… Oakland has you so covered. Between Love Our Lake Day on Sunday and the Eat Real Festival and Town Eats all weekend, there is a lot of Oakland love being shown this weekend.


At the Eat Real Festival, over 60 local food vendors will serve food for $8 or less as a full slate of music, cooking demonstrations, and drought conscious lectures all offered for free. Eat Real focuses on local companies and the food or drink they produce. With a crowd of 75,000 expected throughout the weekend, it is definitely the place to be.

Where: Jack London Square

When: Sept 18-20th

Cost: Free – Bring money for food and drink.


At the other end of Jack London Square a smaller, newer, and just as awesome, festival will be taking place at Lungomare in partnership with Oaklandish, Drake’s Brewing Company, and Hangar 1 called Town Eats! At Town Eats they will feature $4 drink specials, live music, an Oaklandish pop-up shop, and a 5-way pig roast off on Saturday between the chefs from Lunomare, Chop Bar, alaMar, Haven, and ChowHaus. Cost for a tasting portion of the roast is $4 or you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat plate for $20. A portion of the proceeds from all Town Eats proceeds will go to benefit Planting Justice which is an Oakland-based grassroots organization that focuses on achieving economic, social, and environmental justice for urban residents.

Where: Lungomare

When: Sept 18-20

Cost: The cost of food and drink


Lastly, on Sunday we celebrate all the wonderfulness that is Oakland and Lake Merrit with Love our Lake Day presented by Oaklavia. Harrison Street, Lakeshore Avenue, and Lake Merritt Boulevard will be closed to allow for “two car-free miles of human powered fun”! There will be dancing, art, walking, bicycling, fitness, food trucks, and a music festival, offered for free. This is a great way to spend a sunny day at Lake Merritt, enjoying Oakland’s awesomeness.

When: Sunday, Sept 20th from 11am-4pm

Where: Lake Merritt

Cost: The cost of food and drink

So, this weekend there is no excuse to not get outside and enjoy all the incredible food and beauty that Oakland is serving up. We hope you get to play and enjoy! Happy foodieing!

Written by Lesley

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