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June 15, 2010 > Summer is here and so are Hayward Street Parties

Summer is here and so are Hayward Street Parties

By Fina Mora

School is out and summer's here, get ready for food, music and fun! It's the time of year for Hayward Street Parties. Every summer, Hayward hosts street parties on the third Thursday in June through September, attracting between 5,000-6,000 people.

Now celebrating its 11th year, these events have become a Hayward tradition with fun and free entertainment for the entire family. Hayward's historic downtown hosts this event. Surrounded by buildings that have been around for decades, the street parties are a perfect combination of young and old to liven up the community during the summer months.

This year, as in years past, a variety of merchants, community and civic organizations, restaurants and food vendors will be featured along "B" Street, extending from Foothill to Watkins.

Street parties are organized by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hayward, along with a collaboration of local merchants. "At least three live bands, a soda, beer and wine garden and a play area will be at each event," says Brian Schott, executive president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. "We will also have over eighty booths and food vendors."

As for all you car lovers, a classic car show featuring antique automobiles and hot rods, will line Main Street from "A" Street to "C" Street. "The car show will feature classic cars sponsored by Vic Hubbard Auto Supply," says Schott.

Visitors can find parking at a structure on Foothill Boulevard between "B" and "C" streets and another one on Mission Boulevard between "B" and "C" streets and a Municipal parking lot on "A" Street between Foothill and Main. One of the most convenient ways is to take BART to the Hayward Station, just a short walk from downtown.

Organized by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and City of Hayward, entertainment will be available to delight all ages attending the summer street parties.

For more information about the street parties and space rental, call Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424. For more information on vendor booths or sponsorship opportunities contact Susan Ojeda-Cobosat (510) 247-2043 or e-mail to susan@hayward.org.

Hayward Street Parties
Thursday: June 17, July 15, August 19 and September 16
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
City of Hayward
"B" Street from Foothill to Mission Boulevard, Hayward
(510) 537-2424

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