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Out and About in Rockridge

on October 8, 2013

Last Sunday, Rockridge held its 8th annual Out and About street festival. Ten blocks of College Ave. from Alcatraz Ave. to Kale St. were cleared of car traffic to make way for food stalls, live bands, arts and craft tents, and a rock climbing wall. The wide range of activities and entertainment attracted an equally diverse crowd. As kids got their hands on paint and brushes at the arts and crafts tent hosted by Market Hall, adults sampled sangria flavors from Bourbon and Beef’s beverage tent.

Three hundred organizations, businesses, and musicians participated in this year’s event. There were more than a dozen stages set up along the street, all of which were scheduled back-to-back from noon until six with cooking demonstrations and musical performances, including the rhythm and blues group This Old Band, the Berkeley High Jazz Band, and CelloJoe, a hip-hop meets classical solo musician.

Many of the reported twelve thousand attendees were Rockridge residents, or from surrounding neighborhoods. Karen Black, a local mom, has been going to the event since it started. “I look forward to this event every year,” she said.

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