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The Rainy Day Guide to Oakland

Photo by Lance Iversen, via SF Gate 

Just because it's wet outside doesn't mean you have to stay holed up inside your apartment. We rounded up some of the best indoor activities around Oakland to motivate you to explore on days when the weather has you dreading the outdoors. 

Dinner and a Movie 

Snuggle up with a movie at one of these Oakland theaters. The New Parkway Theatre off Broadway plays blockbuster hits, small independent movies, and flashback flicks all from the comfort of the various couches and armchairs situated in front of the screen. There’s also a full service dinner and beer menu serving comfort food and 12 local brews, along with your typical movie snacks. And they make their popcorn fresh and unbuttered so that you can season as you please at the concession stand. // 474 24th Street; thenewparkway.com

Or, if it’s thundering outside, set an eerie mood with a movie at the historic Grand Lake Theatre. The turn of the century theatre is all drama. Head there on a Friday or Saturday evening when a mighty Wurlitzer organ rises for a brief concert before the show. // 3200 Grand Avenue; renaissancerialto.com

Get Educated 

Ever wonder how Blue Bottle baristas makes that perfect latte? Do rainy days make you want to drink tons of coffee and learn something new? Perfect. Blue Bottle offers a free public discussion and tasting of their coffees at the Oakland Roastery every Sunday at 11:30am and 3pm, as well as a "How to Brew" series at 1pm—no reservation necessary. So grab a pastry and get sipping. // 300 Webster Street; bluebottlecoffee.com

Travel Through Time 

The Oakland Museum of California is one of the best museums around. Conveniently located across the street from Lake Merritt BART station, you needn't get wet while travelling there. This month you can explore the work of Oakland-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar, who imitates geological processes in making his sculptures, sometimes encasing found objects from the urban environment in clear or colored resin. Or else a new exhibition in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences takes a look at the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment: bees. Make a day out of it with lunch at Blue Oak Café, located inside the museum. // 1000 Oak Street; museumca.org

Drink (and Eat) Your Blues Away 

A toasty day at Beer Revolution will have you warmed up in no time. Oakland's best specialty bottle shop, the walls here are lined with rare brews in addition to the 47 different beers on tap. Perch at one of the barrel tables situated around the bar, and order something from next door neighbor, Souley Vegan; they'll deliver on plates straight to the bar! It gets pretty cramped though, so make sure to arrive early. // 464 3rd Street; beerrevolution.ca

Root for the Home Team 

Cheer on the Golden State Warriors with tickets to a rainy day home game. This Monday the Champs are taking on the Miai Heat so grab your tickets now (they're getting pricey), buy some blue and gold face paint, and prepare for an epic night of hoops, beer, and hotdogs. // Oracle Arena; nba.com/warriors

Explore Space  

Chabot Space and Science Center is the East Bay version of Cal Academy, and just as cool. Plus, it's the largest public telescope facility in the country with free telescope viewings on Friday and Saturday nights. Best of all, they have laser light shows to the soundtracks of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, and Pink Floyd. Immerse yourself in the darkness of the planetarium and enjoy the trip. // 10000 Skyline Blvd; chabotspace.org