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Treat Dad to a Day in Downtown Alameda

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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. 

While you’re making the rounds to your favorite places in Downtown Alameda, don’t miss Alameda Bicycle’s annual Father’s Day Sale, happening June 15-17. Take advantage of their lowest prices of the year.

Looking for unique and interesting gifts for Dad? You’ll find auto accessories, jewelry, craft beverages, and so much more in Downtown Alameda.

For a comprehensive list of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, go to

Make Plans for the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show

It’s not too early to make plans to participate with Dad in the spectacular 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show, one of the largest street shows in the state. The silver anniversary edition of this popular event takes place on Saturday, October 13 along Park Street with lots of fun for all.

Registration for the classic car show is open now — the $35 registration fee includes a commemorative anniversary t-shirt, dash plaque, and goodie bag. Admission to view the cars is free.

For details about attending the event or to enter your car, go to

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