PLEASANTON -- The popular 1st Wednesday Street Parties figure to be a bit more family-oriented with the decision by its sponsoring group to stop selling beer and wine at the event.

Cocktails and other adult beverages will still be available for sale at many downtown restaurants, many of which will offer discounts.

The decision by the downtown association to halt alcohol sales at the beer and wine garden was spurred by several factors, said Pleasanton Downtown Association Director Laura Olson.

"First and most importantly, the decision was based on overwhelming community input and input from businesses," she said. "There was growing concern over public safety -- not that anything had happened, but we saw things heading down a path, and we wanted to get off that path ... it just wasn't the right fit for the event."

Dancing in the beer and wine garden during  1st Wednesday Street Party in downtown Pleasanton, Calif., May 2, 2012.
Dancing in the beer and wine garden during 1st Wednesday Street Party in downtown Pleasanton, Calif., May 2, 2012. ( Bay Area News Group)

The beer and wine garden was also experiencing declining business, she said.

The parking lot at 530 Main St. will now be transformed into a family- and pet-friendly "Entertainment Garden" where visitors can still sit, eat, enjoy music provided by local bands and participate in children's activities.

Other 1st Wednesday highlights include an expanded farmers' market on St. Mary Street; 30 artists displaying their work at "Artblock" on East Angela Street; multiple music venues and 200 vendors. Many restaurants will offer takeout meals, and a few food vendors will be on hand.

1st Wednesday Street Parties begin in May and run through September. For more information, go to www.pleasantondowntown.net/about/about-us.



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