Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2017: Come See What’s New!

Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire 2017Enjoy the summer sun and experience island fun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events! The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire features over 250 art & craft vendors, mouth-watering festival foods, local craft beer and wine, live music on three stages, and two kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, restaurants, and services will also be offering specials throughout the weekend.

The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. The fun happens July 29 & 30 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Downtown Alameda street fair musicMusic is always a big draw at the annual street fair. Bay Area favorites will be playing classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, soul, and salsa on THREE different stages this year. The featured bands include a fabulous line-up of the area’s most popular tribute bands.

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Celebrate Local Art: 2nd Friday and Other Events in Downtown Alameda

Happening this month in Downtown Alameda: 2nd Friday Art Walk, Rhythmix 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Summer Art & Maker Fair

Summer Art and Maker Fair AlamedaSummer Art & Maker Fair

Enjoy the work of 65 Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free outdoor art festival, along with music, live demos, open studios, and other activities. See live painting, sketching, sculpting, and illustration as artists create unique artwork during the fair. From comic book art to clothing and jewelry to metal sculpture, the Summer Art & Maker Fair will have something for everyone.

The outdoor art festival takes place Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm just off Park Street in thelot of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave. Look for friendly Lord Zondar, the giant metal robot, to be perched on the roof overlooking the festivities. All ages are welcome; there will be a kids creative corner where children can participate in fun art projects.

This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Alameda Business Association.

More details are available at www.studio23gallery.com.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2017)

MGH Discovered Art Alameda displayThere’s always something new and interesting to discover in Downtown Alameda. Newly added, among other businesses, are a vintage art gallery and a venue that plays host to an eclectic mix of social gatherings.

If you wander through Post Office Alley (warning: you won’t find any post office in this location) and around to the back of the buildings, you’ll find an upper floor gallery where the proprietor offers a collection of handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage art pieces perfect for enhancing home or office. But be sure to call first — it’s open by appointment.

Ready to walk into a place where creativity meets productivity and get started right away? Alameda’s first co-work space is now open near the library. This is where you will find a synergistic atmosphere for workers of all types to share their workday. The venue brings together artist studios, maker spaces, event facilities, and office amenities.

The district is blossoming with creative spaces! Be sure to check out all the newest businesses in Downtown Alameda.

Felix College Prep AlamedaNew Businesses:

EstaR Mortgage, 2413 Webb Ave #E
* Personalized mortgage solutions.

Felix College Prep, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
* Test prep tutoring gurus. (SAT, ACT, GRE)

MGH Discovered Art, 1406 Park Street #400
* One-of-a-kind original, vintage art. Open by appointment.

Phoenix Alameda co-work space

Phoenix, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* Co-working space, event venue, and artist studios.

New Owners/Name Change:

Autobody Fine Art Gallery, 1517 Park Street

Bay East Assoc. of Realtors, 2504 Santa Clara Ave (formerly Alameda Assoc. of Realtors)

Starbaby Studio, 1309 Park Street

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Oscar Winners Shine at the Spring Classic Movie Series

2017 Spring Classic Movie Series at Alameda Theatre & CineplexThe Oscar stars are shining at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex! Step back in time for a vintage movie experience that includes a restored 1932 art deco theatre, recliner seats, and huge movie screen.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Downtown Alameda’s historic theatre presents a lineup of outstanding classic films — among them are some of the best actors and actresses to grace the silver screen. Show times vary by film, but movie-goers can catch either a matinee or evening show.

Tickets are available at the Alameda Theatre’s Box Office in advance and on the day of the show. Single ticket prices are $8.00-$11.25. And don’t forget the popcorn!  A special Classic Snack Pack is offered at a vintage price of only $4.50. This deal includes popcorn, drink, and candy.

Downtown Tip: Save over 50% off the regular ticket price by purchasing the Classic Movie Ticket Pack — choose any 8 classic movies for $40. Share with a friend, come as a group, or give as a gift. The ticket pack NEVER EXPIRES and is valid for any classic film in this series and in any future classic movie series. 

2017 Spring Classic Film Series

2/21 – 2/22    Singin’ in the Rain   (Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly)

2/28 – 3/1      Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Dean Martin)

3/7 –   3/8      Ordinary People  (Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland)

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Love, Community, and 2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda

Wine & Waffles Chocolate Pairing

Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Wine & Waffles

As the popular song goes… “All you need is love.” Love for ourselves, our community, our earth, our country, and our world.  

One of the challenges we all face is that the fate of our communities lies in our collective abilities to support each other and communicate in meaningful ways. With everything that’s going on in our world, people have a deep need to feel connected.

In times of great divide the best strides will come in “breaking bread” with family and friends or sharing a “cuppa” with our neighbors.

Valentine’s Day is not just about romance these days. It’s about showing you care for the people around you. This amazing community — the people who live here, who work here, and those who visit us — these folks can be our focus for this month of LOVE.

Come create a culture of positive appreciation with us. Let’s help each other find new ways to connect.

