We spend a lot of time telling you how Oakland is the Sunny Side of the Bay, but from time to time we'll get rain as well. Don't worry though, that doesn't stop us from having a good time. Here is a quick guide on where to go if you are looking to run inside and escape the rain.

1. The New Parkway Theater

New Parkway Theater Seating

What is better on a rainy day than sitting on the couch with some freshly buttered popcorn and your favorite flick? The New Parkway Theater is basically your parents basement, only this time you don't have to sneak in the booze. Their kitchen has you covered on anything from pizza and sandwiches to pork loin and fried chicken. Don't get too excited, but this is also one of our 20 Make Out Spots in Oakland! ;) (PC: Alex Schoenfeldt 2014)

2. Oakland Museum of California


We call it OMCA, and this museum has a special place in our heart. They have a unique way of telling story that have local roots, but international significance. Recent topical exhibits have included Altered State: Marijuana in California, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, and Oakland, I want you to know... 

3. Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space Science Center

If the atmosphere is going to mess up your outdoor weekend plans, you may as well go learn a little about how it all works. The center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital-dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. If that isn't enough for you, Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi. Still playing Pokémon Go? Chabot is one of many great locations in Oakland.


Chicago Pizza

If you are already in Oakland there is a decent chance you've heard about our food scene (plenty of people are talking about it- USA Today, East Bay Times, Bon Appétit). So go ahead, give yourself a cheat day and binge eat your way to food coma bliss. When you wake up, we do recommend working off a few of the calories with a hike around Oakland.

5. African American Museum and Library

African American Museum and Library

AAMLO is dedicated to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. The museum is a jewel for researchers, students, and anyone interested in African American history. Its collection consists of approximately 12,000 volumes by or about African Americans. (PC: African American Museum and Library at Oakland)

6. Driving Tour of Oakland's Murals

Steph Curry Mural

If you start to get cabin fever and really wan to get out and explore The Town (we don't blame you) get behind the wheel and check out all of the incredible street art that continues to pop up all over Oakland. We recommend starting here, then here, and for the basketball lovers, here.

Whether you find yourself in Oakland today, remember to tag your photos with #OaklandLoveIt and you may see your picture featured on our website!