Art & Wine Faire

Perched atop the Ferris wheel at last weekend’s Art & Wine Faire on Park Street, Chris Bennett snapped this photo of the festivities. The weekend drew a massive crowd to Downtown Alameda for live music, fair food, rides and other fun. Classic Alameda traditions like dancing to local cover bands and other talent; enjoying a “giant brat;” or browsing an extensive selection of local arts and crafts for sale. Sunday’s Alameda Fire Department Pancake Breakfast also drew hungry families to Fire Station No. 1 to raise funds for the Elisa Ann Ruch Foundation.


New at the Art & Wine Faire for this year, the Salsa Stage at Park Street and Webb Avenue presented a third line up of performers over two days this past weekend including Mio Flores, above. Habanas Cuban Cuisine sponsored the stage located adjacent to the restaurant, and then donated a portion of its drink sales to Bay Area Community Resources. The street fair, held for the 33rd year, brought many thousands of visitors to the Island City to enjoy fun, food, drink and shopping along Park Street.

Alameda’s most prominent street fair that brings original art, rides, live music and creative foods to Park Street, the Art & Wine Faire, took place last weekend. Thousands attended the two-day festival. Locals and visitors to Alameda alike could enjoy fried rutabaga, cauliflower- and potato-based fair foods (above left) that had a distinct vegetarian flair. Eleven local bands performed on two stages over both days. Event organizers with the Downtown Alameda Business Assocation said Saturday afternoon’s crowd was among the largest ever seen at the fair. 

Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.

He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.


Residents who attended the Park Street Art & Wine Faire and used the ATM at Comerica Bank at 2416 Central Ave. may have had their cards skimmed and PIN numbers recorded.  In order to accomplish this, the alleged thieves placed a fake faceplate onto the ATM. The faceplate fit snugly into the ATM’s card slot. When unwitting customers slid their cards into the ATM, the faceplate with the counterfeit reader scanned and stored the information on the cards’ magnetic strips.