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Rockridge’s Out and About festival appeals to kids, adults

on October 10, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered on College Ave., from Alcatraz Avenue to Manila Street, for Sunday’s Out and About Festival, the annual street celebration hosted by the Rockridge District Association.

Nearly 200 vendors offered products and services throughout the festival, such as Hapuku Fish Shop, Cactus Taqueria, The Pasta Shop, and Marcus Wines. The ever-popular College Ave restaurant Zachary’s offered its traditional cheese and pepperoni pizza, along with specialty deep dish spinach and mushroom pie.

The festival featured Bay Area musicians such as The Clifford Lamb Trio and The Blue Monday Jazz Jam. Young children had their faces painted, practiced hula hooping, painted small pumpkins, planted seeds, and tried to climb a gigantic rock wall temporarily installed under the BART overpass.  The Claremont Middle School Jazz Band also offered musical entertainment near the kid’s court.

“This is the fifth annual,” said festival coordinator Karen Hester. “We’re here celebrating Rockridge.”




  1. Bob Follett on October 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Some pictures taken at the Out and About:

  2. Derrick on October 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Your article does a huge promotional disservice when you say “hundreds of people gathered”. There were thousands of people who attended. Someone from out of town who reads this and is considering attending next year, may not get the enormity of this festival based on your openning sentance.

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