Thursday, May 30, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

Lot's going on: Oakland Indie Awards, ACCFB Empty Bowls, Open Studios, natural science at OMCA re-opens, ReWrite Oakland, and more. There's even a neighborhood yard sale that's been held annually for 37 years!


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


Bites off Broadway - Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm. My favorite food truck event, held Fridays outside Studio One Art Center just off Broadway. Read more about Bites off Broadway. (free)

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


Redwood Heights' 37th Annual Block Sale - Saturday, June 1, 9am-3pm. Jordan Road and 35th Avenue. Over 20 homes participate in this neighborhood yard sale. Hits lots of sales in little time. Bring the kids and take a break from shopping at sunny "Jordan Park". (free)

East Bay Open Studios - Saturday, Sunday, June 1-2, 8-9; 11am-6pm. See the work of over 400 local artists as they open their studios to the public. Numerous artists and galleries are taking part, including Gray Loft Gallery and Fernando Reyes in Jingletown, the Crucible in West Oakland, and many more. (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)

ReWrite Oakland - Saturday, June 1. Help decipher and rewrite the obfuscated city of Oakland websites, making them accessible to all. Part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. (free)

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

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)

Dancing Under the Stars at JLS - Thursdays, 8:30-10pm. Free dance lessons from Linden Street Dance Studio return! (free)

Oakland Urban Paths walk - Lake Merritt - Sunday, June 9, 10am-12:30pm. Join Oakland Urban Paths for a walk around Lake Merritt before the Love Our Lake celebrations begin. We'll check out the improvements from Measure DD and visit the Cleveland Cascade. (free)

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)

Fairyland for Grownups - August 16. Your chance to visit Fairyland without a child on an adults only night. Ever wanted to drink a beer inside a whale? This is your chance. A fundraiser for Children's Fairyland.

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