Wednesday, July 27, 2011

upcoming Oakland events

Another week, more great weather and more great events in Oakland. I've been busier with work recently, but even without that there are more great things to do in Oakland than I have time for. I list upcoming events that catch my eye, but there's tons more going in Oakland besides this. As I usually mention, check the Visit Oakland events calendar for even more.

Celebrate 16th Street Station - Thursday, July 28, 5:30pm-8pm. A community celebration of the revitalizing of the 16th Street station. Tour the station, dine from local food trucks, drink East Bay wines. Plus live music, activities for kids, and more.

La Borinqueña's 67th Birthday - Saturday, July 30, 12pm-6pm. The famous Mex-icatessen celebrates 67 years! Food specials by the staff of La Borinqueña & Tina Tamale, Beverage Bar with Local Beer, Fresh Fruit Sangria, Farmers' Market Fresa Agua Fresca and more!

rain barrel program - Sunday, July 31. Order a rain barrel online, then pick it up at the Temescal Farmers market on Sunday. We've got some of the 65 gallon barrels featured, and they're great -- especially at $48.50 that the city program sells them at. I reviewed them (and other options) on my home improvement blog last year.

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 2, 7pm-9pm. Part of a nation-wide event, there will be events all over Oakland. The city is sponsoring an event at Lakeside Park. Come out and show your Oakland love, either at Lakeside Park or at a block party in your neighborhood!

Dishcrawl - Friday, August 5, 6pm. A new (to Oakland) food event, this one in Uptown. This is the inaugural event, starting at Uptown Place. ($26, limited tix)

Secret Stairs book signing, Friday, August 5, 7:30pm at Pegasus Books on Solano, in Berkeley. Author Charles Fleming will be in town for a discussion and book signing of Secret Stairs: East Bay that I reviewed recently. There has also been discussion of him leading one of the walks on Saturday.

Urban Wine Xperience - Saturday, August 6. Put on by the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance that sponsored the event featuring Oakland wineries back in April. The Urban Wine Xperience pairs East Bay vintners with local restaurants and food sellers to put their creations together. Instead of traveling to the different wineries, this event is all at the Jack London Pavilion. ($40-$60)

Throw Down for the Town - Saturday, August 13, 10am-6pm. The Ella Baker Center is organizing service projects all over Oakland, followed by a party at Mosswood Park. Come out and help make Oakland a better place!

Plus the usual events that I haven't listed this time. Remember that Bites on Broadway is now Bites off Broadway -- they're a little further down 45th, in front of Studio One.

Bites off Broadway (Fridays)
Dancing under the Stars (Fridays)
Downtown walking tours (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
OHA walking tours (Saturdays and Sundays)
Art Murmur (Friday, August 5)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)

For even more, check the Visit Oakland event calendar.

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