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June 14, 2011 > Party in the street

Party in the street

By Julie Grabowski

Celebrate the arrival of summer and take to the streets with the Hayward Street Parties! A longstanding city tradition, the parties are a free, family-friendly event that loads three downtown blocks with live music, vendors, street entertainers, food, car shows, and beer and wine gardens. Held the third Thursday of each summer month, the good times get under way June 16 with "Hot Summer and Salsa Night."

Streets will be lined with 100 vendor booths offering a variety of arts and crafts, food, nonprofit exhibits, and city representation including police, fire, and schools. Beer gardens will be set up in the alley between Bank of the West and Bijou Restaurant and Bar as well as in Newman Park at the corner of Mission and B Streets. Automotively inclined are sure to gravitate to classic car shows sponsored by Vic Hubbard Auto Supply and located on Main Street between B and A Streets, featuring cool hot rods, unique custom cars, and sleek classics.

Bay Area salsa band Lava headlines the musical entertainment, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They will be performing at the Bank of the West parking lot beer and wine garden area while Third Sol rocks the Newman Park beer and wine garden at B Street and Mission Boulevard.

Downtown businesses and restaurants will also be open, including pubs Buffalo Bills and The Bistro, two event anchors. This serves as the perfect time to become more familiar with the area and see what great things downtown Hayward has to offer.

Sponsored by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, City of Hayward, and the Downtown Business Improvement Area, Street Parties have drawn up to 7,000 people and continue to be a fun and festive time for all ages.

"This is a great family-friendly event with food, music, great shopping bargains, and unique entertainment," says Hayward Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kim Huggett. "The goal is to get families, especially children, downtown for an evening of fun and to celebrate life here in Hayward, which we call the 'Heart of the Bay!'"

Downtown parking is free and available in the four-story garage behind Century Theatres with the entrance off C Street at Foothill Boulevard, two municipal lots off A Street between Foothill and Mission, as well as a two-story municipal garage at B and Watkins streets at City Hall Plaza. And though they may be counted among our most fun and faithful friends, no dogs are allowed at the events.

You might bump into a clown, an old friend or an acrobat troupe; discover a new favorite beer, learn some dance steps or find the perfect gift. The possibilities are all waiting at the Hayward Street Parties! And be sure to mark Saturday, September 17 on your calendar when the fun continues at the Art, Wine, Specialty Beer and Ale Festival.

To learn more about the Street Parties or for information on participating as a vendor, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424 or visit online at www.hayward.org.

Hayward Street Parties
Thursdays, June 16, July 21, and August 18
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
B Street (between Foothill and Watkins), Hayward
(510) 537-2424
www.hayward.org
Free

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