The allure of the East Bay isn’t just about better summer weather—there are actually cultural happenings worth the trek as well, even for city dwellers spoiled by the big-name museums and galleries. Following are a few of our favorite reasons to cross the bridge this weekend:
Now that it’s officially summer, the hot days have disappeared, naturally. Despite the lack of sun, summery fun can still be had throughout the Bay this weekend, particularly in the East Bay where not only is the Alameda County Fair kicking off its 100th year, but the food scene is heating up and various smaller summertime celebrations are beginning as well.
You may not have three days to get away this weekend, but there are still plenty of ways to get out of town without going far. In addition to reliably good weather, the East Bay offers plenty of new experiences, even for long-time city dwellers. Following are three of our favorite reasons to head east today:
Oakland Art Murmur has crescendoed to a straight-up roar, and its First Friday Art Walk has become just as much a misnomer; words like “surge” and “shuffle” befit the teeming, blocked-off streets of Oakland’s uptown arts district a lot better than the provincial “walk.” Staying for the party, it’s all too easy to forget that you’ve come for the art. So arrive early, and make sure to check out these four galleries.
While you might be layering up against the cold and violent winds here in SF, our fellow Bay Areans across the bridges are likely enjoying those little things called sun and warmth. We're here to remind you that it’s officially summer in the East Bay, which means there are plenty of reasons for city dwellers to venture over the bridge, even on a holiday weekend like this one. Following are a few of our favorites:
Berkeley was long a testing ground for new ideas in residential design, receptive to the Arts & Crafts movement and full of Shingle-Style houses both by anonymous builders and well-known architects, and later, the Progressive community that UC Berkeley attracted wanted the modest, modern houses that reflected their ways of thinking and living. People in Berkeley are both proud and knowledgeable about their architectural heritage— if it's a nice day, expect crowds.