No festivals (that I know of), but still lots of fun stuff happening in Oakland. And if you haven't done one of the regular events (e.g., city walking tours, Bites off Broadway, etc.), you should definitely check them out. For example, check out Oaktown Life's post on the Piedmont Avenue Art Walk. And check the events calendar at the right for even more events.
Waterfront Flicks - Thursday, September 15, sundown at Jack London Square. This week's movie is No Reservations. There will be food from Miss Pearl's Jam House, beer from New Belgium via East Bay Bike Coalition, and cooking demos. (free)
Park(ing) day - Friday, September 16. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that invites citizens everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. Check the hashtag #oakparklet on Twitter, and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland for more info. (free)
Creek to Bay Cleanup - Saturday, September 17. All across Oakland people will be helping cleanup Oakland and the environment at the 16th annual Creek to Bay Day. Find an event near you. (free)
Taste of Temescal - Tuesday, September 20, 6-8:30pm. The 3rd annual Taste of Temescal features an evening of food, drink, live music and fabulous prizes. Proceeds benefit: Emerson Elementary School, Claremont Middle School. Lions Center for the Blind, Women's Cancer Resource Center, and Oakland Tech High School. ($30)
Plus the usual events:
Piedmont Avenue Art Walk (3rd Thursday)
Bites off Broadway (Fridays)
Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Downtown walking tours (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Looking further ahead:
Blog Action Day - Saturday, September 24.
Oaktoberfest - Saturday, October 1, in the Dimond.
Parlor and Politics - Saturday, October 1. A celebration of women's suffrage in California.
Suffrage Parade - Sunday, October 2. Continuing the celebration of women's suffrage, a parade starting Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt.
PedalFest - October 22nd. Bikes, beer, food, fun at Jack London Square.