Fall Book Sale
Oct
19
to Oct 22

Fall Book Sale

Thursday 10/19 - Members' Preview - 50% off
And for all book lovers:
30% off - Friday 10/20
40% off - Saturday 10/21
50% off - Sunday 10/22
Special sale opening hours: 10:30 - 5:30
Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Public Library!

Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Oakland Public Library

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Hella Gay Hellaween!
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Hella Gay Hellaween!

$7, info here.

Hella Gay Halloweeeeennn!! Let's play dress up together!

Celebrating the cycle of life and death, queerness and dance, music and healing, fun and friskiness!

DETAILS:
Always FREE till 9:30pm
Online tix: $7
$10 at the door after 9:30pm

Your DJs: (More to be announed!)
GSTAR (Grey)
Djkar Bear
Bee

Two Chicks in the Mix will be sharing their handmade amazingness of the baked goods variety!Morgan Parrick will be there to document your scariness.

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Native Plant Sale
Oct
22
10:00am10:00am

Native Plant Sale

More info here.

FOSC's nursery opens to the public only once a year. Don’t miss this chance to stock up on local natives at great prices! Native plant experts will be available all day to help shoppers pick appropriate plants for their specific planting areas.

At noon propagation expert Karen Paulsell will lead a workshop on propagating native plants. At 1 p.m. groove to Harlan James Bluegrass Band.

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23rd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration
Oct
22
12:00pm12:00pm

23rd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration

$15.95, more info here.

Join us as OMCA comes alive for the 23rd annual community celebration honoring Days of the Dead traditions in conjunction with our Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead exhibition. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar at our mercado. Enjoy performances ranging from contemporary popular music to folkloric dance to mariachi. Join in a procession to open the celebration led by Aztec dancers and Days of the Dead committee members. View community-created altars throughout the OMCA Gardens paying homage to loved ones lost.

The celebration will include:

  • Opening and closing rituals led by Days of the Dead committee members and Aztec dancers
  • Altar installations created by community organizations
  • Off the Grid food truck mini-market
  • Multiple mercado vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, including the OMCA Store
  • Engaging hands-on activities and Days of the Dead calavera face painting for the entire family
  • Live demonstrations of tortilla making and traditional Mexican paper maché crafts making
  • Multiple main stage performances

Entry includes Museum admission.

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Man Haters: Women, Queers, Comedy
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Man Haters: Women, Queers, Comedy

$7.70 - $10, more info here.

East Bay queer comedians Irene Tu and Ash Fisher present their popular monthly comedy show featuring women and queer comics in the Bay Area. Named 2016 "Best Comedy Show" by East Bay Express. Every 4th Thursday at the White Horse Bar in Oakland.

White Horse Bar
6551 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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Crooked City Cider Scream Fest
Oct
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

Crooked City Cider Scream Fest

$10-$40, more info here.

We're throwin' down for our favorite holiday! Costume contest, food, pumpkin and blood cider, live music, food, a commemorative glass and more! 

Advanced discount package tickets are available for those who'd like to save a little money. Click on tickets tab to purchase. The earlier you purchase, the more you'll save!

Awards for the scariest, most creative/handmade, iconic and funny costumes along with a few others, so do your best. Costume contest commences at 7!

Join us for Crooked City Cider pours, growlers fills and general shenanigans at the tasting room, 477 25th Street, Oakland. 

Dogs and kids welcome.

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Pancakes & Booze
Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Pancakes & Booze

$10 - $13, more info here.

Oakland's Premier Underground Art Show featuring:
• 60+ Emerging Artists
• Live Body Painting
• Live Music
• Live Art
• Free Pancake Bar
• 21+ ONLY

Come check out the hottest local artists the Bay Area has to offer!  

We're currently accepting submissions.  
You can submit to exhibit at: pancakesandbooze.com/submit

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Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites
Oct
28
11:00am11:00am

Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites

  • Broadway at Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94607 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register for FREE today at cci.org/DogFestBayArea!

You and your furry friends are invited to enjoy a free Halloween celebration on the Oakland waterfront! There will be plenty of great bites, brews, and, best of all, barks!

The waterfront will be packed with dog-friendly activities and people-friendly food and drinks. All visitors will be able to enjoy paw painting, pet pampering and even a pet psychic. Plus, the pooch photo booth will make for that perfect Instagram shot! 

We're excited to be teaming up with Canine Companions for Independence this year for DogFest Walk n' Roll Bay Area.

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Harvest Dinner at City Slicker Farms
Oct
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Harvest Dinner at City Slicker Farms

$55-$75, more info here.

Join City Slicker Farms for our 2017 Harvest Dinner at the beautiful West Oakland Farm Park. Your ticket includes live music and entertainment, drinks, and a gourmet, vegan and gluten-free friendly dinner made from fresh fall vegetables grown by our very own Farmer Joseph and dedicated volunteers. Oh, and a dessert bar too!

