Thursday, May 16, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

Lots going on this week. The biggest event is the 41st annual Oakland Greek Festival, but there are walking tours, concerts, plays, the Malcom X Jazz Festival, Bites off Broadway, and more.


Oakland Walking Tours - Wednesday, 10am. Free downtown walking tours highlighting Oakland's history, architecture and people. Read about past Oakland Walking Tours. (free)


Bites off Broadway - Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm. Beginning May 10th. My favorite food truck event returns for 2013. Read more about Bites off Broadway. (free)

Compared to What? play - May 10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25 - A play by Judith Offer about the Pullman Porters and life in West Oakland. Held at the First Christian Church. ($15-$20)

Oakland Greek Festival - Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The 41st annual Oakland Greek Festival. Celebrate the food, music, and culture of Greece. (free-$6)


Walk to End Poverty - Saturday, May 18, 9am. A walk to help end poverty around Lake Merritt. The first 400 people to bring a non-perishable food item (no glass, please) will receive a free t-shirt. (free)

Oakland Walking Tours - Saturdays, 10am. Free downtown walking tours highlighting Oakland's history, architecture and people. Read about past Oakland Walking Tours. (free)

"Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words" - Saturdays, 10am-4pm. The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California hosts an interfaith art exhibit. In conjunction with Kehilla Community Synagogue and the Montclair Presbyterian Church. Each work incorporates words, text or letters in unique expressions that underscore interfaith understanding, spirituality, peace and cultural dialogue. (free)

Malcolm X Jazz Festival - Saturday, May 18, 11am-7pm. The 13th annual Jazz Festival in San Antonio Park. Featuring a wide variety of musicians and dancers, plus a children's area and food court. (free)

Go in Peace - CD release concert - Saturday, 7pm. Free concert to celebrate the release of Katarina Stenstedt's debut album, Go in Peace. (free)

Notes & Words 2013 - Saturday, May 18, 8pm. Writers Mary Roach, Billy Collins, Kelly Corrigan and Lauren Graham join forces with musicians G. Love & Special Sauce, Good Night, Texas, Vocal Rush and LaToya London to raise money for Children's Hospital Oakland, at the Fox Theater. ($50+)

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

Rod and Custom Car Show at JLS - Saturday, May 25, 10am-4pm. More than 65 classic cars from the 1920s to 1960s will be on display. Enjoy live music, food and fun! (free)

Oakland Indie Awards - Thursday, May 30, 6:30-10:30 pm. Join the celebration for Oakland's local economy, a party for locals by locals. Enjoy an evening under the stars on the beautiful Kaiser Rooftop Garden and Terrace, overlooking Lake Merritt. Read about last year's awards and party. ($10-$15)

ACCFB: Empty Bowls - Thursday, May 30, 6-8pm. Join the Alameda County Community Food Bank for their annual Empty Bowls program to raise money for their work of feeding the hungry in Alameda County. In addition to enjoying a delicious soup dinner, guests will enjoy the music of accordionist Duckmandu, take home a hand-painted bowl and bid in a silent auction. ($25)

Gallery of California Natural Sciences at OMCA opens - Friday, May 31. The long-awaited reopening of the natural sciences section of the Oakland Museum.

Fairyland Gala Costume Party - Thursday, June 6, 6:30-9:30pm. Help support Children's Fairyland by attending this special adults-only gala party in Fairyland. ($75-$125)

Love Our Lake: Oaklavia + Measure DD Celebration - Sunday, June 9. Come celebrate the work accomplished as part of Measure DD, improving the areas around Lake Merritt. Streets around the lake will be closed for pedestrian and bicycle friendliness. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, and activities for kids. (free)

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