Art and Wine Faire

Fun for the Whole Family!
Art & Crafts • Festival Food • Craft Beer, Wine, Mimosas • Three Music Stages • Kids' Area • Bounce House • Waterballerz

The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire is one of Alameda's biggest FREE events. The street festival takes place each year during the last weekend in July.

34th Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire
Come join us on July 28 & 29, 2018!

Enjoy the summer sun and island breeze at Alameda's biggest free street festival of the year! The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone -- over 250 artisans, festival foods, local premium wines and craft beers, continuous live music on three stages, as well as kids’ areas with games and carnival rides.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers, 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.

The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire is always free to attend. The fun happens in Alameda's historic downtown Park Street district from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2018

MORE ENTERTAINMENT: a THIRD local stage added!

MORE SEATING: an additional dining area created!

MORE PURCHASING POWER: ATMs near each beverage booth!

Come see what's new at the Art & Wine Faire and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer!

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.

Live Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on three stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. Featured performances include some of the Bay Area's best tribute bands. Swingtown will be coming all the way from Florida to perform a tribute to Steve Miller & Peter Frampton!

Alameda Alley... An expanded area on Central Avenue will be bursting at the seams with an enlarged outdoor dining area and local talent on our new third stage programmed by legendary Alameda musician Jim Parodi and sponsored by Coconut Cay SkyJuice. Also on tap (literally), will be East Bay MUD’s "Water on Wheels" trailer filled to the brim with cold, delicious water so you can stay hydrated for free. Just bring your own reusable water bottle and fill ‘er up! Don’t have a water bottle? With a donation you can pick one up across the way from the Alameda Police Department.

Kids’ Area and Carnival Rides… Now with two fun-packed places for the kiddos! Alameda Avenue is the spot if your kids like to bounce, flip, twirl, or see the world through a giant bubble. There will be a selection of games, bounce houses, bungee jumpers, face painting, puppet shows, children’s entertainment, and the popular Waterballerz. Additionally, there’s plenty of thrills at the carnival rides set up on Park Street near Walgreens with favorites like Classic Teacup Spinners and Frog Hoppers.

Festival Food… Chow down on a fan favorite Lockeford Sausages and wash ‘em back with an ice cold smoothie. Follow your nose to find other favorites including hand-dipped corn dogs, fresh kettle corn, gyros, roasted corn, BBQ oysters, mango sticks, curly fries, teriyaki chicken skewers, dole whips, and more.

Craft Beer & Wine... For the 21+ crowd, there will be multiple beverage booths serving local craft beers by Alameda Island Brewing Co. and premium wines by Rock Wall Wine Company. Refreshing mimosas will also be available for purchase. Prices are $5 for commemorative glasses and $7 for drinks.

Additional 21 and older Fun… Two of our sponsors will be sampling their brand new products. Try a sample of Coconut Cay SkyJuice at the corner of Park and Central right next to the Coconut Cay Local Alameda Stage or Dr. Hops Kombucha Beer by the carnival rides near Walgreens at Park Street and Buena Vista Ave.

Shop Downtown Alameda… More than 400 businesses are located in the island’s walkable downtown district. Festival-goers can enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown where unique shops, amazing restaurants, and other services are abundant and will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Free Valet Bike Parking... Secure bike parking will be available at Vietnam House (1527 Park Street). There couldn't be a better way to experience the festival than by taking a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda on your way to or from the event.

ATM's... ATMs Unlimited will have ATM machines in convenient locations near each of the four beer/wine/mimosa ticket booths on Park Street as well as in the new Alameda Alley area on Central Ave.

Parking and Transit… It’s easier than ever to attend the Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire. AC Transit provides bus transfers from Fruitvale BART. LimeBikes are conveniently located throughout Alameda. Additionally, Gig Car Share recently launched in Alameda, providing another great way to get to and from the festivities. If you drive, parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage and on nearby streets. Getting Here

Share Your Photos... While at the event, share your photos using hashtags #artwinefaire #downtownalameda on your favorite social media sites:

www.facebook.com/DowntownAlameda
www.instagram.com/DowntownAlameda
www.twitter.com/DowntownAlameda

For sponsorship opportunities and other information, call (510) 523-1392 or email events@downtownalameda.com.

Interested in being a vendor or performer at our street fair? Click Here to contact our event producer.

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Public Notice: Alameda is a smoke-free city. Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces within the commercial district.

