OAKLAND ●Annual Events
Tulip Bloom at Mountain View Cemetery March-April. Free. More than 22,000 Dutch tulips bloom each spring in the cemetery gardens here. Drive, stroll on your own, or take a guided tour through this 220-acre classic cemetery designed in 1863 by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Golden Gate Park. In 1865, Jane Waer, in plot 1, was the first person buried here. Since then, more than 165,000 people have joined her, and there’s room for more. Anybody who is anyone in the history of the Bay Area is buried here. Serpentine paved walkways thread through the picturesque tombstones, including those of architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck and artist Thomas Hill. Don’t miss either the ornately decorated main mausoleum or “Millionaires’ Row,” where steel magnate Henry J. Kaiser, banker Charles Crocker, and several Ghirardelli chocolatiers rest in small Victorian family crypts and mausoleums with spectacular views of San Francisco and Oakland. Two pyramids and an assortment of stone angels round out the visual delights. This is also a bird-watcher’s paradise and home to plenty of feral cats.