Did you know that the City of Oakland offers free, 90-minute walking tours from May through October? That means there are still some good ones this season. With fall coming into full swing, this is the perfect time to go! Here’s a list of the tours you can still take, and enjoy Oakland in autumn, up close and personal.

Four other tours will be available next season, in addition to these. Most tours are available once a month, May through October. All tours begin at 10 a.m., on either Wednesday or Saturday.

Tour 5: Oakland’s Chinatown
Saturday, October 19
Begins in front of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Fountain, 9th Street between Franklin and Webster

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Tour 6: Waterfront
Wednesday, October 23
Begins at the Jack London Square entry arch, foot of Broadway

The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Tour 4: Preservation Park
Saturday, October 26
Begins in front of Preservation Park, 13th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

This is a walking tour of a Victorian-era district adjacent to modern office towers. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th-century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — in a beautiful garden setting.

Tour 3: Uptown to the Lake
Wednesday, October 30
Begins in front of the Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway

This is a walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco! Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt.

Additional tours are Old Oakland, City Center, Churches & Temples, and New Era — New Politics.

Reservations are recommended, but not mandatory. To make a reservation for these tours — individual, group or school field trip — call (510) 238-3234 or e-mail aallen@oaklandnet.com. Please include the specific tour and date you are requesting in your message. For more information about these tours and others, parking and other details, visit the program’s website.

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