ALAMEDA -- It's time to break out your walking -- or dancing -- shoes, sun hats and strollers. This weekend, the annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire returns for the 29th year.
"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 event.
Now, as many as 90,000 to 100,000 people come to Park Street for the weekend event, he added.
"It is really so amazing how many people we draw to area on these two days," he said.
For this year's festival, bands will be playing a variety of music all weekend long, including blues, bluegrass, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, swing and rock on two stages, where Park Street 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 Beatles 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," Ratto said.
In addition, there's the Waterballerz activity, which lets kids walk, jump, flip and float inside inflatable balls about six 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," Ratto said.
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 Street and Lincoln Avenue.
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," Ratto said.
During the weekend festival, nearly 500 local merchants and members of the Park Street Business District will keep their doors open and host special sales, he said.
Alameda residents are encouraged to walk or bike to the festival. Secure bike parking will be available at Park and Webb Avenue.
What: Park Street Art & Wine Faire
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Where: stages at Buena Vista and Encinal avenues; children's activities on Alameda Avenue
Cost: Entry is free; fees for rides and refreshments