6 Can't-Miss Summer Events in Oakland


From art markets to food tours, explore six of Oakland’s most exciting summer activities

Indigenous Red Market

On the first Sunday of every month this summer, head over to Fruitvale to celebrate Indigenous Bay Area artists in conjunction with Urban Native Era and the Native American Health Center to gain insight into the lives of Native Americans and honor their living culture and traditions. Featuring incredible food, youth dance performances, and a market supporting local indigenous creators, the Indigenous Red Market promotes community wellbeing and the preservation of ongoing traditions.

Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour

If you like good eats and a wealth of Oakland history, you won’t want to miss the Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour. This three hour-long walking tour of the Grand Lake area takes guests on a global culinary journey in five stops. Featuring foods and spices from wood-fired pizza to Cuban bocadillos, this tour is perfect for everyone with a hearty appetite–and an appetite for fun! A VIP upgrade is available for guests interested in a Mad Men-inspired cocktail and a free beer at East Bay Brewery.

Laurel Evening Market

In the Laurel District, a monthly market takes place on the first Thursday from May through October that supports local artists and designers. The market is free to enter and stuffed with vendors and music with community roots. Their emphasis on neighborhood togetherness fosters an empowering atmosphere for small businesses and creators, from vintage dealers to jewelry artists. Find ceramic goods, hand-poured soy candles, and straw-woven purses while perusing the outdoor market in the heart of stunning Oakland real estate.

Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

Get your sweet tooth ready for the Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour, a whirlwind adventure through Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. This hour-long walking tour excursion departs from Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and covers half a mile. No matter your age or dietary restrictions, this tour can accommodate your specific needs for an afternoon of fun.

Oakland Art Murmur Saturday Stroll

The Saturday Stroll is a laid-back, casual approach to the Oakland Art Murmur–a self-guided art walk through an organization containing more than 50 galleries in the Oakland area. The livelihood of Oakland’s visual art is promoted by the Oakland Art Murmur’s guided tours in several forms, but for a sunny summer afternoon, consider the Saturday Stroll your best option. This version of the tour permits the most personal freedom–choose your pace and your destinations all with the expert insight of the OAM.  Whether you hear a lecture, attend a literary reading, or listen to an artist discuss their work, the Saturday Stroll is free every week and is suitable for visitors of all ages.

Urban Air Market

On Sunday, July 21st, the Urban Air Market opens at the Hive Oakland, featuring carefully chosen vendors carrying high-quality designs. This independent, pop-up fashion market specializes in sustainable products and is the single best place in the country to support designers devoted to sustainability in a sweeping outdoor market. Award-winning founder Danielle Cohen invites visitors and vendors to soak up the sun while celebrating community.

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