Events and activities are abundant in Downtown Alameda, from the newer Downtown Strolls to the ever-popular annual street fairs. Mark your calendar for these fun happenings:
Downtown Whiskey Stroll
March 1, 2019
Ticket holders will stroll our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys crafted by Northern California distilleries paired with locally prepared bites at ten unique pouring locations. Tickets go on sale February 1! Official Event Page
Downtown Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 2019
Kids and their families are invited to bring a basket to collect treats from participating businesses. Special posters in the windows and doors of participating businesses provide a clue that a treat is waiting inside.
Downtown Alameda Spring Festival
May 11 & 12, 2019
Enjoy a Mother’s Day tradition in Alameda with a fantastic variety of festival foods and beverages, arts and crafts booths, live music, as well as a play area for kids. An expanded area on Central Avenue features local talent on a new third stage and a large outdoor dining area. Official Event Page
Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2019
Grab breakfast, a smoothie, or a coffee and then plop yourself down for the best seat in the house during the 4th of July parade. Best viewing spots can be found on Park Street along the first stretch of the parade.
Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire
July 27 & 28, 2019
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. Official Event Page
The second annual Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the island. This year more than 40 restaurants throughout the island are taking part, with dozens of eateries located conveniently in Downtown Alameda.
From January 17-27, you can have fun visiting local restaurants. Most of the restaurants will have a prix fixe menu with several choices that allow diners to taste a few items that may not appear on their regular menus. Other restaurants will be offering 2-for-1 entrees, happy hours menus, or other culinary specials.
New this year… pick up a raffle card at any participating restaurant and get your card stamped at each participating restaurant you visit. After collecting at least 10 stamps, turn in your card to any participating restaurant to be entered for a chance to win over $1,300 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.
It’s a fun way to try some new places in Downtown Alameda!
Alameda Restaurant Week 2019
Downtown Alameda restaurants:
- Alameda Cinema Grill
- C’era Una Volta
- East End
- Hang Ten Boiler
- Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
- Linguini’s Pasta & Vino
- Lola’s Chicken Shack
- Main Squeeze
- Mama Papa Lithuania
- McGee’s Bar & Grill
- Poke Koma
- Roll & Bowl
- Sidestreet Pho
- The Hobnob
- The Original Red Onion
- The Park Street Tavern
- The Star on Park
- Town Tavern
- Tucker’s Ice Cream
- Yojimbo Sushi
For a comprehensive list of participating eateries and their Restaurant Week specials, go to www.alamedarestaurantweek.com.
At its annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of our historic downtown. The awards represent splendid examples of the top-notch service provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff are also active in Downtown Association activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community.
Congratulations to our 2018 recipients:
New Business of the Year:
The Star on Park, owners Ben Seabury and Susannah Blumenstock
Culinary Business of the Year:
The Park Street Tavern, owner Christos Frangoulis
Retailer of the Year:
Daisy’s, owner Barbara Mooney
Associate Member of the Year:
Nannies Plus, owner Joy Colino
Member of the Year:
Otto Wright, owner of The Local
Additional business award recipients include:
Rick Krinks, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Drysdale Properties (President’s Award)
Tracy Goodman, McGee’s Bar & Grill (Block Captain of the Year)
Julie Baron, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (Outstanding Service Award)
Kyle Conner, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill (Outstanding Service Award)
Donna Layburn, Marketplace and Alameda Natural Grocery (Special Board Recognition)
Stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda!
You’ll find a celebration for every interest in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at a favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many parties.
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Catch a LIVE performance of national singing star Tora Woloshin and her sister Jasmine in the Historic Alameda Theatre before the evening movie. Tora became a national hit with her appearance in the inaugural season of Fox Television’s hit reality show, The X Factor. The pair’s explosive shows combine their sexy and soulful vocal tones as they perform today’s top hits along with original material. Purchase movie tickets online: www.alamedatheatres.com
Dragon Rouge (2337 Blanding Ave) Reminisce NYE 2019 is a 80’s and 90’s Old School Throwback Party featuring DJ Zhaldee (he’s also the owner of Zhaldee’s Eats & Beats) and other Bay Area dj’s mixing up the biggest 80’s and 90’s jams all night long! Tickets include access to a full premium open bar, two party areas, outdoor waterfront patio, live video countdown, and midnight champagne toast. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available. Info: www.Reminisce2019.com
The Churchward Pub (1515 Park Street) Ring in the New Year at the East Bay’s self-proclaimed number one party spot. Experience amazing dj’s, dancing all night long, and video countdown at midnight. For the early birds, an open bar will be available 8:30pm-9:30pm. Get pre-sale tickets now; price goes up at the door. Info: www.thechurchwardpub.com
Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) Pucker up and kiss 2018 goodbye on Thursday, January 3, when political satirist Will Durst brings his irreverent tribe of merry pranksters back to the Rhythmix stage. Purchase tickets for the The Big Fat Kiss Off Comedy Show: www.rhythmix.org
If you’re looking for a last-minute gathering place instead, these Downtown Alameda nightspots provide festive fun on New Year’s Eve — no reservations required: (more…)
A great big thank you to all the businesses and artists who graced our downtown with their creative and awe-inspiring artistry during our holiday window contest. Our panel of judges visited each and every display and then had the difficult job of choosing winners. Congratulations to one and all!
