Island City Waterways at Crab Cove

The unique interpretation of Alameda history through dance, art and poetry known as Island City Waterways is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Carnies and bathing beauties start the show off with a walk down “Memory Lane,” back to the Roaring ’20s when the area was the home of Neptune Beach, an amusement park with extravagant pools. 

Then, following a drum corps presentation, you’ll visit “Glory of the Seas,” a World War II-era maritime officer training station, where the trainees drilled. Ryujin the Dragon Queen spins a tale of ecological warning on the shores of the first estuary marine reserve in California, established in 1980. Finally, Japanese taiko drummers, Balinese gamelan performers, musicians and contemporary dancers take to the beach for a dazzling “Island-to-Island” finale that pays tribute to the world’s shared waters and the global community’s efforts to protect them.

Four performances take place each day at 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Island City Waterways is free for all ages. Pre-registration at www.islandcitywaterways.org/#tour is recommended as space per tour is limited.