Monday, June 24, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week - 6/22/13

Don't miss these great events coming up this week.

Bookmark the Oakland's Own Calendar for a curated list of events.

June 26th
TGT Concert at the Paramount Theater

June 28th
Pacific Fine Arts/Beer & Wine Festival in Montclair

June 29th
Oakland Grown Card Crawl

June 29th
Ise Lyfe's Brighter than Blight Exhibit

June 30th
Run in the Park 5k/10k run (or walk) in Redwood Regional Park

June 30th
Dive-in Movie at deFermery Pool (Mr. Popper's Penguin)

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week - 6/17/13

Don't miss these great events coming up this week.

Bookmark the Oakland's Own Calendar for a curated list of events.

June 17th
Hubba Hubba Revue Burlesque show at The Uptown Nightclub

June 19th
Old Oakland Dishcrawl

June 21th
Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden Concert

June 22nd
Summer Sailstice at Lake Merritt and Oakland Estuary

June 22nd
East Bay AIDS Walk at Lake Merritt

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Oakland's Own Photo Story: 7th Annual Oakland Indie Awards Party

The 2013 Oakland Indie Awards Party at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden on May 30th was magical! It was a beautiful evening with even more beautiful people. There was so much joy, laughter, and appreciation for all that makes Oakland great!

2013 Oakland Indie Award Winners

Oakland Soul Award: 38th Notes (Luke Brekke-Meisner)
Ripple Affect Award: Savor Oakland Food Tours (Carlos Medina and Genvea Europa)
Want to know more about these award winners? Check out their Oaklander Spotlight here!
Innovative Newcomer Award: Kitchener (Sophia Chang)
Kitchener Pop-up Markets are so much fun, photos from the Comfort Food Pop-up Market here!
Social Change Maker Award: Jazz Monique Hudson
Pillar Award: La Boriquena (Nati Ramos) and Tina Tamale (Tina Ramos)
Job Creator Award: Ed Support Services (Meredith Akers & Tonya Scott) and Sungevity (Danny Kennedy & Andrew Birch)
Greenie Award: Juniper Ridge (Hal Newbegin)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day...Are You Ready

Hang with the Dad in your life in Oakland! There are some really cool events, places to dine and shops to get something special. Below are a few recommendations. Support your local businesses and ENJOY!!! Much love to all the Dad's in my life!

Spend Time
Check the Oakland's Own Calendar to add these events and more to your calendar!

Geek Out with Dad Day
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
9a - 3p
Go on a hike and build solar cars with Dad

Father's Day Catch on the Field
O.Co Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
11a - 5p
Your chance to walk in the shoes of a major league player!

Dads and Jazz
Dunsmuir Mansion
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
2p - 6p
Spend the afternoon surrounded by beautiful gardens and smooth sounds

Give Gifts
Estilo Clothing
2323 Magnolia Street, Unit 3 (by appointment only)
Cool Dads will appreciate these unique designs. Schedule a private shopping experience (24 hrs in advance)

Charles Blades Barber Spa
180 2nd St
Wed-Sat 8:30a - 6p, Sun 12p - 4p
Give Dad the gift of a classic shave by true artisans

Groove Yard
5555 Claremont Ave
Mon-Sat 11a - 6p, Sun 12p-5p
Looking for a special gift, pick up your honoree's hard to find, favorite album on vinyl at this perfectly curated record store

Montclair Sports
1970 Mountain Blvd
Mon-Wed, Fri 9:30a - 6p, Thu 9:30a - 8p, Sat 9:30a - 5p, Sun 10a - 5p
If the Dad in your life loves the outdoors, you'll definitely find his 'new favorite thing' here

Wine & Dine
Father's Day Brunch
Scott's Seafood Restaurant
2 Broadway
10a - 3p
Fantastic prix fixe brunch with one of the best views in Oakland

Father's Day Dinner
Grand Oaks Restaurant
3701 Grand Ave
5p - 9p
Treat the special guy in your life to one of the best steak dinners around

Father's Day Dinner
Quinn's Lighthouse
1951 Embarcadero E
11:30a - 9p
Choose the classy dining room downstairs or rowdy Sports Bar upstairs
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week - 6/10/13

Don't miss these great events coming up this week.