All funds raised at this benefit dinner elevate City Slicker Farms’ mission to provide fresh food access and build healthier communities through urban farming and gardening. Thank you for your support!

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Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Annual Festival
Oct
29
10:00am10:00am

Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Annual Festival

Free, more info here.

Now in its 22nd year, The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Festival is a free, outdoor festival that brings over 60,000 people to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood to enjoy world-class live music, family friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los Muertos. Families across California join us to experience live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers and to shop at the local artisan craft stands. The Día de los Muertos Festival was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a “Local Legacy.”

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Hip-Hop HALLOWEEN II: with KID CAPRI
Oct
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

Hip-Hop HALLOWEEN II: with KID CAPRI

$20 - $40, more info here.

It's that time of year again where we go back... yes, waaaaay back! To a time of classic HIP-HOP! Artist like LL COOL J, RUN-DMC, PUBLIC ENEMY, BEASTIE BOYS, KRS-1, ERIC B & RAKIM, DE LA SOUL, BIG DADDY KANE, EPMD, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, SLICK RICK, THE FAT BOYS, and THE JUNGLE BROTHERS. 

The theme for this affair is HIP-HOP EVERYTHING! This is a HIP-HOP block party folks. Think 80's or 90's attire, gold chains, Starter Jackets, pagers, brick phones and yes ADIDAS! Fresh gear like FILA, PUMA, ELLESSE, LE COQ SPORTIFF, TODD 1, and AIR BRUSH OVERALLS.

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Luna Mexicana
Nov
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Luna Mexicana

$20-$45, more info here.

Luna Mexicana is a dance and music celebration of the iconic Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! In Luna Mexicana, a young woman’s dreams revive her relatives and friends who all dance back to life in the forms of teetering skeletons, skirt swishing girls, a high flying “deer dancer,” and a deathly Bride and Groom.

This family friendly performance is filled with festive dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music including traditional Mexican folk music and witty electronic fusions.

Along with Luna Mexicana, OBC will present Chaconne, a solo piece by Mexican-born choreographer, José Limón. Nahui-Ehekatl and Co. will showcase traditional Aztec dance, Ballet Folklórico México Danza will highlight the cultural heritage of Mexico through folkloric dance, and Mariachi Mexicanisimo will provide lively Mariachi music.

All are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead attire.

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Patchwork Show
Nov
4
11:00am11:00am

Patchwork Show

Free, more info here.

Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters, and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and indie music. All Patchwork shows are free to attend and family friendly. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women and kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet and knit items, pet gear, kits and patterns, bath and body goodies, and more!

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Matatu Festival of Stories 2017
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Matatu Festival of Stories 2017

Ticket information here.

The Kenyan matatu, the Thai tuk-tuk, and the Brooklyn dollar van are means of public transport used by people around the world. Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu's offer not only a means of travel, but access to another world. MATATU replicates these vehicles as a mode of collective and publicly accessible transportation, rooted in local community and global diasporas, that shuttles audiences from one arthouse experience to the next.

We are filmmakers, poets, writers, geographers, musicians, and we are working from within and from without. We are storytellers. We are creative placekeepers impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story regardless of age, geographical bounds, race, sexual preference, and socio-economic status and that story represents the sacred agreement among otherwise disparate communities.

MATATU is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts. Our programming is made possible by the generous support of Akonadi Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and KQED.

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Jack of All Trades Market
Nov
11
11:00am11:00am

Jack of All Trades Market

Free, more information here.

Jack of All Trades will fill Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antique dealers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages. Jack of All Trades will take place on the second Saturday of each month.

Jack London Square
54 Washington Street, Oakland

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Sugar Rush II: A Cupcake Tasting Event
Nov
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

Sugar Rush II: A Cupcake Tasting Event

  • 507 55th Street Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$20, more info here.

Did you know that Angel Cakes makes more than 100 flavors? Now’s your chance to try some of our most unusual flavors as well as our top sellers - PLUS give feedback on some of our new experimental flavors! For the price of one ticket you’ll be able to sample an unlimited number of mini cupcakes while at the event, and if you come at the end of the event, you can take some home with you.

We will feature at least 20 flavors, as well as 10 Vegan/Gluten Free flavors. Flavors will be posted here in the Facebook event as it gets closer. Our full list of flavors is available here: http://www.angelcakes510.com/flavors

Complimentary coffee, tea, and milk will be served, or BYOB a beverage of your choice.

Cupcakes will be available from 2 pm to 5 pm. Come during the two hours for the largest selection of flavors, or come at the end and take some to go. 

Tickets are $20 each. Everyone who attends the event and samples cupcakes must have their own ticket. 

Space is limited, and this event will sell out!

