ALAMEDA -- This weekend's 14th-annual Park Street Spring Festival offers plenty of fun for the family, organizers say.

"We'll have a number of very popular bands that have been at the festival in the past and some new acts," said Robb Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association. "This has become a Mother's Day weekend tradition."

Some bands will play songs by Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Santana and Steely Dan. "A new group at the event is Long Train Running, a Doobie Brothers tribute act. People in town and around the Bay Area love the tribute bands, and we are glad we could get so many of them for the festival," Ratto said.

Local groups set to take the stage include Ben Luis, which plays smooth jazz, and the Mighty Neptunes, which performs rock. Other bands scheduled to appear on the stages at Encinal and Lincoln avenues will entertain the crowd with bluegrass, folk, jazz and rockabilly tunes.

In addition to music, there will be booths selling hearty and tasty snacks, along with beer, wine and mimosas.

"It wouldn't be Mother's Day without a mimosa," Ratto shared.

Kids can try out Water Ballerz, which lets them walk and bounce around on water inside a large plastic ball.

"They absolutely have to try this. It's a blast," he said.

The children's area will be located at the corner of Park Street and Alameda Avenue. It will include a petting zoo, bounce house, climbing wall, slot cars and face painting.


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In addition, members of the Park Street Business Association will be on hand to talk about their work in town. Plus, there will be 150 vendors selling crafts and gift items.

"We'll also have safe, secure bike parking at Bike Alameda," Ratto said. With 50,000 visitors expected over the weekend, it makes sense to leave the car behind, he said.

"People love to come down to Park Street, listen to music, have a mimosa or two and shop," Ratto said. "It's such a great way to spend the Mother's Day weekend."

For more details on the event, go to www.shopparkstreet.com.

IF YOU GO
What: Park Street Spring Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Where: Park Street between Lincoln and Encinal avenues
Cost: Free