Wednesday, August 29, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

Tons of fun and interesting stuff going on in Oakland in the coming weeks. This weekend is the Oakland Pride Festival and on Monday is Hiero Day.

Dancing Under the Stars - Friday, August 31, 8:30-10pm. This week's dance: salsa (free)

Movies in the Park - Ice Age - Friday, August 31, 6:30pm. Bring the kids for a free movie at Redwood Heights Recreation Center, featuring Ice Age. Movie begins at dusk. (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, September 1 - Chinatown. (free)

Phoenix Risen: The Art of Cartoonist David G. Brown - Saturday, September 1, 2pm at AAMLO. Opening exhibition and reception for cartoonist David G. Brown. Meet David and his mentor, Morrie Turner. (free)

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

Hiero Day - Monday, September 3, 11am-6pm. Hip hop and more on San Pablo Ave., featuring Kev Choice and others.

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)

looking further ahead:

City Center concerts - Wednesdays at noon. Free concerts in City Center each Wednesday through October. (free)

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.

Voter Basics: Your vote. Your voice. - Saturday, September 8, 10am. Voting for the first time can be a little intimidating. Learn the basics about voting, from Alameda Reads at the Alameda Free Library. Open to all Alameda County residents. (free)

Oakland Urban Paths - Rock and Walk II - Saturday, September 8, 10am. Join OUP and Andrew Alden to explore Oakland geology. A shorter but hilly walk in East Oakland, crossing the Hayward Fault and with views of the bay, the hills, and various fault-related features. (free)

Endless Canvas: Special Delivery art show - Saturday, September 8. Come check out a 36,000 sq. ft., 3 story warehouse covered in art! With live music.

Creek to Bay Day - Saturday, September 15, 9am-12pm. Come help up Oakland creeks and waterways, at over 27 locations throughout the city of Oakland. Read about last year's Creek to Bay Day. It's a fun, easy chance to help make Oakland better. (free)

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

Every Breath Counts - Wednesday. September 19, 8:30am. A benefit for the Northern California Breathmobile, which is designed to help kids with asthma: Asthma: Keeping Kids out of Hospital Emergency Departments and in School. ($150)

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. Fun-filled food fest in Jack London Square. Check out coverage of last year's Eat Real Fest.(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)

Starlight Gala - Saturday, September 22 - Gala black tie fundraiser for the Chabot Space and Science Center ($500)

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)

Taste of Temescal - Tuesday, October 2, 6-8:30 pm. A culinary crawl to scintillate your palates: the Taste of Temescal on Telegraph Avenue between 43th and 51st. Benefits area schools and non-profits. ($30)

HellaWeen Run - October 27, 5:30pm - 5 mile evening fun run in Old Oakland and West Oakland. Come out and show your creative side with a costume! Put on by the Oakland Running Festival. ($31+)

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