The Scoop

The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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Events

From First Friday street fairs to summer music festivals, from pop-up restaurants to the hottest nightlife performances, Downtown Oakland offers events for all occasions! There are so many great things to do in Oakland, the hardest part is just choosing which events to check out! Click on the events below to learn more and don’t miss out on our Happenings page for a more comprehensive listing of events!

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Oakland
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017 5pm-8pm Come out, kick back and enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, Off the
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PIC 217 Photo Contest
PIC Oakland 2017 Photo Contest
PIC Oakland Photo Contest 2017 is a month-long event accepting photo submissions of anything Oakland from local amateur and professional
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The BOX Layover Oakland DJ Kimani
The Layover: The BOX featuring DJ
All your favorite MUSIC VIDEOS from the 80's, 90's and choice 2000's presented to you on the big screen by
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Foodies vs Chefs Steel Rail Jan 27, 2017
Foodies vs Chefs a Steel Rail
Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events &
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Oakland Ballet Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet – The Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet Company's spritely and colorful version of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that is fun for the entire
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Off the Rails Jack London Square Oakland
Off the Rails at Steel Rail
Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events &
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Uptown Farmers Market
Uptown Farmer’s Market Ordway
Farmer's market featuring locally grown organic produce, fresh baked goods, and a variety of lunch options.
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Real Future Oakland Museum
Real Future Fair November 15, 2016
The Real Future Fair is a day full of creative conversations about how technology is changing our lives.
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Biketopia Impact HUB November 10, 2016
Bike East Bay’s Biketopia November 10,
Biketopia is Bike East Bay's winter party and silent auction.
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Bike ride and wine tasting East Bay Winery Tours
East Bay Winery Bike Tours
Guided bicycle tours on safe routes visiting the great urban wineries of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and Richmond.
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Dining

Oakland is buzzing with energy from a thriving restaurant and Café scene, so much so that it’s almost impossible to decide where to go – almost! Going local is important to Oaklanders, so it’s no surprise that the newest restaurant on the scene, LocoL, is a huge success. Quick, wholesome food and community empowerment are served here along with breakfast, lunch and dinner – try the chicken nugs and a green juice! For some afternoon coffee head over to Hive Oakland, a beautifully renovated former auto dealership that is now a shopping, gathering, working and living space and the home of the Red Bay Coffee Box. Order some locally roasted coffee from the stylishly converted shipping container and support this crowdfunded project that puts profits back into the pockets of its employees. That’s how Oakland rolls. When it’s dinner you’re looking for, there are some serious choices to make – a fine dining experience like the art deco elegance of Flora or Belly for casual California-Korean fusion? Maybe some tasty vegan eats like gluten-free cauliflower tacos at Hella Vegan Eats? Whatever you have a taste for, downtown Oakland has endless dining options to choose from.

Be sure to check out out our business directory for a comprehensive listing of the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, from Uptown to Jack London Square.

Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City
Max's Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center, recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine.
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Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space supporting local musicians, writers, and performers.
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NomNom
NomNom is an online community designed to help you discover handcrafted meals from local startup food-makers. All of our meals
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Red Bay Coffee Grand Opening
Red Bay Coffee is a wholesale specialty coffee roasting company based in Oakland, California. We serve Beautiful Coffee to the
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James and the Giant Cupcake
We offer gourmet cupcakes (minis, full size, and giant), baby cakes, and cakes for walk-in or custom order. We change
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ITANI RAMEN
Itani Ramen is the expression of Japanese ramen culture now open in Oakland.
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Downtown Wine Merchants
We are a Wine Bar & Retail Shop specializing in European & Domestic small producers, practicing as natural and hands
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Farley's East
Farley’s East
Farley’s is a family owned and operated, community oriented café, offering an inviting casual social environment. Local organic sustainable ingredients
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Spice Monkey
Spice Monkey
Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar is one of the most unique restaurants in downtown Oakland. They created handcrafted spice-blends and
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Punchdown Oakland
The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle
The Punchdown is a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop in Oakland.
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food truck
Food Truck Pod at Snow Park
The Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
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Haven Oakland kitchen dining in Downtown Oakland
Haven
Haven's dining room offers a family-style menu that changes every night. Sunday through Thursday the menu is three courses for
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Qulture Collective
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under
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food and drink tours at Dogwood in Downtown Oakland
Edible Excursions Uptown Food & Drinks
Uptown’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars in this arts-oriented district have helped the area earn its acclaim as “America’s Best
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Oakflakes
Flakes are a delightful and healthy frozen dessert that tastes like fresh fruit with the texture of real snow. We
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Sweet Bar Bakery
Sweet Bar is a bakery ~ café that opens with both sweet and savory in the morning.  Coffee of course,
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Bissap Baobab
Since the opening of our first restaurant in San Francisco in 1997, Bissap Baobab has promoted a community embracing environment,
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Tamarindo bartender - Dining and nightlife in Downtown Oakland
Tamarindo
We offer traditional Mexican cuisine that represents the different states of Mexico with flavors from street food to classic cultural
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Chris Pastena
Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar
Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We will
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Woods Bar and Brewery, craft beer in Downtown Oakland
Woods Bar and Brewery
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for
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Eating Liba Falafel salad in Downtown Oakland
Liba Falafel
Liba Falafel features a Falafel Bar with 20 salads, sauces, and pickles that customers use to dress their meal, highlighting
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Arts & Culture

