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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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African American Museum & Library
Discover the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in the West.
659 - 14th St., (Corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way), 510-637-0200,
Tu-Sa 12-5:30p
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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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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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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
The Pan-Asian cultural center of the Bay Area with rentals for weddings, banquets and meetings.
388 - 9th St. # 290, 510-637-0455,
Tu-Sa 10a-5p
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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

Pardee Home Museum
A premier historic house museum built in 1868.
672 - 11th St., 510-444-2187,
Hours vary
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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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