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Taste of the Culture

Drew Bird

Whether it’s food or art, Oakland is a feast for all the senses. Take a crash course in the city’s food and art scenes at Friday Nights @ OMCA, where you can enjoy Off the Grid food trucks, art and live music, or branch out and sample some of Oakland’s many fantastic art galleries and restaurants. So come hungry, because you’ll definitely want to make room for seconds.


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What Food trucks are here This Week? offthegrid.com



Parks and Rec

Rain or shine, there’s always plenty to see and do when it comes to Oakland’s outdoor spaces. Show off on Lake Merritt’s slack line, or find the perfect spot for a picnic or a morning workout. Once you’re out here, you’ll never want to go back inside.


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Lake Merritt Slackers meet up Saturdays at the pergola; newbies welcome





After Hours

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When the sun goes down, the locals let loose. Unique and vibrant bars and venues like the New Parish (pictured), live music, and plenty of new friends to make—Oakland’s got all you need to make your night one to remember.


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Jack London


Drew Bird

Steeped in history and filled with a modern energy, Jack London Square reflects the vital spirit of Oakland. Join a dance party on the old stomping grounds of Jack London himself, and discover the many spots to eat, drink and play along the dynamic waterfront.

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where hospitality meets the square Located in downtown Oakland’s historic Jack London Square, and not far from the San Francisco bay, this intimate boutique hotel offers 100 contemporary rooms with privacy in a tranquil setting surrounding a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

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The Vibe word on the street

Reflections on Oakland, from the people who know it best

Glynn Washington

“Oakland gets everything first. It’s on the cutting edge of every societal trend—sexuality, class, labor, gender. It’s a peek into the future. You can have 130 languages within four blocks. Mixed together, you will get clashes, amazing communities, great food. And lots and lots of stories. “Kids who come up in Oakland’s school system can talk to anybody. They can flip between all kinds of groups in a way I never could. They are able to talk to straight, gay, black, Chinese, throw some Spanish in there, Punjabi. It’s not ‘I tolerate this’; it’s more of an embrace.”

Libby Schaaf

Robert Ogilvie

Mayor of Oakland @LibbySchaaf

Director of SPUR Oakland, an urbanplanning research organization @SPUR_Urbanist

“It’s easy to fall in love with Oakland. From the redwoods to the shores of Lake Merritt, Oakland’s beauty makes it a playground for nature lovers and urbanites alike. Our diversity, creative energy and down-to-earth authenticity add to Oakland’s ‘secret sauce,’ which includes world-class artists, entrepreneurs and activists of every stripe. It’s part of how we make everyone feel at home.”


“There are so many different types of people in Oakland, and they have an open attitude toward each other. It’s stimulating and refreshing; you learn something new all the time. The city is trying to grapple with change in a way that will keep its soul. “I love downtown. You turn a corner, and there is a new building, an old building that’s been rehabbed, a new business that’s popped up.”


Clockwise from top: Steve Babuljak; Courtesy of Justin Metoyer-Mullon; Kara Brodgesell; Courtesy of the office of mayor libby schaaf

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Behind Washington is a mural planned by Attitudinal Healing Connection

Justin Metoyer Mullon Muralist and educator with Attitudinal Healing Connection @AHC_oakland “We have a strong arts community that gets a lot of support—a lot of energy and appreciation go into art and artists here. We love doing what we’re meant to do. There are a lot of art galleries, art events and artists; in my neighborhood in West Oakland, there are at least five artists living within a few blocks. All cultures come together to make Oakland what it is.”


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Diverse urban cuisine Restaurant plus beer garden featuring more than 50 handcrafted beers State-of-the-art bowling, bocce ball and interactive games Great for parties/events up to 1,000 guests Located on Jack London Square’s historic waterfront setting 98 Broadway Oakland • 510.817.0980 • plankoakland.com

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Oakland’s Neighborhood Mediterranean-Spanish Restaurant & Bar

Taking Beer to the Next Level

rom its beginning in 2009, Ale Industries brewery in Fruitvale has been working to shake up the beer industry in the East Bay and beyond. And that’s exactly what owners Morgan Cox and Steve Lopas have done. Among the first local brewers to experiment with barrel-aging beer, Cox and Lopas are also pioneers in another way—almost everything at the brewery is powered by fuel converted from vegetable oil. What’s more, you won’t find traditional labels for beers here, like “pilsner.” Instead, the brewery favors straightforward language about flavor (its Golden State of Mind is

