The long-awaited return of Kool April Nites roared into Redding on Friday with a block party and car show that took over four city blocks.
Spectators admired dozens of classic rides lined up on Market Street as part of the Spring Fest car show, presented by ION and Viva Downtown.
The wildly popular Kool April Nites was on hiatus the past two years due to the pandemic.
"We're really excited to be back," said Debra Fox, the Kool April Nites president. "There's a lot of show and shines going on this week. Hope to see you out there."
The 10-day event continues Sunday with a show and shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kent's Meats and Groceries on Airport Road, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Win-River Casino on Redding Rancheria Road and another one from 7 to 10 p.m. at Tiger Field presented by the Colt 45s on W. Cypress Ave. The Colt 45s website says the cost is $5 at the gate.
This year's Kool April Nites features 24 show and shines, four bands and a drive-in movie. Go to koolaprilnites.com for a full schedule and more information for the rest of the week.
Other highlights include the time-honored Friday Nite Cruise with a parade of cars starting at 6:30 p.m. that swings around Hilltop Drive, Churn Creek Road, E. Cypress and Dana drives. Street closures begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The Big Show takes place Saturday at the Redding Civic Auditorium with a slate of 2,000 cars on display. The Big Show typically attracts more than 10,000 fans.
The Asphalt Cowboys will offer a pancake breakfast both Saturday and Sunday mornings for $5 a plate.
Legendary car customizer John D'Agostino will appear Saturday for a meet and greet. He'll also present the Crystal Award of Excellence. New this year is a Poker Walk with a $5 buy-in for a chance at a $1,000 grand prize.
Weather permitting, a drive-in movie night will be presented at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn of the Redding Civic Auditorium courtesy of C.R. Gibbs American Grille.
The weather ranges from partly to mostly sunny at the beginning of the week to chances of rain Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
The live entertainment at the Civic includes Billy & The Jets on Wednesday, Black Vinyl 45 on Thursday, Hill Street Band on Friday after the cruise and Journey Unauthorized on Saturday.
All-access wrist bands are being sold at Napa Auto Parts for $25, otherwise the cost is $10 at the door for the live bands and the Big Show. The Saturday car show is free for children 12 and under and those over 70.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. It's a great family affair," Fox said.
Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Support local journalism by subscribing today.