Sunday, May 29, 2011

upcoming Oakland events (updated)

There's just too much good stuff going on in Oakland these days. Whether it's art, food, fun or history, there's probably something you'll enjoy. The hard part is deciding which ones to go to, since I can't go to them all.

Jamaican Jerk Cook Off - May 30 at Linden Street Brewery - A fund-raising event for My Yute Soccer Camp: Embracing Differences Through Soccer. Four teams will compete in the cook-off, plus there will be beer, wine, live music and more. ($10)

Downtown Oakland walking tour - June 1 in Chinatown, June 4 in Old Oakland. I've enjoyed all of the Oakland walking tours so far. (free!)

Empty Bowls - June 2 at Alameda County Community Food Bank. An evening of art, nourishment and advocacy, to raise awareness and money for the food bank. K and I went to one of these a couple of years ago, and it's a good program. We're going again this year, as is Becks from Living in the O. ($25)

First Friday - June 3 in various locations. There's the Art Murmur, of course, but there's also the Midtown Arts District First Friday Art Walk. (free)

Code for Oakland - June 4 at Kaiser Center. A one-day workshop that will bring government officials, developers, designers, and interested parties together for a day that will be devoted to looking at local datasets of use to people in Oakland. Sponsored by Oakland Local, the city, and others, and features $100,000 in prizes. ($5-$12)

Jingletown Arts Walk - June 4-5 in Jingletown. The Arts Walk is a chance to see what artists in Jingletown are up to. The area is known for mosaics, but there's a lot else going on there, too. (free)

East Bay Open Studios - June 4-5 and 11-12, all over Oakland. There are hundreds of artists participating, all over Oakland and the East Bay. Check the handy map for locations. (free)

Temescal Street Fair - June 5 in Temescal. The 8th annual Temescal Street Fair. Food, fun, arts and crafts in Temescal. NOTE: Postponed because of the weather until July 10.(free)

Bluegrass for the Greenbelt - June 3-4. A fundraiser for Greenbelt Alliance, held at the historic Dunsmuir Heller Estate in the Oakland hills. Check out the writeup by VSmoothe on A Better Oakland. Sounds like a great event to hear some live bluegrass. ($13 to $55 w/camping)

Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon - June 4-5 at various locations. Oakland Animal Services and other animal rescue organizations are having free adoptions of pets to qualified homes. Plus the adoptions raise funds for the shelter you adopt from. See the full write-up at Oakland Local. (free)

Planting Justice - June 5 at Oasis Restaurant and Bar. A fundraiser for Planting Justice, featuring food, fun and music by Sun Hop Fat. ($20-$35)

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