Community Events in Oakland

Ongoing Events

Every Third Thursday, 6-9pm
Piedmont Art Walk
Piedmont Avenue
Enjoy Piedmont Avenue’s rich and diverse collection of art of all stripes: culinary, music, design, photography, fashion, recycled design and upcycled style, among others.
Free Admission

Every First Friday year-round, 6-9pm
Art Murmur
Various art galleries
21 member galleries and 9 mixed-use venues are open to the public and hold artists receptions every month in what has become an Oakland phenomenon.
Free Admission  

Every Friday, 5-9pm
Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
The Bay Area’s most talked-about food truck party comes to Oakland. Enjoy a family-friendly take on a festive night market on 10th Street with curbside cuisine.
Free Admission or (510) 318-8400

Every Saturday, 8:45 a.m.
Saturday Morning Bike Ride
Warehouse416, 416 26th St.
Enjoy a flat, short ride designed to provide new or returning riders with a way of getting started. Guides adjust the ride based on participants’ needs. Rain cancels ride.
Free Admission

Every Saturday, 1-5pm
Saturday Stoll
Art Murmur galleries
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular Art Murmur gallery scene are extending their First Friday festivities to include Saturday hours, in what is hoped will lure in art enthusiasts who prefer a lower profile scene. The new Saturday Stroll is quieter and more focused on the art in the galleries with 18 galleries and 7 mixed-use venues participating.
Free Admission

Every First Sunday, 11am-5pm
Free First Sunday
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Monthly free day at this cultural treasure with galleries of California Art and California History.
Free Admission or (510) 318-8400

Through June 30, Various Hours
Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Exhibition features 22 large-scale color photographs take by photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards.
Admission Fee or (510) 318-8400

Through May 26, Various Hours
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Inspired by the maker culture, this experimental, participatory, process-oriented outreach project and exhibition engages the public in creative activities exploring the ways mass produced objects are customized.
Admission Fee or (510) 318-8400

Wednesdays to Saturdays through February 22, 2014, 2:30-5:30pm
“What I Hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots”
Peralta House Museum of History and Community, 2465 34th Ave.
A visual and audio art exhibit featuring the voices of African American Oaklanders who recorded the stories of their lives through the Griot Initiative of StoryCorps, a national nonprofit oral history project. Their voices emanate from a gigantic horse sculpture, designed and built by African American sculptor and landscape architect, Walter Hood. In collaboration with the Oakland Public Library, a reading list exploring the themes in the oral stories has been developed.
Admission Fee or (510) 532-9142 


March 1, 6:30-8pm
Angela Y. Davis: Discussion and Book Signing
Marcus Books of Oakland, 3900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Ms. Davis will discuss her latest book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues.”
Free Admission or (510) 652-2344

March 2, 1-4pm
Collage Workshop with Robert Ray
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave.
Join artist & curator Robert Ray for an afternoon of art, wine and cheese. or (510) 835-2626

March 2-3, 10am-4pm
54th Annual White Elephant Sale
White Elephant Sale Warehouse, 333 Lancaster St.
Join bargain hunters, treasure seekers and vintage collectors to check out all the fantastic finds at the biggest and best rummage sale in the West which is a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California.
Admission Fee

March 9, 5pm
Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th Street
Author Thomas Guzman-Sanchez presents a new exhibit on urban dance history newly uncovered in his film and new book. Following the unveiling the exhibit, the premier of the feature documentary "Underground Dance Masters" will begin at 6pm followed by a Q&A and booksigning.
Suggested Donation
(510) 637-0200

March 14-24, Various Times
Little Shop of Horrors
Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard
Woodminster Summer Musicals partners with HNU to present this delightfully tuneful and funning musical comedy for two weekends only.
Admission Fee

March 15, Noon-1pm
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
City Center, Broadway at 13th Street
Enjoy the traditional Irish sounds of Driving with Fergus.
Free Admission

March 16-June 30, Various Hours
Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
The first-ever retrospective of Hung Liu, one of the most significant Chinese contemporary artists working today, includes 80 works of art from private and public collections around the world, ranging from rare photographs and paintings made in China during Liu's youth to large-scale oil paintings exploring the artist's perspective on her native China.
Admission Fee or (510) 318-8400

