About 250,000 people attended the Solono Stroll. Photo: Neil Mishalov
About 250,000 people attend the Solono Stroll which, this year, takes place on Sunday Sept. 14. Photo: Neil Mishalov

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 annual festival, which is hosted each year by the cities of Albany and Berkeley, will feature 500 street vendors, as well as all the businesses and organizations that line Solano Avenue’s 26 blocks, and also boasts 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry parade, and state-of the-art mechanical rides.

As in previous years, the event is expected to draw 250,000 visitors,  including folks from across California and from neighboring states.

Solano Stroll by Colleen Neff
Dancers are part of the mix at the Solano Stroll. Photo: Colleen Neff

The highlight for many is the Stroll’s grand parade, featuring a diverse array of local groups and organizations.

The Stroll is an alcohol-free family event. Children will be able to enjoy a special area with carnival attractions including games, clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters and magicians.

Visitors from all around the Bay Area can reach the event by using BART and AC Transit. There will also be free shuttles running all day between the North Berkeley Bart station and Marin Avenue.

Berkeleyside is sponsoring the Stroll for the fourth year running and will have a booth there. See you there!

Check out the Solano Stroll website for comprehensive information about the event.

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