You know what, Oakland? I’m really glad to see you getting out and having fun. Sure, there are a couple of meetings this week, but when aren’t there? This is about as close to an events calendar of pure hedonism as Oakland gets: giant party after giant party, movies galore, whiskey and wine, music and dancing… Clearly, we are all meant to go out and play. Enjoy!

Friday, August 1

Youth Media Event at First Friday Shorts
6 – 8 p.m.
The New Parkway, 474 24th Street

The Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) partners with First Friday Shorts at The New Parkway in Oakland for an event by, for, and about youth media makers, where the audience isn’t just an audience; they are also contributors and creators. This one-of-a-kind evening will include a funny costume photo booth, an opportunity to contribute to a large-scale trans-media art project investigating “Where do you belong?” and showcase films whose central theme is belonging. This is all leading up to BAYMN FEST 2014, which is October 17 and 18 at the San Francisco Main Library.

Opening Reception for Nite Owl’s The Pursuit of Slappiness
6 – 10 p.m.
Loakal Art Gallery & Boutique, 560 2nd Street

Nite Owl is a prolific artist and muralist with a cult following in the East Bay. In his new gallery show, titled The Pursuit of Slappiness, Nite Owl will be presenting an entirely new body of work, mostly consisting of mixed-media paintings on found objects, street signs and reclaimed materials. It should be a fun, colorful show!

Jack’s Night Market
6 – 10 p.m.
Palm Plaza, Jack London Square

Jack London Square invites locals and visitors to spend the first Friday of the month on the waterfront for a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve. This special evening takes place on the same nights as Oakland’s First Fridays, lighting up the Square with an eclectic mix of artisans, music, food and fun. From the finest crafts and designers to local fruit purveyors and street performers, this vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland. Night market-goers will also enjoy a diverse array of music and quirky street performers, as well as tasty treats, street food, beer and wine. All beer and wine sales from Jack’s Night Market benefit the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown.

Dancing Under the Stars: Electric Slide
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway, Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars! Dancers will kick up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme. Lessons begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dance party at 9 to try out all the new moves. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 2

OHA Walking Tour: Wholesale Produce Market and Waterfront
9:45 a.m. – noon
Meet at 3rd and Franklin Streets

Explore two of Oakland’s most fragile, endangered historic districts, where early 20th-century wholesale, industrial, shipping and warehousing activities are being replaced by office space, residences, and lofts. Since 2000, 850 new condos and 700 apartments have been built. The Waterfront Warehouse District also boasts the country’s finest collection of sidewalk trash receptacles. For more information and to register for this walking tour, click here.

Art & Soul Festival
Noon – 6 p.m.
10 city blocks in and around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and City Center

Oakland’s premier summer festival is back and better than ever! It features a lineup of top-notch musicians, live art and family-friendly fun, as always, plus a different lineup each day. Saturday’s Blues & Barbecue Blowout with top pit masters from all over California competing at the inaugural Oaktown Throwdown Barbecue Competition is paired with nonstop live blues on the main stage, produced by the Bay Area Blues Society, with a powerful lineup featuring veteran blues legends, including Bay Area blues great Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. A Gospel Showcase, presented by famed Edwin Hawkins and the Community of Unity, brings soaring voices in praise while YAK to the Bay’s Turf & All Styles Dance Battle will mesmerize. A not-to-be-missed performance by world-renowned vertical dance company Bandaloop rounds out the day.

Public Missions! in the Challenger Learning Center®
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an astronaut on a space mission? How does it feel to be a Mission Specialist guiding flights around the Solar System? Find out in Chabot’s Challenger Learning Center® as you experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission. Become an important member on a dynamic team accomplishing the goals of your mission. You are a vital member of the crew! This adventure is recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (younger children may participate when teamed with an adult). Tickets are available here.

Urban Wine Xperience
1 – 5 p.m.
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Urban wineries in Oakland? That’s right. The East Bay Vintners Alliance is home to over 20 award-winning urban wineries. Now’s your chance to taste them all in one sitting, paired with delicious bites from local eateries.

57th Street Gallery Presents The Humpday Orchestra
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

The Humpday Orchestra was spawned from a weekly workshop that takes place every Wednesday afternoon at the “Kickitorium,” Muziki Roberson’s studio. The group has gotten together almost every Wednesday for around six years. They play a wide variety of classic and contemporary jazz. You are sure to enjoy this group of musicians and friends. Musicians are Muziki Roberson, vibes; Heather Watkins, piano; Joe Thornton, sax; Karl Young, wooden flute; Allen Perkins, drums; Bruce Loke, trumpet; and Chris Reece, bass. For more information and to make reservations, visit

Sunday, August 3

OHA Walking Tour: Glenview
9:45 – noon
Meet at Glenview Elementary School, Hampel Street and LaCresta Avenue

Walk through Oakland’s charming Glenview district, tucked between Trestle Glen and Dimond Canyon. From its earliest years as a ranching district to development as Fourth Avenue Terrace, participants will explore Glenview’s lively period-revival commercial strip and its lovely residential streets adorned with houses representing a variety of architectural styles. This is a hilly walk. For more information and to register, click here.

