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16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland

August 20 & 21, 2016
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.

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Bay Area Bike Rentals
Bicycle rentals on Oakland's waterfront and the Bay Trail -- hourly, daily and weekly rates. Located across from Barnes and Nobles. Renting cruisers, recreation and road bikes.
427 Water Street (Jack London Square) 510-836-2311
M-F 11a-6p; Sa-Su 10a-7p
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California Canoe & Kayak
Learn to kayak on the Oakland Estuary. Don’t miss the moonlight kayaking trips for a delightful, unique Oakland evening. Trip schedule varies.
409 Water Street, (Jack London Square), 510-893-7833,
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Camron-Stanford House
Built in 1876, this historic Victorian graces the shores of Lake Merritt.
1408 Lakeside Dr., 510-444-1876,
W 11a-4p, Su 1-5p
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Chabot Space and Science Center
Premier world-class science center featuring IMAX Theater.
10000 Skyline Dr., 510-336-7300,
W-Th 10a-5p, F-Sa 10a-10p, Su 11a-5p
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Children's Fairyland
Younger children will enjoy this enchanting 3-D fantasy world where popular nursery rhymes come to life.
Bellevue Ave & Grand, (Lakeside Park) 510-238-6876,
Check website for hours.
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Food Live Music

Bustling Asian shopping, dining and cultural mecca.
Broadway & Alice, to 7th & 13th sts.,
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City Center
Beautiful urban business center featuring shops, restaurants and an extensive events schedule.
Broadway & Clay to 12th & 14th sts., 510-628-8490,
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Dunsmuir House & Gardens Historic Estate
Beautiful historic home and gardens. Open for tours and private events.
2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., 510-615-5555,
Check website for hours.
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Fentons Creamery
A historic 1920's homemade ice creamery and restaurant.
4226 Piedmont Ave., 510-658-7000,
Daily 11a, Su-Th till 11p, F-Sa till 12a
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Frank Ogawa Plaza
Restaurants, shops, public events, historic Oakland City Hall.
14th & Broadway,
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Food Cafe

Gondola Servizio
Authentic Venetian gondola experience on Lake Merritt.
1520 Lakeside Dr., 510-663-6603,
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Jack London Square
A dynamic destination buzzing with restaurants, specialty shops, a waterfront hotel, entertainment, recreation and outdoor markets. Check website for events and activities.
98 Broadway Foot of Broadway, 1-866-295-9853,
Restaurants M-Su 11a-10p, Stores 11a-6p
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Food Cafe Live Music

Junior Center of Art and Science
Dedicated to the children of the East Bay. Encourages exploration with workshops, exhibits, classes and events. Celebrating 50 years.
558 Bellevue Ave., (Lakeside Park), 510-839-5777,
Sept-May Tu-F 10a-6p, Sa 10a-3p, June-Aug M-Th 8:30a-5:30p
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Lake Merritt Boating Center
See Oakland from a new perspective -- rent a boat from the Boating Center in Lakeside Park. Or take a class and learn to sail.
568 Bellevue Ave., (in Lakeside Park), 510-238-2196
M-Su March-Oct; Sa-Su Nov-Feb. Hours vary with season.
Cash only for Boat Rentals
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Lake Merritt/Lakeside Park
Lawn bowling, horticulture events, public gardens, boat rentals, gondolas, nature center, free summer band concerts.
Grand & Bellevue, 510-238-7275,
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MOCHA (The Museum of Children's Art)
MOCHA provides fun art programming for families with children ages 18 mos. to 12 yrs.
1625 Clay St., 510-465-8770,
Tu-F 9a-5p, Sa-Su 12-5p
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Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
Oakland's world-class video game museum. Home to the game pro archive. Free programming classes for kids.
3400 Broadway, 510-282-4840
Sa-Su 12-6p
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Oakland Ice Center
Public skating, birthday parties, hockey, group events and figure skating. Call for public hours.
519 - 18th St., 510-268-9000,
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Oakland Museum of California
Devoted to the arts, environment and history of California. Available for private events.
1000 Oak St., 510-238-2200,
Hours vary
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Food Cafe

Oakland Walking Tours
Free guided walking tours of downtown Oakland.
Various departure points, 510-238-3234,
W & Sa, 10:30a, May thru Oct
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Oakland Zoo
Home to more than 440 native and exotic animals.
9777 Golf Links Rd., 510-632-9525,
Daily 10a-4p
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Old Oakland Historic District
A revival of historic 1870s downtown Oakland. Restaurants, shops, nightlife, Friday Farmers’ Market.
Broadway & Clay to 7th & 10th Sts.,
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Food Cafe

Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
State-of-the-art facility hosts concerts, family events, live performances and sports events. Home to the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders.
7000 Coliseum Way 510-569-2121
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Food Full Bar Live Music

Pardee Home Museum
A premier historic house museum built in 1868.
672 - 11th St., 510-444-2187,
Hours vary
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Preservation Park
A lovely collection of historic homes and meeting spaces.
13th & Martin Luther King, 510-874-7580,
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Ratto’s Deli and International Market
Historic deli and international grocery in business for more than 100 years. Sidewalk seating.
821 Washington St., (Old Oakland), 510-832-6503,
M-F 9a-6p, Sa 9:30a-5p
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Rosenblum Cellars
Visit the original urban winery and Zinfandel pioneer in Jack London Square at their new waterfront location.
10 Clay St., (Jack London Square), 510-995-4100
Su-Th 11a-7p, F-Sa 11a-9p
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Beer & Wine Only

Rotary Nature Center
Nation’s oldest wildlife refuge established in 1870. Observe resident and migratory water fowl; educational programs.
600 Bellevue Ave., (Lakeside Park), 510-238-3739,
Daily 10a-5p
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Slide4less, Inc.
Enjoy a two-hour long Segway Tour of downtown Oakland from Lake Merritt to Jack London Square.
212 International Blvd., 510-832-2429
M-Su 9a-5p
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The Presidential Yacht Potomac
Historic bay cruises aboard FDR's floating White House. Dock-side tours. Private catered events available.
Clay, Jack London Square, 510-627-1215,
M-F 9a-5p, Su 12-3p
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Uptown ArtPark
The city’s first major outdoor sculpture park funded through a NEA grant to display rotating exhibitions of existing large-scale sculptural works and newly-commissioned public art from Bay area artists.
19th St. & Telegraph Ave.
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Western Aerospace Museum
Aircraft displays, artifacts, a giant flying boat and memorabilia. Near Oakland Intl. Airport.
8260 Boeing St., 510-638-7100,
W-Su 10a-4p
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