Shop Local: Holiday Events in Downtown Alameda

Shop Local Saturday in Downtown AlamedaNestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is another opportunity for shoppers to have some fun and get terrific deals. Forget the malls on Saturday, November 26 and make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition.

By shopping or dining at a small business in Downtown Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

So let our merchants help you find unique holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more! Gift certificates also make a wonderful surprise.

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Alameda

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! Enjoy these special holiday happenings in Downtown Alameda:

The Sewing Room holiday stockingWed, November 23:
Relax before the holidays with an evening of live music at Speisekammer. The Saddle Cats play western swing starting at 8:30pm; no cover charge.

Thur, November 24:
Need last-minute holiday meal items? Alameda Natural Grocery and Farmstead Cheeses & Wines will have special hours Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am to Noon.

Fri, November 25:
Daisy’s is celebrating the return of Gilmore Girls to television on Friday, November 25. Enjoy special gifts and food — celebrated festival style!
Celebrate local music with four Alameda acoustic acts at McGee’s. Show starts at 8:00pm: Wicked LobstahAcoustic EmbersFlunch, and My Friday NightRead the rest of this entry »

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Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda

We’re celebrating YOU!

The merchants in Downtown Alameda appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer. As a special thank you, we’re hosting a “Customer Celebration Day” on Saturday, September 24.

We invite you to take a stroll through Alameda’s historic downtown district for a day of fun. Participating businesses will be offering free giveaways, prizes, and special discounts. Plus, enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities on the sidewalks from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

So plan on visiting your favorite shops, restaurants, and services on Customer Celebration Day… and maybe even discover some new places along the way. Over 50 businesses will be participating!

Here’s a small sample of special activities:
* 10:00am-11:00am – Free Coffee and Tea Tasting @ Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
* 11:00am-12:00pm –  Complimentary Croissants @ C’era Una Volta
* 11:00am-2:30pm – Meet the Minions – Photo Op @ Cinema Grill
* 2:00pm-4:00pm – Free Sangria Wine Tasting @ Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars
* 4:00pm-6:00pm – Free Face Painting @ Tucker’s Ice Cream

For a chance to win a fabulous assortment of gift certificates and goodies from downtown merchants, be sure to stop by one of our sponsoring businesses to pick up your free entry form — the grand prize is valued over $500!

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Downtown Alameda’s 16th Annual Spring Festival Brings Fun to Park Street

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2016Don’t miss Downtown Alameda’s 16th Annual Spring Festival! The two-day street fair brings arts, crafts, music, craft beer, regional wines, and a whole lot of fun to Downtown Alameda!

This year’s FREE street fair will be held May 7 and May 8 on Park Street. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

With over 150 street vendors and more than 50 retail shops, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mother’s Day. Or maybe you would like to bring Mom for a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown district’s many restaurants.

There’s certainly something for everyone at Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival

Arts & Crafts Stroll among 150 arts and craft booths featuring handcrafted items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Live Music This year’s line-up features a range of music styles on two stages, including some of the Bay Area’s most popular tribute bands: Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles), Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers), Joyride (The Cars), and Zebop! Tribute to Santana

Zebop at Downtown Alameda Spring FestivalKids’ Area A special area for kids and their families on Alameda Avenue features bounce houses, slot cars, climbing walls, giant slides, facepainting, and WaterBallerz! Kids and adults alike will have fun listening to local children’s dou The Dilly Dallies. In addition, students from New Style Motherlode Dance will take a turn on the main stage to show off the latest hip hop moves and modern dance styles.

Festival Food Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. 

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival street sceneBeer & Wine Quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving local craft beer, regional wines, and bubbly mimosas. This year’s featured beer provider is local brewer Alameda Island Brewing Company. Look for signature flavors such as Cavanaugh Kolsch, Neptune’s Pale Ale, and Alameda’s IPA at each of the beverage stations.

Discover Downtown Alameda Stroll through Alameda’s historic downtown business district to explore the wonderful variety of shops and restaurants. Many of the Downtown Alameda businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Spring Festival. Look for free raffles and giveaways at businesses throughout the downtown area!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Valentine’s Day Ideas: Date Night in Downtown Alameda

There are a number of wonderful restaurants that have been in existence in the historic Park Street district for a many years. These restaurants have a well-earned reputation for being a place to go for special occasions. The restaurant owners pride themselves in offering fresh cuisine and impeccable service. Perfect for a night out with your Valentine!

