Thursday, October 3, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

It's a First Friday, so that means First Friday events on Telegraph, and Art Murmur Uptown, Downtown, and elsewhere. But there's also the Black Cowboy Parade in West Oakland, Oaktoberfest in the Dimond, a celebration of 150 years at Saint Mary's Cemetery, and Rockridge Out and About. And since Sunday is the First Sunday, it means admission to the Oakland Museum of California is 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)

Art Murmur and First Friday - Art Murmur Uptown, Downtown, every where in town. Plus First Friday events on Telegraph. (free)

Great Wall of Oakland - Friday, October 4, 7-11pm. The Great Wall of Oakland is partnering with Chabot Space and Science Center to bring you amazing videos of space. (free)

Opening Reception for Indisputable Still Life - Friday, October 4, 6-9pm. Opening reception for the new exhibit at the Transmission Gallery. (free)


Black Cowboy Parade - Saturday, October 5, 10am-5pm. The long-running Black Cowboy Parade, a staple of West Oakland for almost 40 years. Read about the 2011 parade. At Defremery Park, though the parade goes for a number of blocks. (free)

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

150 Year Celebration at Saint Mary's Cemetery - Saturday, October 5, 11am-noon. Saint Mary's celebrates 150 years, as the oldest operating cemetery in Oakland. (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)

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)


Tall Ships visit Oakland - October 8-14. The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be back in Oakland at JLS. Tours ($3) and battle sails ($40-$60) available. Read about a visit last year.


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

Jack Glow and Fire Show - Wednesday, October 9, 6:30-7:30pm. A fusion of fire dance and flow art with fire hoopers, fire spinners and fire jugglers at Jack London Square. (free)

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

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

Oakland Urban Paths - Walk the Bay - Saturday, October 12, 10am. Oakland Urban Paths will join WOBO, California Walks, and Walk San Francisco to walk the new Bay Bridge trail. (free for members; $5 others)

Life is Living Festival - Saturday, October 12 at 10:00am. The annual West Oakland festival celebrating urban life through hip hop, inter-generational health and environmental action. Music, vendors, food, health screenings, skate demos and more. (free)

Jack of All Trades Market - 2nd Saturdays starting October 12, 11am-5pm. A mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. Plus DIY workshops, live music, and local food. (free)

Classic Cars at JLS - Saturday, October 19, 11am-4pm. Jack London Square will showcase more than 60 vintage vehicles from the 1920s to the 1960s. Live music, too. (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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