From arts to music to fitness and kid-fun, it was tough to narrow down, but here is just a sliver of the East Bay events you’ll want to put on the calendar this year. Happy Planning!
Oakland Running Festival: Sunday, April 2nd
Whether you’re looking to run a full marathon, a half marathon, a team relay, a 5K or a fun run, this Festival has something for you. One of the things the Festival is known for is the excitement along the course as you move from mile to mile. There are numerous Cheer Stations and Bands/DJ along the course, to help push you to that next mile. And there are always a few unofficial stations along the way, too.
WHERE: Snow Park near Lake Merritt, Oakland
Temescal Street Fair: Sunday, June 11th
What started in 2004 as a little street fest sponsored by a small group of local merchants has blossomed into one of Oakland’s premier cultural events. Each year there are multiple stages of top bands and music acts and 11 blocks of vendors, highlighting the neighborhood’s local artists and craftspeople.
WHERE: Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st in Oakland
Berkeley Kite Festival: July 29th and 30th
A gigantic non-concert outdoor event, it includes free kite-making, kite-flying lessons and, of course, spectacular kite-flights. The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is family friendly with jumpy houses and a kite “ballet” performance in the sky.
WHERE: Cesar Chavez North Waterfront Park, Berkeley Marina
Pedalfest: Saturday, August 26th
The Bay Area’s largest cycling event, returns to Jack London Square with more than 20,000 bike geeks, hipsters, commuters, weekend warriors and families descending on the Oakland waterfront. A fundraiser for Bike East Bay, Pedalfest features an array of bicycle-themed entertainment, music, performances and food.
WHERE: 51 Broadway Oakland, CA
31st Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition: Month of October; Dates TBA
Held during the month of October, this Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc., presents this long-time exhibition, a juried show that features works of more than 100 artists and craftspeople who live or work in Emeryville.
WHERE: Exact Location TBA