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It's Almost Here: Park St. Art & Wine Faire

The annual celebration runs this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Park Street is putting the finishing touches on preparations for this weekend's 28th Annual Art & Wine Faire, an Island tradition that draws crowds of local residents and visitors to Alameda.

This year's street fair runs Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include live music, kids’ area, art and craft vendors, food vendors, and beer and wine sales. Shops and restaurants will be offering weekend specials.

Some 250 arts and crafts booths will be set up between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues, offering items that range from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing and jewelry.

There will continuous live entertainment on two stages both days, with Bay Area bands playing classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz and soul. The line-up includes Zebop! Tribute to Santana, California Dreamin’, Boptropolis, and Alameda rockers The Mighty Neptunes and Spill the Wine.

A special area for children and their families on Alameda Avenue will feature bounce houses, a giant slide, slot cars, face painting and a petting zoo. Amusement rides will be set up near the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Food dished up to festival goers will include corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari and funnel cakes. There will be four beverage booths serving beer, mimosas and a selection of local Rock Wall wines.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided at the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue.

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit www.ShopParkStreet.com/artwine.html 

Jeff Mark July 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I am once again disappointed in the lame, spare and redundant lineup of bands for this year's Art & Wine Faire. I mean no disrespect to any of the bands, and I understand the challenges inherent in booking bands for low-budget events like this. And I have no contacts in the local music scene, so I can make no claims about how it could be done better. But. This year's lineup looks almost identical to last year's, right down to the Piccolo Puppets. Again, three bands play both days. Among the nine total bands, six — six out of nine! — were here just two months ago at the Spring Festival! And again I ask, is there some local ordinance that requires all street fairs to book Zebop!? C'mon, I mean really. I know there are more bands out there that would looooove the opportunity to play one of our street fairs. I hope there isn't any reason for the repetition other than extreme lack of imagination on the part of the booking people.
Mr. Anonymous July 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I don't know. I was playing in an Alameda band for a while and suggested playing the A&W festival, and the band leader tells me that it is not cool enough, and that only old drunk people attend. Now I am neither old (32) or a drinker, and I love going out to the festival. But if that is the image the festival has, then it may be the reason that more bands don't show up. Just saying. Of course I do find it a little funny that a WINE festival has a children's area and a puppet show. But puppets and wine do sound like a fun combo...
Sarah July 27, 2012 at 03:34 AM
The only difference's between the two fairs ..the spring fair is shorter and its in the spring , and the Art & wine festival is longer and it's in the summer other then that they're completely the same.
Sarah July 27, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Shorter as in blocks wise and longer as in block wise
Producer July 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I agree with Jeff. The Bay Area is full of talented musicians but, when it comes to the Spring and Summer festivals, it just seems like it's the same repetitive type of line-ups. What is the recruiting process or signing up the music? Surely Alameda has up and coming artists who want at least some exposure who are willing to play for free. What about a talent contest? I've been coming to these Fairs for years and, if the same overpriced vendors are going to be here every year, can we at least find some fresh talent to listen to?
Serge Wilson July 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I heard this year they have a new food stand which takes BIG AZZ SAUSAGES, stuffs them with kettle corn, batters them with funnel cake, and plunges them into the deep fryer until they are crispy and golden brown. Mmm! Can't wait to wash that down with 17 beers.

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