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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Grace Potter and The Nocturnal

Fall has officially descended on the Bay. Chase away those end-of-summer blues with some bubbly, some flowers, and a kick-ass rock show.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Ghost Ship Apocalypse

When the Castro was still hosting its epic annual Halloween street party, the East Bay just couldn't compete. While we were all sad to see that party go, it did at least give this side of the bridge a shot at Halloween fun times. Following are our three favorite examples:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge


What to do on an average, ho-hum weekend in the Bay? Head east for a quick game of petanque, a knock-your-socks-off Mexican meal, and a 21st century take on Hamlet, under the stars.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge


The heat wave may be over, but the sun still shines on the East Bay. Following are three great spots to enjoy it this weekend:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Bones Brigade

San Francisco is known around the world as a hub for arts and culture. The East Bay is ... not. But this side of the bridge rocks its own soulful, underground art scene, as evidenced by our three favorite reasons to cross the Bay Bridge this weekend:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The East Bay is huge and spans several worthy cities and towns, but this weekend it's all about Oakland. Head eastward for a great sampling of everything that makes Oakland cool: Fantastic food, cool music, and the great outdoors.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

One of the best things about the East Bay isn't the plentiful parking or the warm temperatures, it's the community. Even the bigger towns of the East Bay–Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek–aren't tourist attractions, they're just places where people live, and those people tend to get out and hang together. Here are three of the best ways to get a dose of East Bay community spirit this weekend:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Afro-Danish threads, organic soft serve and geological mysteries are just a few of the gems waiting for you in the East Bay this weekend. Not to mention the sunshine. Have we mentioned lately that the East Bay has good weather?

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The East Bay artisan bagel-off continues to heat up with another entrant to the race this week, but perfect bagels aren’t the only reason to cross the bridge. This weekend an indie rock concert in the vineyards and a fabulous Barry McGee exhibit are also big draws.

Best of Oakland Dining: Rockridge, Piedmont, Montclair


In 7x7's July/August issue, Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen gave you a tour of an ideal day in Oakland. Now, we present the definitive dining guide to Oakland.

The problem is, there are loads of amazing spots to nosh and drink in the 510. So many, in fact, that we split our top picks into four parts categorized by neighborhood. In our final installment, we continue with Rockridge, Piedmont, and Montclair.

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