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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July 4 Parade: Find the Best Views in Downtown Alameda

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes each and everyone of you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Alameda July 4 Parade

We hope you’ll find your way to Downtown Alameda on July 4 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 begins at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue.

Watch as over 170 entries and 2,500 participants travel along Park Street before heading to Webster Street. You’ll see a unique variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses. The participants come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area.

Alameda July 4 Parade HorsesThe performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. So, for optimal viewing, plan to arrive well before start time to grab a front row seat along Park Street. And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping, you’ll find plenty of businesses open in Alameda’s downtown district.

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route, starting in front of 1417 Park Street at 9:00am — an hour before the parade.

Lucky 13 logo

After the parade, stick around Alameda’s vibrant downtown district for lunch and more shopping before heading over to Alameda Point for the inaugural Alameda Coast Guard Festival that will be held at Pier 3 from Noon to 4:00pm. Enjoy live music and activities for all ages, view a collection of floats from the parade, and witness Coast Guard exhibits and rescue demonstrations. You’ll also find a number of Downtown Alameda businesses at this event: Bowzer’s Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice and Lucky 13 will be there with their beer truck.

Find more details at www.alamedaparade.com.

Celebrating More Milestone Anniversaries

As we prepare for the Fourth of July festivities in Alameda, there’s another reason to celebrate our nation’s independence… the existence of local, independent businesses that embody the spirit and individuality of our country.

Congratulations to the Downtown Alameda businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries this month. To all of you independent business owners, we celebrate you!

15 Years

Steven M. Chabre, Attorney-at-Law

10 Years

John M. Jameson Construction

Agatha Sembajwe, Accounting Solutions

5 Years

Pho Sinh Restaurant

Ocean Spa

All Good Living

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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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McGee’s Bar and Grill Announces New Kitchen: Park Street Grill

McGee’s Bar and GrillMcGee's Bar and Grill, Alameda (1645 Park Street, Alameda) was established in 1977 by John Costello on the ground floor of the old Leona Hotel. It soon became one of Alameda’s favorite local hangouts. As the years passed, McGee’s evolved into a family-friendly sports bar and grill. In August 2014, long-time manager Tim Goodman and his wife Tracy purchased the business from the Costellos. Tim and Tracy are proud to carry on the Alameda legacy that is “McGee’s.”

The Bar

Beer at McGee's, AlamedaMcGee’s is one of the best places in Downtown Alameda to stop in for a drink with friends or to watch your favorite sports teams. The bar has 13 flat screen TV’s showing all major sporting events with DirecTV’s MLB package and NFL ticket. The shuffleboard table and internet juke box are also fun, entertaining, and favorites with customers.

The bar at McGee’s features 13 beers on tap, along with a full selection of wine and spirits. McGee’s supports local breweries like Faction Brewing and Alameda Island Brewing Company by having their beers on tap, along with St. George Distillery vodka (original, citrus and chili flavors). Daily drink specials are also offered.

The Grill

Cardel Catering, AlamedaThe owners of McGee’s are very excited to announce that, as of November 3, Chef Scott Cardel and Chef Michele Cavaleri have taken over the kitchen and are cooking up new and innovative pub-style cuisine along with a kid-friendly menu. The new restaurant inside the bar has been dubbed Park Street Grill.

Scott and Michelle have been working side-by-side for the last 12 years at nearby Cardel Catering in Alameda. With Scott’s 40 years chef experience and Michele’s 25 years experience (including the opening of Speisekammer), they promise to offer fresh, seasonal items for lunch and dinner that everyone can enjoy. On weekends, they will also be offering brunch for football fans.

Putting It All Together 

McGee’s Bar and Grill is the perfect place to bring the whole family — booster seats and high chairs are available for the little ones.

Looking to have a small private or team party? The outdoor patio is perfect for outdoor dining. It’s wind-protected with heater lamps and a flat screen TV. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic Downtown Alameda – Respect Your Elders

Park Street, Alameda historic buildingsSometimes, “what’s new” is not as interesting as “what’s old.” That’s the case with our great old buildings in Downtown Alameda.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. However, things changed that year when a rail and ferry system was introduced to the city.

With improved transportation, hubs of commerce sprang up along the train routes. The primary local stop for the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad was Alameda Station, located near what is now the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Park Street. From that point, businesses spread out mostly in a linear fashion along a road that divided two large tracts of land. That road ultimately became “Park Street.”

Between 1877 and 1880, more than thirty large ornate commercial buildings were erected — ones that were grander than their wooden predecessors. In 1896, Alameda’s City Hall building was completed and by 1905 over 150 structures lined Park Street and the surrounding roads.

There were a few building booms following The Great Earthquake (1906) and between the two World Wars. But the old Victorian landmark buildings didn’t seem that cool any more, so they were either torn down or converted into something else. Thankfully, thirty of the historic structures were left standing, including one that still retains its original architecture.

It was in 1981 that a group of merchants in their wisdom applied to have Alameda’s downtown area designated a national historic business district. Since then, from an architectural standpoint, Park Street has pretty much remained as we see it today.

We invite you to stroll through Downtown Alameda and look for the buildings that are contributors to the Park Street Historic Commercial District (National Register, 1982):  Read the rest of this entry »

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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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There’s No Place Like Downtown Alameda for the Holidays

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

The Historic Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do for the entire family! Enjoy holiday shopping, dining, movies, and more… right here in Downtown Alameda.

Santa Is Coming To Downtown Alameda’s Park Street!

Santa GreetingSanta Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District on December 13 and December 20. Shoppers and diners of all ages are encouraged to take a “selfie” with Santa and then share it with family and friends! (Don’t forget to bring your camera or cell phone.)

Santa will also be making a number of scheduled stops during his downtown visit. Bring the kids to share their holiday wishes with Santa and receive special treats from the following businesses:

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2014 Classic Car Show in Downtown Alameda Revs Up Park Street

Park Street Classic Car Show, Alameda 2014Get ready to start those engines!

The 21st Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place on Saturday, October 11. More than 400 classic vehicles of every description will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district from 10:00am to 4:00pm – antique roadsters, vintage coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and so much more.

Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s and a number of rare beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

Park Street Classic Car Show has a lot to offer! This free event is fun for the whole family and is not to be missed. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s. A national representative of the Mustang Club of America even declared Park Street’s annual Classic Car Show to be “the best that he has ever seen.”

Park Street Classic Car Show AlamedaAlongside the Classic Car Show, Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) will be hosting a Classic Bike Show — show off your low rider cruiser, vintage road bike, or any other bike you deem a classic.

In addition, many of the Downtown Alameda shops and restaurants will be open for business. Spectators are invited to explore the unique collection of stores and enjoy the tasty fare of the fabulous eateries. You can even test your gaming skills at Subpar Miniature Golf and High Scores Arcade Museum, catch a movie at the historic restored Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, or enjoy a live Rockabilly show reminiscent of the 50’s at Capone’s SpeakeasyRead the rest of this entry »

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