What’s Brewing

Morgan Cox and Steve Lopas, co-owners of Ale Industries

described as “earthy, citrus, herbal”). The brewery’s Jingletown Jazz taproom, next to the Fruitvale BART station, also defies traditional classification. “We’re just as likely to have a grandma come in as we are to have her grandson on leave from the Marines,” Cox says. The brewers agree that there are few better places to push boundaries than Oakland. “I’ve lived here for about a decade,” Cox says. “As the Bay Area progresses with craft beer, I see Oakland as one of the gathering points.” 3096 E. 10th St., (510) 479-3185, aleindustries.com

Mad Oak

The Perfect Beer Crawl

Steve Babuljak

Beer Revolution

The revolution is alive and well at this bar near Jack London Square. With 50 taps, a back wall of hundreds of chilled bottles and all the punk rock music you could want, this is the spot to find new and rare beers.


Frequent tap takeovers feature beverages from across the country. 464 Third St., (510) 452-2337, beer-revolution.com

Diving Dog

In addition to 30 taps pouring primarily American craft beer, this Uptown beer bar helps you unleash your inner beer geek with meetthe-brewer nights and tap takeovers, as well as beer-making classes with top brewers from around the U.S. 1802 Telegraph Ave., (510) 306-1914, divingdogbrew.com

Drake’s Dealership

Housed in a former car dealership in Uptown’s buzzing new Hive complex, this outpost of a brewery in nearby San Leandro invites you to chill out. The beer selection is impressive, with 32 taps offering a mix of Drake’s beers and specialty brews. Grab a pint to pair with a wood-fired pizza or poutine. 2325 Broadway, (510) 833-6649, drinkdrakes.com/visit/ dealership

One of the few places in the East Bay where you can lounge on a rooftop while throwing back pints, this multilevel beer bar near Lake Merritt draws in the crowds with its multiple TVs and projector for sports events. But the fun doesn’t stop at Mad Oak when the game’s over. With a patio, game room and two bars downstairs; 40 taps highlighting local brews; and a cocktail program big on fresh produce and ingredients, there’s plenty to keep you coming back for more. 135 12th St., (510) 924-2047,madoakbar.com

The Trappist

Go exploring at this mecca for Belgian-style beer, where bartenders pour from a selection of hard-to-find taps from around the world. The Old World ambience— taxidermy looming over the tables, shelves of European knickknacks— is transporting, but the outdoor patio can’t be beat on a warm day. 460 Eighth St., (510) 238-8900, thetrappist.com 41



S I GN U P TODAY! Join a local foodie on a walking tour and eat and drink Oakland’s finest, while hearing from the makers themselves what inspired their creations. Drink matéinfused beers with a Brewmaster, eat New American Seafood with Asian- Dominican twists with the Chef de Cuisine and savor melt-in-your-mouth donuts with a DonutMaking Genius. Just a few of the many delights you’ll s eeea t l o v e . c o m get to experience. Now offering tours in four distinct Oakland neighborhoods. 5 1 0 .9 8 5 .4 92 3




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Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland Zoo

Spend a day with the emus and the elephants, and enjoy a few rides while you’re at it. Float above bison and giraffes on a gondola, take a spin on the carousel, and ride the mini train. Let the little ones gawk at the playful otters and turn into frogs by hopping across the Lily Pad Pond at the Children’s Zoo, then head to the African Savannah, where the lions roam. 9777 Golf Links Road, (510) 632-9525, oaklandzoo.org



Fentons Creamery and Restaurant


What do you get when you combine a bowling alley; a video game arcade; a bocce ball court; and a menu of well-made burgers, pizza and tacos? An adrenalized, fistpumping destination in Jack London Square for all ages— at least until 9 p.m., when you must be over 21. 98 Broadway, (510) 8170980, plankoakland.com @symlink

A leafy storybook-themed park for the smaller set, Fairyland—a Lake Merritt attraction since 1950—exhibits a sweet, old-fashioned charm. Young visitors explore an Alice in Wonderland rabbit-hole tunnel; ride a multicolored train that looks like it has chugged right out of a Little Golden Book; and wander past Little Miss Muffet’s garden, inhabited by real bunnies and goats. 699 Bellevue Ave., (510) 452-2259, fairyland.org


