Wednesday, May 30, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

After a relatively quiet week, there's just way too much interesting stuff going on this week in Oakland. Friday is June 1st, so that makes it First Friday, with the ever-expanding Art Murmur and other events like Jack's Night Market and the return of Dancing Under the Stars.

Party for a Purpose - Wednesday, May 30, 5-10pm. 50% of proceeds go to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

SoundWaves at JLS Thursday, May 31, 5:30-7:30pm. Live music performance at Jack London Square. This week's artist is Tim Hockenberry. (free)

ACCFB Empty Bowls - Thursday, May 31, 6-8pm. Annual fundraising event for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. An evening of art, nourishment and advocacy. ($25+)

Oakland Indie Awards - Thursday, May 31st, 5:30-10:30pm. Come celebrate local businesses and artists at the annual Oakland Indie Awards. Lots of Oakland favorites have been nominated, from Actual Cafe to Uptown Body and Fender, and Annalee Allen to Tina Tamale. Read more at Oakland Local. ($10)

Great Oakland Public Schools End of Year Party - Friday, June 1, 5-8pm. Join Great Oakland Public Schools in celebrating teachers and others who make Oakland schools better. Next to Jack's Night Market. (free)

Jack's Night Market - Friday, June 1, 6-10pm. A fun evening market at Jack London Square, featuring food, fun, vendors and more (free)

Temescal Art Hop - Friday, June 1, 6-9pm. First Friday fun in the Temescal. Collect stamps from 8 or more participating galleries and businesses, and get a chance to win prizes. Read more at Oakland Local. (free)

Dancing Under the Stars - Friday, June 1, 8:30-10pm. The return of the popular event kicks off with salsa dancing. (free)

East Bay Open Studios - June 2-3 & 9-10, 11am-6pm. The annual East Bay Open Studios art tour. Check out and support artists all over Oakland and beyond. (free)

Jingletown Open Studios - June 2-3 & 9-10, 11am-6pm. Lots of open studios with lots of different artits. Read about last year's holiday walk in Jingletown. (free)

Projet En Vue showing - June 2-3. A display of photos and interviews from the truly amazing Projet En Vue. (free)

Dimond Night Out - Tuesday, June 5, 6-8:30pm. Sample your way through 17 different Dimond restaurants and merchants. ($20)

looking further ahead:

(Cook)Book Club - Saturday, June 9, 1-2:30pm. Make a dish from DIY Delicious and join author Vanessa Barrington and East Bay Dish blogger Christina Mitchell for a DIY potluck. (free)

Urban Farm Tours - Saturday, June 9, 11am-5pm. Join the Institute for Urban Homsteading for a tour of various urban farms in Oakland. ($5/location or $25-$30 for all)

Temescal Street Fair - Sunday, July 8. The annual street fair in Temescal features food, music, art and fun for the whole family. (free)

Community Arts Festival - Sunday, July 29. Art show at Mosswood Park. Music, snacks, art and more. Contact if you'd like to participate.

Pedalfest - Saturday, August 18, 11am-8pm. The second annual Pedfalfest at Jack London Square. Last year's Pedalfest was hella fun, for cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

ongoing events:

Bites off Broadway (Fridays)
Piedmont Avenue Art Walk (3rd Thursday)
Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)
OMCA Summer Nights (last Friday of the month)

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