Enjoy the summer sun and experience island fun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events! The 34th Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire will be loaded with 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 also enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where many of the unique shops, restaurants, and services will be offering specials throughout the weekend.
When you combine our lovely weather, live music, refreshing libations, games and rides, and your favorite fair food all wrapped up in Alameda’s beautiful island surroundings, you have a must-attend event. The 34th Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. The fun happens July 28 & 29 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.
Each day offers nonstop live entertainment. Swingtown is coming all the way from Florida to perform a tribute to Steve Miller & Peter Frampton on Saturday starting at 1:00pm. Some of the Bay Area’s best tribute bands will also be here to get the crowds dancing in front of the stages. (view music schedule)
Thanks to Coconut Cay SkyJuice, the new acoustic Alameda Stage will be bursting with local music programmed by Alameda guitarist Jim Parodi. Catch performances by Alameda amatuer and professional musicians including solo artists Drew Harrison, Michael Barrett, and Paul Manousos, and bands Flunch and Wicked Lobstah.
Bring your wallet because you won’t want to leave empty handed after browsing over 250 eye-popping artisan booths with everything from ceramics, metal art, paintings, and photography, to wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, and jewelry.
Also for the 21+ crowd, there will be four beverage booths on Park Street selling local craft beers by Alameda Island Brewing Company and premium wines by Alameda’s Rock Wall Wine Company. Refreshing mimosas will be available too.
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, face painting, puppet shows, children’s entertainment, and the popular Waterballerz. The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire also provides plenty of thrills in the rides area on Park Street with favorites like Teacup Spinners and Froghoppers. (more…)
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Downtown Alameda on Sunday, July 15.
The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another. Around the world, different cultures have developed unique versions of ice cream, as determined by local ingredients and local tastes. The sweet treat usually is a combination of ice, milk (or cream), fruits and other flavorings, and typically sweetened by some type of sugar.
Prior to the nineteenth century, ice cream was an expensive treat confined to those with access to an ice house. In the second half of the 20th century, ice cream became popular throughout the world after refrigeration became more economical.
National Ice Cream Day and National Ice Cream Month was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984: “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.” (Presidential Proclamation 5219)
Although the proclomation was intended to be for one specific day, the celebration continues each year on the third Sunday of July.
It’s worth the trip to celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Downtown Alameda. The city’s oldest operating ice cream shop, Tucker’s Super-Creamed Ice Cream, started in 1941 using family recipes. Over the years, this favorite gathering place has been joined in Downtown Alameda by a variety of frozen yogurt and boba tea places.
Find frozen treats and milk teas at these downtown locations:
7-Eleven, 2301 Lincoln Ave
Locally owned businesses make Downtown Alameda a better place. They help our community thrive and add to Alameda’s unique charm. To all of you business owners who have recently surpassed milestone anniversaries, we celebrate you!
Supercuts, 1329 Park Street
Fort Knox, 1546 Park Street
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Alameda Wine Company, 2315 Central Ave
Jack in the Box, 1257 Park Street
Jo Ann Nails & Hair, 1619 Park Street
Kevin Minney, Partner in Wellness, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #107
Park Barber Shop, 2326 Santa Clara Ave
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Get ready to have some fun in Downtown Alameda on July 4th.
The Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Independence Day parades in the Bay Area. Spectators of all ages look forward to seeing a lively procession of vintage cars, hand-decorated flatbeds (“floats”), dancing horses, marching bands, dancing troupes, cheering squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, clowns, and surprises.
Since its inception in 1976, the annual parade has grown to boast over 160 “floats” and over 2,500 participants that travel along a 3.3 mile route across the island city, from Park Street on the east end to Webster Street on the west end.
This year’s Grand Marshals are Pauline Kelly, former owner of Pauline’s Antiques, and Duane Watson, former owner of Lee Auto Supply. Both were longtime shop owners in Downtown Alameda before retiring this year.
For a front row seat along the Park Street sidewalks, plan to arrive well before the 10:00 am start time. The Mayor’s 4th of July parade attracts over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots in Downtown Alameda. (more…)
Remember sitting in computer lab carefully weighing your rations, assessing the health of your oxen, and trying to get to the other side of the Snake River? You can now play the computer game Oregon Trail as an arcade machine. High Scores Arcade has reimagined the beloved circa 1974 educational game via a first-of-its-kind arcade cabinet playable to the public.
With hand-burnt wood construction, brushed copper finish metal work, and wagon-wheel inspired speaker grates, the game cabinet has been meticulously constructed by Denver, CO artist Sam Bahman under the direction of High Scores owners Shawn and Megan Livernoche. Adding to the original feel of the cabinet are hand-drawn and inked artwork for the game bezel, side art, and marquee created by Brighton, CO artist Brandon Hovet. The game also includes an IBM keyboard as the control interface, inviting the gamer to an authentic experience of playing some of PC gaming’s earliest adventure and text-based titles.
Players can select games via a user interface created by High Scores manager, Jonathan Williams. In addition to Oregon Trail, the multi-game cabinet offers arcade classics such as Lemonade Stand, Lode Runner, Prince of Persia, and DOOM. Also playable are a carefully curated collection of text-only adventures such as Colossal Cave Adventure and towering classics like ZORK. The system also dedicates some digital real estate to the adventure game powerhouse Sierra Online, featuring Mystery House, Kings Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry. (more…)
Studio 23 invites you to see over 30 local Alameda and Bay Area artists creating unique artwork during the Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market in the downtown district. Enjoy live music, open studios, art cars, kids creative area, and other festivities all afternoon. The free outdoor art festival is in collaboration with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and takes place Sunday, July 1, 10:00am-7:00pm in front of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave.
