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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Downtown Alameda Welcomes 2017!

Welcome to the year of the Rooster! Fun and interesting things are being planned by the Downtown Alameda Business Association. In addition to our annual events, we will be supporting many more merchant sponsored community events.

Look for events like these to take shape in Downtown Alameda this year:

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown Alameda2nd Friday Art Walks – Celebrating artists and merchants in Alameda.

Made in Alameda Showcase – Sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Community Blood Drive – People need and we can give.

Saint Patrick’s Beer Crawl – For the luck of the Irish!

Easter Egg Hunt – Help your kids find the eggs and collect the treats.

Wine & Chocolate Walk – Perfect for a date night in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival – More artists and music than last year.

Night Markets – Lights, Music, Food, and Shopping!

4th of July Celebration – After the parade passes Park Street, remain in Downtown Alameda where the celebration continues.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – The biggest collection of art, shopping, music, and fun in Alameda at one time.

Scarecrow Contest – It gets a little scary around Halloween. Come judge the Scarecrow competition!

Zombie Crawl – Alameda pub crawl benefiting local schools and charities! Don’t loose your head!

America Recycle Day – Alameda is working on being a “Zero-Waste” city.

The Downtown Alameda Business Association and our merchants are working hard to promote an economically vibrant community and make a lasting positive impression on visitors. Look for several clothing and food drives benefiting local charities to take place this year.

Additionally, we have many more exciting businesses moving into our downtown district. Stay tuned for announcements…

Downtown Alameda is the place to be in 2017!

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown Alameda

2nd Friday Art Walk in AlamedaThe galleries, clubs, restaurants, and coffee shops that make Downtown Alameda a vibrant destination welcome you to 2nd Friday Art Walk every month. Take in some of the most exciting, beautiful, and challenging contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond.

It’s a totally free event with a little something for everyone. Artist receptions abound on 2nd Fridays along with live music, DJ’s, jewelry demonstrations, art classes, and wine tastings. It’s also a chance to get to know local artists and learn about their creative process.

Start your 2nd Friday Art Walk experience at any of the participating venues in Downtown Alameda. As you stroll from venue to venue, you’re invited to partake in wine and light refreshments at many of the galleries and shops.

Maps are available at Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave). Visit their website for current information: www.studio23gallery.com/2ndFriday

Featured events for Friday, March 11:

Studio23 2nd Friday exhibit Inside OutINSIDEOUT Closing Reception
Studio 23, 2309B Encinal Ave
Join local East Bay artists for this group art show featuring unique and thought-provoking interpretations of “INSIDEOUT.” Insides consist of a crazy mix of emotions, neuroses, fears, beauty, love,… and organs too. Come see what happens when artists bring the insides out — metaphysically, physically, and anyway the artist sees it. Studio 23 is open up to the public on Second Fridays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Light appetizers and wine served.

Julies Coffee and Tea Garden Art Party March 11Art Party: Photographs by Marlene Winell
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street
This exhibition of photographs on paper, canvas, and metal are about the Zen of “NOTICING” – really noticing the details of everyday life. These “found” images are unusual and sometimes beautiful, but not often considered so lovely. They are often missed because they are in contexts that are very ordinary. (Opening party, March 11, 7:00-9:00pm; Show runs March 11-May 4)

Vintiq 2nd Friday Art Walk March 11Art Show at Vintiq
Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
Vintiq is hosting a very special art show this month. Artists on display are BELY, MUSK, MASKA, HAM, TUPAC, and NITE OWL. In addition, music will be provided by electronic music artist Mike Cadoo who will be making a rare live appearance as Dryft while also calling up tunes from former bands Gridlock and Bitcrush.

Open Studios at Autobody
Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street
Autobody Fine Art provides studio space for emerging artists working in contemporary graphic design, fashion design, painting, and sculpture. The gallery and art studios are open 6:00-9:00pm during 2nd Friday Art Walks.

Food + Drinks + Open Studios 
Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave
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Downtown Alameda’s 15th Annual Spring Festival

Music Schedule and Business Specials: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015The annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The two-day street fair attracts over 50,000 people each year to the beautiful island community of Alameda.

Weekend activities include art and craft vendors, live music, food vendors, beer and wine sales, and a special kids’ area. This year’s event will be held in Downtown Alameda on May 9 and May 10. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival can be fun for the whole family! With over 150 street vendors set up along Park Street and more than 50 unique retail shops, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the district’s many food establishments.

Come join the fun!

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

Live Music Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages with talented musicians performing a wide range of music such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, and soul. This year’s line-up also features some of the Bay Area’s most popular tribute bands: Journey Revisited, Stealin’ Chicago, Zebop! Tribute to Santana, Revolver, and Rock of Ages.

Festival Food & Drink Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. Then quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving craft beers, regional wines, and bubbly mimosas.  Read the rest of this entry »

Go Warriors! Free Live Simulcast at Alameda Theatre

The Warriors 2017 playoff games are once again being shown on the big screen! Tickets are $6 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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Join the Easter Bunny on an Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown Alameda

Grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

Downtown Alameda Easter Egg HuntShops and restaurants in the Historic Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free, but bring your own basket.

Follow the Bunny Trail…

Start the egg-hunt by searching for colorful “Bunny Banners” posted in the windows of participating businesses. Find a Bunny in the window and that’s your clue there is a special treat waiting inside.

With more than 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

Meet the Easter Bunny on Park Street…

A visit with the Easter Bunny will make this family egg-hunt even more special. For a memorable holiday photo opportunity, plan to make a stop at Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where the kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with other merchants on events that bring families to Park Street. It’s especially fun to see the huge smiles as youngsters go door-to-door looking for treats,” says Barbara Mooney, this year’s event organizer.

To find the special treats, hop on down to Downtown Alameda on April 4 and look for Bunny Banners in the windows of these participating businesses:  Read the rest of this entry »

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“Sunday Fund Day” This Week in Downtown Alameda

Sunday Fund Day Alameda for Angela's BistroAs reported in the media earlier this month, a fellow Park Street Business Association member lost his business in the arson fires just before it had a chance to get off the ground. Saboor Zafari, the owner of Angela’s Restaurant, has been a generous supporter of Alameda non-profit organizations as well as the community at large for many years. Now he needs our help!

Sunday Fund Day is a fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together. It takes place in Alameda’s historic downtown district on Sunday, October 26.

Saboor Zafari was close to opening the new Angela’s Restaurant when the business was destroyed by a devastating arsonist fire. “My partner and I went through a similar situation two years ago and I was astounded at the damage that a fire could do. I know from experience that the road to recovery is a long one. Because of the uncertainties that lie ahead for Angela’s, this event is intended to help Saboor and his family cover any immediate costs while the waiting game gets off to a start,” remarked event organizer Melanie Hartman of American Oak.

(Editors Note: American Oak was forced to temporarily close a couple of years ago as a result of an arson fire before the holiday season. With the help of supporters from the community, the restaurant was able to re-open after a year and many of the staff were able to return to their jobs.)

A number of restaurants and lounges found in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will each be offering special menu items on Sunday, October 26, of which the proceeds will help Saboor replace all that was lost in the fire.

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30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire in Alameda — Fun for Everyone!

Park Street Art & Wine Faire 2014The Park Street Business Association is proud to bring the 30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire to Alameda on July 26 & 27. Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year! And, of course, this year promises to be even bigger and better.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” each year, festival-goers can stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district and enjoy arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ play area. Event hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Plan to attend the Park Street Art & Wine Faire!
It has something for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Vendors will be offering items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

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