The art and culture scene in Oakland extends far beyond the four walls of its many art galleries. Art can be found in our building murals, in our independent stores, and even on our streets. From the moment you step into Downtown Oakland you will be surrounded by the culture that makes Oakland unique. Consider taking a self-guided mural tour and prepare to be blown away by the depth and diversity of talent that exists in our beautiful city. Visit Downtown Oakland in the summer to experience two of our most celebrated festivals, Oakland Pride and Art + Soul and catch some homegrown and internationally acclaimed talent taking the stage. Peruse our business directory for a broader listing of Downtown Oakland’s arts and culture offerings.

Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space supporting local musicians, writers, and performers.
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Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck
Whale’s Wake is a funny, sexy, incantatory that follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead.
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Oakstop art gallery and workspace
OakStop Art Gallery and Workspace
Oakstop is a workspace, meeting space, event space, and art gallery in Downtown Oakland that combines a wide range of
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Warehouse416
Warehouse 416
Warehouse416 is a rare intimate venue for people to gather for art, social, or business events in Downtown Oakland. The
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52 Letters: A One-Woman Poetic Stage
52 Letters is a one-woman poetic stage play, written and performed by Oakland Native Regina Y. Evans, which brings awareness
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In The Name of Love, the
In the Name of Love, Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to honor "The Civil Rights Movement
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The Flight Deck
The Flight Deck is a shared arts space and performance venue that offers performances, workshops, office & meeting space, and
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Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet Company, The East Bay’s premiere professional dance company, returns to the Paramount Theatre this December with three performances
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Christmas Revels Presents A Venetian Masque:
This holiday season Oakland’s cherished Christmas Revels presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Renaissance Italy. 2015 marks
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Oakland Fashion Showcase: Celebrating 4 years
On Sunday November 15th from 4-9pm Show &Tell Concept Shop invites you to join us as we celebrate four years
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Barefoot Movement Yoga in Downtown Oakland
Cultivate Your Practice: Barefoot Movement Yoga
CYP is a stand-alone program and the core component of Barefoot Movement's Vinyasa Yoga Immersion. A committed group of practitioners
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Qulture Collective
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under
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Oakland Music Festival 2015
Oakland Music Festival "OMF" is an independent showcase featuring local and international musical talent as well as local eateries, breweries
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Unruly StoryFest
A new form of live entertainment has been quietly growing in Oakland: true, personal stories performed without notes or scripts.
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Phare, the Cambodian Circus presents KHMER
The critically acclaimed production ‘Khmer Metal’, a circus show produced and performed by Cambodian artists, is coming to America for
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Art gallery in Downtown Oakland
Joyce Gordon Gallery
The gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of
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The New Parish hosts Oakland Music Festival
The New Parish
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming
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Betti Ono Art Gallery in Downtown Oakland
Betti Ono
APRIL 2015 | ARTS & CULTURE 1427 Broadway, bettiono.com Betti Ono is an award winning, experimentally minded art space, gallery
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Nightlife

The historic Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre consistently feature some of the hottest performances on tour while places like The New Parish and The Flight Deck offer amazing live music and theatrical performances. If you are looking for some after dinner drinks and entertainment, Downtown Oakland hosts an exciting range of options. Check out the legendary Cafe Van Kleef, an Oakland institution serving up the best Greyhound in town. Looking for a few laughs and some artfully crafted cocktails with names that pay homage to Oakland’s history? Head over to Comedy Oakland at Spice Monkey, voted the 2016 Best Place for Comedy by the East Bay Express. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Our business directory has a more comprehensive listing of live performance, music and entertainment venues in Downtown Oakland. You also might want to visit our Happenings page for a live feed of upcoming events.