Plunder the pirate’s-treasure cache of beads and string your own adornments. The shop also teaches jewelry-making techniques (crafters 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult). 4167 Piedmont Ave., (510) 652-2583, bluedoorbeads.com


Children’s Fairyland

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Every weekend, gamers gather to play video games, from 1977’s Atari 2600 to more recent releases. Serious competitors gear up for Smash 4 or Street Fighter 5 tournaments. Sat.–Sun., 3400 Broadway, (510) 210-0291, themade.org


The ice cream parlor/restaurant is a local institution; it even made a cameo in the Pixar movie Up. The Fenton family started a horse-drawn dairy business here in 1894 and, with a few changes (like cookies ‘n’ cream), the restaurant has been scooping out rich deliciousness since 1922. 4226 Piedmont Ave., (510) 658-7000, fentonscreamery.com


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At this complex in the Oakland Hills, kids can construct Lego cars, touch a model of the sun and sit at the controls of a replica 1961 Mercury space capsule. On clear weekend nights, the observatory domes roll open for visitors to view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Wed.–Sun., 10000 Skyline Blvd., (510) 336-7300, chabotspace.org


Get schooled in variations of mac and cheese that will satisfy appetites of all ages. Compare and contrast the Classic with the Gilroy Garlic or the Mexican Mac (chorizo and chipotle sauce). 400 40th St., (510) 597-0400, homeroom510.com; $$

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One of Oakland Zoo’s 3 female sun bears

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Dancing Under the Stars

Get your groove on, with instructors who teach different styles, from salsa to swing, every summer Friday in Jack London Square. June–August, 8:30 p.m., Broadway at Embarcadero West, jacklondonsquare.com


Woodminster Summer Musicals


If your playlist favors Broadway classics, this outdoor arena is for you. Amid the redwoods in Joaquin Miller Park, the theater presents musicals under the night sky. July–September, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, (510) 531-9597, woodminster.com

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland


Videos, photos and archival items tell the story of black Oakland—from the turn-of-the-century community settled by the Pullman porters, to the jazz and blues clubs of the ’20s through ’50s, the 1966 founding of the Black Panthers, and beyond. Tues.–Sun., 659 14th St., (510) 637-0200, oaklandlibrary.org



Art Murmur

Oakland’s red-hot art scene is on view during Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll, a self-guided walk through galleries that’s a less-crowded version of First Fridays. Artists and gallery owners talk to viewers on themed guided tours that take place on the third Saturday of each month. oaklandartmurmur.org

Bookstore Row

After ice cream at Fentons on Piedmont Avenue, give your head a treat, too. With its floor-to-ceiling shelves of used volumes, Owl & Company Bookshop (pictured above) looks like Professor Dumbledore’s study at Hogwarts. Black Swan offers antique books, while Spectator Books sells mostly new ones. And Issues supplies thousands of magazine titles. Owl, 3941 Piedmont Ave., (510) 788-5821, owlandcompanybookshop.com. Black Swan, 4236 Piedmont Ave., (510) 428-2881. Spectator, 4163 Piedmont Ave., (510) 653-7300, spectatorbooks. com. Issues, 20 Glen Ave., (510) 652-5700, issuesshop.com



For pre-show dining with a cinematic flair, try Flora. Located in the heart of Uptown, the art deco–style restaurant looks like the kind of establishment where Sam Spade might arrange to meet a mysterious dame. He’d order a juicy T-bone, the most traditional item on a varied menu. 1900 Telegraph Ave., (510) 286-0100, floraoakland.com; $$$

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The Flight Deck: special thanks to Poetry Slam Inc. and the National Poetry Slam


An intimate black box theater, Flight Deck is shared by four resident theater companies (and the occasional visiting group) whose productions reflect Oakland's many dramatic voices and points of view. 1540 Broadway, (510) 858-7383, theflightdeck.org


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OMCA will expand your ideas about California’s art and history, flora and fauna. Special exhibitions look at the front-line movements that created this pioneering, contradictory state. Friday Nights bring musicians, food trucks and art projects for kids. Wed.–Sun., 1000 Oak St., (510) 318-8400, museumca.org