Guide to Classic Dining in Downtown Alameda

Asena Restaurant Alameda

Asena

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-4100)
An Alameda favorite since 1996, this Zagat-rated restaurant features seasonal cuisine that is influenced by the owners’ Mediterranean roots and infused with wonderfully delicate flavors. Each dish is lovingly prepared and graciously served.

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, 510-769-4828)
This authentic Tuscan Italian restaurant is a neighborhood gem tucked away in Redwood Square. It boasts an elegant environment and features classic dishes like Spiedini and Risotto Mare e Monte. The restaurant’s name translates to “Once Upon a Time.”

Gold Coast Grill Alameda

Gold Coast Grill

Gold Coast Grill (1901 Park Street, 510-522-5388)
Gold Coast Grill opened its doors in 1992 and was the first restaurant in Alameda to feature Greek cuisine. Enjoy a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood dishes, and their popular rack of lamb. Other house made delights include Moussaka and Souvlaki.

Kamakura (2549 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-9121)
Alameda’s original Japanese restaurant since 1981, where traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is enjoyed along with innovative and creative dishes not found anywhere else. Fresh ingredients are combined with their award-winning hospitality. (Feb 2017 Update: Kamakura is currently closed for repairs)

Linguini’s Pasta & Vino (1508 Park Street, 510-865-5101)
Linguini’s is a fine Italian restaurant. Dine on classic pasta dishes paired with a wonderful selection of wine. Specialties include fettuccine al pesto, penne burina, spaghetti bolanese, and portabella ravioli.

Speisekammer German Restaurant Alameda

Speisekammer

Pappo (2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100)
Pappo is an award-winning bistro located in the heart of Alameda’s Park Street district. Their menu of New American food is based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably, locally and, whenever possible, organically.

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave, 510-522-1300)
Patrons enjoy the authentic German food at Speisekammer for many years. The Bavarian menu features hearty dishes like Sauerbraten and Schweinebraten. Other menu choices include a German take on grilled salmon and roasted chicken.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Shop Local Saturday – Find Deals in Downtown Alameda, November 28

Shop Local Saturday, Downtown AlamedaMake local businesses a part of your holiday tradition and let our merchants help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more! You’ll find a wonderful collection of shops and restaurants here in Downtown Alameda.

Did you know that when shopping local, a greater share of every dollar spent is recirculated into the local economy? By shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! We invite you to “Shop Local Saturday” on November 28 when businesses throughout Downtown Alameda will be offering special discounts, free treats, and fun activities:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda

Downtown Alameda Customer Celebration Day 2015 posterThe merchants in Downtown Alameda’s historic business district appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer.

As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Celebration Day” on Saturday, September 12. Participating businesses will be offering free giveaways, entertainment, and special discounts from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We invite you to stroll through Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown district to visit your favorite shops, restaurants, and services. Enjoy the entertainment and activities on the sidewalks and maybe even discover some new places along the way.

Look for the balloons in front of participating businesses.

For a chance to win a wonderful assortment of gift certificates and goodies from local businesses, be sure to stop by our information table at 1419 Park Street (in front of Park Street Plaza) to enter the FREE DRAWING. The grand prize is valued over $250!

Plan Your Visit

While exploring the shops and restaurants in Downtown Alameda you can enjoy musical entertainment, vintage fashion shows, jewelry demonstrations, and belly dancers. Plus, you can enjoy free treats along the way…

  • 10:00-11:00am, Start your stroll with a free cup of coffee or tea at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden.
  • Noon-1:00pm, When you’re ready for a break, find your way to C’era Una Volta for free cannoli and receive a free tote too.
  • 1:00-4:00pm, After lunch, head over to Bonne Vie for a free Prosecco tasting (21+ only).
  • 2:00-4:00pm, Don’t forget dessert — for a little family fun, stop at Twirl for a free cupcake decorating activity.

