7 Events to Attend in Oakland this Summer
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.
- 90’s Experience | July 12 - August 31
- Art & Soul | July 27 - 28
- Oakhella Festival Season Closer | August 18
- Chinatown Street Festival | August 24 - 25
- Hiero Day | September 2
- 10th Annual Pride Parade & Festival | September 8
- Eat Real Festival | September 21 - 22
- More Events This Summer
90’s Experience | July 12 - August 31
The 90’s experience is the latest to hit Oakland and the greater Bay Area. It will feature 12 installations including life-size scented markers, a deep dive into classic Saturday morning cereals, and much more. Guests are invited to take photos in front of some of the most nostalgic 90’s backdrops while using all senses to relive (or for the youngins’, experience for the first time) what made this decade so iconic. Located in Jack London Square, the experience opens July 12th. Tickets are now available for purchase. Grab your old flip phones and embrace the nostalgia!
Art & Soul | July 27 - 28
Oakland’s magnetic Art + Soul festival, celebrating local spirit, style, creativity, and pride, takes place every summer. The annual assemblage of world artists that call Oakland home will bring together the people of America’s most diverse and culturally exciting city to honor its rich musical heritage. The ever-evolving festival fuses new activities and annual favorites including (but not limited to) an artisan marketplace, a tempting array of food booths, an eclectic world/urban dance stage, dance battles, aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, mural paintings, and the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area with kiddie rides, carnival games and interactive arts.
Oakhella Festival Season Closer | August 18
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Oakhella is a local organization focused on preserving the cultural fabric while welcoming newcomers into the community. They originally began as a micro-music festival in the spring of 2016 and have since grown into a community organization comprised of young professionals who recognize the need to create spaces that encompass the broader culture of. Accompanied by their sister organization, Bottom’s Up Community Garden, Oakhella curates events that cater to people of all walks of life. Join them as they celebrate the end of festival season with live music, food, and only the best of vibes.
Chinatown Street Festival | August 24 - 25
This two-day event runs all day and is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Hiero Day | September 2
This festival began as a day of celebration for fans on 9/3/2011, a nod to 93' til Infinity, to listen to and appreciate Hieroglyphics music. Following suit, the collective responded to the fans with Hiero Day. 2012 marked the first year of what now has become an annual celebration showcasing a plethora of culture, talent and a variety of the best local food and crafts available in the greater Bay Area. Hiero Day plays an integral role in the Oakland music festival culture which exists in the city today. It is recognized for fostering a unifying atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music and community development.
10th Annual Pride Parade & Festival | September 8
Together we celebrate the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. Oakland Pride is committed to facilitating leadership and coalition building for the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.
Eat Real Festival | September 21 - 22
The premier educational program of Food Craft Institute, the Eat Real Festival is an annual celebration of good food with a focus on artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and delicious cocktails. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows it, and how to make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% free of charge, all food is affordable, and incorporates delicious, regionally-sourced, and sustainably-produced ingredients. Come hungry, because you’ll want to try a little bit of everything!
Other Fun Events to Check Out This Summer:
Oak Fam Bam | July 4
4th of July Block Party | July 4
Burger Boogaloo | July 6 - 7
First Friday Street Festival | July 12, August 2 & September 6
PedalFest | August 3
SoOakland DayFest | August 4
Rolling Loud | September 28 - 29
Looking to fill up your calendar even more? Check out our events page for an up-to-date list of what’s happening in The Town.