Don’t Miss Kids’ Fun, Music on Park Street

This weekend, the annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire returns.

“This started out as a mostly Alameda event, but now it’s very popular with families from around the Bay Area,” said Robb Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association, which puts on the yearly event.

Now, as many as 90,000 to 100,000 individuals come to Park Street for the fair, he adds. “It is really so amazing how many people we draw to area on these two days.”

One highlight is expected to be the Waterballerz activity, which lets kids walk, jump, flip and float inside inflatable balls about 6 feet in diameter.

“This was a huge hit at the Spring Festival for the kids inside the balls, and for the people watching on the sidelines!” shared Ratto. In other words, come early and expect a pretty long line for Waterballerz.

Children also can enjoy bounce houses, a giant slide, slot cars, face painting and a petting zoo on Alameda Avenue. Amusement rides will be set up near the corner of Park and Lincoln Avenue.

For this year’s festival, bands will be playing a variety of music all weekend long, including blues, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, soul, swing and rock on two stages, where Park meets Buena Vista and Encinal avenues. Several acts will share their version of tunes originally performed by Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Steely Dan. And the popular Sun Kings—a Beetles cover band—is set to take the stage, as well.

“The crowds love these bands! And they’ll be playing the whole time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for everyone to enjoy,” said Ratto.

For adults, Rock Wall Wine Company will be pouring (and selling) wine at the festival’s four booths, where there also will be micro-brewed beer for sale. In addition, some 300 vendors will have a variety of street food for purchase, along with paintings, metal art, photographs, toys, handbags, jewelry, crafts and clothing.

“People really enjoy the food from the return vendors – like Lockeford Sausage,” said Ratto. “They eat it up!”

Janet Levaux