As part of the festivities, Studio 23 is hosting an all ages coloring contest. Pick from 6 awesome images to color and bring it with you to the art fair.
Coloring Contest Rules:
* One entry per person. Ages 1-5, Ages 6-10, Ages 11-16, Ages 16+ (4 winners total).
* Hang your entry on the official Studio 23 Coloring Contest Wall no later than 2:00pm.
* Winners must be present to receive their prize.
Visit the website for more details: www.alamedaartfair.com/coloring-contest/
About the graphic: The artwork was created by Wesley E. Warren, co-owner of Studio 23. The real life robot was created with recycled metal and mechanical parts sourced from local scrap yards. “Lord Zondar” now sits perched over coffee drinkers at The Local coffee shop (1333 Park Street).
Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17. The island’s downtown district is a great place for families to spend a memorable day with Dad.
Dad will have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda. There are plenty of activities to choose from… You could treat Dad to the latest blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, challenge him to a classic video arcade game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Arcade, or stop in for a round of golf or slot car racing at Subpar Miniature Golf.
Sharing food and drink over a nice conversation on Father’s Day is a longtime tradition. If doughnuts and pastries are a favorite morning snack, treat Dad to something tasty at Alameda Bagels & Donuts, Crispian Bakery, Feel Good Bakery, or Homeskillet.
If Dad is more of a burger kind of guy, there are a number of local eateries that offer their twist on the classic hamburger: Scolari’s Good Eats was featured on Check, Please! for their Blueberry Bacon Blue Cheese Burger; The Red Onion is the place to get a Hawaiian Burger; and the Mini Burgers with caramelized onions and truffle fries at The Hobnob makes for an easy plate to share with Dad. Project Burger located next to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is the newest addition to downtown and offers a beef and lamb burger among other choices.
For an upscale burger experience at dinner time, American Oak offers outstanding Bison Burgers and Kobe Burgers while Pappo has been long known for its premium Angus Burgers.
Maybe Dad has been talking about doing something different (and fun) to get into shape. Give him a hand by signing him up for a martial arts class at Team Silva Martial Arts Academy, USA Kung Fu Studio, or West Wind Karate School. If a traditional fitness class is more his style, group sessions and private training sessions are available at Alameda Personal Training, All In One Fitness Training Lab, and Rise Bodyworks. Gift certificates are conveniently available at each of the locations. (more…)
Love Our Island Art Walk comes back to Downtown Alameda for a fun-filled evening during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk. On Friday, June 8, 6:00-9:00 pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will present three hours of of art and music along Park Street for the third installation of the creative art event.
Love Our Island Art Walk – Radical Beauty, Part 3 presents three new art installations to be revealed in empty storefront spaces between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave, along with six live musical acts. To help attendees visit all the sites in style, LimeBike will have complimentary bikes available at Redwood Square Alley, Alameda Bicycle, and Walgreens.
1320 Park Street (former Juniper Tree Vintage) Joanna Ruckman is an Alameda-based artist who teaches printmaking workshops at Phoenix co-working space and artist studios. Her current work explores the symbolism of braids, weaving together art, textiles, and storytelling.
1326 Park Street (former Juanita’s Restaurant) The collaborative duo known as RoCoCo is comprised of KC Rosenberg and Modesto Covarrubias. Together their works explore complex emotional states, social justice, and contemporary culture.
1617 Park Street (former Alameda Video Game Exchange) Heather Deyling’s “Invented Hybrids” is imagined variations of flora, fauna, and fungi representing an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms. (more…)
Downtown Alameda is ever-changing when it comes to dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working. New possibilities are created each month as entrepreneurs find opportunities to open new businesses or find new locations as their businesses expand.
With the support of member businesses across the island, the Downtown Alameda Business Association works hard year-round to promote a healthy retail and service climate as well as a district that is clean, green, and safe. When businesses thrive, the entire community benefits.
Acanthus Architecture & Design, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Design of historically inspired custom residences and renovations.
Lush Eye Bar, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #103
* Eyelash extensions and maintenance.
The Park Street Tavern, 1901 Park Street (former Gold Coast Grill location)
* Central Mediterranean casual fine dining restaurant and bar.
Utzutzu, 1428 Park Street (former Yume location)
* Okimari-style sushi bar.
New Associate Members:
Anchor Alameda (service in Alameda)
* Fostering arts activity in the city of Alameda; including the Alameda International Film Festival.
LimeBike, 1901 Park Street
* Dock free bike share solutions.
In the Works:
Random giveaways will be awarded to lucky movie goers each day of the celebration. Giveaways will include free Theatre movie tickets, candy, Movie Money, free In-Seat food delivery before the movie. Two tickets to the premiere of “Solo: The Star Wars Story” will be given away daily and a handful of lucky movie-goers will receive tickets to Golden State Warriors Playoff Games at Oracle Arena.
Other special offers:
- Box Office Specials include “2 for $10 Tuesday” and “Age 10 & Under FREE Wednesday.”
- Cinema Grill will offer a special “Anniversary Appetizer” with any $10 drink order.
- Daily Pop-Up Popcorn Stands will offer free popcorn outside the theatre. Pop-Up locations will be emailed to those who sign up for the Alameda Theatre Newsletter at www.alamedatheatres.com
It’s been 10 years since the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex opened its doors following an extensive restoration in 2008.
Theatre Management wishes to say Thank You to the community and to those who have enjoyed the films and special events over the past 10 years.