First Friday is the perfect time to get to know Oakland. It’s a swirling, lively collection of open galleries, events, and food trucks. Every bar is jumping, every stage is occupied, and every part of the city is ready to be seen. Take BART or a Lyft instead of trying to park, carry cash for the staggering food truck lineup, and bring along your sense of adventure.
Once just a swampy divide between downtown and East Oakland, Lake Merritt, nexus of the Grand Lake neighborhood, is now a destination-worthy cultural hub, thanks to a recent $122 million renovation. With fresh green expanses, a revamped bird sanctuary, and one heck of a beautified lagoon, you’ll come for the nature but end up staying for the food.
Make this the summer you actually take advantage of living near the ocean by learning to windsurf, kiteboard, or sail around the bay.
Sure it's pretty sunny in SF, but it's nothing compared to the glorious rays that shine down just across the Bay Bridge. Take advantage of the warmth and good feels with this guide to the perfect sun-filled day in Oakland.
While San Francisco and Berkeley have long been lauded for their contributions to pop culture via food (Irish coffee and It's-It) and science (16 elements and counting), it's time Oakland gets its due. Here are seven things, invented in The Town, that your life would suck without. You're welcome.
In a landmark decision to serve the underprivileged of the East Bay, the Berkeley City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted last week to provide small amounts of free medical marijuana to low-income and homeless patients. Whoa.
It's hard to imagine Berkeley's Caffe Mediteraneum—frequented by Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and featured in the classic '60s film The Graduate—as anything other than the local watering hole and hub of activism that it's been for the last 50 years. However, the legendary cafe just announced that it's for sale.