West Alameda Special Events

Annual Events in West Alameda

Mark your calendar for the year's biggest and best events that take place throughout West Alameda.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February - Corner of Webster & Haight

The Chinese New Year Celebration (also known as the Lunar New Year) is a new tradition on Webster Street. Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is China’s most important traditional festival lasting at least several weeks. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

Festivities are at the corner of Webster and Haight right by the Webster Farmers Market.  We have two Lion Dance troupes for the entertainment from the Toi Shan Family Association. The Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. Following the Lion Dance there will be a Chinese Traditional Dance, Tai Zhi performance and children dances.

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, will be providing appetizers for the celebration.  East Ocean is a family owned business on Webster, serving the Bay Area for over 30 years.

This event is presented by the West Alameda Business Association, West End Arts & Entertainment District and the Toi Shan Family Association.

Taste of West Alameda Fundraiser

This event occurs annually in March, from 6 to 9PM

Join us for A Taste of West Alameda where you can enjoy endless samples of West Alameda’s variety of cuisines. Mix and mingle while tasting beer, wine, and spirits from Alameda's own Spirit's Alley and beyond.

From 6-9pm , attendees are be delighted by a curated sampling from over a dozen West Alameda restaurants and craft beverage producers. Attendees have the opportunity to meet restaurant owners, chef’s, winemakers and brewers.This is the perfect evening to explore the West End’s culinary offerings, both new and old.

In addition to food and beverage sampling, a silent auction boasting gift baskets, art and other Alameda based retailer offerings runs from 6:30-8:45pm while the live DJ sets keep the crowds entertained. Auction proceeds and a portion of ticket sales benefit the West End Arts & Entertainment District (WEAED).

This is the premier event showcasing what the West End has to offer.

Earth Day Festival

April 21 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Washington Park

Come celebrate the planet with us at Alameda’s Earth Day Festival! As part of celebration, it is our goal to present simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. Enjoy free activities for kids, Earth Day games and exhibits. Learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come. Try out bike powered smoothie blender and spin art machine, get involved with the Earth Day Beach Clean-up, and other fun activities.

Island Jam

This event occurs annually in June, from 2 to 6PM

Kick off your summer with the Island Jam, Alameda’s premier family fun event June 15th & 16th. Forget neck ties on Father’s Day. Give Dad what he really wants, fun for the whole family, NOT the same old Ho-Hum Street Fair.

The Island Jam is Carnival Rides, Arts & Crafts, Craft Beer and Dancing shamelessly to Island music on three stages. This years event will feature an enhanced Tiki Bar sponsored by St. George Spirits.

Follow the call of the Islands to the Island Jam, June 15th & 16th, along historic Webster Street in Alameda.

Mayor's Fourth of July Parade

July 4th

The Mayor’s 4th of July Parade in Alameda is one of the largest Independence Day parades in the nation. Some of the best viewing spots are on Webster Street from Central to Lincoln. Come watch local dancers, community groups, children, local businesses, and more in this fun, family friendly, celebration.

Celebrate July 4th aboard USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum

July 4th  2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT! Live music and entertainment throughout the day on the Hangar and flight decks.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES! Including Flight Simulator, Jump House, and a Kids’ Zone with crafts, hands-on science, and games!

EXPLORE THE SHIP! Sign up in advance with VIP tickets for extended tours of spaces such as the Engine and Boiler rooms!

FOOD & BEVERAGES! Several options available both on our Hangar and Flight Decks!

BAY AREA FIREWORKS! Weather permitting, local fireworks shows may be visible from the Flight Deck and would begin around 9:15 PM!

Concerts At The Cove

July, August & September

2019 will be a very special year for Alameda’s Concerts at the Cove and the Crab Cove Visitors Center. This year, the music series will celebrate it’s 20th year of offering free, family friendly entertainment to the community. While there is much to be said for carrying on the tradition of June, July, and August concerts, an anniversary year is also a great time to review. After much discussion, it is with great pleasure that the producers of Concerts at the Cove announce that the concerts will start one month later on July 12th and extend to September 13th when Crab Cove and concert goers will enjoy the best weather of the year.

In recognition of this 20 year milestone, the headliners for each concert will be extraordinary starting with the July 12th showcasing Majestic – A Tribute to Journey. The Majestic playlist includes Journey’s most popular songs including Separate Ways, Don’t Stop Believing, Who’s Crying Now and many more.

August 9th will see the East Bay’s own Jazz Mafia take the concerts stage. This is jazz like you have never experienced jazz. The distinct sound is rooted in its five brass instruments and accented by red hot violinist Shaina Evoniuk.

The newly added September 13th concert band selection was a collaboration with Rhythmix Cultural Works and satisfied a strong desire to bring world music to the concerts stage. SambDa is the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band playing traditional salsa and cumbia blended with funk and reggae influences. The perfect music for a warm September night at Crab Cove and taking in the San Francisco bay view.

In addition to celebrating the Concerts anniversary, the East Bay Regional Park District, as a sponsor for all twenty years of the concerts, will be celebrating its 85th year of managing the region’s most beautiful parkland. The District comprises over 122,270 acres in 73 parks located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and is the largest urban park district in the United States according to Wikipedia.

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of another major sponsor. The Regional Parks Foundation’s mission to promote greater access to the District’s parks and supports the three concert series by funding many aspects of the production, which allows the community to enjoy these free concerts. The Rotary Club of Alameda will be providing beer and wine for the ninth year with all proceeds going to the community grants program. Last year, the Club distributed over $15,000 to local Alameda nonprofits.

All concerts start at 5:30 PM and run two hours. Food may be purchased at the concert and picnics are welcome. Please no outside alcoholic beverages. Free, secure bicycle valet services are available. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

This event occurs annually in September from 12 to 6 PM on Webster Street (between Central and Taylor Avenues)

Live music and other entertainment, a children’s zone, art vendors, refreshments, community-resource booths and more.

Halloween

More info TBA

Winter Celebration on Webster

Join us for the annual tradition of a visit from Santa and shopping at your favorite local boutiques and restaurants on Webster Street the 3rd weekend in December! Enjoy Santa photo's in his "village", indie craft vendors for all of your shopping needs, beer & wine, and loads of fun for the whole family!

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