Visit our event page for the complete list of activities and locations: Event Schedule

Look for the Balloons to find Special Promotions
(click on each name for address and info about the business) 
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Find Yourself in Downtown Alameda For Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you are looking for unique gift ideas for Father’s Day this year, you’ll find plenty to choose from in Downtown Alameda’s shops and restaurants. From family pictures to self-defense classes, these are just a few of the interesting gift ideas that you will find in Alameda’s Historic (but hip) Park Street Business District

Megan Small PhotographyFamily Pictures
Family photos always make a memorable Father’s Day gift that lasts for years. Megan Small Photography (2511 Santa Clara Ave) is offering $50 off the session fee if you book a family session in the month of June. Megan specializes in families and lifestyle portraits. Her portfolio is available at www.megansmall.com. To book an appointment with Megan, call her at (510) 219-6028.

Father’s Day BBQ & Ribs
Planning to take Dad out for a special meal on Father’s Day? C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Ave) is putting together special menus for breakfast and lunch. Dad will especially enjoy Rudy’s famous Tuscan Ribs and other BBQ dishes that will be available in the afternoon. Reservations can be made by calling (510) 769-4828.

Dad-Worthy Wines
The gift of wine is something that Dad can enjoy immediately, or save for a special occasion. Farmstead Cheeses & Wine (inside Marketplace at 1650 Park Street) has a great selection of gift-worthy, Dad-worthy wines for you. To sweeten the purchase, look for a couple of Father’s Day specials to be announced over the next couple of weeks.

Bonne Vie, AlamedaFine Cigars
For Father’s Day give him what he wants for a relaxing evening…a good drink and a fine cigar. Bonne Vie (1419 Park Street) offers both at terrific prices for this annual occassion. All individual cigars are currently selling for 15% off the regular price and 25% off the entire box. Wine and beer imports are currently 10% off regular prices and 15% off case prices.

Self-Defense or Yoga
Maybe Dad has been talking about doing something different (and fun) to get into shape. Give him a hand by purchasing a package of yoga classes at Yoga Alameda or a package of self-defense classes at Team Silva BJJ. All classes are conveniently located at 1502 Park Street in Downtown Alameda. Call (510) 263-8700 for more info.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Go Warriors! Free Live Simulcast at Alameda Theatre

The Warriors 2017 playoff games are once again being shown on the big screen! Tickets are $5 and proceeds go to the Warriors Community Foundation. Visit the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex website for an updated schedule… www.alamedatheatres.com

Check out this film clip from previous years: http://bit.ly/warriors-watch-parties

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex has been selected as one of three Golden State Warriors “Watch Party” locations for viewing the NBA Finals LIVE. The theatre is teaming up with the Warriors to offer FREE admission to view the games on the theatre movie screen beginning Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm.

Fans will also have a chance to win special giveaways such as Warriors merchandise, Warriors t-shirts, and Theatre movie tickets… to name a few.

Warriors NBA Playoffs at Alameda Theatre

Alameda Cinema Grill will be offering bar and menu specials such as “3-Point Punch Cocktail” and “Steph Curry Noodle Bowl.”  Fans can also celebrate at Cinema Grill Bistro & Bar after the game and continue to enjoy game day discounts and win Warriors merchandise. A percentage of the sales from the special menu will be donated to the Warriors Community Foundation.

Alameda Cinema Grill specialsDowntown Tip: The first 50 Cinema Grill pre-game guests will receive a surprise Warrior’s gift awaiting their arrival! (Alameda Cinema Grill opens at 5:00pm.)

The Theatre Snack Bar will be selling movie snacks as well as Cinema Grill wine, beer and pizza. In-Seat Service will be available to those who request “reserve” seating. Perhaps a Warrior’s Girl will deliver your order!

So go enjoy the NBA Finals in style… recliner seat; 50′ Hi-def cinema presentation; In-Seat Service for snacks, beer, and wine; Warrior freebies; and FREE Admission!

Alameda Theatre & CineplexLook for more Golden State Warrior games to be shown on the big screen… Warrior games will be presented on the big screen until the last Warriors game — hopefully the Championship Game.

For ticket information, visit the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex website at www.alamedatheatres.com

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