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Toast to 2023: Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Alameda

It’s almost time to toast to 2023, and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate right here in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with family and 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 gathering spots. There’s even early family fun for the kids without any missed bedtimes.

Featured Celebrations:

NYE Afro Gatsby: A Night at the Cabaret @ Karibu Wine Lounge
Start the night off with an intimate fundraiser concert in partnership with the Oakland Symphony featuring Kev Choice, along with hor d’oeuvres and a glass of wine from Wachira Wines. End the night by dancing into the new year with DJ JohnnyBeats and a complimentary midnight toast!

New Year’s Eve with Eddie Pepitone @ Alameda Comedy Club
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with cult-comic Eddie Pepitone. A force of nature on stage, Eddie is hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. Late show includes live music.

New Year’s Eve Disco Wonderland @ Alley & Vine
Dress in disco chic, nosh on favorites from this retro era, and sip champagne to ring in 2023! The 5-course menu evening features two seatings, the second of which includes disco hits from DJ Vinyl Richie, party favors, and a midnight toast. (The earlier seating is designed for guests with plans elsewhere at midnight.)

New Year’s Eve Party @ Wine and Waffles
Come taste a collection of exotic wines and cuisines from around the world. Along with performances by R&B artists Elaine Johnson and Luhtakizz, this promises to be an unforgettable party.

New Year’s Eve Party @ Swings and Wings
Swing into 2023 from 4:00-6:00pm and be home before bedtime with goodies and a memorable picture taken in their chic photo booth. Expect a winter wonderland complete with fancy bites, bubbly drinks, warm cocoa, and fun filled stations.

More New Year’s Celebrations:

For additional family activities, High Scores Arcade will be open 12:30-10:00pm for unlimited gaming on New Year’s Eve, and Subpar Miniature Golf will be open from 10:00am-6:00pm for indoor mini golf (reservations recommended), arcade games and pool tables. Or kick back and enjoy a blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

And if you’re looking for a last-minute gathering place with a 21+ audience on New Year’s Eve, these Downtown Alameda nightspots provide plenty of festive fun — no reservations required: 

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Sip, Savor, Discover: Autumn Wine Stroll!

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Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting exquisite wines at the Downtown Alameda Autumn Wine Stroll on Sunday, October 23, from 12:00-4:00pm. Enjoy an afternoon filled with good vino, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of featured wineries and local chefs.

The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit 10+ unique downtown shops and spaces to enjoy premium wine tastings from a fantastic selection of wineries. And while at select locations, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs.

Ticket prices include a collectible tasting glass, premium wine tastings at 12+ unique downtown businesses, hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs at select locations, a commemorative guide and exclusive offers. 

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Sip, Savor, Discover: Rock & Roll Beer Stroll!

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Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting local beer selections paired with yummy bites at the Downtown Alameda Rock & Roll Beer Stroll. Enjoy an afternoon filled with food, drink, and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of Northern California breweries and local chefs. The debut tour kicks off on Saturday, August 20, 1:00-6:00pm.

The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit 12+ unique downtown shops and spaces to enjoy premium beer tastings from a fantastic selection of Northern California breweries. And while at each stop, guests will enjoy a savory or sweet bite perfectly paired with each beer. 

Ticket prices include a collectible tasting glass, premium beer tastings at 12+ unique downtown businesses, a delicious bite at each location prepared by a downtown eatery, a commemorative guide, as well as goodies and prizes from downtown businesses.

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The Hunt Is On! Spring Scavenger Hunt, May 1-15

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Have fun doing this season’s family-friendly Spring Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Alameda. Colorful spring decals have been “hidden” throughout the shopping district in a number of window displays. Stroll the downtown sidewalks May 1-15 to find the items needed to create a colorful Spring basket.

Do the scavenger hunt in one day or take your time while visiting the fabulous businesses in Alameda’s downtown shopping district.

Kids can have extra fun doing the scavenger hunt. Get them started by printing this Coloring Page. Each of the items to be found in the windows is pictured on the page.

Prizes! Find all 8 items for a chance to win your very own Spring Grow Kit. Submit your completed entry form no later than 1pm on Sunday, May 15.

Get all the details here: www.DowntownAlameda.com/SpringStroll

Special Offers! A number of businesses are extending the fun by offering treats and discounts on the last day of the Spring Scavenger Hunt. Step into shops and restaurants for springtime specials:

Lola’s Chicken Shack – Free cookie with purchase of $20 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.

Magpie & Thorn – Free lollipops for kids.

Mommy’s Trading Post – Surprise treat with purchase of $25 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.

Park Street Plaza – Stop in and say “Hello.” The 6 businesses inside will be offering various welcome treats.

Poke Koma – Surprise gift with purchase of $50 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.

The Massage Clinic – Gifted 30 minute “targeted massage” with purchase of a package.

Toy Safari – Join us for a Play Day to celebrate becoming a Flagship Store for HABA Toys. There will be prizes and games for all ages!


Having fun doing the Spring Scavenger Hunt? Post a photo of you and your family doing the Spring Scavenger Hunt using hashtags:  #DowntownAlameda  #SpringHunt

Alameda Restaurant Week Features Island Delights

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There is no better way to explore a city’s unique dining scene than Restaurant Week. And Alameda is no exception. Join us March 25 – April 3, 2022 for a ten-day event celebrating the culinary delights of our island city. Alameda Restaurant Week is back for a 5th year with dozens of local eateries!  

Explore the diverse variety of restaurants that prepare exceptional ethnic and American fare throughout Alameda, from casual eateries to upscale dining rooms. Visit places you’ve always wanted to try and rediscover old favorites. Whatever you crave, you’ll find it in Alameda.

In celebration of restaurant week, participating restaurants are offering special menus, discounts, and signature fare for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. In addition to indoor dining, many of the local eateries provide comfortable outdoor seating in patios and parklets.

And after dining with any of the fabulous restaurants, be sure to enter the AWR2022 raffle for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Over $1,000 in prizes are available and it’s easy to enter.

So go ahead… enjoy Alameda Restaurant Week 2022 and celebrate the cuisine that makes Alameda a trending culinary hotspot!

Participating Downtown Alameda Restaurants

Alameda Comedy Club, Alley & Vine, Asena, Cinema Grill, Dragon Rouge Bistro, East End, Hang Ten Boiler, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Lola’s Chicken Shack, McGee’s Bar & Grill, Speisekammer, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, The Preacher’s Daughter, Toomie’s Thai, Tucker’s Ice Cream

Sample list of special offers:

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