OAKLAND’s BEST ●Annual Events
White Elephant Sale
Tulip Bloom at Mountain View Cemetery 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.
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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. Other notable locals buried here include Al Davis and John Lee Hooker in the Garden of Ages. 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.
East Bay Open Studios Free. For this combination gallery exhibit and self-guided tour of artists’ workplaces throughout the East Bay, more than 500 artists open their studios, workshops, lofts, and homes to meet with the public. Many offer works for sale.
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Woodminster Summer Musicals In Joaquin Miller Park. It’s difficult to imagine a more pleasant way to spend a balmy summer evening than at a live performance here. Witnessing the deepening of the evening and the slow appearance of the stars adds to the overall enjoyment of the production on stage. The amphitheater seats approximately 1,500 people on individually molded seats, all with good views. Pre-theater picnic tables are set up in redwood groves outside the theater.
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Oakland Chinatown StreetFest Free. Everything imaginable is sold from approximately 200 booths, plus a cultural village features stages for dancing, singing, kids' events, cooking demonstrations, and more.
Black Cowboy Parade On 14th St. near City Hall; downtown. Free. The only such event in the U.S., this parade commemorates the contributions made by African Americans and other minorities to building the American West. A festival follows in De Fremery Park.
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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree