"Oakland’s ‘there there’ is in its diversity, its distinction, its sense of place, its people."

-National Geographic Traveler

With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine selected Oakland in the Culture category as one of its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Check out more things to do in Oakland that highlight The Town's culture!

Check out more things to do in Oakland that highlight The Town's culture! 

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Plan Your Stay


Annual Events

Oakland celebrates year round. These festivals are only a few that highlight our diverse people, culture and thinking. 


Movers and shakers are constantly pushing the boundaries, leading the way for innovation and creativity. From industrial arts to world-class museums, there’s no shortage of creative expression here.

Experience It For Yourself

Follow our guide with some of these things to do and places to go.  Don't forget to request a free copy of our 2019-2020 Oakland Inspiration Guide!

Culture Through Culinary

Get a taste.