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Oakland's Major Summer
Events & Festivals

Pedalfest: July 22


Where: Jack London Square

Oakland’s Pedalfest is a family-friendly celebration of bikes and cycling that spotlights cycling as a great activity for everyone. The festival features live music, radical bike stunts, safety training, a kid’s bike rodeo and an amazing display of bicycles including vintage bikes, hand-built bikes, art bikes and high-end custom bikes. Proceeds from the event benefit Bike East Bay,
an organization that works for safe and enjoyable cycling
for everyone in the area. Learn More

Art & Soul Oakland: August 19-20

Art & Soul

Where: Downtown Oakland

For the 17th year Oakland's street's will be filled with music, dance, food, and family fun during the Art & Soul Oakland Festival. Highlights include Blues & Gospel Showcases, Turf Dance Battle, Artisan Marketplace, Kinetic Arts Circus Stage, Street Performers, Family Fun Zone, Beer + Wine + Food, and more! Learn More


The Town Half Marathon: August 12

The Town's Half Marathon

Where: Downtown Oakland

Oakland, California; its motto is “Love Life,” and when you run The Town’s Half Marathon, you’ll understand exactly why so many people love this bayside gem. A compelling history spanning hundreds of years. Standout landmarks that showcase the city’s rustic and modern beauty. The irrepressible spirit of locals fiercely devoted to their hometown. What’s not to love? The Town’s gives you a firsthand look at Oakland’s magnificence. Learn More

Oakland Triathlon: August 27

Oakland Triathlon Finish 2016

Where: Jack London Square

The Oakland Triathlon festival is the largest West Coast urban triathlon, and is all about the incredible triathlon community in Northern California. The race showcases our beautiful city, and generates fund- raising for Oakland Sports and non-profits. Learn More

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival: September 10

Oakland Pride

Where: Downtown Oakland

The Oakland Pride Parade + Festival is held annually in celebration of the area’s LGBTQ community. The festival is dedicated to promoting equality and educating the greater community while bringing people together with a day of festivities. The event kicks off with a parade and features several stages of live music and performances, artist impersonators, a Family & Children’s Garden with kid-centric attractions and entertainment, an Official After-Party and more. Learn More

Eat Real Fest: September 22-24

Eat Real Festival

Where: Jack London Square- Market Square

The premier fundraising event 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—all featuring sustainable local ingredients. By highlighting fresh and local ingredients, Eat Real shows how easy it is to support a regional food system by bringing farmers, food producers and eaters together. Learn More

Oaktoberfest: September 30-October 1


Where: Dimond District

Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival, welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites. Learn More


Interested in attending any of these events? Check out our Summer Deals with Amtrak page for summer discounts!