Sugar Rush will take place at the East Bay Community Space, 507 55th Street, Oakland (On the corner of Telegraph Ave). Street parking is available. 

The East Bay Community Space is wheelchair accessible.

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The Future Wife: An Intimate Evening with Ace Metaphor
Nov
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

The Future Wife: An Intimate Evening with Ace Metaphor

$25, more info here.

Experience an up close and personal engagement with National spoken word artist and life coach Ace Metaphor. Join he and his special guests for an evening of poetry and conversation about love, sex, men, women, and relationships.

Prepare your hearts and open your minds for a night that's sure to change how you view and experience love!

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Brainstormer Trivia Tuesdays
Nov
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Brainstormer Trivia Tuesdays

Free, more info here.

If you enjoy trivia come and join us for our weekly Brainstormer Pub Quiz night at this great Oakland venue. It's free to play and we offer prizes to the winning teams! Bring a team, or come solo and join up with others. We have quiz topics to suit all. 21+ please. 

Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
906 Washington Street, Oakland

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1st Annual Bay Area Street Symphony
Nov
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

1st Annual Bay Area Street Symphony

  • 2430 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$5, more info here.

The San Francisco Bay Area has an outrageous problem that affects us all as Bay Area residents, and that is homelessness. San Francisco has the second highest number of homeless people in the nation; the last official number has been debated between 6,686 to 7,499 people.  

The 1st Annual Bay Area Street Symphony will be a collaborative event with local Bay Area residents and business owners working together to help combat this issue. Hosted by 106.1 KMEL's, G Biz, at Oakland's, "Au Bar and Lounge," located at 2430 Broadway. We will be hosting some of the Bay Area's best street musicians and performers. A $5 door fee will be charged to each attendee and 100% of the door proceeds will be used to feed this Thanksgiving holiday and provide them with an assortment bag of health items (toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper and more). Our goal is to raise $500 during this event. A tip bucket will also be placed in front of every performing set, and whatever money collected by the musician/performer during their set will be their's to keep.  

Come check out some of the Bay Area's best street musicians and performers, and to support this community effort to feed the homeless this Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Los Rakas
Nov
24
9:00pm 9:00pm

Los Rakas

$15 -$20, more info here.
Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

Los Rakas was born in the youth centers of Oakland, CA in 2006. This duo are of Panamanian descent and raised in both cultures. They are the future of world music and have trendsetted their way into mainstream, touring nationwide and internationally. Performing in both English and Spanish, their specialty is that they teach Spanish through their music- no more Rosetta Stone is needed!! Los Rakas are known for rocking any party - from youth events to world wide festivals, they hype the crowd and get the party all the way live!  

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Snap Judgment LIVE!
Dec
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Snap Judgment LIVE!

$31.55+, more info here.

SNAP JUDGMENT LIVE!  See the hit storytelling show from WNYC hosted by Glynn Washington. Featuring amazing performances by the nation's top storytellers -- backed by the Snap band Bells Atlas.

Storytelling . . . With a BEAT.

Original Music: Bells Atlas

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Jack of All Trades Market
Dec
9
11:00am11:00am

Jack of All Trades Market

Free, more information here.

Jack of All Trades will fill Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antique dealers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages. Jack of All Trades will take place on the second Saturday of each month.

Jack London Square
54 Washington Street, Oakland

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Black Joy Parade and Celebration
Feb
25
11:00am11:00am

Black Joy Parade and Celebration

A hyper-positive, family-friendly turn up that celebrates our community's contribution to cultures past, present and future. We invite our friends, family and allies to come be creative, be open, be present and be free. 

BLACK JOY PARADE
11am: Celebartion Gates Open (Entrance on 19th and Franklin) 
12pm: Parade Begins (14th and Broadway)

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2017 Oakland Treasure Hunt
Oct
21
12:00pm12:00pm

2017 Oakland Treasure Hunt

$25 - $50, more info here.

Game Theory Academy presents... the fourth annual Oakland Treasure Hunt! 

Form a team and join us in solving mind-bending puzzles lurking at every corner of downtown and uptown Oakland. Discover (or rediscover) all the hidden gems of Oakland, all while benefiting opportunities for East Bay youth.

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Evolutionary Blues… West Oakland's Music Legacy
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evolutionary Blues… West Oakland's Music Legacy

$8, more info here.

Join us for a screening & discussion of the documentary EVOLUTIONARY BLUES… WEST OAKLAND’S MUSIC LEGACY

The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940’s. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become. 

Evolutionary Blues … West Oakland’s Music Legacy is a project by KTOP Channel 10, the government channel of the City of Oakland. It has been produced and directed by Cheryl Fabio, filmmaker, and Executive Director of Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice (SWFCenter), the film’s co-producer.

