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Island City Waterways at Crab Cove

WHEN: Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: 1231 McKay Ave,

Island City Waterways

Carnies and bathing beauties start the show off with a walk down Memory Lane, back to the Roaring Twenties when the area was the home of Neptune Beach, an amusement park with extravagant public baths. Then, following a drum corps, you’ll visit “Glory of the Seas,” a WWII-era maritime officer training station, where you can join the trainees for drills. Ryujin the Dragon Queen spins a tale of ecological warning on the shores of the first estuary marine reserve in California, established in 1980. And finally, Japanese taiko drummers, Balinese gamelan performers, musicians, and contemporary dancers take to the beach for a dazzling ‘Island to Island’ finale that pays tribute to our shared waters and the global community’s efforts to protect them.

Four performances each day at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm

at Crab Cove, Crown Memorial State Beach


Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Island City Waterways, a site-specific public art event that animates Alameda’s past and present through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and more. Following up on its popular debut in 2016, this year’s production, presented in association with East Bay Regional Parks District, tells a fresh story in a stunning, new location as a cast of forty actors, dancers, and musicians leads audiences on an easy stroll around Crab Cove, Crown Memorial State Beach for a 75-minute performance that brings to vibrant life the Cove’s rich history and celebrates the sea.

Back for a second year, the popular, roving art event brings a new chapter of Alameda history to life through music, dance, theater, and storytelling.
Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018


The event is free, but online pre-registration is recommended as space per tour is limited (

Audience members are advised to arrive at the Crab Cove Visitor Center at least 30 minutes in advance to check in at registration and enjoy pre-show activities including the opportunity to make a sun print with artist Ginny Parsons, check out EBRPD’s museum of coastal cleanup oddities, learn about collecting “nurdles,” and have a chance to join the fish friend club. Audience members should dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Island City Waterways at Crab Cove

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