Special Events in Oakland

West Coast Crab and Jazz Festival
Foodies will love attending the West Coast Crab and Jazz Festival. The West Coast Crab and Jazz Festival takes place each summer at the Kaiser Rooftop Garden. It features an all-you-can-eat crab buffet, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and live music provided by the West Coast's top jazz musicians. Be sure to attend the wine tastings to learn why California is considered one the world's leading wine producers.

Oakland Art & Soul Festival
The Oakland Art & Soul Festival is one of the Bay Area's largest art festivals. The Oakland Art & Soul Festival is an annual art festival that features some of the Bay Area's most talented artists. It takes place at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza near City Hall. It features film screenings, art displays, carnival rides and art workshops. It also features an art bazaar that offers over 2,000 paintings, collages and sculptures. Be sure to visit the art workshops to learn how artists use recycled materials to create stunning works of art.

Temescal Street Cinema Festival
The Temescal Street Cinema Festival celebrates the contributions of local film artists. The Temescal Street Cinema Festival features movie presentations that showcase the works of the Bay Area's most promising film directors. It takes place in North Oakland's Temescal Neighborhood.

Each movie presentation focuses on a specific movie genre. As a result, you might see movies that showcase the talents of the Bay Area's best comedians and dramatists during the festival. Be sure to attend the discussions that accompany the movie presentations to learn about how local filmmakers incorporate Oakland's landmarks in their films.

Bites Off Broadway Festival
Families will enjoy attending the Bites Off Broadway Festival. The Bites Off Broadway Festival is a family-friendly festival that celebrates Oakland's unique cuisine. It takes place many times during the year in front of the Studio One Art Center.

Some of the festival's most popular attractions include lawn games, face painting and cooking demonstrations. Other attractions include art activities and a gourmet foods market. Families will enjoy attending this whimsical festival because it is located in a safe neighborhood that encourages families to spend time together.

Chinatown Street Fest
Finally, be sure to attend the Chinatown Street Fest. The Oakland Chinatown Street Fest celebrates the contributions made by Oakland's Chinese community. It takes place in Oakland's Chinatown District located a few paces west of the Lake Merritt BART‎ Station.

Some of the highlights of this vibrant festival include street dances, food samples and martial arts demonstrations. Other highlights include live music, a cultural village and art exhibits. Be sure to arrive during the middle of the day to see the festival's full splendor on display.