We announced that this year’s Spirit & Soul Festival would be the biggest yet….and we were RIGHT!

This past Saturday we shut down Macdonald Avenue and danced on Main Street — and shattered records:

2000 friends, family, visitors
35 food, artisan & resource booths
54 volunteers giving 215 hours of service
Most importantly and meaningful, though, are the beautiful moments of joy, togetherness, and love that filled Downtown throughout the day. Our hearts are bursting with gratitude for everyone who came out to enjoy the festivities, but especially for those who gave of their time and energy to help make it happen:
Local companies & organizations who created the outdoor bazaar,
All the volunteers–but especially our Board of Directors and Youth Committee,
And our incredible sponsors for providing crucial financial and in-kind support:

Extra special thanks to Your Way Pizza, Hacienda Grill, Chairs for AffairsStage, Lights & SoundCalifornia DeliciousEast Brother Beer CoBenoit CasperThe Living Apothecary, Trader Joe’s El Cerrito, and many others.
Spirit & Soul Festival marks the end of Celebrate Downtown 2018, but our work doesn’t stop here! We are already thinking about our next event (Taste with Main Street is coming back!) and continuing our year-round work engaging with our merchants, supporting emerging entrepreneurs, bringing Main Street Zumba to the people, increasing access to fresh produce by partnering with Freshest Cargo, and keeping Downtown clean & safe.

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