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This Weekend in Oakland

on May 3, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 26-28, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, May 3

First Friday

5-10 p.m.

Telegraph Ave. from West Grand to 27th Street

A free art, food, and culture scene in Oakland. For more information, click here.

Jack’s Night Market

6 – 10 p.m.

Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94607

Jack London Square is a market held the same night as First Friday and features a mix of artisans, music, and food.

For additional information, call 510/645-9292 or visit

Makers & Tasters Series, Book Release of Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon

5 and 6 p.m.

Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Donald MacDonald discusses his newest book Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon, which delves into the bridge’s past and design. For more information, click here.

Sons of Champlin

8pm $32 & 10pm $22

Yoshi’s Jack London

Bill Champlin – organ, guitar, vocals
Tamara Champlin – vocals
Dick Mithun – bass
Geoff Palmer – keyboard
Jim Preston – drums
Carmen Grillo – guitar
Jeff Lewis – trumpet
Tim Cain – saxophone, guitar, piano, vocals

MJ’a Brass Bloopers

9 pm, $5

Disco Volante

This is a New Orleans style singing and winging Brass-line ready to second-line at the drop of a dime! We play to the tunes of traditional New Orleans melodies as well as modern songs put to a second-line feel. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 4

Puppet Show: Grandpa Bunny’s Egg-citing Day!

11am & 2pm & 4pm

Children’s Fairyland

Have you ever wondered where all the colored eggs come from that the bunnies like to hide? Here is a delightful tale about the seasons, and how poor Grandpa Bunny discovers that he can use the colors of nature to paint eggs for children. Just watch out for Frisky Puppy! Scenery by Annie Wong. Puppets and script by Randal Metz.

Girls’ Sports Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 975 85th Avenue

Oakland Parks and Recreation will host a sports day for girls that includes basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, double-dutch and cheer/dance. For more information, please call (510) 535-5608.

Celebration of Romani (gypsy) culture

3 pm


The New Parish

Kocani Orkestar, Galbeno Band, Inspector Gadje, for more info click here.

Cosmic Suckerpunch, Illusion Of Self, Sunfighter, plus special guests

8 pm

The Uptown

Featured Artists Concert Series, Steve Carter Group with Special Guest Jeff Narell on Steel Drums

8-10 p.m.

Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway Oakland, CA 94618

Adv. $15 Gen, $10 Stu/Sen/Disabled
Door $18 Gen., $12 Stu/Sen/Disabled

The Steve Carter Group is a modern funky jazz band. On this night, it will feature Steel Drummer Jeff Narell and original compositions.

For more information, visit:

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

9 pm

Stork Club

Dad’s LPs, Bear Lincoln, Song Trio

$5, 21+

Sunday, May 5

Annual Alameda Backyard Chicken Coops Tour

1-4 p.m.

Join Bike Alameda on a bike tour of backyard chicken coops across the East Bay. Visit for more information.

Free First Sunday

11-5 p.m.

The first Sunday of every month, Oakland Museum of CA lets visitors in for free to browse the current art exhibits.

Poetry Flash

3 p.m.

5433 College Ave. Oakland

Join authors Kazim Ali, Tony Barnstone, and Willis Barnstone as they read their poems. Click here for more information.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with Mariachi Nueva Luz

12-3 p.m.

La Borinquena Mex-icatessen, 582 7th St. Oakland, CA

Beer, wine, and authentic Mexican food will be served. Tickets bought in advance are $10, and $15 at the door. For more information, click here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits


Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

February 9 – June 2

We/Customize is an art exhibit that features utilitarian objects made into art. The exhibit runs through June 30, 2013.

More information here.

Suburban Dreams

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

California photography by San Francisco artist Beth Yarnelle Edwards exploring the relationship between people, their possessions and the domestic world. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013.

More information here.

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu.  Featuring approximately 80 paintings, as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu’s career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013.

More information here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Classic Cars West Beer Garden

Saturdays from 2 pm til dusk

Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

Featuring grilled sausages, craft beer, music, art and vintage cars.

More info here.


Get ‘er Done Day and Community Potluck

Sundays noon – 6 pm, 6 – 8 pm

A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Volunteers can work on a variety of tasks including carpentry, seed planting, plumbing work and more to benefit the center. Followed by a “Souper Sunday” community potluck dinner; bring a vegetarian dish or something to add to the “stone soup.”

More info here.


Wildlife Theater

Saturdays at 11:45 am and Sundays at 1:45 pm

Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Every Saturday, hear a story and meet an animal with the Oakland zoo staff.  On Sundays, there are more animals to meet and a chance to learn cool nature facts.


Toddler Storytime

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 am

Oakland Main Library, Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland
and Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

Every Saturday, children ages three and under can listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy family play time. More info here.


Piedmont Avenue Branch Knitting Group

Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm

Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Weekly knitting get-together and help session.


Open Spinning/Knitting Gathering

Every second Saturday of the month, 10 am – 1 pm

A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A free get-together to work on knitting, spinning or fiber arts projects, with complimentary coffee and tea.

More info here.


Scrabble Club

Third and First Saturday of every month, 1 – 4 pm

It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies: 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The club meets two to three times a month and hold a monthly tournament.  Cost: $1 to join the club and $25 for six games at the tournament.

More info here.


MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down

Saturdays 9 – 11 am

Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland (enter through the driveway)

Come join the weekly garden work party!  Whether you are a novice or an expert, all levels of gardening are welcome. Bring your gloves and gardening tools.


MTC Let’s Walk Together program

Second and fourth Saturdays, 8 am – 10 am

Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland

A twice-monthly group walk through different Bay Area parks and trails. Meet at the church and carpool to the week’s location.

More info here.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Sundays 8:30 – 10 am, Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, Merritt Pavilion
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, in the “Fir Room.”

A program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, weigh-ins, or fee, but pre-registration for this free program is required. The program is provided through Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Call (510) 523-4361 for more information.

Chemical Dependency Workshop

Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s MPI Treatment Services: 3021 Summit Street, 5th Floor, D Wing, Oakland

Whether you are dealing with alcohol or drug abuse yourself, or helping a family member or friend through the addiction, everyone is welcome at Alta Bates’ Dependency Workshops. Call 510-652-7000 for more information.

Farmers markets

Old Oakland Farmers Market: 9th Street between Broadway and Clay, Oakland

Fridays 8 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Farmers Market: 3801 Howe Street, Oakland

Fridays 10 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Grand Lake Farmers Market: Splash Pad Park at Grand Avenue and Lake Park Avenue

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm, year round.  More info here.

Phat Beets Produce Market: 942 Stanford Avenue, Oakland

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm.  More info here.

Temescal Farmers Market: 5300 Claremont Avenue, Oakland (at the DMV)

Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Jack London Square Farmers Market: Webster & Water Streets, Oakland

Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to


  1. Heather McMillan on May 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    There is a 30-family Vintage Bazaar and Yard Sale going on Sunday, May 19th, 10-4, at Park Day School in Temescal (42nd and Shafter). Park parents would love include a poster on your site. How do we do that?

    • Oakland North Staff on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Hi Heather, we cannot post posters on the site, but we can post info for the event and links to your website (if you have one) in our weekend listings if you send that info to Thanks!

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