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Solano Stroll Comes Sept. 9: Details (and Poll) Here

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Merchants and residents along the avenue are gearing up for the 2012 Solano Avenue Stroll, to be held Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

(Albany Patch is a Stroll sponsor.)

This "mile-long block party" will celebrate its 38th year in Albany and Berkeley with the theme "Step into the Future."

The theme, said Executive Director Allen Cain, "represents the new horizon in front of us and how the world has changed because of exponential advances in technology."

A free shuttle will be available on Marin Avenue and to the event from the North Berkeley BART station. 

Says the : "The fun begins at 10 am with the opening of Solano Avenue businesses and Stroll booths and the kick-off is the theme parade with about 100 groups. After the parade, you can visit one of 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 juried arts and crafters, state of the art mechanical rides, and 150 community non-profit and government organizations, not to mention the unique and popular professional services, restaurants, and shops already here on Solano Avenue."

A range of cuisines will be available to revelers, from Armenian to Chinese, Italian to Vietnamese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Mongolian, French, Indian, barbecue and vegan.

Features this year include a special area for children with giant slides, carnival games "and maybe even wizards and elves"; on the east side of Solano, visitors can check out the Green Zone to find "tips about simple changes you can make at your home or business to reduce global warming, displays of green technology."

The event is alcohol- and tobacco-free. Learn more about the shuttles; free bike valet parking; public transportation options; and much more on the Solano Avenue Association website.

Read more about the Stroll on Albany Patch here. See the ; we had more than 300 submissions from community members. Stay tuned for details about this year's photo scavenger hunt.

Senior A. Titude September 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I fine-tuned my Stroll participation and maybe this will help some locals. Go early, either at 10 to watch the parade or by 11 am at the latest. You will still be able to walk and hear and enjoy everything. Leave no later than noon. Come back around 4:30 to grab a bite for dinner and remind yourself why going early was a good decision. I usually scope out the food places on the early visit and walk up Marin and cut over to my chosen food destination later in the day. Quick in and out. Since much of the Stroll is the same each year, it's just enough time this way to visit some favorites (like the Greyhounds) and check out the few new things while you breeze by the stuff you already saw in previous years.
Susan September 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I wouldn't be caught dead there. It used to be a lovely local event. It is out of control and enormous. Very commercial and just plain out of control. As the dog lover that I am, dogs are stepped on and there's no room for them. They should not be there.
lubov mazur September 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Same for me, If I leave I can't come back.
lubov mazur September 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I had no idea that the Solano Avenue Association did not contract with or reimburse the city for services. Considering the city surplus of $4000 for the year, and the upcoming special election at $80,000, is providing free services to an event that closes a lot of retailers for the day on Solano a good idea?
Dorothy Coakley October 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Although we tend to go to the Stroll every year, we missed 2012 as I was out of town. Nonetheless, it remains one of my favorite locale events, second only to EC's grand Fourth of July/WorldOne Fest. (We stroll *downhill*...see my Yelp review for details.) http://www.yelp.com/biz/solano-stroll-berkeley#hrid:EG8AjMezMANhN8mU-T3BRg

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