Featured Events Happening Throughout The Week

Oakland First Fridays Festival

Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland's KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. Thousands of people come… 

Off the Grid: Temescal

Recurring weekly on Thursday until December 1, 2016

Kasper's Plaza 

8 trucks and live music every Thursday 5-9pm beginning August 18, 2016 at Off the Grid: Temescal! Looking for drinks after dinner? Check out Rosamunde down the street (Off the Grid grub welcome inside). 

$5 First Fridays at Chabot Space & Science Center

Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday until December 2, 2016

Chabot Space & Science Center

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday At $5 First Fridays you can embark on a Mini Mission to Mars, join a Night Hike through the redwoods, and enjoy various laser and planetarium shows. Admission also includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, as well as any special events that are going on that evening. Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served, so get here to… 

Temescal Street Flicks Every Thursday - "Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution"

Recurring weekly on Thursday until October 13, 2016

7:30 PM

Kasper's Plaza at Telegraph Ave & 46th Street

Temescal Street Flicks, is an engaging outdoor film series currently scheduled for Thursdays in September / October in the heart of of the Temescal Business corridor at Telegraph and Shattuck (Cross is 46th) in Oakland, CA. Sponsored by Temescal Business Improvement District and in partnership with Off The Grid: Temescal, Temescal Street Flicks will focus on showcasing local, independent and family-friendly films at the new weekly pop-up… 

Wednesday, September 28

Comedy Night at The Uptown

Recurring weekly on Wednesday

The Uptown

Comedy Night at The Uptown is a live stand up comedy showcase located in the heart of downtown Oakland. Each week features some of the best local and traveling comedians from around the country. 

Thursday, September 29

Adult Recess by the City of Oakland Parks & Recreation 

September 29, 2016

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Adult Recess - Work Hard, Play Harder Activities: Puppy Petting Zone/Blender Bike/Massages/Board Games/Rock Climbing/Volleyball/Tai Chi/Refief Zone! Dress for Active Play! 

Live Music with Stephen Herrick's Jazz Horizons

September 29, 2016

1800 Madison St. Oakland, CA

Rory Snyder's Night Jazz Band is considered as one of the top pro rehearsal bands in the Bay Area. The Night Jazz Band has recorded 3 CDs, the first featuring Phil Woods and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. Do not miss the exciting Big Band sounds of this dynamic Bay Area musical experience! 

Uptown Music Showcase: Annie Bacon & Her Oshen, Thunderegg, On Dolphin, Maximillian

September 29, 2016

The Uptown Nightclub & Bar

A night of folk, indie and pop melodies from up-and-coming Bay Area artists Annie Bacon & Her Oshen, Thunderegg, On Dolphin and Maximillian! Annie Bacon & Her Oshen: Annie Bacon wants you to feel. Something. Anything. To that end, she creates lush, emotionally-driven folk rock bursting with an honest, earnest energy that easily convinces you to lash your heartstrings to her dock. Comparisons include Stevie Nicks, Ingrid Michaelson, and… 

Friday, September 30

Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Aritsts

September 30, 2016

Children's Fairyland

Join us for the fourth annual Drawn Together, an adults-only evening (21 and over) of live art-making, fixed-price art sale, music, food, and magical fun at Children’s Fairyland. More than 50 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will create over 100 pieces of original Fairyland-inspired art that will be sold for $40 apiece; proceeds will help Fairyland keep admissions low for all and free for those most in need, as well as funding… 

Music on Last Friday - Mads Tolling 

September 30, 2016

Jack London Square

Music starts at 5:30 on Last Friday in September we welcome back Mads Tolling!! Internationally renowned violinist and composer, Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Mads has been a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. 

Piedmont Piano presents -Richard Sears Quintet featuring Tootie Heath "Altadena" CD Release 

September 30, 2016

Piedmont Piano Co.

Jazz pianist Richard Sears bring his group, featuring Tootie Heath, back to the piano store for the CD Release of "Altadena," a five part suite that features Tootie in a dynamic and often free-form musical context, where his playing blurs between soloist and accompanist. This suite, composed by Richard, was commissioned in 2013 by the LA Jazz Society. Richard Sears (piano / compositions); Steven Lugerner (alto saxophone and bass clarinet)

Sister Grizzly (ep release), The Shams & Sweetwater Black

September 30, 2016

The Uptown Nightclub & Bar 

Don’t miss three of the Bay Area’s favorite rock bands onstage at the Uptown to celebrate the EP release of Sister Grizzly! Sister Grizzly (EP Release): Formed in Oakland, CA in 2005 by singer/guitarist Tom Grigor and drummer Justice Israel, Sister Grizzly self-released two EPs: All of This is True in 2009 and On Nights Like This in 2011. After years of performing as a gritty two-piece, Grigor and Israel decided to bring in additional… 