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire - 2018 Music Schedule

Enjoy music and entertainment on THREE stages!

 

SATURDAY - JULY 28, 2018
ENCINAL STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
10:00am - NOON AGENT 70's & 80's Classics
1:00pm - 3:00pm SWINGTOWN The Steve Miller Band Tribute
4:00pm - 6:00pm SWINGTOWN Peter Frampton & Steve Miller Tribute
BUENA VISTA STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
10:00am - Noon HUMANISTIC Original Jazz Funk
1:00pm - 3:00pm CELEBRATION DAY Led Zeppelin Tribute
4:00pm - 6:00pm LONG TIME Boston Tribute
NEW! ALAMEDA STAGE @ Park Street & Central Ave - programmed by Alameda musician Jim Parodi. (click here to see Saturday bands)
10am-2pm: Greg Fieler, Flunch, Gypsy Fire Band, Carter Donovan, Encinal High Jazz Dancers
2pm-6pm: Greg Kaufman & Dennis Cole, Parodi Band, Lucid Rays, Kurt Brown
SUNDAY - JULY 29, 2018
ENCINAL STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
10:00am - NOON SAVANNAH BLU Bluegrass
1:00pm - 3:00pm LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Eagles Tribute
4:00pm - 6:00pm FOG CITY SWAMPERS Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute
BUENA VISTA STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
11:00am - 2:00pm LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers Tribute
3:00pm - 5:00pm ZEBOP! Santana Tribute Band
NEW! ALAMEDA STAGE @ Park Street & Central Ave - programmed by Alameda musician Jim Parodi. (click here to see Sunday bands)
10am-2pm: Tim Shestak, Ellene Holt, Amber Marie Knezevic, Wicked Lobstah, Carter Donovan
2pm-6pm: Drew Harrison, Parodi Band, Michael Barrett, Paul Manousos

Shop Downtown Alameda! Art & Wine Faire Specials

Discover all that Downtown Alameda has to offer! Explore the fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do. Many of the businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Art & Wine Faire:

  • Alameda International Film Festival (alamedafilmfest.com) Passes go on sale soon! Visit our website during the event weekend to reserve your discount Film Festival Pass at 50% off!
  • Alameda Theatre & Cineplex AND Cinema Grill (2317 Central Ave) Stop by the Alameda Theatre's Box Office during the Faire and ask for a COUPON good for 1 FREE MOVIE TICKET when you Purchase 1 LUNCH item at Cinema Grill.
  • C'Era Una Volta (1332 Park Street at Redwood Square) View the art and place your bid this weekend; all proceeds benefit the Alameda Rotary. Plus all pizzas and pastas are $5 off.
  • Lucky 13 Tattoos (1301 1/2 Park Street) Come in to Lucky 13 Tattoos for a walk-in tattoo all weekend and automatically be entered to win a 1-hour tattoo session.
  • Nannies Plus (npbayarea.com) $100 off a Full Time Nanny Placement Fee for families inquiring with Nannies Plus on July 28th or 29th. Call or email and mention Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire. (Restrictions apply)
  • Ozone (1431 Park Street) Get 15% off any purchase of Ozone Shop Deck Skateboard Complete.
  • Sidestreet Pho (2304 Encinal Ave) Join us between 2-5pm, and mention this page for one half-price beer with purchase of entree; offer valid thru Aug 19, 2018.
  • Tootsies Alameda (1350A Park Street) Tootsies will be having a sale of up to 50% OFF all weekend. Come by and check out all the great deals!
  • Wild Ginger (1239 Park Street) Try our Spicy Cumin Lamb and hand-pulled noodles. Xi’an food, Western Chinese Cuisine, very Special BiangBiang wide noodles.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided in the parking lot of Vietnam House (1527 Park Street). You'll find a water station for your pet at Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave).

This is a sample list of promotions. Be sure to explore the shops and restaurants in Downtown Alameda to find even more special treats.

Check this page for more Art & Wine Faire special offers and happenings to be posted before the event weekend... 

FAQs

Where does the event take place?
Vendor displays are located on Park Street, between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Additionally, there is a new expanded area on Central Ave called Alameda Alley that features a local talent stage sponsored by Coconut Cay SkyJuice with a large outdoor dining area.

How many arts and crafts vendors are at this event?
Over 250 artisans booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Where are the stages located?
See schedule above for list of times at each of these stages:
> Encinal Ave & Park Street
> Buena Vista Ave & Park Street
> Central Ave in the newly expanded Alameda Alley.

