- ADA Inclusion Center
- Adult Sports & Enrichment
- Community Gardening
- Cultural Arts Programs
- Discovery Centers
- Dog Play Areas
- Joaquin Miller Park
- Lake Merritt
- Oakland City Stables
- Recreation Centers and Facilities
- Rental Facilities
- Rotary Nature Center
- Sponsors & Partners
- Youth Sports
Our Upcoming Events
Cultural Arts Facilities
Oakland Fine Arts Summer School (OFASS)
June 22 - July 17
Founded in 1992, Oakland Fine Arts Summer School (OFASS), a successful collaboration between the Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Parks & Recreation, is open to students of all levels. Students will exercise their own artistic expression while learning art history and creating individual projects. Every year features a different theme. Each group enjoys a range of art experience, which can include visual, performance, theatrical and literary arts.
2015 Summer Location:
Emerson Elementary School
4803 Lawton Avenue
HOURS OF OPERATION
M-F: 12:30 - 5p
Camp Fees:$25 supply fee
Final Show Case: July 16
Students registering for camp must be attending K-5th grade as of March 2016. For registration information call (510) 597-5027 or email email@example.com.
Introductory School of Dance
Introductory School of Dance at East Oakland Sports
9161 Edes Ave, Oakland, 94603
Designed to share the performing arts through introductory and intermediate classes as well as other motor movement activities such as gymnastics and martial arts. Specialists have been gathered together to provide excellent instruction in their expertise. Participants learn movement skills and techniques, history of their chosen activity, community, respect and self confidence.Join us for a movement experience that is sure to prepare and educate you and your family in the performing arts!
Cultural Arts Programs
ACTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Some of the Bay Area’s most innovative drama teachers, modeling coaches, and costume designers will instruct novices, experienced actors, and models seeking professional coaching. Call (510) 597-5027 for more information.
CITYWIDE DANCE PROGRAM
This program has been a vibrant part of Oakland inspiring youth ages 6-18 to perform dance throughout the Bay Area A variety of dance styles including African, Haitian, tap, modern, ballet and folklorico are offered. For more information, please call (510) 597-5027.
OAKLAND CIVIC ORCHESTRA
The Oakland Civic Orchestra performs four concerts for the public each year. For additional information, visit the Civic Orchestra website or contact Artistic Director, Marty Stoddard at (510) 597-5027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you always wanted to play in an orchestra? The Community Orchestra is a kind and gentle place to fulfill some of your life’s dreams. Call Susan Crum at (925) 376-0519.
Oakland features the best in theatre and drama classes for adults and children. Come out to audition and have fun. Call (510) 597-5027.
FILM CLASSES FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS
If you always wanted to make a film but did not know how to get started, join one of our film classes. Learn how to write a film script, storyboard, film and edit your short movie from the
pros. Call (510) 597-5027.
OAKLAND MUNICIPAL BAND
Since 1912 the Oakland Municipal Band has been performing free concerts in Lakeside Park at the historic Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Come and bring your lawn chair and picnic starting on July 4th and continuing on Sundays, in July. Concerts run from from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The band consists of 35 professional musicians and all concerts offer an array of jazz, pop, big band, international, classical, marches and showtunes.
OAKLAND YOUTH THEATRE
Classes for children, youth and teens that explore the fun of make believe. Look for our Youth Summer Theatre.
READERS’ THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD AND A LITTLE BIT OF MUSIC
Read your short stories and/or poetry to a small audience or listen to musicians play a new riff. Participate in Oakland’s Renaissance at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. Call (510) 238-7219 to schedule a time to read.
Our recording studios can help you produce your own music. Call either the Malonga Studio at (510) 238-7219 or Digital Arts and Culinary Academy at (510) 615-5807 for more information.
THE VAGABOND PUPPETS
The show tours during the summer. The Puppet Master teaches one class each year in Puppetry and Magic. If you are interested in having the Vagabond Puppet Show perform at your next event, call (510) 597-5027.
Cultural Arts Events
NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARKS MONTH & PLAY DAY IN THE PLAZA
Play in the Plaza brings children and family from all over the Bay Area to Oakland City Hall grounds to help kick-off the National Recreation and Parks month of July. In celebration, Oakland Parks and Recreation hosts events throughout the City for the full month of July. Activities include: Rides, Face Painting, Double Dutch, Group Competitions, Drumming, Cultural Arts Presentations, Rock climbing, Basketball and Jumping Castles. A full listing of events for the month can be found in our annual brochure and on our homepage. Play Day In The Plaza is typically on the last Friday of June from 11am - 2pm. Groups welcome. For more information, please call (510) 597-5042.
SUNDAYS IN THE REDWOODS CONCERTS
This concert series at the Woodminster Outdoor Amphitheater features world-class music. The series runs weekly the last three Sundays of September and the first Sunday of October. Picnics encouraged. For Table Reservations and/or for Food Vendor Opportunities, call (510) 238-3052 or visit www.sundaysintheredwoods.com
OPR HOLIDAY PARADE FLOAT DECORATING CONTEST:
Collaborate with friends and neighbors at your nearest participating recreation centers as you design a parade float for this Oakland tradition! For more information, call (510) 597-5081.