their choice. 

There will be an exhibit of custom car clubs back on the Green and the Talent Karaoke Contest will continue along with the Water Chair, where Mayor Bob Sampayan will be the first in the cage at noon followed by yours truly. 

At 1 pm on Sunday we have arranged for a special First Responder Demonstration where members of the Coast Guard, Solano County Sheriffs, Vallejo Fire Department and Medic Ambulance will put on a simulated water rescue for the community. 

The event will officially end after the 3 pm announcement of the Lucky Duck, Karaoke Contest and Warriors cup winners. 

So, as you can see we have an action-packed weekend in store for you, and a dedicated group of volunteers have put in countless hours of planning to help put on an event that every member of the family can enjoy and every Vallejo citizen can be proud. 

We can’t wait for you to all show up and help us celebrate Vallejo!