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Visit Oakland

clockwise from bottom right: Damon Tighe; Courtesy of the Oakland Zoo; Ken Katz; Visit Oakland (2); Rtystk T h e T o w n Events Mark Your Calendar A year-round guide to local festivals and fun (check websites for exact dates) January Lunar New Year Bazaar Ring in 2017, the Year of the Rooster, with music and dance; booths sell good-luck plants and other traditional gifts. oaklandchinatownchamber.org Oakland Restaurant Week Explore the culinary scene everyone’s talking about, during a week when great local restaurants offer special deals. oaklandrestaurantweek.org February Black History Month Discover African-American history through film, music, talks and more. visitoakland.org/black-history-month Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions at Oakland Museum of California OM CA celebrates with dragon dancers, martial arts, crafts projects, Asian food trucks and more. museumca.org March Oakland Running Festival Lace up for a marathon, halfmarathon and kids’ fun run—or cheer ’em on. oaklandmarathon.com Oakland Zoo’s Feast for the Beasts Visitors help feed the elephants and observe animal meals throughout the zoo (the event has an encore in July). oaklandzoo.org April Bay Area Dance Week Dozens of shows highlight Oakland’s trailblazing dance scene; at some, the audience joins the pros busting a move. bayareandw.org artandsouloakland.com September Eat Real Festival Three days of cooking demos, fantastic food trucks, and local beer and wine. eatrealfest.com jPainting by Earth Day at the Zoo Hands-on activities, fun with a giant “Earth ball,” live music, animal presentations and protect-the-planet info. oaklandzoo.org Oakland Dance Festival Eye-popping dance skills and choreography. dance-a-vision. weebly.com/eventsperformances May Aeolian Day Handmade wind-powered instruments to delight you and the kids. thingamajigs.org/ programs#Aeolian Oakland artist Eastlake Music Festival Catch local stars and up-andcomers Rtystk performing in all genres. eastlakemusicfestival.org Oakland Book Festival Lively discussions, readings, music and children’s projects. oaklandbookfestival.org June Burger Boogaloo Festival of punk and indie musicians (hosted in past years by John Waters). burgerboogaloo.com Garden of Memory Concert Stroll through the beautiful Chapel of the Chimes columbarium as experimental-music performers celebrate the summer solstice. gardenofmemory.com Pro Arts Open Studios Meet the artists powering the East Bay’s vibrant art scene. proartsgallery.org Temescal Street Fair Food, music and performances, including circus arts. temescaldistrict.org July July 4th Festival of Family Fun Enjoy a greeting from Uncle Sam on stilts, while clowns and magicians entertain the crowd. jacklondonsquare.com Pedalfest A bike-powered soundstage, a kids’ bike rodeo, unicycle feats and more. pedalfestjacklondon.com August Art + Soul Four music soundstages—featuring everything from gospel to hip-hop— plus a BB Q smackdown, kidfriendly carnival rides and more. 6 6 #o a k l a n d l o v e i t


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