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The Night Light

Make Westing

If you want to talk to locals, this is the place. The dark, cavernous Uptown venue has a friendly vibe, not to mention tasty bar food (habanero popcorn is popular) and two indoor bocce ball courts, which promote plenty of mingling. 1741 Telegraph Ave., (510) 251-1400, makewesting.com


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Club BNB

Artwork, black leather couches and salvaged wood give this space a boho feel. A diverse crowd sips well-made cocktails and gets down to R&B, hiphop and other genres. Dubs fans pack the Warriors Watch nights. 19 Grand Ave., (510) 832-4400, oaklandera.com

A mostly LGBT crowd turns out for the hiphop, house, R&B and old-school funk played on several dance floors in this large venue. 2120 Broadway, (510) 4442266, club-bnb.com



With a look that borrows from a bordello, Night Light keeps its atmosphere going with blood-red leather couches and paintings of naked ladies. Choose between the DJ-powered bar downstairs and the larger live-music scene upstairs. 311 Broadway, (510) 433-0340, thenightlightoakland.com

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New Karibbean City Nightclub and Restaurant

Starline Social Club

Jerk chicken, goat stew and Red Stripe represent the islands at this dance hall. A spirited clientele comes for the DJs and live reggae, hip-hop, R&B, salsa and soca. 1408 Webster St., nkcoakland.com

In a beautifully restored 1883 former Odd Fellows hall—with a pressed-tin ceiling and long bar downstairs, and lots of room for dancing upstairs—Starline serves excellent cocktails and an ambitious menu. The lineup leans toward pop, folk and rock, plus costume nights and literary readings. 645 W. Grand Ave., starlinesocialclub.com


Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe

Luka’s Taproom & Lounge

Looking for breakfast at almost any hour? Rudy’s—which takes its name from a Clash song—produces eggs and pancakes from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. The buoyant decor includes a long shelf of dolls sporting badges that read “I am Rudy.” 1805 Telegraph Ave., (510) 251-9400, iamrudy.com

One side of this welcoming spot offers burgers, spicy shrimp with grits and other unpretentious fare, while the adjacent room features DJs and dancing on Thursdays through Saturdays. 2221 Broadway, (510) 451-4677, lukasoakland.com @amyruthmarsh


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Shipping Out

Mitch Kapor thinks big picture. He co-founded Lotus Development Corporation in 1982 and helped start the Electronic Frontier Foundation, protector of digital civil liberties, in 1990. He’s now based in Oakland, where he runs Kapor Capital and invests in companies pursuing social good. He and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, opened the Kapor Center for Social Impact in 2016 to increase the presence of underrepresented people in tech startups. Why Oakland? We foresaw Oakland becoming a new tech hub for the Bay Area, one that could reflect the diversity of its community. How is it different from other Bay Area cities? I think Oakland can do a much better job than what we’ve seen elsewhere in fostering an innovation economy that values diversity and creates companies whose impact benefits the local community. Oakland’s history has placed it on the cutting edge of social movements. Today there’s an opportunity to set an example for economic growth that doesn’t make us more unequal, but brings us together. How would you describe Oaklanders? “Resilience” is the word that comes to mind. Oakland’s working-class roots and progressive traditions run deep, yet there’s an appetite to embrace change. kaporcapital.com, kaporcenter.org


The GoldieBlox Standard

Engineer Debbie Sterling looked at the girls’ toys aisle—filled with pink princess dolls—and thought, Why can’t we encourage girls to build, the way we do boys? So a few years ago, she introduced GoldieBlox, construction toys aimed at girls, and set up her firm in Oakland. “GoldieBlox’s inventor culture fits well in Oakland,” Sterling says. “There are artists and engineers, all here working to create wonderful things.” Another important factor in the mix: “We’ve connected with a great set of kids. We learn a lot from the community.” goldieblox.com

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Clockwise from top left: Courtesy of Kapor Center for Social Impact; Courtesy of the Port of oakland; courtesy of goldieBlox

a progressive force

The sculptural cranes poised over the Port of Oakland are the city’s biggest landmarks, symbols of its roots and hardworking pride. The port got its modest but ambitious start in 1852, with three wooden wharves. In early 2016, the largest ship ever to dock at a U.S. port arrived, the first of six megaships that now rotate in and out of Oakland—one of only a few American ports that can receive vessels as massive as these. (For port tour info, see page 47.)

