Wednesday, September 18, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

Aton going on. Art openings, Park(ing) Day, Rebuilding Together Oakland's Oak Barrel Bash. the Oakland Music Festival, the annual Creek to Bay Day cleanup and more!


Urban University's Local Artist Showcase Opening Party - Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm. Urban University is launching a series of local artist/artisan showcases and is kicking it off with an opening party! (free; donations go to the Single Parents at Work program)

Oak Barrel Bash - Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm. Join Rebuilding Together Oakland for a benefit celebrating 20 years of service. There will local wine and beer, and a raffle with prizes like an instant wine cellar, a private event at Linden Street Brewery, or a year's worth of growler refills at Drakes. ($60-$100)


Park(ing) Day - Friday, September 20. Join WOBO and local businesses as parking spaces are turned into temporary parklets. Even the Oakland Main Library is getting into the act! A map of the parklets planned for Friday can be found here. And of course, there are the existing parklets like at Farley's East and Manifesto Bikes. (free)

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)

Dancing Under the Stars - Fridays, 8:30-10pm. The popular free dance classes at Jack London Square are back for another season. (free)


Creek to Bay Day - Saturday, September 21, 9am-noon in various locations around Oakland. Help clean up Oakland's waterways. Read about last year's Creek to Bay Day. (free)

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

Oakland Music Festival - Saturday, September 21, 11am-7:30pm. There's hella music, from The Coup to Kev Choice and lots more. Plus local food, beer, wine and more. ($20-$70)


Sundays in the Redwoods - Sundays, starting September 22. Hang out in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park and listen to live music amongst the redwoods. ($14+$2)


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

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

Eat Real Festival - September 27-29. The annual food festival is back, with tasty eats, beer, music, and how-to sessions. (free)

Anza Trail caravan - Saturday, September 28. Join the National Park Service to explore part of the Anza Trail, starting in Fremont and finishing up at Peralta Hacienda in Oakland. (free)

WasteNot: e-waste drop-off - Sunday, September 29. Support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and get rid of your e-waste at the same time. At St. Theresa church, 30 Mandalay Road. (free)

Fences - from the Lower Bottom Playaz - opening in October. The Lower Bottom Playaz continue working their way through August Wilson's remarkable Century Cycle.

Black Cowboy Parade - Saturday, October 5. The long-running Black Cowboy Parade, a staple of West Oakland for almost 40 years. Read about the 2011 parade. (free)

Oaktoberfest - Saturday, October 5, 11am-6pm. Oakland's annual, family-friendly craft beer festival. Food, beer, music, activities for kids, and more. See pictures from the 2011 Oaktoberfest. (free)

Rockridge Out and About - Sunday, October 6, 12-6pm. Food, music, activities for kids, crafts, and more at the annual Rockridge street festival. Check out coverage of Rockridge Out and About 2011. (free)

CityCamp Oakland - Saturday, November 9. The 2nd annual "unconference" brings together citizens, city government, and businesses to innovate, enhance transparency and increase civic engagement. (free)

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