Wednesday, September 21, 2011

upcoming Oakland events

Lots going on this week in Oakland. The forecast is for more warm, sunny weather, so get out there and enjoy this beautiful city!

Oakland Underground Film Festival - Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24. The Oakland Underground Film Festival is showcase for independent film in Oakland, with a special emphasis on social justice, urban life, and the environment. Thursday is at the Grand Lake (opening Party at the Grand Tavern), Friday and Saturday are near the Coliseum (not far from the Habitat for Humanity development). You can attend all of it or just one night. Read more on Oakland Local. ($10-$15)

Eat Real Festival - Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25. Eat Real is a hecka fun food festival at Jack London Square (see my post from 2 years ago --- wait, 2 years? time flies...) It's not just about eating local food (all food is $5 or less) and drinking local beers and wines, it's about making and growing food, too. From cheese making to backyard chickens and goats, an array of displays will show you how it's done. Plus music, a lit fest, and more. One of the food vendors will be the students from the Saint Vincent de Paul Kitchen of Champions program. (free admission)

Open Studio in Jingletown - Saturday September 24, 1-5pm. Exchange Studios is an Oakland Live Work Loft in Jingletown that houses over 20 artists whose work includes photography, painting, sculpture, music, mixed media, and more. They're having an open studio on Saturday. (free)

Blog Action Day - Saturday, September 24. Blog Action Day is once again focusing on climate change. This year is called Moving Planet, and people are gathering at Numi Tea at 10AM then BARTing over to San Francisco for a bigger mobilization there. (free)

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:
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.

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