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Free or low-cost public summer activities in Oakland

on June 21, 2012

It’s summertime in Oakland, and that means there are plenty of free or low-cost public events underway, often outdoors to take advantage of the warm weather. Here are a few regularly-scheduled ways to have fun on the cheap in Oakland throughout the summer:

Temescal Street Cinema: Free outdoor movies on Thursday nights.

Summer Sounds: Free lunchtime concerts at City Center Plaza on Wednesdays at noon.

Dancing Under the Stars: Free Friday night dance lessons, followed by a public outdoor dance, at Jack London Square.

Jack’s Night Market: A monthly bazaar for food, crafts and entertainment on First Fridays.

Bites Off Broadway: A weekly gathering of local food trucks every Friday at 45th Street and Broadway.

Summer Nights: A monthly late-night special event at the Oakland Museum of California with half-price admission and outdoor films.

Art Murmur: A monthly First Friday art walk in the Uptown area featuring open galleries, music, street food and fashion.

Bicycle Bingo: A Thursday night Bingo game at Actual Cafe where the donation fee (starting at $3) goes to a local charity.

East Bay Bike Party: A night-time themed bike ride on the second Friday of every month.

Senior dance lessons: Wednesday nights at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, lessons for $5.

FourSquare East Bay: A Thursday night game of FourSquare for adults at the Rockridge BART parking lot.

Know of any other free or low-cost regularly-occurring activities open to the Oakland public? Please add them in the comments below! (Links and information about time and cost greatly appreciated.)

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