Man, it feels like summer is here… and as you can imagine, there are a whole host of ways to kick off it off right!
I’m taking a break from the bookstore series (but more coming soon) to highlight just a few of the incredible options going on this weekend…
- ART MURMUR tonight (5pm onward) Free
Not much to say here other than “do it”. It’s really fun as you can see from my post last month… (Art Murmur is FUN)
- OPEN STUDIOS (Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm) Free
East Bay Open Studios will be taking place over the next two weekends. This is your opportunity to, not only check out & hopefully buy some amazing art produced by local artists, but also meet the artists in person, tour their workspaces (which I always find fascinating), and enjoy some snacks while you’re at it. Get your maps/directory at the link above (download) or in this week’s East Bay express, and have fun exploring & discovering…
- BLUEGRASS FOR THE GREENBELT (Saturday 11am – 6pm) $40 – $45
This is a fundraiser for the Greenbelt Alliance (local advocates for “open spaces & vibrant places”) also sponsored by the Hellman Family Foundation, which I assume is related to Warren Hellman, producer-extraordinaire of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. This event is not free like HSB, but it’s for a good cause, and appropriately located on the beautiful rolling lawns of Oakland’s Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate – a 37-room Neoclassical Revival mansion built in 1899 on 50 acres of urban park land.
- TOWN FUNK BLOCK PARTY, 19th St. @ Park Blvd. (Saturday 12pm – 5pm) Free
My friend Desi’s organization Community Rejuvenation Project has orchestrated this BBQ/party in conjunction with local neighborhood businesses and organizations to celebrate arts & community. Featuring tons of live music including a Michael Jackson tribute by DJ Zeph, free food, the unveiling of four new murals, and more. Should be a blast!
- MUSIC IN THE GARDENS, Lake Merritt (Sunday 11am – 4pm) Free
“Stroll through the beautiful Lake Merritt-adjacent gardens and encounter diverse musical ensembles, from vintage blues to klezmer, classics to classical, Japanese flute to Renaissance recorder, and the Pacific Boychoir. This event will include gardening demonstrations, children’s activities, and tasty food.” I visited the gardens recently on a spin around the lake and they are gorgeous and fully in bloom. If you haven’t visited recently, I highly recommend it!
- TEMESCAL STREET FAIR, Telegraph between 45th & 51st (Sunday 12pm – 6pm) Free
Featuring two stages of live music & performances, “foodie row” with samples of the amazing culinary wizardry available in this new gourmet district, craft & art booths, fashion shows, a Green Zone with info about greening your home, and much much more.
I’m sure there’s more going on as well, but these are the things I’ve got on my radar. Wish I could do ’em all!
Have a great weekend everybody!
ps – I didn’t have a photo for today, so I’m posting this cute kitty I met recently… (too cute!)