Spring Festival

Fun for the Whole Family!
Art • Crafts • Food • Beer, Wine and Mimosas • Live Music • Kids' Area • Bounce Houses • Entertainment

The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother's Day tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area. The popular street fair takes place on Park Street each year during the second weekend in May.

We are grateful for those who attended the 18th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival. The Spring Festival is one of a few annual fundraising events that allow the Downtown Alameda Business Association to introduce our district, its merchants, and our events to folks living both on and off the Island. Please join us next year!

19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival
Mother's Day Weekend - May 11 & 12, 2019

Bring mom and the whole family to Alameda’s celebration of spring during Mother’s Day weekend. Take a stroll through Downtown Alameda's Historic Park Street District and check out the fantastic variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts booths, live music, as well as a play area for kids.

With over 150 artisans and more than 50 unique shops, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or bring Mom to the festivities and treat her to a mimosa and lunch.

The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival has something for everyone and is FREE to attend! The fun happens in Alameda's historic downtown Park Street district from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

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Alameda's Spring Festival for Families. Mother's Day Weekend

MORE ENTERTAINMENT: a THIRD stage added!

MORE SEATING: an additional dining area created!

MORE CONNECTIVITY: free WiFi throughout the event area!

MORE PURCHASING POWER: ATMs near each beverage booth!

 

Come see what's new at the Spring Festival and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer!

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 Entertainment... Each day offers continuous live entertainment on THREE stages with talented musicians performing classic rock, bluegrass, fusion jazz, funk, and other favorites. (view this year's band schedule)

Alameda Alley... An expanded area on Central Avenue will be bulging at the seams with an enlarged outdoor dining area and local talent on our new third stage sponsored by Habanas Cuban Cuisine.

Kids’ Zone... A special area for kids and their families on Alameda Avenue features bounce houses, face painting, bungee jumping, climbing wall, and a train ride. Back again this year… WaterBallerz! Kids and adults alike will also have fun watching puppet shows and listening to musical performances.

Festival Food... Satisfy your taste buds with a festival food favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corn dogs, fried calamari, BBQ oysters, beef skewers, curly fries, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase.

Craft Beer & Wine... For the 21+ crowd, quench your thirst at one of the three beverage booths serving craft beers by Alameda Island Brewing Co., premium wines by Alameda's Rock Wall Wine Company, and bubbly mimosas.

Shop Downtown Alameda... More than 400 shops, restaurants, and services are located in Alameda's historic downtown district. Many will be offering weekend specials during the event.

Free WiFi... All festival attendees can enjoy free, high-speed internet service throughout the event area compliments of Alameda’s own Common Networks.

Free 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 before or after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

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

Parking and Public Transit... Public transit makes it easy and convenient to attend the Downtown Alameda Spring Festival -- AC Transit provides bus transfers from Fruitvale BART. Parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage and on nearby streets.  Getting Here

While at the event, share your photos using hashtag #alamedaspringfestival 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's Spring Festival - 2018 Music Schedule

 

SATURDAY - MAY 12, 2018
ENCINAL STAGE
Time
Band Type of Music
10:00am - NOON LORENZO WOOD Local Singer/Songwriter
1:00pm - 3:00pm LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers Tribute
4:00pm - 6:00pm ZEBOP! Santana Tribute Band
LINCOLN STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
10:00am - NOON HUMANISTIC Fusion Jazz
1:00pm - 3:00pm RAG TAG ALLSTARS 70's and 80's Classic Rock
4:00pm - 6:00pm RAG TAG ALLSTARS 70's and 80's Classic Rock
NEW! ALAMEDA STAGE @ Park & Central presented by Habanas Cuban Cuisine (click here to see scheduled times)
10am-2pm: The Alley Cat & Jammers; Friends of Ken Band; Jam session; EHS Dance Group; Greg Kaufman & Dennis Cole; Amber Knezevic
2pm-6pm: Paul Manousos; Flunch; Michael Barrett; Carter Donovan; The Band Parodi

SUNDAY - MAY 13, 2018

ENCINAL STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
10:00am - NOON SAVANNAH BLU Bluegrass
1:00pm - 3:00pm FU MAN CHU Fusion Jazz
4:00pm - 6:00pm THE FOG CITY SWAMPERS Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute
LINCOLN STAGE
Time Band Type of Music
11:00am - 2:00pm LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Eagles Tribute
3:00pm - 5:00pm THE REFUGEES Tom Petty Tribute
NEW! ALAMEDA STAGE @ Park & Central presented by Habanas Cuban Cuisine (click here to see scheduled times)
10:00am - 2:00pm: Sweet Disasters, Dave May, Ellene Holt, Amber Knezevic; Smyth & Roberts; Carter Donovan
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Flunch; The Band Parodi; Paul Manousos; The Alley Cat & Jammers

 

Shop Downtown Alameda! Spring Festival Specials

Stroll through Alameda’s downtown business district to explore the wonderful variety of shops and restaurants. Many of the businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Spring Festival. Look for free drawings and giveaways at businesses throughout the downtown area!

