Despite high temperatures, people came out in their thousands to enjoy the annual tradition of the Solano Avenue Stroll.
It wasn’t a conspiracy, and it wasn’t by design. There were no portable toilets at the Solano Stroll on Sunday due to “a simple error,” event organizer Allen Cain of the Solano Avenue Association told Berkeleyside this week.
"I feel the Stroll represents the best of Berkeley — such good feelings, such diversity — of both humans and animals," said Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin commenting on this year's event.
Find the Berkeleyside team Sunday in our usual spot, between Pegasus Books and iScream, where northbound Colusa Avenue hits Solano Avenue. We hope you’ll come by to say hello.
The weather was perfect — not too hot, not too cold — and the Berkeley-Albany institution that is the Solano Stroll was a tremendous affair for the 41st straight year.
SOLANO STROLL The forecast is for a break in the heatwave this weekend, so it should be pleasant to amble down Solano Avenue with tens of thousands of others on Sunday at the annual Solano Stroll. As always, Berkeleyside is a media sponsor of the Stroll, and we’ll be there with our booth — conveniently located in front of iScream ice-cream shop at 1819 Solano Ave. Come by and say hello! In addition to Berkeleyside, you can enjoy the parade (which kicks it all off at 10 a.m.), plenty of live music, mechanical rides, juried hand-crafters, food and drink, and hundreds of local organizations in over 1 mile of free family fun. Sunday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (more…)
One of Berkeley’s most treasured outdoor celebrations, the Live Oak Park Fair, is leaving the city after 44 years.
LIVE OAK PARK’S 100TH BIRTHDAY North Berkeley’s first nature park, Live Oak Park, celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday afternoon. The Live Oak Park Centennial Celebration and Ice Cream Social will include an old-time BYO community picnic and traditional games like croquet and three-legged races. Wavy Gravy and the Berkeley High Jazz Combo will be there. And, at 2:30 p.m., the 100 Dog March will see dogs and their companions ramble around the park’s perimeter. Everyone is encouraged to wear period costume, or at the very least a straw hat! The Berkeley Art Center is organizing outdoor art activities on the bridge that leads to the Art Center. The Live Oak Park Centennial Celebration is on Saturday Sept. 13, noon to 4 p.m., 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
The East Bay’s largest street festival is back for its fortieth year on Sunday Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors to the Solano Stroll can look forward to a mile-long stretch of attractions, including food, music, rides and live entertainment.
The 39th annual Solano Stroll on Sunday was another glorious day of community gathering. The East Bay’s largest street festival, hosted jointly by Albany and Berkeley, featured 500 street vendors, as well as all the merchants that line Solano Avenue’s 26 blocks. The highlight, as always, was the parade. But for the thousands of people who came to enjoy the sun, great music, food and lively community spirit, the whole day offered a chance to catch up with friends and local organizations (including Berkeleyside — we were delighted to chat with so many of our readers at our booth), enjoy the free entertainment, and, of course, simply stroll. (more…)
By Eli Wolfe
The 2012 Solano Stroll was better than ever, if that’s possible, with enthusiastic crowds congregating on the north Berkeley avenue for a feast of entertainment, food, and encounters with acquaintances and old friends. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello at the Berkeleyside booth. It was good to see you. Here: a selection of fabulous pics from some of our contributing photographers. (Check out other photos of the Stroll, including a set by D.H. Parks, on our Flickr pool.)