The Sound Room Oakland
The Sound Room Oakland Jazz
A community supported live music venue dedicated to jazz, R&B and world music.
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Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City
Max's Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center, recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine.
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The Golden Bull
The Golden Bull offers a fun healthy environment, a huge variety of beverages served by a knowledgeable friendly staff, live
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Punchdown Oakland
The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle
The Punchdown is a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop in Oakland.
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Comedy Oakland
Comedy Oakland produces live standup comedy shows at venues in Oakland. The shows feature up-and-coming comedians alongside industry pros, from
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Chris Pastena
Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar
Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We will
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Woods Bar and Brewery, craft beer in Downtown Oakland
Woods Bar and Brewery
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for
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The New Parish hosts Oakland Music Festival
The New Parish
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming
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Shopping

Oakland is full of artisans and makers, who pour their passion into their work. Together they make Downtown Oakland a sought-after and unique shopping destination full of locally owned and independently operated stores. Our burgeoning retail scene provides customers a one of a kind shopping experience that is authentically Oakland. When in town for business or pleasure, or just on your lunch break, explore some of the over 60 independent retail establishments and take home some Oakland-made products and unique items curated from around the world. Start with a selection of fine artisan furniture, homewares and clothing intermingled with found objects at Kosa Arts on 19th Street. While there, enjoy some delightful conversation with Kosa’s lovely proprietor, Elaine Hamblin. Maybe vintage is more your style? Stop in at VAMP Vintage Art and Music for the People to shop through a curated collection of vintage music, art, clothing, jewelry, housewares, and furniture. Head into Old Oakland for a truly unexpected shopping experience at NFL star Marshawn Lynch’s apparel shop Beast Mode or neighboring business Umami Mart – purveyors of beautiful Japanese bar tools and glassware, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer. We’ll raise a glass to that! Check out our business directory for a comprehensive listing of the best places to shop in Downtown Oakland, from Uptown to Jack London Square. If you’re ready to explore, check out our retail map!

Nailphoria Day Spa
Nailphoria Day Spa
Nailphoria Day Spa is family owned and was established in 2005. We provide a variety of services for men and
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Town Biz Oakland Retail
Town Biz Oakland
Town Biz showcases amazing artists, artisans, craft workers and designers from and/or based in Oakland.
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Minimo Wine Tasting Oakland
Minimo Wine in Oakland
Retail wine shop specializing in small production, sustainable wines and ciders.
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Kosa Arts Downtown Oakland Shopping
Kosa Arts
Kosa Arts – Artisan Goods in Uptown Oakland – Beautifully curated space, showcasing local artisan wares, providing an exceptional shopping
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Dax Lee’s Barber and Apothecary
Dax Lee's is a community based barbershop with a highly curated men’s apothecary featuring all natural and handmade products.
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Umami Mart
Umami Mart is a curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to
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Archer Bicycle
Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to
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Viscera shopping in Downtown Oakland
Viscera
Viscera curates a collection of American-made men's and women's clothing. We also design and produce a line of 3D printed
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Show & Tell Concept Shop
Show & Tell is a concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown Oakland that serves as a
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Flax Art & Design Now Open
Flax Art & Design is a long-time purveyor of art supplies with a focus on service.
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repair revolution
Repair Revolution Winter Camp at Owl
Owl N Wood for the winter where we've assembled trusted repair professionals to make it easy to fix the things
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For The Fab Boutique
Fashion accessories for the trendy fashionista! Designs appropriate for any occasion at incredible prices. Hand selected fashion items made with
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VAMP *vintage art & music for
VAMP is a vintage shop focusing on used vinyl records, with vintage clothing & accessories, art & coffee table books,
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field day and friends
Hand Crafted boutique featuring all Made in America goods. Home of the Made in Oakland clothing line, field day.
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Oakland Fashion Showcase: Celebrating 4 years
On Sunday November 15th from 4-9pm Show &Tell Concept Shop invites you to join us as we celebrate four years
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Oakland Art Market
Looking to do some early holiday shopping with meaning? Come check out the Oakland Art Market in November as we
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Qulture Collective
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under
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Regina’s Door
Regina's Door is a customer-service oriented boutique specializing in exquisite vintage dresses and pieces from the Victorian Era to the
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Feelmore Adult Gallery
Feelmore Adult Gallery is a unique retail store that offers: artwork, vintage books & magazines, unique adult themed collectible items
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Harper Greer
Harper Greer has a great collection of clothing for curvy women sizes 10-24. We also carry jewelry, scarves, handbags, socks
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NSE West Co.
NSEWest Co. (Oaklandish)
NSEWest Co. is a lifestyle apparel brand dedicated to celebrating community. Everything we make is designed and printed at our
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Two Jacks Denim shop in Downtown Oakland
Two Jacks Denim
Two Jacks Denim is a menswear shop that stocks only U.S.-made clothing and specializes in artisanal raw selvedge denim jeans
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Entrez Open House local houseware and gifts shop in Downtown Oakland
Entrez! Open House
At Entrez! Open House you’ll find a colorful mix of European & locally made Houseware and gift Items. They take
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Outdoor