Art & Soul Festival
Noon – 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
10 city blocks in and around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and City Center

Oakland’s premier summer festival is back and better than ever! It features a lineup of top-notch musicians, live art and family-friendly fun, as always, plus a different lineup each day. Sunday’s Funk & Latin Dance Party with old-school favorites Lakeside, Rose Royce and Dazz Band, plus 2014 Grammy® winners Pacific Mambo Orchestra will have festival-goers dancing in the streets. Latin, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop supergroup Alta California, rising star Jennifer Johns and innovative local Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) highlight some of the outstanding talent coming out of Oakland. Turning up the heat even more are the All Styles Dance Contest produced by Dance-A-Vision, a preview of local competitors in the National Poetry Slam and a Hot Rod and Vintage Car Show.

Whiskey Rebellion
1 – 4 p.m.
11th & Clay Streets

Whiskey Rebellion Oakland, a showcase of American brown spirits, is a fundraiser for Oakland Grown, a local economic development nonprofit. They’ve rounded up a terrific crowd of whiskey producers and suppliers representing quite a few varieties of whiskey, who will serve up tastings in a special enclave within the Oakland Art and Soul Festival.

Oakland Municipal Band Concerts
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Lakeside Park, 468 Perkins Street

One of the oldest musical organizations in the United States, the Oakland Municipal Band has been presenting free concerts at Lakeside Park since 1912. The summer concerts are outdoor concerts at the historic Edoff Memorial. The 35-piece band performs music from a variety of genres, including marches, classical, pop, big band, movie soundtracks, international, show tunes, and more, for the enjoyment of the diverse population of Oakland and its surrounding areas. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic lunch, and join us for our 103rd season!

Tuesday, August 5

Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Agency Meeting
5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Third Floor, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland, and consists of eight members who are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland: one representative from each of seven districts, and one at-large representative. The Council sets goals and priorities for the City, as well as approving the City budget, adopting ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appointing members to various boards and commissions. The City Council meets 2 – 3 times per month, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays. A downloadable agenda is available here. For more information, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

National Night Out
All evening
Multiple locations

This is “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” In 1984, it began as a nationwide effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It has also become a celebration of neighbors and neighborhoods. This year, Oakland’s goal is to have more than 675 block parties citywide. Check with neighbors and neighborhood businesses to find out what’s going on where you are! A couple of the celebratory happenings include the Uptown block party and a Night Out for Safety and Democracy with the Ella Baker Center.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
PGA Building, 444 17th Street

For details, please call the OHA at: (510) 763-9218 or visit

Thursday, August 7

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee
10:45 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 1

The Rules and Legislation Committee usually meets at this time (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available here. For more information, click here or call (510) 238-7370.

Longfellow Community Association
7 p.m.
NOOCS (North Oakland Charter School), 1000 42nd Street

This public meeting consists of residents of the Longfellow community working together to enhance its beautiful, dynamic, and diverse community, and nurture a friendly, safe and attractive neighborhood that everyone can be proud of. Committees include Transportation and Land Use, which deals with such issues as traffic calming and speed bumps; and the Neighborhood Safety Committee, which addresses the creation of neighborhood watch groups. For more information, please email or visit

Screening and Discussion: If These Halls Could Talk
7 – 10 p.m.
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue

This screening is the Oakland Premiere of Lee Mun Wah’s newest documentary film about racism on our campuses, If These Halls Could Talk, followed by a diversity dialogue with the director and cast. If These Halls Could Talk is about eleven college students who discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. Their stories are starkly emotional and raw, filled with incredible tenderness, courage and pain. The diversity issues that they challenge us to look at are equally provocative, asking to be heard and confronted. The film will provide a glimpse into what is needed if we are ever going to come together in our classrooms, on our campuses and within our communities. A preview of this film can be found here.

Waterfront Flicks: Man of Steel
Movie begins at sundown
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer for free outdoor screenings of hit movies as part of the annual Waterfront Flicks series. Waterfront Flicks will host fan favorites at sundown. Moviegoers should arrive early with blankets in hand for pre-film festivities including small eats, trivia and giveaways.

To list an event for August 8 – 17, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, August 5.

One Response

  1. Meg Bertoni

    @ellabakercenter: Heck yeah, you did! Y’all do great work–we’re always happy to list your events. Just let me know. 🙂


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