Swan’s Market Celebrates 100 Years


The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) will host a celebration Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, to mark 100 years of Swan’s Market, a registered historical building and renowned community gathering place in Old Oakland featuring commercial space, a food hall, and affordable housing.

“Swan’s Market is a hallmark development for us and for Oakland,” said Joshua Simon, EBALDC executive director.

Located at 510 Ninth St., Swan’s Market is a multi-faceted space with award-winning restaurants, community nonprofit organizations, service-oriented businesses, and affordable housing, all in one walking- and transit-friendly block in the heart of Oakland.

Following its creation in 1917 as the Oakland Free Market, what is now known as Swan’s Market was the center piece of the city’s downtown retail corridor for 60 years.

After a period of disinvestment, Swan’s Market closed its doors in 1984. It then was acquired and renovated in 1996 by EBALDC.

A Swan’s Market 100th Birthday Party on Friday, July 21 will have live music and entertainment, signature foods, local wine and cocktails, outdoor dining, and a StoryCorps booth.

On Saturday, July 22, EBALDC and Old Oakland establishments will host an Old Oakland Open House with live jazz performed on three stages.


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