We know that vibrant public spaces enhance community pride, promote healthy living, and offer visitors a respite from busy pedestrian traffic. With a Walkscore of 97 (out of 100) it’s no wonder that Downtown Oakland has such a variety of outdoor activities available. Sip a coffee from Awaken Café in historic Latham Square or bathe in the sun while munching on an Ike’s sandwich under beautiful oak trees in Franklin Square. Walking tours, led by Oakland historian and columnist, Annalee Allen can show a visitor much of Oakland’s charm and history all while getting your steps in. As the nation’s first official wildlife refuge and the largest saltwater lake in the country that’s within city limits, Lake Merritt is a unique hub of nature and wildlife surround by convenient urban amenities. Take out a paddle boat or learn to sail on this jewel of Oakland! Outdoor enthusiasts can check out our business directory for a more comprehensive listing of the best parks and things to do outdoors in Downtown Oakland, from lounging at Lake Merritt to rowing on the waterfront at Jack London Square!

Archer Bicycle
Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to
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Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016
On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their
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food truck
Food Truck Pod at Snow Park
The Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
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Fairy Winterland
For twelve exciting days, Fairyland will be transformed into Fairy Winterland! Featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances
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Lake Merrit doggy and outdoor activities
The Amazing Lake Merritt Doggy Scavenger
Join POGO Events for some Sunday fun with your furry friend around beautiful Lake Merritt! For this scavenger hunt, both
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halloween scavenger hunt in Downtown Oakland
The Amazing Haunted Old Oakland Scavenger
Come get spooked and have a blast on our haunted hunt through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the state!
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Jack London Square scavenger hunt
The Amazing Jack London Square Scavenger
Make sure you answer this Call of the Wild! Join us Sunday in Oakland's Jack London neighborhood for a scavenger
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Oakland Treasure hunt, urban adventures in Downtown Oakland
Oakland Treasure Hunt
Join us for the Oakland Treasure Hunt! A unique urban sleuthing adventure through the streets of downtown and uptown Oakland.
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Outdoor Afro activies in Downtown Oakland
Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Afro is a cutting-edge platform that organizes recreational events here in Oakland and around the country to help people
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Lake Merrit In Uptown Oakland
Lake Merritt
Surrounded by parkland and bordering diverse urban neighborhoods, Lake Merritt is more than a natural wonder; it’s an opportunity to
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Stay

Whether in town for business or play (or both), rest assured, Downtown Oakland’s hotels are certain to fulfill your needs. From large full-service facilities that cater to the business traveler to cozy boutiques, Oakland has something for every type of visitor. We’ve got lodging just steps away from the Convention Center and the Jack London waterfront, and all just minutes from shopping and dining. For more information on where to stay, please check out visitoakland.org/stay

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