Your weekend: Yes, yes, yes, it’s a summer festival
So you made it through the Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade okay (minus the cuts and bruises from falling dead asleep on the side of the road somewhere around float 112). Now it’s time for Alameda’s other major summer rite: Park Street’s 24th annual Art & Wine Festival. So grab a glass of wine or five, enjoy some live music and peruse several blocks’ worth of arts and crafts (around 300 booths, if I read the insert in the Sun correctly), all in the comfort of your own city. And when the kids start whinging about spending too much time looking at hand-crafted jewelry, you can take them to play in the kids’ area, on a pony or shuttle ride, or to the petting zoo. Admission to the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is free. The official event info is here.
While you’re down there, C’era Una Volta is hosting wine tastings featuring the wine of local vintners from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the festival. For more information on that, call 769-4828. The restaurant is at 1332 Park Street, at Redwood Square. Cheers!
Also, the firefighters are hosting their 11th annual pancake breakfast (we’re sticklers for traditional around here), from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fire Station No. 1, 2401 Encinal Avenue. And there’s a raffle! And vintage fire engines! Suggested donation is $7, and proceeds go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
And extra points to anyone who can ID the obscure musical reference in today’s headline.