The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave (artist: Joanne Yada)
Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street (artist: David George, owner)
Best Use of Lights:
West Wind Karate School, 1429 Park Street (artist: Jessica Warren)
Best Use of Merchandise/Products:
Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street (artist: Helen Dean, owner)
OMM Inc., 2514 Santa Clara Ave (artist: Jan Mason, owner)
Honorable Mentions: Daisy’s (artist: Barbara Mooney, owner), Glass Tek (artists: Haley & Emalee Phillips), PHOENIX (artist: Anita Sulimanovic), Team Silva Martial Arts (artist: Wesley Warren), Tootsies (artist: Liz Taylor, owner), and Twirl (artist: Sabrina Cazarez and the Twirl kids).
The windows will be available for viewing through New Year’s Day. To learn more about the creative personalities behind each of the displays and to take a virtual tour, go to the 2nd Friday ArtWalk website: www.FridayArtWalk.com/downtown-alameda-holiday-window-contest-2018 (more…)
Dozens of shops in the district are open until 8:00pm or later on Thursday nights. Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards! Plus, look for Santa to be out and about visiting the shops from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
In addition to the many shops that already stay open late, these retailers are extending their hours just for Shop Late Thursdays:
Airloom Deluxe (2322 Santa Clara Ave)
All Good Living (2332 Alameda Ave)
Bead Inspirations (1544 Park St)
Bonne Vie (1419 Park Street)
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St)
Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St)
Lost City Antiques (1519 Park St)
Sole Desire (1330 Park St)
To Herb with Love (1336A Park St)
Tootsies Alameda (1350A Park St)
Tot Tank (1413 Park St)
To find all 24+ businesses staying open late, just look for the Shop Late Here posters or view the complete list and interactive map on the website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#shop.
View some of the fun photos with Santa: www.facebook.com/pg/DowntownAlameda/photos/
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Can’t make it to Shop Late Thursdays? These other retailers are open late most nights of the week: (more…)
Join Santa and the Mayor when they light the official island holiday tree this Saturday at City Hall. Enjoy live holiday performances at the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 4:30pm and meet the big guy himself. Afterwards, do the Hot Cocoa Crawl with family and friends to enjoy sweets and treats while voting on your favorite downtown holiday window display.
Enjoy these special offers and activities during the Downtown Alameda Hot Cocoa Crawl:
Airloom Deluxe (2322 Santa Clara Ave) Complimentary S’mores in the courtyard firepit.
Daisy’s (1347 Park St) Serving classic chocolate with all the toppings.
Habanas (1518 Park St) Serving cuban coffee.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Hot cocoa specials all day! Craft-Chocolates will be featured for tastings.
Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Complimentary cookies.
Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park St) Complimentary hot cocoa.
Lost City Antiques (1519 Park St) Complimentary hot cider.
Main Squeeze (2300 Central Ave) Free kids hot cocoa + 30% off other menu items.
Starbucks (1364 Park St) Serving Peppermint hot cocoa.
Team Silva Martial Arts (1502 Park St) Yogi Tea with a $1 donation to fire relief victims.
The Beanery (1650 Park St) 50% off all hot cocoa — huge variety including Peppermint, German, Mayan, Raspberry, and Old Fashioned!
The Local (1333 Park St) Buy One, Get One Free Award-Winning Zacatecas hot chocolate.
Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Free homemade marshmallows with purchase of hot cocoa.
Businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday displays. Bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, ice cream or fro yo and take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful sights. Vote for your favorite and help artists win cash and prizes from sponsors Digifli and Flax Art & Design. Voting ends on December 17.
To place your vote for the People’s Choice category, post a picture of your favorite window on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #DAHWC — be sure to include the shop name in your post.
Not on social media? You can still grab a ballot at your favorite window and then drop it in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.
Prizes will be awarded in four additional categories: 1) Most Original, 2) Most Traditional, 3) Best Use of Lights, and 4) Best Use of Merchandise/Products.
Jessica and Wes Warren, owners of Studio 23, have been working hand-in-hand with the Downtown Association to make the district twinkle. Jess & Wes matched local artists with downtown business owners and the end results can be seen in the dozens of holiday window displays.
Our wonderful panel of judges will be out viewing the windows on an unannounced night: Mayor Trish Spencer (City of Alameda), Amos White (manager of Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry), Liz Rush (Public Arts Commissioner, City of Alameda), Heather Reed (photographer), and Sarah Henry (Public Information Officer, City of Alameda).
Information about the artists and the judge can be viewed on the 2nd Friday ArtWalk website.
To find the 26 businesses that are participating in the contest, view the interactive map on our website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#windows.
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Who has the best window display? Cast your vote for one of these businesses: (more…)
Take a stroll downtown and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display. From Shop Late Thursdays to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive shopping experience.
Shop Late Thursdays & Santa Visits
Dozens of shops in the district will be open until 8:00pm (or later) on Thursday nights this holiday season. Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards! Plus, look for Santa to be out and about visiting the shops from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
Holiday Window Contest
Businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday displays. Bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, ice cream or fro yo and take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful sights. Vote for your favorites and help artists win cash and prizes from sponsors Digifli and Flax Art & Design. Pick up a ballot at your favorite window and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Voting ends on December 17.
View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Hot Cocoa Crawl
Join Mayor Trish Spencer and Santa when they light the official island holiday tree on December 8 at City Hall. Enjoy live performances beginning at 4:30pm and meet the big guy himself. Right after the tree lighting ceremony, do the Hot Cocoa Crawl with family and friends and vote on your favorite downtown holiday window. Many of the businesses in the district will have special treats and activities.
View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
Free Holiday Parking
To make shopping downtown easier, the parking meters in the downtown district and the Civic Center Garage are FREE on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year.
Oh, what fun it is in Downtown Alameda this holiday season! To learn more about the holiday happenings, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com/Holidays.