My World #44: Solano Stroll 2009

28 Sep

Since 1974, The Merchants, Restaurants, and Professionals, as well as the twin cities of Albany and Berkeley CA, have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival! I have tried to attend every year since I first heard of this festival.  After all, it’s 26 blocks of fun, entertainment, food, and lots of people watching. I’ll show you what I saw.

There were foods!

Lots of music. Every block features a different type of music.

Interesting exhibit.  I want this car!!!!

There were dancing on the streets, and belly dancing on the stage.

Belly dancers with hair action too.

And I saw this booth.  It’s owned by a fellow blogger, Louis, who blogs here.  I thought I’d finally get to meet him, but he later commented on my blog that he was wandering from his shop to the booth.  May be I should just drop by his store and introduce myself next time.

This is Solano Avenue. It’s filled with great restaurants and shops, extremely difficult to find parking, but always a great place to visit.  This was the weekend when we had some rain here in the Bay Area.  This shot was taken just before the sky opened up.

So this is what I’m sharing from my world this week.  If you want to see what’s going on in other people’s world, visit MY WORLD.


Posted by on September 28, 2009 in My World


24 responses to “My World #44: Solano Stroll 2009

  1. arabesque

    September 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    love to shop,the food looks yummy!
    the place… seems interesting, esp. the head-banger belly dancers…^0^
    oh! i want that green car too! ^-^

  2. seniorhiker

    September 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    This looks as if it would be a fun festival to attend. I’m not sure I could eat my way through 26 blocks of food booths, though.

  3. Erin

    September 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    this is something i so would love…just the idea of freshly roasted corn and all the wonderful tidbits…yum.
    enjoyed the post.

  4. Carver

    September 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Great shots! Looks like a fun festival.

  5. Jennifer

    September 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Love the hair action shot!

  6. Stine

    September 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Looks very exciting and sounds very BIG!

  7. Sylvia Kirkwood

    September 28, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    What a fun looking festival! Wish I was there! And what terrific, colorful photos! Love the hair action shot, too! Thanks for a great tour!

    Have a great week!


  8. nadia

    September 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Just look at that crowd in the last picture; it surely looks like a very popular and fun festival to attend! Thank you for taking us to the festival with you 🙂

  9. James

    September 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Omg! This brings back so many memories. In the 1980’s I lived in Hayward, Richmond and San Leandro. I love your pictures.

  10. J

    September 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    That looks like an interesting event – being an oinker, I like the look of the corn…

  11. Wren

    September 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I love festivals like this – I hope you had all the fun implied by your photos. I’ll have to ask my friends in Albany how they celebrated.

  12. Vita Stunder

    September 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    It looks like a great event!
    Lovley shots 🙂

  13. SusieOfArabia

    September 29, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I miss attending events like this in the states – there is absolutely nothing going on here like that! It really looks like it was a fun day!

  14. Ebie

    September 29, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I love the belly dancing! And wow! 26 blocks! that’s a cool car too!

  15. island rambles

    September 29, 2009 at 3:55 am

    I loved all the shots and it really does show your world…nice sequence of photos. cheers.

  16. magiceye

    September 29, 2009 at 4:43 am

    fun world!

  17. Alicesg

    September 29, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Wow I enjoyed the street scenes and the exciting activities in the street. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Marites

    September 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    looks like fun place to stroll around. those hairs are a-flying! 🙂 i’d like to meet fellow bloggers too someday. my world entry is up!

  19. Janice

    September 29, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Looks like a great day out, lots to see and a great atmosphere.

  20. Wolynski

    September 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Love that little green car – probably an enclosed motorbike. Stop with the food – I can smell it all the way over here. Great photos, especially the “hairy’ belly dancers.

  21. SandyCarlson

    September 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

    That is a wonderful, wide avenue. What a nice day out. I enjoyed the entertainment, too. You caught the hair action well.

  22. fishing guy

    September 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Ewok: That looks like a fun street bazaar.

  23. Louise

    October 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    So festive! I like the green car and the dancers.

  24. bw

    October 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    nice shots. looks like great fun to me. Love the food and the smell of that roasted corn 🙂


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