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Comfort Zone

Need a place to stay? Find the perfect spot to recharge at the end of the day.

Downtown Go where the action is

Furnished in classic cherrywood, the Clarion Hotel gives excellent value for its price. You’ll find a good Indian restaurant in the building, too. Perks: free breakfast, fitness center. 371 13th St., (510) 279-1700, choicehotels.com

Courtyard oakland Downtown Set between Old Oakland and Chinatown, this hotel is, like Marriott City Center, a great choice for upperend lodging downtown. The Bistro cafe menu features fresh fare, from scrambled eggs in the morning to burgers at night. Perks: outdoor pool, fitness center. 988 Broadway, (510) 625-8282, marriott.com

Oakland Marriott City Center You get a view of the Tribune Tower or San Francisco from many of the rooms in this 21-story hotel. Bright pops of color accent the contemporary guest rooms. Level Two restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and, at lunch and dinner, steak and other classics, while Twelve Bar Lounge supplies bar bites. Perks: outdoor pool, fitness center. 1001 Broadway, (510) 451-4000, marriott.com

The Washington Inn Situated across from the convention center on one side and the food hall Swan’s Market (see page 36) on the other, the Washington Inn is in a renovated 1913 building in Old Oakland. Rooms, in golds and reds, have a traditional flavor. The attached Seison restaurant serves a solid menu of standards with a Left Coast spin. Perk: free breakfast. 495 10th St., (510) 452-1776, thewashingtoninn.com

Jack London Square Discover the invigorating waterfront Best Western Plus Bayside Hotel

The Inn at Jack London Square

The hotel provides a serene setting beside the estuary separating Oakland from Alameda. Rooms are modern and fresh, and the breakfast buffet is great. Perks: outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, free breakfast. 1717 Embarcadero, (510) 356-2450, baysidehoteloakland.com

This handsome inn attracts guests with inviting details like striped upholstered lounge chairs and umbrellas beside an outdoor pool landscaped with hydrangeas and the like. Perks: pool, fitness room. 233 Broadway, (510) 452-4565, innatthesquare.com

Executive Inn & Suites Embarcadero Cove

Get marina views from the waterfront rooms at Motel 6, one of the lodgings just south of Jack London Square. Perks: outdoor pool, hot tub. 1801 Embarcadero, (510) 436-0103, motel6oakland.com

Large photos of sailboats emphasize the waterfront location. Breakfast here includes a waffle bar. Perks: kids under 14 free, free breakfast, fitness room, outdoor pool, hot tub, electric car charging station. 1755 Embarcadero, (510) 536-6633, executiveinnoakland.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland Waterfront Make a comfortable extended stay at Homewood Suites, overlooking the estuary. Stop in at the free breakfast and evening get-togethers—the manager pours beer at night—or use the suite’s kitchen. Perks: outdoor pool, fitness room. 1103 Embarcadero, (510) 663-2700, homewoodsuites.hilton.com


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Waterfront Hotel With a breezy style—blue-striped facade, a crow’s nest atop the hotel, oar-patterned wallpaper—the Waterfront immerses guests in its marina-side setting. Sharing the building is Lungomare, which covers everything from breakfast to dinner and late drinks (see page 28). Perks: outdoor pool, sauna, fitness center. 10 Washington St., (510) 836-3800, waterfronthoteloakland.com

Airbnb Sleep aboard the sailing ketch owned by Airbnb host Shaun—all brass fittings and teak woodwork— for an exhilarating stay among the boats at Embarcadero Cove. Shaun takes guests for a spin on the bay if they wish, or they can paddle out in the kayaks he provides. Perk: marine breeze. airbnb.com

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Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center

Airport, Arena and Coliseum

Get both comfort and convenience Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites The generously sized rooms here highlight handsome wood, and breakfast features make-your-own waffles. Perks: free breakfast, pool, hot tub, fitness room. 170 Hegenberger Loop, (510) 633-0500, bestwesternoakland.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Oakland Airport Close to Oracle Arena and the Coliseum, the inn and suites are well kept; breakfast includes eggs and waffles. Perks: free breakfast, fitness room. 8452 Edes Ave., (510) 568-1500, hoteloaklandairport.com