The Blues is an earthy, soul-stirring mélange of roots music and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. In Northern California, the influences came from the musicianship of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seventh Street in West Oakland supported and bolstered Blacks who answered the call of the war effort in the late 1940’s. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life including a fully developed music scene. Watch as more than 30 local musicians share their inspiration and describe the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become. 

Evolutionary Blues … West Oakland’s Music Legacy is a project by KTOP Channel 10, the government channel of the City of Oakland. It has been produced and directed by Cheryl Fabio, filmmaker, and Executive Director of Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice (SWFCenter), the film’s co-producer.

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Taste & Tour Firebrand Artisan Breads
Oct
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Taste & Tour Firebrand Artisan Breads

Free, more info here.

On Friday, October 20, from 5-7:00 PM, head behind the scenes for an intimate tour of Firebrand Artisan Breads and meet the maker himself, owner Matt Kreutz. Deeply rooted in Oakland and committed to our community, Matt has built an empire with his wood oven and we're getting a firsthand look! Complete with Firebrand samples, plus beer and wine for purchase, what more could you ask for? 

Firebrand has been a dear friend of ours, donating hundreds of their famous soft pretzels to countless service project events. We're pumped to share this special place with you, so come experience one of our favorite spots in Oakland!

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The RPSC Is Not Dead (Take Over)
Oct
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

The RPSC Is Not Dead (Take Over)

$5 advance or $10 door, more info here

GLOBAL BARRIO COLLECTIVA x RPS COLLECTIVE team up at Era Art Bar Thursday, October 19th @ 8pm to raise money to help keep The Rock Paper Scissors Collective's doors open. Save the date and be sure to join us for our latest monthly intallment of our Black Light Benefit series!!!

ABOUT RPSC
Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance.

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Autumn Lights Festival
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Autumn Lights Festival

  • Gardens at Lake Merritt (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$7-20 , more info here.

This year our Autumn Lights Festival will be three mesmerizing nights, Thursday October 19 thru Saturday October 21! 

We always sell out ahead of time! Please share this event! 

The Autumn Lights Festival is a unique Oakland tradition, a three-night art and light event. It's the sixth year for our community gathering, held within the Gardens at Lake Merritt in Lakeside Park. The Festival is a fundraiser for these beautiful, free public gardens, which are truly the “Green Heart of Oakland." Local artists create gigantic and small works of art using light, like the amazing 2016 piece, above, by Imaginary Photons. From hand-crafted clay lanterns to Burning Man artists, the whole Bay art community comes together to support our beautiful gardens.  #oaklandalf

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#ARTISPOWER Oakland First Fridays
Oct
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

#ARTISPOWER Oakland First Fridays

$35 - $65, more info here.

Join Oakland First Fridays Street Festival for #ArtIsPower, our very first annual fundraiser to support local artists on Thursday evening, October 19th, 2017 from 5pm to 9:30pm at Humanist Hall - 390 27th Street, Oakland CA 94612.

Founded in 2006, Oakland First Fridays has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of art and culture in the world. Through our community-driven event, we are able to provide a platform for artists to showcase and sell their work to thousands of people each month, stimulating growth for local business and Oakland’s community of Do-It-Yourself creatives. Oakland First Fridays is an almost entirely volunteer run organization, and it takes a massive collaborative effort to keep the event thriving each month. The event relies almost exclusively on sponsors and individual donations to keep the event safe, free and inclusive to all.

We need your support to keep going strong! Join us for a wonderful event that will include: Interactive Art Art Exhibition and Silent Auction Drinks and Food from local culinary artisans Celebrity guests performances AND MORE!

With your purchase of a ticket to #ArtIsPower, you will contribute to sustaining the longevity of Oakland First Fridays, and allow us to create more opportunities to support local interactive artists, performers, and musicians that fill the streets with creativity, passion, and love each and every month.

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Latham Square Third Thursdays
Oct
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Latham Square Third Thursdays

Free, more information here.

Looking for fun, free live events in downtown Oakland? Look no further!

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offers family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland. Come out, kick back and enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, Off the Grid food truck vendors, local Oakland vendors and beer and wine!

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WOBO Weekend: African American History Ride with Oakland Museum of CA
Oct
15
10:00am10:00am

WOBO Weekend: African American History Ride with Oakland Museum of CA

$11.54, more info here.

Explore African American History in Oakland on a special bike tour, held in collaboration with Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO). Hear vivid stories illustrating African-American life in Oakland over the last 150 years. Hear about the Pullman Porters union, see historical Black Panthers sites, and visit other significant landmarks of African American History in Oakland. 

Tickets for this special tour with WOBO and Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) are $10. OMCA and WOBO Members ride for free. 

Meet in front of the Museums Oak Street entrance at 10 am. 

Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. 

Pre-registration is required, and early registration is encouraged as this ride sold out last year.

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