How do I apply to become a vendor or performer?
The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire is produced in partnership with Eckerstrom Productions. Click Here for information and application.

How do I apply to become a sponsor of this event?
Just give us a call. We’d love to talk to you about ways to promote your commercial business to the tens of thousands of people who attend each year. Call 510.523.1392 or email events@downtownalameda.com.

Where are the beer, wine, and mimosa booths located?
> Between Redwood Square Alley and Central Ave, near Tomatina (1338 Park St.)
> At Central Ave and Park Street, near The Star Pizza (1400 Park St.)
> Between Times Way and Lincoln Ave, in front of Vietnam House (1527 Park St.)
> Between Lincoln Ave and Pacific Ave, in front of Walgreens parking lot (1600 Park St.)

What beers will be on tap?
We're serving local craft beer favorites from Alameda Island Brewing Company:
> Hef-D (Hefeweizen) - AIBC’s take on a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen.
> American Pale Ale - Packed with a secret hop blend to bring out a grapefruit and citrus punch.
> Rapid Pils - Bohemian style Pilsner that's crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.
> Island City IPA - Drinks as a piney, floral, refreshing juggernaut.

What wines will be poured?
We're serving local premium wines from Rock Wall Wine Company:
> 2017 Super Alamedan Red Wine - This red wine is a good “gateway wine” for those who only drink craft beer or cocktails.
> 2016 Sauvignon Blanc - The Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musque and Muscat Canelli are a finely tuned trio in this beautiful wine.
> 2016 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine - Clean and perfectly balanced with flavors of honeydew, white peach, and orange blossom.

Where are the ATM's located?
Outdoor ATM's are provided in convenient locations by ATMs Unlimited:
> In the newly expanded Alameda Alley area on Central Ave.
> In the Kids Zone located on Alameda Ave.
> In the Carnival Area on Park Street near Walgreens.
> Within a few feet of each of the three beer and wine sales booths.

Where are the porta-potties located?
> Corner of Encinal Ave & Park Street by the main stage (one ADA Accessible)
> Fire Department driveway at Encinal Ave and Park Street (one ADA Accessible)
> Kids Area on Alameda Ave (three regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Municipal Parking Lot A behind Lauren’s Closet (two regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Webb Ave near Habanas Cuban Cuisine (two regular and one ADA Accessible)
> Corner of Lincoln Ave & Park Street (one ADA Accessible)
> Marketplace parking lot (three regular and one ADA Accessible)
>Corner of Buena Vista Ave & Park Street (one ADA Accessible)

What are recommended public transportation options?
Downtown Alameda is accessible via AC Transit with frequent connections to Fruitvale BART (online trip planner). Ride-share options like taxis, Uber, and Lyft are also terrific resources.

Where can I find parking?
The Civic Center Parking Structure is located at 1416 Oak Street, within easy walking distance of our check-in location. You can also find parking on nearby streets. We recommend giving LimeBike a try as a way to get from your car to the festival -- it's a great way to tour the island along the way.

I have my own bike, where can I park it?
Free, secure parking is available at 1527 Park Street (Vietnam House parking lot).

Are dogs allowed?
The festival can get crowded and really hot on their paws. If you must bring your dog, please keep your furry friend on a short leash or plan to carry him/her. You will find water for your pet at many businesses along Park Street and be sure to stop by Marina Village Vet’s booth.

I don't like crowds, so when is a good time to visit?
Saturday and Sunday morning provide excellent opportunities to stroll the event before the really big crowds arrive.

I lost my phone/wallet/purse/jacket/other. Do you have a Lost & Found?
Found items will be taken to event headquarters located at RE/MAX Tribute (2437 Santa Clara Ave).

I lost my kid. Where do I go to get help?
Alameda Police Officers are patrolling the event area. If you do not see uniformed officers, call 911 or go to the nearest stage or beverage booth to ask for assistance where an event volunteer can contact the police for you. To help locate your child quickly, give the name of your child and describe what he/she is wearing.

I'm volunteering at the event. Where do I check in?
Volunteer check-in and event headquarters is located at RE/MAX Tribute (2437 Santa Clara Ave).

Is the event a fundraiser?
Yes! A portion of the proceeds help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe. The remaining monies help the Downtown Association accomplish its goals and objectives of keeping the district economically sustainable and thriving for businesses, the community, and visitors.

Event happens rain or shine!