Downtown Alameda’s Popular Spring Festival in Two Weeks

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition that has something for everyone. The outdoor fair on Park Street will be packed with 150 arts-and-crafts vendors, festival foods, local craft beer, premium wines, nonstop live music on three stages and an interactive kids’ area. The fun happens Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Enjoy a stroll in Alameda’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 expanded area on Central Avenue called “Alameda Alley” will contain an enlarged outdoor dining area, local talent on a third stage and fun activities. The Alameda Stage sponsored by Common Networks and programmed by Alameda musician Jim Parodi, will be rich with local talent including Amber Marie Knezevic (finalist at The Voice auditions in San Francisco), Michael Barrett (member of The Sun Kings), Dave May (host for Alameda’s Got Talent) and Kevin Kearney with his Mighty Neptunes.

“I am thrilled to work with such amazing local talent to put together a super show for the 19th annual Spring Festival,” said Parodi. “The two-day, live sets will feature a wide variety of Island favorites as well as some newcomers. The show includes acoustic rock, blues and folk music and even dancers from Encinal High School.”

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is presented by the Downtown Alameda Business Association as a fundraiser for the district. Proceeds help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green and safe.

Getting to the event is easy. AC Transit bus lines run through Alameda with stops at the festival. Complimentary secure bike parking will be available at Vietnam House (1527 Park St.) 
View the music schedule and details on the official event page: www.DowntownAlameda.com/SpringFestival.

Love Our Island Art Walk Friday, May 10
Kick off the Spring Festival weekend with a celebration of art, music and dance in Downtown Alameda on Friday night, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m. “Radical Beauty, Part 8” is the final event in the Love Our Island Art Walk series and will feature art displays by three Bay Area artists on Park Street between Pacific and Blanding avenues. While viewing storefront art, visitors can rock out to the energetic drumming of Puerto Rican Bomba, the groovy vibes of Brazilian funk and the dynamic rhythms of gypsy flamenco guitar.

Plan to meet up at Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave.) for an after party at 9 p.m. featuring more live music, kids’ activities and videos from previous Love Our Island Art Walk events. The Rhythmix K Gallery will be open 6 to 10 p.m. featuring Mother – an exhibit all about mom.

The event is free to the public and is generously supported by the California Arts Council, the City of Alameda, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, the Alameda Sun and a whole host of Rhythmix sponsors.

View more details at www.rhythmix.org/radical-beauty-part-8.

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