After a long, long year of remote learning, the kids are back in school! Let’s all celebrate this fresh start at our new stroll event, Mamas & Margaritas (Cool Papas too!).
Ticket holders will take to our downtown district tasting festive mini margaritas paired with yummy bites at a number of unique OUTDOOR downtown locations during this “Back to School” themed event. Plus, receive exclusive offers and a chance to win fabulous prizes.
We’ll have eight outdoor locations ready to serve you a taste of refreshing margaritas created by one of our local restaurants! Each margarita tasting will be unique and delightful. And while at each stop, you’ll enjoy a savory or sweet bite prepared by a local eatery.
Ticket holders receive a collectible tasting glass, festive margarita tastings at unique downtown locations, locally prepared bites, commemorative map, special discounts, and other goodies.
Enjoy music, laughter, and good times all around!
Ticket prices start at $50. As an alternative for those unable to attend in-person, Pappo has a limited number of Home Kits available for enjoying on your own time. Proceeds support programs that keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe for all to enjoy.
Not a Mama? Not a Cool Papa? Not to worry! This event is open to all Margarita enthusiasts!
Learn more about this festive new event: www.DowntownAlameda.com/margaritastroll
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:
Please note: To keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, all large events have been canceled for 2020 and 2021.
Volunteers are needed for the 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival happening Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 & 12, 2019.
Tasks include beer/wine pouring, beverage tickets sales, volunteer check-in, general operations, Alameda Alley assistance, sponsor hospitality, and flyer distribution.
Volunteers receive the choice of wine or beer glass, a complimentary drink ticket, and a cool treat for working a 3-hour shift.
Volunteers help make this event happen!
Sign up today: http://bit.ly/springfestival2019volunteer
About the Event:
The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in the Bay Area and has something for everyone. The outdoor street fair is packed with 150 art and craft vendors, mouth-watering festival foods, local craft beer and premium wine sales, nonstop live music on three stages, and an interactive kids’ area.
Festival-goers can enjoy a stroll in island city’s historic downtown district where unique shops, amazing restaurants, and other businesses will also be offering event specials throughout the weekend, making this the perfect place to find a gift for Mom — or bring Mom to the festivities and treat her to a mimosa and lunch!
The fun happens May 11 and May 12 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.
For more information and to volunteer, visit the official event page: https://downtownalameda.com/springfestival
Kids and their families are invited to take part in a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Businesses will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family friendly activities. The annual event is in partnership with downtown businesses, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, and Kiwanis Club of Alameda.
Hop on down to Downtown Alameda! With more than 25 downtown businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.
Follow the Bunny Trail
Children ages 12 and under are invited to bring a basket to collect treats from participating businesses. Look for special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt posters in the windows or doors — this is your clue that a treat is waiting inside.
Adult chaperones can help in the hunt by downloading a map of the places to be found.
Goodie Bag Decorating Party
Before heading out on the hunt, Kiwanis members will be available to help children decorate a personalized goodie bag for collecting treats. Free bags and supplies can be found at PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave).
Printed maps will also be available here.
Meet the Easter Bunny
A visit with the Easter Bunny will make this hunt even more special. Stop by Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) and have your camera ready for a fun family photo. Share your photos on your favorite social app using hashtags #downtownalameda #downtowneasterhunt.
Family Friendly Activities
You’ll be surprised at what you find along the way! Stop by Tutu School Alameda (1419 Park Street, inside Park Street Plaza) for hand-painted glitter tattoos and other activities. Go on a fun Bead Hunt inside Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street). Get a photo of the kids in front of a “How to Train Your Dragon 2” backdrop and others while at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave). These are just a few of the activities happening during the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt.
Get more details and download a map: www.DowntownAlameda.com/egg-hunt
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.