Events and activities are abundant in Downtown Alameda, from the popular Downtown Strolls to the family-friendly street fairs. Mark your calendar for these fun happenings:
Downtown Whiskey Stroll
March 6, 2020
Ticket holders will stroll our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys crafted by Northern California distilleries paired with locally prepared bites at more than 10 unique pouring locations. Tickets are on sale now! Official Event Page
Downtown Easter Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020
Kids and their families are invited to bring a basket to collect treats from participating businesses. Colorful posters in the windows and doors of participating businesses provide a clue that a treat is waiting inside.
Downtown Alameda Spring Festival
May 9 & 10, 2020
Enjoy a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda with a marvelous assortment of arts and crafts booths, festival foods and beverages, live music, as well as a play area for kids. Relax in an expanded area on Central Avenue featuring local talent on a third stage and a large outdoor dining area. Official Event Page
Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2020
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 along the first stretch of the parade on Park Street.
Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire
July 25 & 26, 2020
The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone — over 250 artisans, festival foods, local wines and craft beers, continuous live music on THREE stages, as well as kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. Official Event Page
Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show
October 10, 2020
The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show brings over 400 classic vehicles to Alameda’s historic Park Street district. Classic cars of every description line up along Park Street – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. In addition, “Electric Alley” features a display of modern electric vehicles. Official Event Page
October 31, 2020
Downtown Alameda merchants are delighted to provide a safe place to trick-or-treat on Halloween. Kids in costume can collect sweet treats from participating businesses.
Thanksgiving Weekend – New Year’s Eve
Eat, Shop, & Be Merry in Downtown Alameda! From Small Business Saturday and Shop Late Thursdays to our popular Hot Cocoa Crawl and thrilling New Year’s Eve parties, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday experience.
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At our annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of Alameda’s historic downtown. The awards represent examples of the top-notch service that is provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff of these businesses are also active in Downtown Association activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community.
Congratulations to our 2019 business award recipients!
Retail Business of the Year:
Toy Safari, owner Helen Dean
Food & Drink Establishment of the Year:
Sidestreet Pho, owned and operated by the Nguyen family
Service Business of the Year:
Visiting Angels, owner/manager Andrew Slakey
Associate Member of the Year:
Craft Chocolate, owner/chocolatier Bente Peterson
Clean, Green, and Safe Business of the Year:
Alameda Natural Grocery, owner Donna Layburn
New Business of the Year:
Swings & Wings, owner Sadiya Kazi-Koya (pictured above with DABA President Otto Wright)
Individuals were also recognized for their inspiring contributions:
Ron Mooney, Daisy’s (Member of the Year)
Allison Shannon, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (President’s Award)
Eric Olney, Shum Financial (Block Captain of the Year)
Lois Butler, City of Alameda (City Person of the Year)
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. There’s even family fun for the kids.
Wine & Waffles (1505 Park Street) Celebrate the new year in color at this New Year’s Eve Glow Party!! DJ Chaz & Co will be playing your favorite party songs, there will be glow-in-the-dark cocktails, and a Black Light Balloon Drop with champagne toast at Midnight. Pre-Party Happy Hour is 6-7pm while the main event is 8pm-Midnight. Info: www.facebook.com/WineandWaffles/
The Lemon Tree (2542 Santa Clara Ave) Get the spotlight shining on you with New Year’s Eve Karaoke. The Lemon Tree and musical hosts Frankie & Gloria will have 10,000 songs to choose from, champagne toast, party favors, and great people to party with! Drop by for a visit, buy a drink, and sing some songs! Info: www.facebook.com/Lemon-Tree-Alameda-139552966096364/
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
Fun for all ages: High Scores Arcade will be open Noon-10:00pm on New Year’s Eve and and New Year’s Day. Or kick back and enjoy a blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex for only $5.50 on New Years Eve.
But if you’re looking for a last-minute gathering place with the 21+ crowd, these Downtown Alameda nightspots provide festive fun on New Year’s Eve — no reservations required:(more…)
Bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage or dessert, and take a stroll to enjoy the festive downtown holiday displays.
You’ll find whimsical snow scenes at places like Megan Small Photography and Spinning Bones, artsy door entrances at places like PHOENIX, and Christmas gift ideas at wonderful shops like Toy Safari.
To cast a vote for your favorite downtown holiday window, post a picture on Instagram or Facebook with hashtags #holidaywindow2019 #downtownalameda — be sure to check in or mention the business in your post. Voting ends December 20.
To access an interactive map of window locations, go to https://DowntownAlameda.com/events/holiday-activities/#windows
Don your favorite holiday sweater, grab your friends and family, and join our Mayor and Santa himself at Alameda’s tree lighting ceremony in front of City Hall on Saturday, December 7. All the festivities and live performances begin at 4:00pm with the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl immediately afterwards.
Stop at participating businesses for delicious hot beverages and special promotions. Sample hot cocoa, complimentary hot cider, a hot cocoa bar with all the toppings, free milk and cookies, and so much more. All ages welcome.
To locate each of the 21 Hot Cocoa Crawl locations and view delicious offerings, access the interactive map on the Downtown Alameda website using a computer or your phone: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#cocoa(more…)