What to do in
Oakland, California
Oakland, a diverse port city with a hard-knocks reputation, has long been hailed as a cultural hub of the San Francisco Bay Area—and, more recently, as a refuge for artists priced out of neighboring cities. “Oaktown” is a bundle of colorful civic engagement and crippling poverty, of natural beauty and international commerce, of local pride and the sweeping uncertainties of gentrification. There is a thriving music and food scene here, and people come from all over the region to enjoy Oakland’s First Friday street festival. This city by the bay has a charm that is all its own.
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