Bookmark the Oakland's Own Calendar for a curated list of events.

June 12th
Lunch Beat at Era Art Bar & Lounge

June 13th
Movie Night on the Waterfront in Jack London Square

June 14th
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square

June 15th
17th Annual A's Beerfest at O. Co Coliseum

June 16th
Dance-A-Vision Fundraiser at Imagine Affairs Art Lounge

June 16th
Father's Day! Check back for Father's Day events in Oakland!

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

BEST OAKLAND VIEW - Oakland Marriott Contest!!!

Oakland Marriott has challenged Oakland's Own photographers - professionals and amateurs alike - to submit photos of your BEST OAKLAND VIEW for a chance to win a stay at the Oakland Marriott!!!

To enter your photos to the contest:

  • Instagram: Add the tag #OAKLANDSOWN to your photo of an amazing view in Oakland and send your name, email address and Instagram user name to Your photo will get added to the facebook page and entered in the contest.
  • Facebook: Upload your photo directly to the contest page on Facebook
You have until July 26, 2013 to enter your photos and a winner will be announced August 1, 2013. You can enter as many photos as you like before the contest ends! Every 'photo like' on facebook, is another entry in the contest!   

The Prize: 
A 1-night stay at the Downtown Oakland Marriott Hotel including complementary breakfast for 2 and 2 round-trip BART tickets to Powell Street Station in SF. The voucher for the 1-night stay must be used within 12 months of the date received. 

Good luck!!!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Jack London Square Night Market - Uptown Alternative on First Friday's

Most people are pretty familiar with First Fridays/Art Murmur in Uptown. If not, review my post on First Friday/Art Murmur activities! But if you're looking for something less crowded, kid friendly and free, check out the Jack London Square Night Market! 

The Night Market will be every first Friday through September in the Jack London Plaza on Webster and Embarcadero. Below are some photos from the inaugural event in May. Local vendors, food stands, JLS restaurants, activity stations, performances, the fantastic view, what's not to love! Also starting June 6th - Dancing Under the Stars! For more info check the Oakland's Own Calendar!


Jack London Square
Webster & Embarcadero Plaza
Every first Friday through September 6th
6p - 10p

Monday, June 3, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week - 6/3/13

Don't miss these great events coming up this week.

Bookmark the Oakland's Own Calendar for a curated list of events.

Tuesday - Sunday
June 4th - June 9th
Fela! The Musical at the Paramount Theatre

June 6th
18th Annual Gala Costume Party at Fairyland

June 7th
Oakland First Fridays [Art Murmur, Jack London Square Night Market, Dancing Under the Stars]

June 9th
Love Our Lake Day at Lake Merritt

June 9th
Swarm Gallery Door Closing Party

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Oakland's Own Photo Story: OMCA Friday Nights/Off the Grid

My friend Rachel was visiting home from Chicago recently and we decided to head to Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum to grab some food before watching the game.


Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum is a great juxtaposition of everything that makes Oakland great:

Accessible art 

innovative, conscientious food

live music and a cross section of Oakland's demographic 

My score - The vegan Crispy Pea Crepe, Warm Potato, Quinoa salad and Lemon Ricotta donuts (really yummy!) from Go Streatery. Rachel got tacos from one of the vendors but said they were no match for her favorite tacos from Tacos Mi Rancho

Admission is free for the open night market ($6 admission if you enter the museum) and the atmosphere is always joyful. You can't lose with Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum!

1000 Oak Street
Every Fri 5p - 9p

Check the Oakland's Own Calendar for more events at the Oakland Museum!
The Natural Sciences Gallery is now re-open!!! Admission is free on first Sundays.

***All photos by Rachel Thomas***