Collected by Will Wright
5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
For his latest novel, "Telegraph Avenue," Oakland resident Michael Chabon created a store, Brokeland Records, inspired by the local shops he'd actually hung out in, scouring the LP bins: Berigan's, DBA Brown, Groove Yard. For a book-release party,...
Fairview Park, Oakland, CA, USA
Who would open a record store in the age of digital downloading? LP lovers Bill Zindel and Steve Viaduct, that's who. The door swung open in the fall of 2012, and the bins and wall displays were full of nothing but vinyl records, used and...
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
With art, history, and the natural sciences all under one roof, the Oakland Museum has been working to address the many facets of life in California since it opened its doors more than 40 years ago. After undergoing a recent renovation and...
4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Every June, coinciding with the summer solstice, New Music Bay Area and Lifemark Group Arts present Garden of Memory, a walk-through concert featuring all sorts of experimental, improvised, avant-garde jazz, and modern classical "new" music....
558 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, USA
Looking a place to run while you're in Oakland? Lake Merritt offers a 3.4-mile circumference that takes you past downtown, through Lakeside Park, past the historic Grand Lake Theater, and along Lakeshore Avenue. If you need a challenge, jog up the...
2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
I remember when they started construction on this $175,000,000 cathedral on Lake Merritt by the also new Whole Foods. It looked like someone had taken their life size Erector Set and started flinging about Tinker Toys. There was no way to tell...
1099 Alcatraz Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, USA
Open five days a week and on the corner of San Pablo Ave and Alcatraz in Oakland, everyone's a winner at Victory Burger. Sal Bednarz of Actual Cafe (next door) is the force behind this new favorite and continues to make this district of Oakland...
1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
San Francisco's Japantown has been revitalized of late, and is now full of funky boutiques, hip sushi bars and cool bookstores, and a vibrant neighborhood to walk around. Here you'll also find New People, a 20,000-square-foot entertainment complex...
Old Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Even if Oakland isn't your hometown you'll find cool stuff in this shop which celebrates this East Bay city with tees & hoodies, jewelry, gifts and artwork from local artists! Come out and feel Oakland pride & support local artists. Hella Tight!
3800 Main St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
The Alameda Antiques experience is such a cool way to spend the morning of your first Sunday of any month on the calendar year. It's the largest show in Northern California and it has over 800 dealer booths that are selling items at least 20 years...
Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Looking for a great afternoon or evening hike, high above the clouds of the East Bay? Need a few good labyrinths and a volcano to make it desirable? It so happens, I've found your place. Located on the border of Oakland and Contra Costa, the...
1200 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
This city-owned park in Berkeley will steal your heart, even before you find the stone slide! While I was exploring the park for the first time, I'd already been wowed by the little league park of my dreams, the magical Redwood trail running...
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