Saturday, October 1

Bonsai Basics Classes 

Recurring monthly on the 1st

Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt 

Bonsai Basics ClassesJoin the instructors from the East Bay Bonsai Society (EBBS) in a workshop and learn the basics of bonsai, potting, trimming, wiring, and design. Learn from experienced bonsai practitioners about how bonsai are created, styled and kept healthy. After just a few hours, you will be ready to take the next steps along a path to learning and loving bonsai. Sign up for the Bonsai Basic Class at the Bonsai Garden at Lake…

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

October 1, 2016

MacArthur Blvd. at Fruitvale Avenue

Oaktoberfest is a family-friendly celebration of craft beer in Oakland, California. The community Oktoberfest celebration features traditional German music, food and beer, but also spotlights the history and flavors of the Bay Area with popular microbrews, regional wines and area bands. There’s also an Eco Fair and Kid’s Area with educational booths, interactive games, kid-friendly entertainment and hands-on arts and crafts. 

Swagger Like Us

October 1, 2016

Starline Social Club 

Saturday Swagger Like Us Official Queer Fashion Week Afterparty October 1, 2016 Starline Social Club 2236 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way 9:00p-2:00a $15, $10 PRESALE Featuring Juliana Huxtable DJs DavOmakesbeats DJ Lady Ryan Special Perfomance India Sky Davis Hosts Kelly Lovemonster Alyha Love Star Amerasu Photographer Takeover Tokyo Instagram instagram.com/swaggerlikeussf #swaggerlikeussf swaggersf.com 

Sunday, October 2

Soundwaves at Jack London Square

Recurring weekly on Sunday until October 16, 2016

The Soundwaves music series returns to Jack London Square with free live music on the Oakland waterfront. Locals and visitors are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair for this festive afternoon of fabulous music including high-energy blues and bluegrass from Dirty Cello; Afro-Latin funk from Sang Matiz; and jazz hip hop funk from Kev Choice. Musicgoers are invited to shop the farmer’s market and grab a late lunch at one of Jack London…  

Oakland Nature Festival 2016 

October 2, 2016

The Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge

This festival is a celebration of the nation’s first wildlife refuge & the biodiversity in the heart of the Oakland. Come meet & enjoy dozens of environmental organizations, wildlife rescue groups, live animals, local merchants, and nature artists for an afternoon of fun & education for the whole city! "Bird Language" event begins at 8:00AM.

4th Annual Bay Area Miles for Midwives 5K 

October 2, 2016

Lake Merritt Amphitheater

Miles for Midwives is a fun, family friendly, run/walk around Oakland's Lake Merritt. This event is sponsored by the California Nurse Midwives Association and the California Association of Midwives. It is a 5k stroller friendly run/walk open to the whole family. Proceeds benefit the two sponsoring organizations in their mission to promote access to midwifery care for Californian families and improve maternal and infant health outcomes in our…

Monday, October 3

Yoshi's presents: Gary Monheit & Dan Krimm 

October 3, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland 

Gary Monheit (piano), Dan Krimm (fretless bass guitar), Jeremy Steinkoler (drums) With special guests: Bob Kenmotsu (sax), Marty Wehner (trombone) Gary Monheit and Dan Krimm have brought a combination of lyricism, harmonic exploration and expressive fluency to their original compositions, collaborating in a variety of ensembles over decades. 

Tuesday, October 4

Yoshi's presents: Catherine Russell - Grammy@-award winning jazz vocalist

October 4, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland

With her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great African American songbook. Swinging forth with soulful interpretations, Russell taps the golden age of Harlem, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz. Vocalists Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Dinah Washington provide inspiration where tunesmiths like Benny Carter, Irving Berlin, Andy Razaf and Fats… 

Wednesday, October 5

Oakadelic Wednesdays

Recurring weekly on Wednesday until November 30, 2016

Era Art Bar & Lounge

Oakadelic Wednesdays is Oakland's central weekly LIVE music dance party. Every week there is a new featured vocalist and different performers in the band, playing it all from funk, soul, R&B, and hip hop to jazz and latin music. It’s all improvised, so the sound stays fresh and each episode offers a totally unique musical experience. The end of the night culminates in an open jam session and it’s always a surprise as to which local and… 

Banditos, Desiree Cannon & TBA 

October 5, 2016

Starline Social Club 

They're back! So happy to have our buds the Banditos again, with support from the amazing Desiree Cannon. If you missed their show last time you have another chance to redeem yourself to the country/folk/blues gods! Doors @ 8 $10 pre-sale / $13 door Equal parts alt-country twang and garage rock bang...recalling everything from ZZ Top's greasy boogie to the Alabama Shakes' coed soul. — Rolling Stone Corey Parsons and Jeffrey Salter start… 

