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Celebrate Oktoberfest at these Local Beer Parties

While Oktoberfest may have begun as a royal wedding celebration more than 200 years ago, in the years since, it has morphed into the largest secular celebration on Earth. Its growing popularity is fueled by pork, potato pancakes, the chicken dance, and copious amounts of beer. Here's where to celebrate the season’s festivities around town. 

The Big Eat Oakland 2015: 100 Dishes to Eat in the Town Before You Die

If you haven't tasted from the vast array of culinary offerings that Oakland has to offer, consider this your crash course. From the chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen to Hopscotch's Yonsei Oyster, here are 100 things you need to try in the Town before you die. 

Live Music This Week: Zedd, Ben Folds, Washed Out, and More

New Orleans institution Dirty Dozen Brass Band descends upon San Francisco this week, plus more live concerts to check out. 

Masterpieces Painted by Oakland Zoo Animals Now Up for Auction

Oakland Zoo inhabitants have been exploring their creative sides this month and the results are pretty amazing.

Salsipuedes Brings Baja Californian Vibes to North Oakland

Confession time: I drove by Salsipuedes the night before my reservation and was a little surprised to see a small neighborhood restaurant with just one communal table and a bar that puts you basically in the kitchen with the chefs. With all the pre-opening fanfare, I had expected a fancier joint, but this was a restaurant that belonged on the beaches of Ensenada, nestled smack dab in the middle of residential Oakland. 

Weekend Guide: Cat Parties, Motorcycle Demos, and Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Just because the holiday is over doesn't mean the fun has to end. 

How to Spend 50 Perfect Hours in Alameda + Piedmont Avenue

In the mood for boutique shopping, tasty restaurants, and interesting museums? Alameda, a 76,000-person island in the bay, and Piedmont Avenue in Oakland boast everything you can ask for in a a laidback, bohemian weekend.

Live Music This Week: Ariana Grande, Brian Wilson, and More

Tuesday: Ariana Grande at Shoreline Amphitheater

Ariana Grande’s been so busy she couldn’t even make time for the VMA’s, and apparently that's a problem for some people. The universe-famous pop star comes to Shoreline on her "Honeymoon Tour" in support of her 2015 album My Everything. She made time for us so please reciprocate.

Eat Here Now: Calavera Raises the Bar for Mexican Fare in Oakland

When I was younger, one of my favorite movie scenes came from Beauty and the Beast and involved Belle rejoicing in her newfound library by swinging excitedly on a ladder from shelf to shelf, picking up novel after novel. When I walked into Oakland's Calavera last week, I instantly felt that same rush of excitement when I saw the bartenders swinging from shelf to shelf via an old, wooden ladder. But instead of books, expert hands reached for tequila—shelf after shelf of tequila. 

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