Every Wednesday and Saturday in October enjoy free 90-minute walking tours through Oakland’s downtown districts.
Choose from seven different tour itineraries:
City Center Turn-of-the-century landmarks alongside modern high-rises are the focus of this tour. Explore the upbeat style of the modern City Center Square and discover a thriving “there” there. Examine symbols of Oakland’s arrival as a modern 20th century metropolis: the Beaux Arts-style City hall and Rotunda Building, the Tribune Tower, and the Art Deco-style Financial Center building. Meets in front of Oakland City Hall, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Offered: Wed 10/6 & Sat 10/30
Uptown to the Lake A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco! Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Meets in front of the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway. Offered: Sat 10/9
Preservation Park A walking tour of a Victorian-era district adjacent to modern office towers. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — in a beautiful garden setting. Meets in front of Preservation Park, 13th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Offered: Wed 10/27
Oakland Chinatown Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Meets in front of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Fountain, 9th Street between Franklin and Webster streets. Offered: Wed 10/20
Waterfront The images of author Jack London will surround you as you tour the historic square and waterfront. Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Meets in front of the northwest corner of Broadway and Embarcadero Street. Offered: Sat 10/23
Churches & Temples Visit historic places of worship and learn about their architecture and influence on the development of Oakland. Highlighted buildings include First Presbyterian, First Congregational, and First Christian churches as well as Temple Sinai. Meets in front of the First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at 27th Street. Offered: Wed 10/13
New Era | New Politics Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California. Meets in front of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 14th Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Offered: Sat 10/16
Green Film Night with Live Mermen Soundtrack | Crissy Field
Watch a pre-release outdoor screening at sunset with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background of the new film “Sanctuary in the Sea: A Gulf of the Farallones Experience” with a live concert by the Mermen performing the original soundtrack (6pm to 10pm). Free and open to the public. Directions
Arrive early for (11am to 4pm) and bring your picnic blanket towatch the Blue Angels airshow from the Sanctuary headquarters. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (Taco truck, Let’s Be Frank hot dogs, local beers on tap, sodas & more)
ForageSF, the people behind the wildly popular “San Francisco Underground Market” are headed to Oakland on Saturday to throw the second East Bay Underground Market. There will be tons of new East Bay vendors, If you’ve never been to an Underground Market, think a farmers market, but at night, with music and drinks.
East Bay Underground Market II Where: Parking lot at the corner of 24th/Broadway in Oakland When: Saturday October 9th from 5-11pm Admission: $2*
* In order to enter the market, we’re going to ask everyone to sign up for a free membership to the Underground Market. Don’t worry, it’s just a formality. If you’ve signed up in the past for the SF Underground Market, no need to re-apply.
New East Bay Vendors
Brant Mollet: Handmade Andouille Sausage
Popstand: Popsicles (try the Teddy Bear Massacre Pop)