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Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport This cheerful lodging features a pretty, palm-tree-edged outdoor pool. The Bistro serves sandwiches and other easygoing fare. Perks: whirlpool tubs, fitness center. 350 Hegenberger Road, (510) 568-7600, marriott.com

Days Hotel Oakland Airport The newly renovated Days is the closest of the hotels within walking distance of the Arena and Coliseum, and on game nights, enthusiastic fans journey there and back together. Perks: free breakfast, outdoor pool, fitness center. 8350 Edes Ave., (510) 568-1880, dayshoteloakland.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Oakland Airport Its rooms accented in persimmon and red, the Holiday Inn Express is comfortable and welcoming. Breakfasters go for the buffet's cinnamon rolls. Perks: free breakfast, fitness room. 66 Airport Access Road, (510) 569-4400, oaklandhiexpress.com

Holiday Inn Oakland Airport

With its proximity to the Coliseum and Arena, this large Hilton attracts sports fans, who like the shuttles to those venues, the generous-sized fitness room, outdoor pool and Sports Edition Bar & Grill. Amelia’s Cafe provides a breakfast buffet, plus lunch and dinner. Perks: noted above. 1 Hegenberger Road, (510) 635-5000, hilton.com Visitoakland.org

Feel at home in this lively district

This Holiday Inn gets its game on with Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill, which lines its walls with TV screens so diners can keep track of the score. Don’t miss the happy hour specials. Perks: outdoor pool, fitness room. 77 Hegenberger Road, (510) 638-7777, hioaklandairport.com

Inn at Temescal

La Quinta Inn Oakland Airport

Settle into a spot near the Bay Bridge

The inn’s been given an appealing, lighthearted update that suits the neighborhood. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling photo of an Oakland landmark. Perk: free loaner bikes. 3720 Telegraph Ave., (510) 652-9800, innattemescal.com

West Oakland

With a turquoise, kidney-shaped outdoor pool and bright decor, La Quinta works a colorful vibe. Perks: free breakfast, including waffles; fitness room. 8465 Enterprise Way, (510) 632-8900, laquintaoaklandairportcoliseum.com

Extended Stay America Oakland– Emeryville

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The Hills

This Motel 6 offers modern rooms and a convenient location three miles from the Oakland International Airport. Perks: kids stay free, outdoor pool. 8480 Edes Ave., (510) 638-1180, motel6.com

Quality Inn Oakland Airport

Hilton Oakland Airport


Planted with roses and jasmine, the recently renovated Quality Inn has a Spanish feel with its wraparound porches and tile roof. Perks: free breakfast, outdoor pool, fitness room. 8471 Enterprise Way, (510) 254-3122, oaklandqi.com

Spread out in one of the good-sized rooms at Extended Stay—each includes a kitchenette, a little desk/table and a comfy armchair. Perks: free breakfast, laundry facilities. 3650 Mandela Parkway., (510) 923-1481, extendedstayamerica.com (search “Emeryville”)

Find yourself in the parklike Oakland Hills Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel A grand, rambling complex that first opened in 1915, the Claremont offers classic resort pastimes (tennis, spa, three swimming pools, kids’ activities) with modern polish. Tea in the lobby is a local tradition, and from either of the two restaurants, you’ll catch sunset views over the bay. Perks: pool, fitness room, the spa’s soaking tub, massages and more. 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley; (510) 843-3000, fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley

Red Lion Hotel Unpretentious and convenient to the airport, Red Lion provides the tried-and-true at its Bistro 150: roast chicken, pasta, salmon and steak. Perks: outdoor pool, fitness room. 150 Hegenberger Road, (510) 635-5300, redlion.com/Oakland 65

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Mark Your Calendar

A year-round guide to local festivals and fun

Pedalfest A bike-powered soundstage, a kids’ bike rodeo, unicycle feats and more. pedalfestjacklondon.com

January Lunar New Year Bazaar Ring in 2017, the Year of the Rooster, with music and dance; booths sell good-luck plants and other traditional gifts. oaklandchinatownchamber.org Oakland Restaurant Week Explore the culinary scene everyone’s talking about, during a week when great local restaurants offer special deals. oaklandrestaurantweek.org

February Black History Month Discover African-American history through film, music, talks and more. visitoakland.org/black-history-month Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions at Oakland Museum of California OMCA celebrates with dragon dancers, martial arts, crafts projects, Asian food trucks and more. museumca.org




