Thursday, August 23, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

Awide variety of events going on. As is frequently the case, I wish I had time and energy to do them all.

Dancing Under the Stars - Friday, August 24, 8:30-10pm. This week's dance: the hustle (free)

Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge - Saturday, August 25. The 8th annual Faith Fancher breast cancer 5K walk and fundraiser.

POPNA Park Cleanup - Saturday, August 25, 9am-1pm. Did you miss Throw Down for the Town, or want to do more to make Oakland better? Volunteer to help clean up South Prescott Park in West Oakland. (free)

Downtown walking tours - Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am. The walking tours program goes through the summer, rotating through the 8 different tours. They're a great way to get out and see Oakland and learn about its people and history. Coming up: Saturday, August 25 - Preservation Park. (free)

Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tours - Saturday and Sunday, 10am. Saturday: Picardy Drive: A Step Back in Time; Sunday: Civil War Mt. View Cemetery. ($10-$15)

The Radio Regatta - Sunday, August 26, noon-5pm. Join Oaklandish for a floating party. Boat rides, music, beer and sangria, and lots of Oakland love.

Chinatown Streetfest - Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 10am-5:30pm. More than 200 booths will cover 10 blocks for the 25th annual Oakland Chinatown StreetFest. The Cultural Stages will feature Chinese lion dances, Japanese taiko drumming and Polynesian dance performances; while the Popular Stage will have live music, including 80s and 90s cover bands. There will also be arts & crafts vendors and Henna and Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations. Check out pictures from the Streetfest last year.(free)

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)
OHA Walking Tours (Saturdays and Sundays)

looking further ahead:

Oakland Pride - Sunday, September 2, 11am-7pm. The annual Oakland LGBTQ festival in Uptown Oakland.

PINCC Walk-a-thon - Saturday, September 8. Fourth annual walk-a-thon to raise money for Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC). Read more at the Oakland Tribune.

4th Annual Volunteer Fair - Saturday, September 15, 1-3pm. Learn about different volunteer opportunities to help make Oakland better. (free)

Taste of Temescal, Tuesday, September 18, 6- 8:30 pm. A culinary crawl to scintillate your palates: the Taste of Temescal on Telegraph Avenue between 43th and 51st. ($30)

Park(ing) Day with WOBO - Friday, September 21. Park(ing) Day is a great celebration where unused street spaces and some parking spaces are converted into parklets for the day! Last year's Park(ing) Day was hella fun. A number of locations around Oakland are working towards permanent parklets. (free)

Eat Real Fest - Friday, September 21–Sunday, September 23. (free)

Oakland: The Story of a City at Linden Street Brewery - Saturday, Steptember 22, 5-7pm. The Oakland Heritage Alliance is hosting a reading to celebrate the publication of the 2nd edition. Books and beer will be available for purchase. (free)

Dixieland Jazz at Pardee Home - Sunday, September 23 from 1-4pm. The historic Pardee Home hosts the "Spirit of '29 Dixieland Jazz Band". ($20).

Sundays in the Redwoods! - starting Sunday, September 23, 2pm. A concert series featuring a variety of musical groups at the Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park. ($10)

Five Historic Houses Bike Tour - Saturday, September 29. East Bay Bike Coalition tour of 5 historic Oakland houses by bicycle. (free)

Red Cross Out for Blood Fun Run - Sunday, September 30, 9am. A fun fundraiser for Northern California Red Cross blood services. Read about last year's fun run. ($25-$30)

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