Yoshi's presents: Freddy Cole - Brother of Nat "King" Cole 

October 5, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland 

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole's five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy's senior) were all musicians. Though Freddy Cole was born in Chicago, he is a 35-year native son and international celebrity of Atlanta. "I started playing piano at five or six," Freddy remembers. "Music was all around me." In the Chicago home of his youth,… 

Thursday, October 6

Yoshi's presents: Dee Dee Simon featuring Charles Boomer - "Backyard Boogie" Official End of Summer Party 

October 6, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland

The End of Summer is here, but not without A Dee Dee Simon Concert. Ms. Dee Dee Simon is called the Soul of Bay. She is a soulful, powerhouse vocalist that skillfully draws the audience into her performance. Dee Dee is an incredible talent that doesn’t come around very often. You may remember her Whitney Houston tribute. With her 5 octave range, she will tap into your emotions with familiar songs and original songs from her soon to be… 

Friday, October 7

October First Fridays 

Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

KONO (Koreatown Northgate)

Oakland First Fridays is a monthly community festival taking place in the KONO Community Benefit District (Koreatown Northgate). Up to 25,000 people visit the free event each month, celebrating art, music, and creativity together on the streets of Oakland. This October's event will feature ArtCar Fest's 20th anniversary exhibit. Over 40 permanently altered, street legal cars will be on display at 23rd street between Valley and Telegraph. See… 

2016 East Bay Women in Business - Roundtable Luncheon Speaker Series with Dr. Anne Moses 

October 7, 2016

Waterfront Hotel 

Our guest speaker for our October WIB Lunch Series will be Dr. Anne Moses, President & Founder, IGNITE. Dr. Moses has 20+ years experience in social justice organizations with a career spanning non-profit, political, policy, and academic sectors, and a focus on women’s and girls’ issues. Alongside an extensive consulting practice, Anne has served as Chief Operating Officer for Emerge America, Majority Council Director for EMILY’s List,… 

ArtCart Fest 2016

October 7, 2016

Art Murmur

ArtCar Fest is an all-volunteer, artist-run event. The fest was founded by Philo Northrup, and Harrod Blank twenty years ago, and is directed by Emily Duffy. (All three are ArtCar artists themselves). Harrod and Philo started their first ArtCars in the early 1980s, but did not meet until 1992. Philo and Harrod collaborated on several ArtCar caravans across the country, and in 1997 decided that California needed its own festival dedicated to… 

Yoshi's presents: The Pharcyde - "Open Dance Floor!"

October 7, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland

In the early 90's, when gangsta' rap consumed the airwaves, and the majority of West Coast rappers strapped on their Locs, Chuck Taylor's & Ben Davis', The Pharcyde decidedly maintained a willfully weird vision. Opting to stay true to themselves with their left field but still South-Central sensibility, rap had seen few groups so self-deprecating and so smart, four visionary rappers adroitly able to split the difference between… 

Saturday, October 8

Beat Crawl - Oakland 2016 

October 8, 2016

Uptown Nightclub & Lounge

Last time 24 DJs came together at 6 bars for an epic monthly day party. One pass got you admission to everything. This next one will feel even better. 6+ Bars / 20+ DJS!!! 

Artist of the Month - Mike Hampton - Meet & Greet

October 8, 2016

10 Clay St 

Mike Hampton is a Berkeley based illustrator, graphic designer, and comic book artist. He has been a regular contributor to Topps for Mars Attacks, and Star Wars trading cards. His work has been featured with Robot Chicken, The Howard Stern Show, Dark Horse Comics, and stylized pinups of pop-culture's most famous characters. 

Yoshi's presents: Jessy J - "Increasing the Boundaries of Jazz" 

October 8, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland 

“I believe we are a product of our environment,” confides the stunning multi-talented instrumentalist, singer and composer, Jessy J, who took the contemporary jazz world by storm in 2008 with a #1 Billboard hit for eight consecutive weeks. “My exposure to world music plays a central role in how I create music and utilize it as an international language without boundaries,” adds the dynamic young artist who claims classical music as her first… 

Jack of All Trades Market

October 8, 2016

Jack London Square

A curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antique dealers, collectors, items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages. Free entry and Dog Friendly!!! 

