Oakland is an amazing place to soak up great summer vibes. With a variety of events and activities happening throughout The Town  – there is something for everyone to enjoy. By day or by night, whether you’re looking to plan the perfect date, get together with friends or enjoy lots of family fun - Oakland is the place to be!

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Just the facts

Main strip: Mountain Blvd.
Who dwells here: Young families, empty nesters
Population: 4,015 >> Founded: Late 1800s
Main architecture: Storybook cottages, manicured manses
Neighborhood giant: Montclair Village
Well-known resident: Governor Jerry Brown
Where to mingle with locals: Montclair VillageMontclair Egg ShopFarmstead Cheeses & WineJoaquin Miller Park

The vibe 

Perhaps one of the biggest signposts of being in Montclair and the Oakland Hills is the squiggly (dare we say, hairpin?) roads and scenery re-set from urban to forestry. This wealthy outpost, just off Highway 13, contains some of the most coveted real estate in the Bay Area. You won’t find industrial restaurant décor or mustachioed baristas in this pedestrian-friendly village, exuding a Bavarian mountain town vibe.  Montclair also happens to be a terrific launching point into Oakland’s wilderness; some of the East Bay’s best hiking is found in nearby Redwood Regional and Joaquin Miller parks, and other gems like Chabot Space & Science Center are tucked away in the hills.

The inside scoop

On Saturdays, $1 gets you a flight of wine—and a dose of goodwill—at Farmstead Cheeses, which donates tasting proceeds to local schools.

If you only have three hours

Wilderness is so close, you can pick it up behind the Montclair Parking Garage. The Montclair Railroad trailhead here leads into a former rail bed that winds through the hills just above the village.

Adding to the whimsical nature of this neighborhood, Montclair is the only Oakland district with both a storybook firehouse and library. Check out the hobbit-style structures on your way to a musical at Oakland’s outdoor amphitheater, Woodminster.

There are about 100 retailers in the village, but if you need to narrow down your selections, two indie bookstores worth a visit are across the street from one another: A Great Place for Books and The Book Tree. For fun home and gifty items, Pelago may be your jam.

How to get here

Freeway exit: From 1-580 W, take the Park Blvd. exit from Highway 13; from 1-80 E, take CA-24 E to Moraga Ave. Various exit options can be found at the Montclair Village site.

BART Stop: From the Rockridge station, take a bus to the center of the village (lines found at actransit.org)

Bus lines: CB, 11, 12, 18, V