Downtown Alameda Business Association

The City of Alameda kicked off the holiday season with a festive celebration at City Hall last Saturday. City officials, the poets laureate and several musical performers entertained a festive crowd. Children enjoyed free candy canes and visits with Kris Kringle himself. Following the event, merchants in downtown Alameda invited revelers to warm up on the Hot Cocoa Crawl. Throughout the season, Santa Claus will be dropping by locations on Park Street, Webster Street and South Shore Shopping Center. That jolly, old elf in the red suit sure does get around.

Message from the Executive Director 
Community festivals are meant to bring everyone together to celebrate traditions, cultures and friendship. It is simply unimaginable what the city of Gilroy is going through after the senseless shooting on July 28 during their premiere event that coincided with our Island’s own Art & Wine Faire. This heinous crime attempted to undermine the efforts of thousands of volunteers, dedicated staffers and proud residents. 

On behalf of our board of directors, I am pleased to report that, thanks to the work of our members and community supporters, the Downtown Alameda Business Association is financially sound and poised for solid improvement and growth.

We continue to see significant increases, not only in our financial position, but also in our merchant participation. Our membership is engaged in every aspect of our association and its goals. They participate in our popular events and activities, join our committees, work as block captains and collaborate on important projects.

Summer is almost here and it’s time for families to make plans for when school’s out. Get ready to shop, play, eat and learn in Downtown Alameda while enjoying art, music and more. The business district is full of fun things to do this summer.

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is in the record books! The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) continues to be amazed at the dedication and hard work that is contributed by the many that continue to make this event a beloved family tradition. Everyone at DABA loved dancing, eating, singing, shopping and celebrating Mom with the community.

Bring Mom and the whole family to Downtown Alameda for a celebration of spring during 19th annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. Enjoy art, music and dance during the Love Our Island Art Walk kick-off event on Friday night, May 10. Then continue the fun at the popular street fair on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Come see what’s new at the Spring Festival and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer!

 

Strolling through the downtown district reveals that Downtown Alameda is historic and hip. With its grandiose old buildings, its unique businesses and its vibrant community, the historic Park Street district is always worth a trip.

Prior to 1864, the Park Street area was home to just a few scattered farm houses. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either replaced or converted into something else. 

 

Enjoy a day of revelry in Downtown Alameda in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17. Put on some green attire, gather some friends and prepare to embark on a cultural journey. In addition to the abundant plates of traditional corned beef and cabbage, diners will find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders, Reuben sandwiches, pints of Guinness and all-day drink specials.

Here are a couple of recommendations for celebrating Irish-American culture in Downtown Alameda:

More than 400 umbrella-less participants took advantage of the clear skies overhead last Friday evening as they strolled along Downtown Alameda’s Whiskey Stroll route. Ticket holders visited 11 unique businesses to savor perfectly paired bites from local downtown chefs paired with premium whiskeys from around Northern California. 

To find out about events happening in Downtown Alameda, join the email club at www.downtownalameda.com.

 

Sometimes, “what’s old” is more interesting than “what’s new.” That’s the case with the great buildings on Park Street.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to just a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce along the train routes, including the historic Park Street District. By 1905 more than 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either torn down or converted into something else. 

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