Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge is now 100 years, and the city is celebrating, with a series of events including a scavenger hunt, wine and food tasting, walking tours and more.
The bridge will be closed starting May 2 and 7pm, through Sunday May 5 at 7am for planned events.
From Folsom PD:
Rainbow Bridge will be closed on Greenback Lane from Folsom Auburn Road to Scott Road from 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 through 7 a.m. Sunday, May 5. Access to The Cliff House of Folsom Restaurant will remain open. Motorists are encouraged to take Lake Natoma Crossing to Natoma Street to Riley Street as an alternate route.
Public parking is not allowed in the adjacent Historic District neighborhood on Saturday, May 4 (barricades will be in place). Attendees are encouraged to plan on using the following parking, transit, and ride-sharing options:
Free Public Parking
|Historic District Parking Garage
|905 Leidesdorff Street
|Folsom Community Center*
|52 Natoma Street
|Folsom City Lions Park*
|403 Stafford Street
|200 Stafford Street
|Negro Bar State Park (paid parking)
*Use the Johnny Cash Trail for bike/pedestrian access to Rainbow Bridge
Rideshare and Taxi Pick-up/Drop-off Point
Reading Street between Leidesdorff Street and Sutter Street
Ride Sacramento Regional Transit free to the Historic District on Saturday, May 4. Show any celebration flyer or postcard.
A free bike valet service will be available on Riley Street, south of Rainbow Bridge, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.
About the Rainbow Bridge Events
The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. A free festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at the bridge at 10 a.m. The festival features informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, music, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars.
During the ceremony, world-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch-wide line.
Many Folsom businesses and Historic District merchants are offering a variety of special promotions, discounts, and merchandise.
Three Folsom schools and several local engineering firms will participate in a Rainbow Bridge design contest. Students will build model structures and engineers will test the load capacity to determine the winner. The contest will take place in the Historic District Amphitheater at 8 a.m.
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the Folsom Historical Society will have a docent-led walking tour of Sutter Street from the History Museum to the Rainbow Bridge. The walking tour will end at 10 a.m. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tickets for the walking tour are $15 and available by calling the museum at 916-985-2707 or visiting the Folsom Historical Society website. Headsets are provided. The Folsom History Museum will also host Rainbow Bridge-themed coloring, painting, and clay art activities for younger children in June’s Garden located behind the museum from noon to 4 p.m.
The Folsom Historic District Association hosts a Rainbow Bridge Centennial Tasting on the bridge from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring gourmet food and libations provided by Historic District restaurateurs. The evening also includes live music, entertainment, and special surprises. Tickets are available on the Folsom Historic District Association website.
The celebration wraps up with a free concert by the Folsom Lake Symphony in the Historic District Amphitheater from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn more in the event press release and stay informed at www.folsomrainbowbridge.com.