Bay Area Dance Week Dozens of shows highlight Oakland’s trailblazing dance scene; at some, the audience joins the pros busting a move. bayareandw.org

Burger Boogaloo Festival of punk and indie musicians (hosted in past years by John Waters). burgerboogaloo.com

Earth Day at the Zoo Hands-on activities, fun with a giant “Earth ball,” live music, animal presentations and protect-the-planet info. oaklandzoo.org

Garden of Memory Concert Stroll through the beautiful Chapel of the Chimes columbarium as experimental-music performers celebrate the summer solstice. gardenofmemory.com


Oakland Dance Festival Eye-popping dance skills and choreography. dance-a-vision. weebly.com/eventsperformances


Art + Soul Four music soundstages—featuring everything from gospel to hip-hop— plus a BBQ smackdown, kidfriendly carnival rides and more. artandsouloakland.com

September Eat Real Festival Three days of cooking demos, fantastic food trucks, and local beer and wine. eatrealfest.com

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Oakland artist Aeolian Day Rtystk Handmade wind-powered instruments to delight you and the kids. thingamajigs.org/ programs#Aeolian

Eastlake Music Festival Catch local stars and up-andcomers performing in all genres. eastlakemusicfestival.org Oakland Book Festival Lively discussions, readings, music and children’s projects. oaklandbookfestival.org

Pro Arts Open Studios Meet the artists powering the East Bay’s vibrant art scene. proartsgallery.org

Oakland Running Festival Lace up for a marathon, halfmarathon and kids’ fun run—or cheer ’em on. oaklandmarathon.com

Temescal Street Fair Food, music and performances, including circus arts. temescaldistrict.org

Oakland Zoo’s Feast for the Beasts Visitors help feed the elephants and observe animal meals throughout the zoo (the event has an encore in July). oaklandzoo.org




July 4th Festival of Family Fun Enjoy a greeting from Uncle Sam on stilts, while clowns and magicians entertain the crowd. jacklondonsquare.com

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clockwise from bottom right: Damon Tighe; Courtesy of the Oakland Zoo; Ken Katz; Visit Oakland (2); Rtystk

(check websites for exact dates)

Clockwise from top: Aubrey McClellan (2); Greg Linhares/City of Oakland (2); Tom Tomkinson; Greg Linhares/City of Oakland; Sabrina Merlo; Greg Linhares/City of Oakland


Oakland Pride Parade + Festival The LGBTQ procession is followed by music at themed soundstages, local food vendors and a family area with kids’ carnival rides. oaklandpride.org

Fairy Winterland Children’s Fairyland welcomes the season with a Festival of Lights Parade and crafts projects—plus visits by the jolly fellow with the beard. fairyland.org

October Autumn Lights Festival Roam the Gardens at Lake Merritt at night and take in the dramatically lit art installations. gardensatlakemerritt.org (search “autumn lights”) East Bay Mini Maker Faire Tap into the DIY movement (from robotics to urban farming), with projects, workshops and inventor demos. ebmakerfaire.com

November Día de los Muertos The fiesta showcases Mexican food, music, Aztec-style dancers and commemorative altars. unitycouncil. org/dia-de-los-muertos

Let Us Break Bread Together Holiday songs from many traditions, by Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland Symphony and others. oigc.org; oaklandsymphony.org (search “break bread”) Lighted Yacht Parade Boats decked out in holiday lights sail past Jack London Square. lightedyachtparade.com ZooLights The Oakland Zoo is transformed into a wonderland every evening with thousands of twinkly lights. oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival Stetson-sporting riders bring the Old West to town in this tribute to African-American cowboys. blackcowboyassociation.org Oaktoberfest Festival of craft beer, with live music and German-inspired food. oaktoberfest.org Rockridge Out & About Live music, street entertainment and good eats. rockridgeoutandabout.com

Walking Tours

Dive deep into Oakland’s neighborhoods, architecture and history. City-sponsored tours are twice weekly from May through October. Oakland Urban Paths heads out the second Saturday of every month. oaklandnet.com/ walkingtours; oaklandurbanpaths.org

Clockwise from left: Historic buildings in Old Oakland (left and above), the streets of Chinatown, the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue



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Inspiration Guide 2017

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