ALAMEDA -- The Park Street Art & Wine Faire will return to the island this weekend with all the usual fun and entertainment, organizers say.

There will be arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, mimosas, live music on two stages (at Buena Vista and Encinal avenues), a children's area, carnival rides and more.

"What's nice is that we've been doing this now for 30 years, and if you come, you know what you are going to get," said Robb Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association. "We have great music, good beer to sample and wonderful wines to try. People love the arts and crafts vendors and the folks selling food, too."

Three hundred vendors will offer popular foods such as Lockeford sausage, gyros and other treats, as well as a variety of handmade items, including paintings, ceramics, photos, jewelry, metal art and clothing in booths to be set up on Park Street.

"The street vendors will be selling everything from glycerin soap to wooden toys," Ratto said. "Everything in the fair is incredibly family-oriented. We have something for everybody, and it's fun for the community to come on down and enjoy it.

"Our business association has 420 members, and a number of our merchants on side streets and many on Park Street will be running specials and promoting unusual gifts and other items in their establishments," he said.


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The crowd will be large -- with some 90,000 to 100,000 visitors expected over the weekend. Those who want to leave the car behind can bike over and park at Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. at Webb Avenue.

"There are so many terrific tribute bands that will be playing, like the Sun Kings, who perform Beatles tunes on the Encinal Stage from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday," Ratto said.

Bands will perform crowd favorites, like classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, soul and swing. Along with the Sun Kings, this year's lineup also includes other tribute bands -- Night Moves (Bob Seger), Petty Theft (Tom Petty), Fleetwood Mask (Fleetwood Mac), Zebop (Santana) and AjaVu/Stealin' Chicago (Steely Dan and Chicago).

The main children's area will be on Alameda Avenue. It will include a bounce house, petting zoo, games, slot cars, face painting and other activities. Near Buena Vista Avenue, there will be a second area with carnival rides.

"For kids, there's the Waterballerz, and they go nuts for that. The children have plenty to do, while visitors can enjoy shopping in the stores and from the street vendors," Ratto said.

"People have figured it out. There's no charge to come," he said. "The bands are good, so the music's great to enjoy, along with the adult beverages, food and snacks. That's why folks keep coming back year after year -- it's a good time."

IF YOU GO
What: Park Street Art & Wine Faire
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Where: Park Street between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues
Information: www.shopparkstreet.com