55th East Bay Bonsai Society Annual Bonsai Show 

October 8, 2016

Lakeside Park Garden Center/Meeting & Event Space/Special Event Space

The East Bay Bonsai Society is excited to announce that the headliner for the club’s 55th Annual October show will be JP Hoareau from France. During the October 8th and 9th show, JP will conduct a free demonstration on a Larch tree on Sunday, October 9th starting at 1:00 pm. This will be his first time as a headliner at a United States bonsai show. The show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 — 4:00 pm on Sunday. The show… 

Black Panther 50th Anniversary Exhibition

October 8, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Oakland Museum of California

A major exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. OMCA's exhibition will share the history and legacy that continues to resonant with identity and racial concerns in the United States. Illuminating aspects of the Black Panther Party that are often not told or discussed, the exhibit will showcase women's presence in the party, how media was used by the Panthers, and how counterintelligence affected the Party's… 

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park presents: Dia De Los Muertos

October 8, 2016

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

Join us for a special tour of our temporary day of the death exhibit! Learn more about the tradition, check out the altars, create some art at the crafts station and make an addition to the exhibit. This event is part of our Second Saturday of the month special tours series. 

Support Strokes 2016 - Benefit Paddle sponsored by CA Canoe & Kayak

October 8, 2016

California Canoe & Kayak

A Benefit Paddle for Charlotte Maxwell Clinic Raise $150 in donations and your RENTAL FEE WILL BE WAIVED! THREE COURSES NOVICE - Coast Guard Island and Back 10:30am Start Time $30 + $10 Paddle Rental*** ($40 Day of Event) INTERMEDIATE - Park Street Bridge and Back 10:00am Start Time $30 + $10 Paddle Rental*** ($40 Day of Event) EXPERT - Bay Bridge and Back 9:00am Start Time $40 + $10 Paddle Rental*** ($50 Day of Event) ***CCK can provide… 

The Starlight Gala at the Chabot Space & Science Center

October 8, 2016

Chabot Space & Science Center

Cocktail Reception and Hands-On Exploration – 6:00 PM Gourmet Dinner – 7:15 PM by Grace Street Catering Live Auction & Paddle Raise – 8:30 PM Mix and Mingle Under the Stars – 9:00 PM Join Us at Dessert Stations, Coffee and Telescope Viewing Dress is black tie optional RSVP & Tickets: chabotspace.org/starlight-gala 

Yoshi's presents: the Rick Stevens Band 

October 8, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland 

RICK STEVENS, former Tower of Power lead singer, is back on the streets again and this time, with his own band, LOVE POWER! The name of the group was inspired by the scripture from 1 John 4:8, “God is Love.” The name, "Power" derives from the group’s name. Rick joined the group Tower of Power in 1969, which was the beginning of his impressive musical career with the band that continues to entertain audiences to this day 

Sunday, October 9

Lake Chalet Hosts "Oktoberfest on the Lake" with Souvenir Steins and 30 Piece Band

October 9, 2016

Lake Chalet

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill in Oakland hosts their second annual "Oktoberfest on the Lake" celebration on Sunday, October 9. Tickets, priced at $25.00, ensure guests admission to an event that last year sold out and they receive a souvenir "Regatta Red Ale" Oktoberfest stein filled with a liter of house brewed Chalet ale with choices that include Oktoberfest Lager, Regatta Red Ale, or Lake Chalet's signature Lady of the Lake Blonde… 

Soundwaves at Jack London Square 

Recurring weekly on Sunday until October 16, 2016

The Soundwaves music series returns to Jack London Square with free live music on the Oakland waterfront. Locals and visitors are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair for this festive afternoon of fabulous music including high-energy blues and bluegrass from Dirty Cello; Afro-Latin funk from Sang Matiz; and jazz hip hop funk from Kev Choice. Musicgoers are invited to shop the farmer’s market and grab a late lunch at one of Jack London… 

10th Anniversary - Rockridge Out & About 

October 9, 2016

College Avenue between Alcatraz & Manila Streets, Oakland, CA

A Day of Live Music, Street Entertainment, Gourmet Food, and More. Shop, Dine & Explore! Multiple Music Stages, Picnic in the Street, Food + Beer + Wine Family Fun!!! 

Yoshi's presents: Al Stewart & Gary Wright "The Empty Pockets"

October 9, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland 

Gary Wright Over the course of his 40-year career which began in the UK with the rock band Spooky Tooth, Gary has played before millions of fans and his music has appeared in blockbuster movies & TV shows as well as being played on radio every day. His worldwide hits including ‘Dream Weaver,’ ‘Love Is Alive,’ and ‘Really Wanna Know You,’ have inspired generations of mainstream artists such as Eminem, Mya, Jay-Z, and Kanye West who have… 

Yoshi's presents: UCSF Hospital Benefit "Jazz Jam Session"

October 9, 2016

Yoshi's Oakland

The Cacao branch of The Children's Hospital Branches hosts an annual fund raising event. This year will feature the Bay Area Youth Musicians performing a Jazz Jam Session. All proceeds will benefit the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. 

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