Festival Program


The inaugurate Animate Dance Festival tool place on October 27, 2018.  With over 150 performers on site, and almost 19 performances during the day, this was a truly awesome display of Bay Area Dance

Getting There

The festival site is located on both sides of West Red Line Avenue, between Todd Street and Saratoga Street.  



By Ferry

The site is an easy 15 minute walk from the Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal.  There will be LIME bikes available at the terminal.

By BART and AC Transit Bus

AC Transit bus Route 96 stops at West Midway Ave and Pan Am Way, 5 minutes walk from the festival site.  The 96 passes near two BART stops: 12th STREET and LAKE MERRIT

By Car

If you are driving, we recommend carpooling with friends as free parking is available, but limited. Handicap parking will also be available.

Note that the main Atlantic Avenue entrance to Alameda Point recently closed, so traffic entering Alameda Point will use the new entrance at Trident Avenue.

From Main Street, turn onto Trident Avenue to enter Alameda Point, turn right onto Ferry Point, and turn right onto Pan Am Way (at Almanac Brewery), turn left on West Essex Drive and then tight on Todd Street.  Signs will direct to you to marked parking lots.

By Bike

We will have free, secure bike parking within the main parking lot.  For access turn right off Todd Street opposite Michaan's Auctions.


The meeting point for Lyft and Uber drivers is at:  94 Saratoga Street, Alameda, CA 94501


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Do I need a ticket?

This is a free event and open to all.  We encourage you to sign up for a ticket on our Eventbrite page as this helps us to get an idea of how many people to expect, and also so that we can easily communicate any last minute info to you.

Are children welcome?

The festival is open to everyone and children are very much welcome.  Alameda's much loved design lab and play gallery, TWIRL will be hosting the Kids' Zone,with a wealth of Arts and Crafts, and activities

Do I need to reserve to see specific performances or attend classes?

All classes and performances will be run on a first come first serve basis.  Most of the companies will perform 2-3 times during the day so if you feel like you can't find a space for one performance, you can come back for a later show.  There will be no seating for the performances, we will provide some folding stools for those who need, but be prepared to stand or find yourself a spot on the ground.  We encourage you to bring a folding stool or a cushion if you want to make yourself a little more comfortable.

What should I wear?

The Festival is entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. We would suggest bringing layers as the wind can pick up in the afternoon.  If you want to attend a dance class, wear comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely.  Much of the festival is located in a park where the ground is uneven, we HIGHLY recommend wearing flat-heeled, closed toed shoes.

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