Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in Oakland

Enjoy these beautiful last days of summer here in The Town? Below are some recommendations for spending Labor Day Weekend in Oakland. Like the Oakland's Own Facebook Page for the latest updates on happenings in Oakland. Details for all of these events can be found on the Oakland's Own Calendar!

Enjoy an Oakland Recreational Park
Temescal | Lakeside Park | Mosswood | Joaquin Miller | San Antonio | Montclair
Parks and activities are available all weekend. For more information about park 
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and luscious Oakland Parks. 

Dancing Under the Stars 
Jack London Square
Friday, August 30th
8p - 10p
Final night of the year! If you haven't been yet, don't miss this opportunity!

Oakland A's vs. Tampa Bay Rays
O.Co Coliseum
Friday, August 30th
7p - 10p
Don't forget about the family 4 pack for Friday night home games! 

Oakland Pride 2013
Uptown Oakland
Sunday September 1st
11a - 7p
The 2nd largest Pride celebration in Northern California and keep the party going at Bench & Bar's official After Party

Hieroday 2013
Linden St. Brewery
95 Linden Street
Monday, September 2nd
11a - 6p
Free Music festival celebrating innovative hip hop in honor of Oakland hip hop legends the Hieroglyphics!

America's Cup Cruise
USS Potomac
540 Water Street
Sunday, September 1st
10a - 2p
Sail to the front lines for the America's Cup Red Bull Youth Races

Adrian Marcel - Monday Soul
The New Parish
579 18th Street
Monday, September 2nd
9p - 2a
Raphael Saadiq's protege, Oakland's Own Adrian Marcel is back in Oakland for a soulful concert 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oakland's Own Photo Story: East Span Bay Bridge Tour!!!

If you've read my profile, you know I'm a civil engineer for a construction company. My company did not work on any part of the Bay Bridge project, but due to my "construction perks," I got an opportunity to tour the new east span of the Bay Bridge before they officially open to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd! The bridge is BEAUTIFUL and well worth the wait. I'm really grateful I got to see it up close in a way I never will again. Enjoy the photos and video!

Cross section of the SAS Cables

Side Profile of the SAS Cables

Shear Link mock up

Cross Section of Concrete piles

Original bridge "troll"

New span

New Span

Expansion Joint shots

Expansion Joint Shots

Expansion Joint Shots

Cable Supports

Tower at New Span

Tower at New Span

Tower New Span

New Span

Tower at New Span

The old bridge

Bolts!...Not the infamous ones

Tower at New Span

Tower New Span

Detail at the Tower

Pedestrian path at the New Span

Pedestrian Bridge at New Span

Oakland from the New Bridge

Cormorant Condo's! These are actually fake birds. Environmentalist are trying to lure the Cormorants from their homes at the Old Bridge to the new bridge. These condos come complete with static neighbors and 24hr Cormorant songs 

All photos are property of Leah Turner.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week - 8/19/13

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

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

August 20th
Tastes of Summer Dishcrawl at Jack London Square

August 21st
Oakland Chamber Young Professionals Mixer

August 22nd
Kitchener 1 year Anniversary Pop-Up Market

August 24th
America's Cup Race from the USS Potomac

August 25th
Yoshi's Jazz Fest at Jack London Square

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oakland's Own Don't Miss of the Week 8/12/13

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

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

August 13th
Taco Tuesday at Lake Chalet (today is a beautiful day for relaxing on their deck)

August 14th
Lunch Beat at Era Art Bar & Lounge

Thursday - Sunday
August 15th - August 18th
Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus at Oracle Arena (Note: There are protests scheduled during the shows run)

August 16h
Fairyland for Grownups (Sponsored by Oaklandish)

August 17th
GO Public Schools Garden Party 2013 at a Private Residence

August 17th
Rocky Horror Picture Show at The New Parkway

August 18th
1st Annual Mezcal & Tequila Festival at Tamarindo

Tweet me your picks of the week!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Oakland's Own Photo Story: Art & Soul Festival 2013

Every year Art and Soul showcases amazing talent and brings together a true cross section of the Bay Area. This year was no exception. There was something for everyone! Music buffs, art enthusiasts, foodies, dance devotees and all around Oakland lovers - the young and young at heart; could get their fill of everything that makes Oakland noteworthy! Below is just some of the experience from Sunday, August 4th. Art and Soul continues to prove why it is rightly regarded as one of the best festivals in the country!!!


International food to satisfy any palate

I grabbed some jerk chicken, plantain and slaw from Uhuru, really yummy!


Oakland Blues Divas at the EBX Plaza Stage

Leela James slayed at the KBLX Mainstage




Dance-A-Vision Entertainment performers at the Jefferson dance stage



Hundreds of people out supporting local arts and businesses

The crowd at the KBLX Main Stage

Unofficial Pre-Show entertainment :-)

More of the crowd at the KBLX Mainstage

So many people, the lawn at the 12th Street Garage served as an overflow at the KBLX Mainstage

Go Raiders!!!

See you next year!!!