Welcome to summer in Emeryville on the Bay, where we invite you to dock, stay, dine and play.  We are only ten minutes from San Francisco, host city of the 34th America’s Cup challenge. Emeryville is home to 2 marinas, 850 slips, 4 major hotels, over 30 restaurants and cafes and lots of shopping – worldwide and boutique brands. Plus, there are unlimited ways to play here this summer – from windsurfing, sailing and kayaking to hiking the Bay Trail.

It’s been a great summer so far. Our marinas have had lots of visitors, including some exotic yachts. Water sports abound on the San Francisco Bay off the shore of Emeryville. KGB Kiteboarding in Emeryville Marina reports that some of our Emeryville

Emeryville Mayor Kurt Brinkman

Emeryville Mayor Kurt Brinkman

employees enjoy paddle boarding during their lunch hour or after work. We also seem to have lots of music in town at Bay Street, Public Market and at our parks. Check our music and event calendar.

I want to thank City staff for launching our Summer Concert series on the 4th of July with great dance music by Jukebox Heroes at the Doyle-Hollis Park. The 2013 performance series runs through July 25 and features local Emeryville food trucks serving up food and drinks. Music is from 6-8pm. Thurs., July 18  Molasses will perform at Park Avenue Plaza and on Thurs., July 25 Grove Valve Orchestra will play at Doyle-Hollis Park. Please join us!

July 4th was also the launch of the Summer of Racing with the opening of the America’s Cup Park to the public on Piers 27/29 in San Francisco along the Embarcadero and the Opening Ceremony for the start of the America’s Cup Challenge. The great thing is that daily admission to the America’s Cup Park is free for a range of family activities including interactive exhibits and the ‘Flying on Water’ cinema where visitors experience the sensation of racing on one of the AC72 catamarans. Hands-on sailing activities for kids are also available.

Back here in Emeryville, be sure to take our ArtWalk around town during the good weather. You can download the map from our website.  Great news for Emeryville! Based at Emery Cove Yacht Harbor, Seaward Coastal Ventures, has five boats available for charter for viewing the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th America’s Cup races.

Enjoy the races and the rest of your summer. See you around Emeryville on the Bay.

Kurt Brinkman, Mayor of Emeryville