  • Alameda Theatre & Cinema Grill (2301 Central Ave) Alameda Cinema Grill is offering Weekend Brunch and special Movie Character Photo Ops. Bring Mom & the kids for a delicious meal and meet your favorite Avenger Super Hero!
  • Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) Learn to make jewelry in our free Intro classes offered Saturday and Sunday. Shop our selection of gorgeous glass beads from Czech republic, available for 1/2 off! Buy a pair of earrings and get a free bag of beads!
  • Bonne Vie (1419 Park Street) Treat MOM with a bottle of our finest Rosè for Mothers Day with a 15% weekend discount at Bonne Vie!
  • C'Era Una Volta (1332 Park Street at Redwood Square) The Party's ON! It's our 14 year Anniversary Patio Party on Saturday, May 12, Noon-4pm. Lots of nibbles to sample, music, and treats for kids.
  • Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street) All Moms will get a free fountain drink with any purchase at Lola’s on Mothers’ Day.
  • McGee's (1645 Park Street) $5 Mimosas, $5 House Wines & 50% off one of your favorite appetizer all weekend..
  • Modern Mouse (2223 South Shore Center) Artists, who are also moms, have curated displays of items they love! You'll find easily shopped gifts for every age and lifestyle. Local gifts by moms, for moms.
  • Nannies Plus (4681 Telegraph Ave, Oakland) Mention "Spring Festival" and receive $100 off of a Full Time Nanny Placement fee! Call 510-407-0363.
  • Ozone (1431 Park Street) 10% off all custom skateboards. Buy 2 get 1 FREE all clothing.
  • Rise Bodyworks (1226 Park Street) Enjoy free gym access on Saturday and Sunday, including group fitness classes. (Pilates Reformer classes excluded; deal is for non-members only).
  • Sole Desire Shoes (1330 Park Street) Shop this Fri-Sun and SPIN to save $10-$15 off any item $50+. Plus you could win a FREE Pair of Sunglasses too!
  • The Hobnob (1313 Park Street) Come enjoy brunch with a fully stocked bar, all you can drink mimosas and amazing food!
  • Thi Luu (1415 Braodway #16) Free application service for subsidized health insurance -- If anyone in your household has not had health insurance, call 510-846-0958 to apply for Medi-Cal or premium assistance from Covered California.
  • Tootsies Alameda (1350A Park Street) "Spin the Wheel" to receive discounts or free goodies with any in-store purchase. Check out our 50% off sale. Look for our ever popular Tootsies Grab Bags...  all bags are $10 and have goodies worth at least 3-4 times the value!
  • We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) 20% off all haircare products. We also have a beautiful array of colorful scarves for your mama or that special someone...or even for yourself!

Check this page for more Spring Festival 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 Lincoln Ave. Additionally, there is a new expanded area on Central Ave called Alameda Alley that features local talent and a large outdoor dining area.

How many arts and crafts vendors are at this event?
Over 150 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
> Lincoln Ave & Park Street
> Central Ave in the newly expanded Alameda Alley.

Where are the beer, wine, and mimosa booths located?
> Between Redwood Square Alley and Central Ave, near Tomatina (1338 Park St.)
> Between Central Ave and Santa Clara Ave, near Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St.)
> Between Times Way and Lincoln Ave, in front of Vietnam House (1527 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.
> Island City IPA - Drinks as a piney, floral, refreshing juggernaut. Cheers!
> Uncommon Common (Kentucky Common) - This dark cream ale is easy to drink and has lots of flavor.

Where are the ATM's located?
> In the newly expanded Alameda Alley area on Central Ave, near Taqueria Viva Mexico.
> In the Kids Zone located on Alameda Ave, next to the Stanford Children's Health tent.
> Within a few feet of each of the three beer and wine sales booths.

Where are the porta-potties located?
> Corner of Encinal Avenue & 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 Avenue (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 by the main stage (one ADA Accessible)

Is there free WiFi somewhere?
Yes. Thanks to our friends at Common Networks, free fast internet connection is available throughout the event area. (Remember to tag your photos with #AlamedaSpringFestival #DowntownAlameda #CommonNetworks when sharing on social media.)

What are recommended public transportation options?
Downtown Alameda is accessible via AC Transit with frequent connections to Fruitvale BART. 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. If you bring your dog, please keep your furry friend on a short leash or carry it.

I don't like crowds, so when is a good time to visit?
Saturday morning and early afternoon is best for avoiding the crowds.

I lost my phone/wallet/purse/jacket/other. Do you have a Lost & Found?
Found items will be taken to event headquarters located at 2305 Alameda Ave (inside the Eagles Hall).

I lost my kid. Where do I go to get help?
Alameda Police Officers are patrolling the event area. If you do not see them, go to the nearest stage or beverage booth to ask for assistance; 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 inside Eagles Hall at 2305 Alameda Ave.

Is the event a fundraiser?
Yes! Proceeds help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe for visitors.

Event happens rain or shine!