“Love is about doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

Donna Layburn, President
Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Tip: Downtown Alameda restaurants are putting together special menus and events for Valentine’s Day — you’ll want to book a reservation at your favorite place before they are full.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 In Downtown Alameda

You’ll find a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at one of your favorite restaurants, catch a movie, play a game, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many parties.

Looking for ideas? You can find a list of the best night spots in Alameda on our website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/Food-Drink

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes you a safe and happy new year!

New Year’s Eve Pajama Movie Party

Alameda Theatre Pajama Movie NightWhat’s better than curling up in your PJ’s with some popcorn and a movie at home? Dressing up in your PJ’s and hitting the town to watch a current blockbuster on the big screen!

For the regular price of movie admission at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, guests are welcome to come wearing pajamas and enjoy free pinball games, live music and magic, photo ops with costume characters, and any movie on the theatre’s marquee (current selections include Moana, Rogue One, Sing, and Passengers). Movies ending at 9:00pm and 12:00am will be treated to an on-screen New Year’s countdown to welcome the new year.

More information: www.alamedatheatres.com or (510) 769-3456.

Downtown Tip: If you’d like to celebrate the new year with the family but want the kids in bed early, opt for an early showtime to watch the East Coast countdown at 9:00pm.

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Find Your Way in Downtown Alameda for the 2nd Friday Art Walk

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown AlamedaWhen is a Friday night better than any other Friday night in Downtown Alameda? When it’s a 2nd Friday Art Walk! (By the way, this month’s 2nd Friday is just a few days away.)

2nd Fridays are a monthly celebration of the arts and worth the experience. Whether your interest is in paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, or mixed media, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while in Downtown Alameda on a 2nd Friday. Best of all, 2nd Friday Art Walks are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at your own pace. 

Local galleries and businesses throughout Downtown Alameda work hard to make 2nd Fridays an exciting and relaxing evening for the community. Studios throughout the district take the time to open their creative havens to the public. Artists make huge efforts to show fresh, new, and exciting works.

Studio 23 AlamedaYou’ll want to visit multiple galleries on 2nd Fridays to view amazing visual art alongside performance art, live music, DJ’s, and/or film screenings. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and to learn about their creative process.

Most venues serve wine and light snacks; some provide live music or other entertainment. Local restaurants, shops, and coffee houses in Downtown Alameda also participate in 2nd Fridays by featuring changing art exhibits, special guest appearances, or creative dining experiences.

2nd Friday Art Walk at Studio 23 AlamedaThe 2nd Friday Art Walk is held every second Friday of the month. Activities are typically scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, but times may vary slightly at some locations. Be sure to check the event website for locations and schedules: http://fridayartwalk.com

You can also find official art walk maps at a number of Downtown Alameda businesses.

Artists Supporting Community, Local Business, and Local Art

Studio 23 AlamedaStudio 23 is a small independent art studio and community gallery space located just off Park Street. You’ll find it on the corner of Encinal and Oak, behind the old Lock & Glass building. The gallery is run by Wesley and Jessica Warren (aka Wes and Jess), two artists who have been creating art together for over 20 years.

Opening an art studio and starting the art group Alameda Artists in 2013 has led to several reoccurring group art shows happening in conjunction with 2nd Fridays: February’s “Eat Your Heart Out”, June’s Alameda Summer Art Fair, and October’s Black Light Art Show.  

This September, prompted by Vintiq’s Steve Gray Digilio, they will be promoting “Art For Animals” where a portion of proceeds from the 2nd Friday art walk will go to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).   Read the rest of this entry »

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Kids Can Always Find Summer Fun in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Theatre 2016 Kids Movie SeriesSchool has officially come to an end and it’s time to start planning some summer fun for the kids. For your list of “Things To Do,” we’ve come up with a number of activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
The 2016 Summer Family Movie Series is in full swing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. One kid-favorite movie is shown each week in the historic theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am. Upcoming movies include Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Goosebumps, and three other popular G-rated films. You can still purchase series tickets for $10/person from fundraising organizations or you can purchase single tickets on the day of the show for $2/person.

The Sewing Room Alameda summer classesThe Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room still has openings in their Sewing Summer Camps that run each week this summer through August 26. During sewing camp, children have fun acquiring a deeper skill level because they get to spend a longer time sewing the projects of their choice. Upcoming classes include “Sewing for the American Girl Doll,” “Teen Fashion and Design,” and other flexible projects. Sewing patterns are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Twirl Alameda summer campsTwirl, 1424 Park Street
“Camp Twirl” is in full effect and they have a few spots left. The weekly kids’ camps have six exciting “maker” themes from Whimsical Wonders to Tinkering Twirlers… plus special camps in their new Pottery/Mosaic Studio. Twirl is also a daily play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the tree house, build a fort in the construction zone, or snuggle up and read in the book nook. Older kids can create things from pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, or papercutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child.  Read the rest of this entry »

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