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Downtown Easter Egg Hunt for Kids and Families

Downtown Alameda Egg Hunt

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.

More Information

Get more details and download a map: www.DowntownAlameda.com/egg-hunt

Alameda Restaurant Week Returns January 17-27

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
  • Asena
  • 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
  • Pappo
  • Poke Koma
  • Roll & Bowl
  • Sidestreet Pho
  • Speisekammer
  • Subway
  • The Hobnob
  • The Original Red Onion
  • The Park Street Tavern
  • The Star on Park
  • Tomatina
  • 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.

Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Alameda

The Churchward Pub New Years Eve 2018 welcomes 2019You’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:  Read More

Hot Cocoa Crawl Special Offers & Activities

Downtown Alameda Hot Cocoa Crawl 2018Join 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.

To find the 15 businesses participating in the Hot Cocoa Crawl, view the complete list and interactive map on the website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#cocoaRead More

Cast Your Vote! Holiday Window Contest

Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest 2018Businesses 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:  Read More

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