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Oakland’s thriving arts and culture scene offers great live music, events, eats and outdoorsy fun all year round, but we are always super excited for the summer festivities. From dancing and day drinking at festivals and sampling food from all different cuisines to museum and gallery hopping, Oakland has got you covered. Whatever their interests, family members of all ages will make exciting discoveries and great memories while spending the day on the Sunny Side of the Bay. Here is our list of outdoor street fairs, music festivals and other specially curated experiences to put on your calendar this summer. This list may not include every summer event in Oakland. We welcome you to share your favorites down below. 

It’s that time of the year again. It’s summer, it's hot, and you’ve already taken your kids to all the shopping malls, water parks and attractions in your town. Fed up at home, you start planning your summer vacation. Oakland is home to world-class attractions, sports teams, restaurants and parks that will suit any family vacation. 

Oakland's waterfront is beautiful, has cool weather, and way more chill than other destinations. People are driving out to San Francisco, and even all the way out to Tiburon... hello? Get yo' life! After reading this, we'll see you out here at the coolest summer spot in the Bay! Here are 11 reasons why Oakland's waterfront activity is just as impressive as your go-to spot! (Photo: Greg Linhares, City of Oakland) 

While New Orleanians and Brazilians have their Mardi Gras, Oaklanders have their farmers markets. We are sick about fresh fruits and vegetables: those strawberries, that giant artichoke, and those Buddha hands. They were probably picked this morning, too, from farms about 60 miles away. Sprinkle into this veg fest rich coffee, baked goods, music and food vendors with ready-to-eat items, and we got ourselves a little bash.

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Diversity and waterfront infrastructure combine to make Oakland a compelling place to bike, eat, and hang out. And with an all-too-quick ferry waiting to drop you off in Alameda and downtown San Francisco, you can easily use Oakland as a home base to explore as much of the Bay area as