Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival Brings Weekend Fun To Mother’s Day

Downtown Alameda Spring FestivalPlan to attend Downtown Alameda’s 17th Annual Spring Festival. The free two-day street fair will be bringing arts, crafts, music, and a whole lot of excitement to the downtown district. The event takes place on May 13 and May 14 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The popular street fair offers something for everyone… over 150 quality arts and crafts booths, continuous live music that will get festival-goers dancing in the street, interactive activities for all ages, mouth-watering festival foods, and local craft beer and wine sales.

Children will have fun in a special kids’ zone on Alameda Avenue. Adults can quench their thirst at one of the beverage booths serving local craft beer from Alameda Island Brewing Company and outstanding wines from Rock Wall Wine Company.

With over 150 art and craft booths and more than 50 retail shops open for shopping, Downtown Alameda will be the perfect place to find a gift for Mom… or maybe you would like to bring Mom to the celebration for a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown district’s many restaurants.

Enjoy a level of festivity that is beyond what you have seen before with more room to stroll among the displays and more room to dance in the street!

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Decorating for the Lunar New Year in Downtown Alameda

Lunar New Year at Monkey King Pub in Alameda

Lunar New Year at Monkey King Pub & Grub

As the Lunar New Year approaches, some of our downtown merchants can be seen decorating their businesses with lanterns, couplets, paper cuttings, and other items. Dazzling and glittering Chinese New Year decorations never fail to capture the magic and energy of this fabulous season.

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is the most important traditional holiday in Chinese communities. It takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar, marking the ‘Start of Spring’. This year’s lunar new year begins on Saturday, January 28, 2017. It is said to be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. 

Be sure to look for colorful decorations when visiting some of the Asian-inspired restaurants, martial arts studios, and other businesses in Alameda’s downtown district.

It’s interesting to know that the decorations you may see also carry symbolic meaning:

Chinese Lunar New Year decorationsChinese Red Lanterns — Hanging a red lantern in front of the door is believed to drive off bad luck. During Chinese New Year it is not uncommon to see lanterns hung on business offices.

Door Couplets — New Year couplets contain brush works of Chinese calligraphy posted on each side of a door frame. The message on the couplets is filled with best wishes for the coming year. The couplets are thought to keep evil away.

Paper Cuttings — It is customary to display paper cutouts on windows during the Chinese New Year for luck and happiness. The theme of the New Year’s paper cutting typically contains the image of an auspicious plant or animal. The rooster is expected to be a popular image this year.

Upside-Down Fu Characters — The pasting of big diamonds of paper calligraphy with the “fu” Chinese character is deliberately inverted on or over doors. It means a business wishes for “good fortune” to “pour out” on them. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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Spring Into Action and Take A Class in Downtown Alameda

Craft Night at The Sewing Room in Alameda

The Sewing Room

Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.

You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.

Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.

Art Classes & Hobby Workshops

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.

Bead Inspirations jewelry classes in Alameda

Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.

Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
“Ms. Y” loves teaching art to all ages, particularly kids. Students paint, print, cut, and color original art projects while learning new art-making techniques. Summer art classes are taught Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda’s 15th Annual Spring Festival

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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 »

Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festival

Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festivalit’s all happening in Alameda this weekend.

2nd Friday Art Walk in Alameda and the Park Street Spring Festival

"Alice" at Gary Francis Fine Art

“Alice” by Jim Damron, showing at Gary Francis Fine Art

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate life and art is a celebration of life. Why not start your Mother’s Day weekend this Friday by accompanying Mom on visits to some of the art galleries that are part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Start your Art Walk at any of the participating art venues featuring performance art, live music, DJ’s, and film screenings; alongside a rotating schedule of amazing visual art. Grab a delicious snack to eat or drink along the way as you stroll from venue to venue (many offer complimentary wine and crackers). End the evening by treating Mom to dinner or a cocktail at one of the many tea/coffee houses, lounges, and restaurants in the Park Street area.

To help you out, we’ve picked out a number of interestingvenues that will be exhibiting on Friday night and during the Park Street Spring Festival:

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Alameda’s Park Street Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day Treat for Everyone

Alameda's Park Street Spring Festival 2014Spring has finally sprung! Get ready for the 14th annual Park Street Spring Festival — a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The ever popular street fair takes place in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The Park Street Spring Festival has something for everyone… over 150 art and craft vendors, live music on two stages, plenty of food vendors, some beer & wine sales, and a special kids’ area. Plus, take a stroll through Alameda’s destination shopping district to discover its unique variety of charming shops, antique stores, and top-rated eateries.

The Park Street Spring Festival just might be the 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 local restaurants.

The Park Street Spring Festival is fun for the entire family. Don’t miss it!

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