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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Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… In Pictures

Beer and Wine at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire

The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) is proud to bring the annual annual Art & Wine Faire to Downtown Alameda each year. We hope you, your family, and your friends were able to join us for a terrific weekend in Alameda’s downtown district.

We keep saying that each year is “bigger and better” and it’s true… each year does get bigger and better! This year saw the biggest turnout and the biggest smiles during the event’s span of 32 years. Even with the large crowds, people were calling it “mellow.” We think this is a testament to the smooth operations that makes it fun for everyone. And we’re happy you could be part of it.

We saw plenty of activity and fun throughout the weekend…

  • True Covers Tribute Band at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine FaireThousands of people were enjoying the huge selection of arts, crafts, and food vendors. 
  • The four beverage stations were pouring beer and wine almost nonstop. (Thanks to Alameda Island Brewing Company and Rock Wall Wine Company, we think we have the best beer and wine selection in the Bay Area!) 
  • People of all ages were kicking back and dancing to the lively music on our two stages. (Who can resist the music made famous by The Beach Boys, The Cars, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, and Santana?) 
  • Parents and kids were having a blast in the two kids’ areas while spectators had fun watching the kids roll around in those wacky waterballs.
  • Kid activities at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine FaireFolks were enjoying all of interactive activities scattered around the downtown district, including Alameda’s own The Dilly Dallies and Alameda String Academy
  • Lots of festival-goers were also taking the time to visit our local shops and restaurants.

To see what we are talking about, view more photos in our photo album on Facebook.

Our annual events mean a great deal to Downtown Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association. Not only are we able to offer family fun and an opportunity for friends to reconnect in Downtown Alameda, but proceeds from the our street fairs are used to maintain and enhance the downtown district. Without your support of the annual Art & Wine Faire we couldn’t promote and maintain Downtown Alameda and the historic Park Street District as the vibrant downtown we all love. Read the rest of this entry »

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Find Something For Everyone at Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire on Park Street 2016Here’s an event you don’t want to miss… Downtown Alameda’s 32nd Annual Art & Wine Faire will be held the weekend of July 30-31 on Park Street, with activities scheduled from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The annual street fair is free to the public and offers something for everyone. You’ll find over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors up and down the street; a terrific selection of craft beers and local wines; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. While strolling around Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district, festival-goers can also find unique shops and restaurants that will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 260+ art and craft booths located on Park Street. You’ll find handcrafted ceramics, metal art, paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Park Street Art & Wine Faire, AlamedaFood & Drink Satisfy your taste buds with festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! For the 21+ crowd, there will be multiple beverage booths serving craft beers by Alameda Island Brewing Company and local wines by Rock Wall Wines.

Live Entertainment… Enjoy continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up will feature some of the best tribute bands from the 70’s and 80’s: True Covers, Joyride, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train Running, and Zebop! Tribute to Santana. (2016 Music Schedule)

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire music stageKids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families will be set up on Alameda Ave with bounce houses, carnival rides, slot cars, puppet shows, face painting, bunjee jumping, and that wacky attraction… Waterballerz!

Free Bike Parking… Free, secure bike parking will be available near the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. There couldn’t be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.  Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May/June 2016)

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery

Healthy meal options at The Station

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown AlamedaIn addition to the terrific shopping choices, you’ll find an ever-increasing variety of food places that cater to different tastes and budgets.

Recently added to the list of convenient take-out spots are a couple of new deli-style eateries, both located in neighborhood markets and offering their own spin on gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups, and prepared meal options. There are also a number of eateries still in the works — look for country barbecue and Hawaiian poke to be available in Downtown Alameda before the end of the year.

Help welcome these newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Everest Market Alameda grocery and cafe

Crepes at Everest Market

A Street Corner, 1623 Park Street
* Handcrafted clothing and gifts from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Chef M at Everest Market, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh soups, and crepes.

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
* Premium made-to-order sandwiches and prepared meal options for healthy eating and convenience.

New Owners:

Alameda Printing Services, 2408 Lincoln Ave

Club House Cocktail Lounge, 1215 Park Street

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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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Find the Best Views of Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

Alameda July 4 ParadeOn July 4, be sure to find your way to Downtown Alameda to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and it starts right here on Park Street.

The Alameda parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that traverse a 3.3 mile route across Alameda — from Park Street on the east end of the island to Webster Street on the west end. Beginning at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, the parade first meanders down Park Street and then continues around the corner along Otis Drive.

Spectators enjoy a huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, dancing horses, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, and costumed characters. Performers come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area. 

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2015 Parade Photo Gallery

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the route of the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade. The R.A.C.E. starts at 9:00am — an hour before the parade — in front of the Bank of Marin (1416 Park Street).

The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade and race attract over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots along Park Street where parade entrants start off with lots of energy. The performances, cheering, and flag waving tend to be particularly exciting in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March/April 2016)

Redux Cryotherapy Alameda

Redux Cryotherapy… second floor

When visiting Downtown Alameda, it’s sometimes easy to miss the businesses that occupy spaces above and behind the street-level storefronts. If you take the time to explore the district, you might be surprised at what you find. It could be a welcoming studio that offers quality tattoos, a t-shirt design house that brings attitude to current affairs, or even a high-tech spa that provides whole-body cold therapy for professional athletes (and people like you).

Help welcome the newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

3Dot Art Gallery 2309A Encinal Ave Alameda

3Dot Art Gallery… alley entrance

3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave
* Innovative specialty gallery offering various forms of unique art.

Causewear, 1361 Park Street, Suite 218
* Wholesale and custom design t-shirts with “Attitude.” (Look for their t-shirts at Doumitt Shoes.)

Kris Velsaco, LCSW, 1516 Oak Street #313
* Kris has over 15 years of experience in helping people through painful times and hard changes.

Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301-1/2 Park Street
* Locally owned and operated shop with a team of diverse artists crafting quality tattoos.

Lucky 13 Tattoos Alameda

Lucky 13 Tattoos… second floor

Redux Cryotherapy, 2416A Central Ave, Suite #D
* Revive, recover, and rejuvenate with whole-body cold therapy treatments. Single sessions and packages available.

Stitches, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
* High quality custom sewing, clothing alterations, and tailoring.

New Owner:

Bambu Desserts, 1321 Park Street

Name Change:

Big Discount Tire Pros, 1200 Park Street (formerly Big O Tires)

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Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – July 25 & 26, 2015

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2015Enjoy the summer sun at one of the biggest and best events of the year! Downtown Alameda’s 31st Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 25 and July 26. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers each year, there is sure to be something for the entire family. Festival-goers can also enjoy a stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… It’s fun for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire bandLive Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up features some of the best tribute bands: Petty Theft, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train RunningLong Time, and Zebop! view the complete schedule

Kids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families features bounce houses, games, carnival rides, slot cars, face painting, bungee jumping, and… Waterballerz!

Food & Drink… Satisfy your taste buds with a festive selection of street favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! Plus, there will be multiple beverage booths serving beer, mimosas, and a wonderful selection of local Rock Wall wines.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire Jewelry VendorShop Downtown Alameda… Downtown Alameda’s Park Street District is “historic, hip, and worth the trip.” More than 400 businesses are located in Alameda’s downtown commercial district. You’ll find a unique variety of fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do. Many of the businesses will even be offering weekend specials during the event.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided at the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. There couldn’t be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit www.DowntownAlameda.com/Art-Wine-FaireRead the rest of this entry »

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