A variety of fun and interesting things to do in Oakland this weekend and beyond. I'll be helping with the Oakland Urban Paths walk on Saturday, where we'll be exploring the stairways near Highland Hospital, and the Oakland Heritage Alliance New Era, New Politics tour on Sunday. But there's lots of other great stuff going on. Let me know of anything I missed by leaving a comment!
East Bay Bike Party - Friday, August 10, 7:30pm. Join the rolling bike party, the voted in the East Bay Express as "best group activity" and "best group bike ride for the fun of it". This month's party is the Sharpie Ride, from Rockridge BART to the Berkeley Marina. (free)
Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tours - Saturday and Sunday, 10am. Saturday: Art Murmur Tour; Sunday: New Era, New Politics. ($10-$15)
Oakland Urban Paths: Highland Hospital area steps - Saturday, August 11, 10am. The Oakland Urban Paths walk will explore the stairways near Highland Hospital, circumnavigate the EBMUD central reservoir, and visit a surprising park. (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, August 11 - Uptown to the Lake. (free)
Laurel Street Fair - Saturday, August 11, 11am-6pm, MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th Street: Food, music and fun in the Laurel District. (free)
Raider Nation Celebration - Sunday, August 12, 1-4pm. Celebrate the start of the football season with the Raiders at the Coliseum.
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)
OHA Walking Tours (Saturdays and Sundays)
Twilight by the Lake - Thursday, August 16, 5-7:30pm. The Cathedral of Christ the Light is starting up their summer series of mixers again. (free)
Great Oakland Public Schools Garden Party - Saturday, August 18, 1-4pm. Fundraiser for Great Oakland Public Schools featuring local food, wine and beer.
Jazz by the Lake - Sunday, August 19, 2-4pm. Nicolas Bearde at Camron-Stanford House with some smooth, sassy jazz. ($25-$30).
Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge - Saturday, August 25. The 8th annual Faith Fancher breast cancer 5K walk and fundraiser.
POPNA Park Cleanup - Saturday, August 25, 9am-1pm. Did you miss Throw Down for the Town, or want to do more to make Oakland better? Volunteer to help clean up South Prescott Park in West Oakland. (free)
Eat Real Fest - Friday, September 2–Sunday, September 4. (free)
4th Annual Volunteer Fair - Saturday, September 15, 1-3pm. Learn about different volunteer opportunities to help make Oakland better. (free)
Taste of Temescal, Tuesday, September 18, 6- 8:30 pm. A culinary crawl to scintillate your palates: the Taste of Temescal on Telegraph Avenue between 43th and 51st. ($30)
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)
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)