Oakland Restaurant Week returns Jan.7-18, to promote your favorite Oakland restaurant doing take-out, delivery and (hopefully) outdoor or indoor dining. This year, the event has a new name - Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week – and vision: to promote as many businesses as possible who contribute Oakland’s culinary fabric: wine shops and brands, breweries, markets/coops, caterers and more.
The Bay Area’s Only Moxy Hotel Opens February 2021 in Uptown Oakland
Oakland’s newest hotel – Moxy Oakland Downtown – is slated to open February 2021 in the Uptown Arts and Entertainment District. The 172-room property will feature local art throughout, with modern design details paying homage to Oakland’s Art Deco theaters. Amenities will include a full bar, on-site restaurant outdoor terrace space, 24/7 food offerings, weekly guest activities and mobile check-in. When travel is permitted, existing hotels in Oakland – from Oakland International Airport to Jack London Square – are ensuring guests find peace of mind staying in Oakland with enhanced housekeeping service, contactless check-in, sanitization seals and the highest safety and cleanliness standards. All COVID compliant amenities are available for review online on our Stay page.
PC: Moxy Hotel
New Waterfront Park -Township Commons - opens at Brooklyn Basin
Township Commons, a new outdoor public park designed by Oakland-based Einwiller Kuehl Landscape Architecture located on Oakland’s waterfront and part of the new neighborhood, Brooklyn Basin. Brooklyn Basin will completely transform 64 acres of industrial property on the Oakland Estuary into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood with affordable residences and retail and more than 30 acres of public parks.
Township Commons is the first of five public parks planned for Brooklyn Basin. With the opening of the new public park, Brooklyn Basin continues to be a great spot to enjoy outdoor dining and activities, especially during the time of COVID. Situated next to Township Commons, Rocky’s Market and The Kitchen at Rocky’s Market is a great spot to grab food and enjoy on one of the park's numerous brightly-colored and oversized wood chaise lounge chairs.
PC: Marion Brenner
How families can enjoy Fairyland from home
Families can enjoy Fairyland (and wintertime activities) through the Magic Tree this season (see below), and if feeling inspired, there are three ways the community can help us bring the magic back in 2021:
Donate to Our $50k Fundraiser: An anonymous Fairyland family has generously promised to double all donations to Fairyland up to $50,000.
- Purchase or Gift a Membership – Deal Alert
- Buy Magic Merch: nearly any of our products can be bought on Keep Oakland Alive and they will deliver orders for free.
PC: Children's Fairyland
Oakland Artists Included in OMCA New Acquisitions
Oakland Museum of California has acquired nine new pieces from seven nationally recognized artists, as part of the organization’s commitment to amplifying undertold stories in California. These works reflect OMCA’s collecting framework, centering stories that are timely and relevant and that have historically been left out of museum collections.
New Businesses to Support in 2021
- AKOMA Market – an outdoor market for Oakland’s Black and Brown businesses, located at Liberation Park in East Oakland (reopening February 2021)
- Alkali Rye - new liquor store prioritizing BIPOC producers on Grand Ave. and Lake Park.
- Blk Girls Greenhouse - a Black woman-owned plant and specialty home goods shop, a community space and “an absolute vibe” in West Oakland.
- Daughter’s Diner – a modern take on a classic American diner, launched by gourmet chef Kevin Wilson on 23rd and Webster.
- La Santa Torta – One of the Bay Area’s most popular Birria food trucks sets up a permanent location in Jack London Square on Broadway and 4th.
- Malibu’s Burgers – 100% plant-based burger food truck, now brick-and-mortar on Piedmont and Montell.
- Town Revival – combining “largesse of California and the realness of the Town” in Downtown Oakland.
- Tribune - A new American Brasserie with a casual chic French style in the iconic landmark Tribune building.
PC: Blk Girls Greenhouse