Summer is upon us! Time to get outside and enjoy all of the wonderful events and activities Oakland has to offer. So we decided to make a list! (We really like lists.) There are so many activities going on this summer that we couldn’t include them all but


First Fridays

When: The first Friday of every month 5-9pm. (Except the 4th of July when it is from 3-8pm)

Where: Telegraph Avenue between West Grand Ave and 27th Street.

Cost: Free but bring money for food trucks, art, and adventures.

What: First Fridays is a need to experience event. There is so much to see and do, with artist booths and movies and other events that spring up in the surrounding area this is a great Friday night activity.


Bites off Broadway

When: Every Friday 5:300-8:30pm

Where: 365 45th Street, Oakland, California 94609

Cost: Cost of the food.

What: Food trucks! And hula hooping! And movies sometimes at Studio One:

June 20: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 18: The Croods
August 22: Ratatouille
September 12: Frozen


City Center Lunchtime Concerts

When: Every Wednesday starting 6/4/14 from 12-1pm

Where: Oakland City Center

Cost: Free


Movies in the Park

When: All movies begin at dusk (All subject to change)

  • Friday June 20 – The Croods (PG 98 minutes)
  • Friday July 11 – Holes (PG 117 minutes)
  • Friday July 25 – Walking with Dinosaurs (PG 87 minutes)
  • Friday August 29 – Turbo (PG 96 minutes)
  • Friday September 12 – Top Gun (PG 110 minutes)
  • Friday September 26 – We Bought a Zoo (PG 124 minutes)
  • Friday October 3 – Frozen (PG 102 minutes)
  • Friday October 17 – Adams Family (PG 99 minutes)

Where: Redwood Heights Recreation Center- 3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland CA 94619

Cost: Free

Other Important Info:

Dress warm and bring a lawn chair and / or blanket as the grass starts to get a little damp in the evening.

They will  be selling popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks & hotdogs this year.  All of the money goes towards a scholarship fund for summer day camp and after school Rockets program.

New this year:  Help support the Alameda County Food Bank.  They will have a food donation bin set up and for those that donate a non-perishable food item, you will receive 1 small popcorn for free (while supplies last).  Please look at the Alameda County Food Bank website for food items that they are in need of which include:
Canned fruit & vegetables
Canned meats and fish
Peanut butter
Canned soup (low salt)
Low-sugar cereal and oatmeal
Tomato sauce
Powdered milk


Pizzaiolo Movies

When: Every Wednesday in June and July 28-August 28 at Sundown

Where: Pizzaiolo, 5008 TELEGRAPH AVE OAKLAND, CA 94609

Cost: Free For All Ages:

What:  Movies begin at sundown on the patio. Call for a same-day reservation dining off our menu or come early for a spot on our bleachers, where we offer beer, wine, spiked punch, meatball sandwiches & homemade oreos. Bring blankets & your own comfy lawn chairs. For reservation, please call 510.652.4888 after 3pm.

June Movies:


6/11- The Manchurian Candidate

6/18- Carrie

6/25-Throw Mama From The Train


Jack of All Trades 

When: The second Saturday of each month starting June 14, 2014  11am-5pm

Where: Jack London Square

Cost: Money for art

What: Jack of All Trades is a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages.


Dad’s and Jazz at Dunsmuir

When: June 15, 2014 2-6pm

Where: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate, 2960 PERALTA OAKS COURT, OAKLAND, CA 94605

Cost: $20 Adults $10 Kids (10 and under)

What: This Jazz Series is to honor and celebrate fathers and to encourage a healthy, active and fit lifestyle. It will be a day to not only honor fathers, but honor all men who have acted as father-figures, step-fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or ‘Big Brothers’… Jazz lovers will be able to enjoy great music, food, drinks, vendors and a free tour of the Mansion.


Oakland Dragon Boat Festival

When: June 15, 2014

Where: Lake Merrit

Cost: Free

What: Come out to the lake to see the Oakland Renegades in action (along with some other dragon boating teams).


Pacific Fine Arts Festival

When: June 27-29, Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Where: Montclair Village

Cost: Free-There will be tasting booths for wine and beer with a fee. And of course bring money for the wonderful art!

What: A fine arts sidewalk festival that brings 80 artists from the Bay and it’s surrounding areas together to display and sell their art, along with wine and beer tasting, music, and kids activities.

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July 4th Festival of Family Fun

When: July 4, 2014 11am-4pm

Where: Jack London Square

Cost: Free

What: A 4th of July Celebration with interactive activities and entertainment for both parents and children.



When: July 26, 2014  11am-7pm

Where: Jack London Square

Cost: Free

What: A cycling festival for everyone from families, casual observers, and biking enthusiasts. It will feature biking specials, yummy food, and vintage bicycles.


An Intimate Evening

When: July 26, 2014, 6 – 11 pm

Where: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate, 2960 PERALTA OAKS COURT, OAKLAND, CA 94605

Cost:$40 if tickets are purchased before June 30th


Take a ride in a charming horse driven carriage or hop on the fun-filled Dunsmuir trolley car to experience an unforgettable evening. • Sample the finest cuisine provided by some of Oakland’s best caterers • Dance under the stars at the South Pond • coffee and dessert in the Jazz Café • Tour the 115 year old Mansion • The Gatsby car exhibit • Main stage entertainment • The Intimate Martini Lounge • Wine tasting • Community Recognitions

Martin Luther (featured entertainer) • Ric Alexander
Funky Latin Orchestra • K’ Brick • Destiny Muhammad Trio
Danielle Dubois Flax • Soul Rebel DJs


Art + Soul Festival

When: Aug 2-3, 2014 12-6pm

Where: City Center Oakland
Entrances at:

  • 14th Street & Broadway
  • 16th Street & San Pablo Avenue
  • Promenade beside City Center West Garage

Cost: Money for food and rides

What: An Oakland Street festival with music, food (including a backyard smoker competition), dancing, and art.


Fairyland For Adults

When: Mid-August 7-10pm

Where: Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland CA 94610

Cost: $20

What: This is one of the events that we will keep you informed of here or on our Facebook page, because it is such a good time (and the specific date has yet to be announced). And it sponsors  Fairyland! Basically a big party in Fairyland with beer and wine included in your ticket price. You can also purchase food from local food trucks and Oaklandish gear once you’re in the park. There will be pop up puppet shows, a dance floor, and all around good fun.


The Scottish Games

When: August 30-31, 2014

Where: The Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

Cost: 2-Day Adult $28, 1-Day Adult $21, Student (12-17) $13, Child (11 & under) Free.

What: A festival of all things Scottish. From Highland games, to dancing and music.


Gatsby Sunday Afternoon

When: September 14, 2014

Where: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate, 2960 PERALTA OAKS COURT, OAKLAND, CA 94605

Cost: Last year it was $50 before-hand and $70 at the door. We will update you when there is more information.


 Eat Real Festival

When: September 19-21, 2014

Where: Jack London Square

Cost: Free

What: It’s all about the local, sustainable, yummy food. From lessons on how to pickle and make jam, to samples of local restaurants, this is a fun end of summer festival to head out to.

Written by Lesley

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