Art & Wine Fest on Park Street This Weekend

The annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire will be celebrated on the Island over the coming July 30-31 weekend. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and include live music, a kids’ area, arts-and-crafts vendors, food vendors, and beer and wine sales.

“The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is fun for the whole family!” said Rob Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association, which organizes the event each year in July.

According to Ratto, there will be more than 250 arts-and-craft booths on Park Street, between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, with vendors offering items like ceramics, metal art, paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing and jewelry.

Bay Area favorites will perform a wide range of music, such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz and soul, says Ratto. The line-up includes Zebop, Stung, East Bay Mudd and local rockers the Mighty Neptunes.

In addition, there will be four beverage booths serving beer, mimosas and wines from Alameda-based vintner Rock Wall Wine Company. “We will be featuring Rock Wall’s wines exclusively and are happy to have a local winery involved in the fair,” said Ratto.

Park Street’s Art & Wine Faire differs from the district’s Spring Festival in a few ways, according to Ratto. The art and wine festival includes two stages rather than one, for instance, and it features up to 100 more vendors.

The crowd could hit 100,000 over the entire weekend, Ratto say. “But if you come early, between 10 a.m. and noon, it’s less hectic and all the vendors are still open,” he shared.

On Saturday and Sunday morning (starting at 10 a.m.), the Piccolo Puppets will perform on the Encinal stage. And from about 3:30 to 6 p.m. both days, the Santana-tribute band Zebop will perform. The kids’ section, adds Ratto, will feature a bounce houses, a giant slide, slot cars, face painting and a petting zoo.

Merchants in and around Park Street will be open for business on July 30 and 31 while the fair is taking place, Ratto says. “Many of them will be running specials during the weekend, so we encourage residents and visitors to take the time to visit their shops,” he explained.