March 17, 2013, 2pm
Jazz at the Chimes
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave.
Two-time Grammy-Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling performs on the lovely Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes.
Admission Fee or (510) 654-0123

March 23, 6:30-8pm
Avotcja with Veronica Loving & JazzmineJackson
Marcus Books of Oakland, 3900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Bay Area favorite Avotcja will read from and discuss her latest and great volume of poetry, “With Every Step I Take.” The mother/daughter team of Loving and Jackson will discuss their new book, “Feeding a Monster,” a revelatory and honest account of sexual abuse within their family.
Free Admission or (510) 652-2344

March 24, 2013, Various Start Times
Oakland Running Festival
Snow Park, Harrison St. at 19th
The event includes a marathon, half marathon relay, 5K, Fun Run and more. Spectators can cheer on runners on courses throughout Oakland plus the Sports Expo and Celebration Village activities that include live music.
Free Admission for spectators

March 28, 6-10pm
Art on 25th St.: Winter Thursdays
25th Street between Telegraph and Broadway
More than a dozen creative spaces located on the block of 25th street between Telegraph and Broadway will be open. Local fashion, live acoustic music and more.
Free Admission

March 31, 1-4pm
Springland Festival & Egg Hunt
Franklin Recreation Center, 1010 E. 15th St.
This free community event for families with children will feature fun activities for kids including potato sack races, tug-of-war, parachute games, hula-hooping, carnival style games, a jumper, face painting, arts & crafts, dancing and egg hunts with candy, toys and prizes. Egg hunts will begin at 2:00 p.m. (ages 4 and under), 2:45 p.m. (ages 5-7) and 3:30 p.m. (ages 8-11).
(510) 238-7141

April 4-7, 10:30am-5:30pm
Big Book Sale
Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington St.
Enjoy progressive discounts of 30% to 50% off. Most of their 17,000 books are priced between $3-$6.
Free Admission or (510) 444-0473

April 10, 10am-2pm
EarthExpo - Renew Your Commitment
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th St. at Broadway
Oakland’s annual EarthEXPO is a popular and festive lunchtime environmental fair, and the region's lead-off event connected to Earth Day. Up to 100 green businesses, government agencies, community and environmental groups and environmental artists exhibit at this annual event for the downtown business district.
Free Admission 

April 13, 7:30pm
Opera Scenes
Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard
An evening of scenes and arias from opera, fully-staged and costumed.
Admission Fee

April 15, Noon-1pm
Swing into Spring
City Center, Broadway at 13th Street
Live music by Big B and His Snakeoil Saviors.
Free Admission

April 18-21, Various Hours
OSA Spring Dance Concert 
Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Come see the young, up-and-coming talent from the Oakland School for the Arts’ School of Dance in their only dance concert of the year. The event will feature brand new choreography from the Senior Class of 2013. See what Middle and High School dance students have been working hard toward all year.
Admission Fee

April 20, 9am-Noon
Earth Day
Various locations throughout Oakland
The Oakland Public Works Agency is pleased to announce they anticipate nearly 100 sites for Oakland Earth Day 2013! Volunteer to help clean and beautify parks, creeks or streets.
Free Admission

April 21, 3pm
HNU Orchestra
Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard
Peforming works by Tchaikovsky and Haydn. 
Admission Fee

April 27, 7:30pm
Spring Choral Concert
Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard
Featuring the HNU Chamber Singers and University Chorus.
Admission Fee
April 27, 6-11pm
Fire & Light Soiree and Art Auction
The Crucible, 1260 7th St.
In addition to a three-course dinner and live art auction, the soiree features an exclusive performance by Flyaway Productions in collaboration with musician Mark Growden.
Admission Fee or (510) 444-0919

May 6, Noon-1pm
Cinco do Mayo
City Center, Broadway at 13th Street
Ay Caramba! Celebrate with Rumbache.
Free Admission 


Event listings are subject to change without notice. Please visit the event's website to confirm dates, times and other event information.