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Oakland’s Ninth Annual Chocolate Festival

Come out to Oakland on Saturday, February 10th for the ninth annual chocolate festival, where you can sample and learn all about chocolate, try unique cheese and chocolate pairings, meet local chocolatiers and pick out something special for your sweetheart.

The event will take place at Market Hall Foods located at 5655 College Ave., Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94618 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  The admission is FREE and open to the public.

2017 It’s A Wonderful Night in San Leandro, CA


Bring your family and friends to “It’s a Wonderful Night” in San Leandro on Friday,

Dec. 1st (5:30pm – 9:00pm)  Joaquin Plaza between E. 14th Street and Washington.  

There will be lots of fun and free holiday entertainment including the annual tree lighting.

  • A big, free Crafts area will have 10 tables with all kinds of fun.
  • The Boy Scouts will be selling mistletoe.
  • Over by Sizzler, the San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA) will have Christmas Tree Lane, with 10 trees decorated by local schools. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus near the their giant Christmas tree!

Don’t miss out on the fun!  Hope to see you there.

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San Leandro Halloween Model Train Show

Come one, come all to the Halloween Model Train Show!  Spooky and kid-friendly Halloween fun for the whole family on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00pm – 800pm! The  Depot and model train layouts will be decked out in Halloween decor and candy will be given away to  kids in costume! Admission is free & donations are always appreciated!

For more information contact: San Leandro Historical Railway Society (510) 569-2490

Dancing Under The Stars – Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars! Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square at Broadway and Embarcadero for free dance lessons. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa and Swing Time Swing. The festive, free dance lessons are brought to you by Professional Dance Instructor Bradley Montoya. Make an evening of it! Enjoy happy hour and dinner before the lessons start at 8:30 PM, followed by the dance party, at 9 PM.

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2017 San Leandro Cherry Festival

The first Cherry Festival was held in 1909. Many things have changed over the years but one thing that remains the same is the strong sense of community identity and pride the Cherry Festival brings. Over 30,000 people have attended the event in past years.

The 2017 San Leandro Cherry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 11:00am – 6:00pm.  Come out and enjoy the festivities!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2017 in Oakland

Oakland has historically been one of the most diverse cities in America. Regardless of the holiday or tradition being recognized, chances are you’ll be able to find a worth celebration. As we head to another Cinco de Mayo, and recognize the heroics of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla, here are a few events worthy of exploring this holiday weekend.

Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras is a two-day cultural event centered around the Cinco de Mayo holiday that celebrates the city’s many connections to Latin America and the immigrant cultures that keep those connections alive.  The event bridges two neighborhoods with festivities,  On Friday 5/5 from 5 to 9PM a neighborhood walk from the Oakland Art Murmur all the way to Jack London waterfront featuring music, art, salsa dancing and more.  On Saturday 5/6 from 11am to 4pm the festivities continue in the Fruitvale at the Transit Village featuring mariachis, aztec dancers and authentic Latin American cuisine. Oakland Indie Alliance and Oakland Food Truck Association will also be hosting a “Dining for Justice” fundraising event on Friday 5/5.  More than 30 Oakland restaurants, bars and mobile food vendors will offer food and beverage specials with a portion of the proceeds supporting Centro Legal de la Raza and other immigrant-services organizations.  The event bridges together city leaders, art & entertainment groups, community groups and local businesses and is truly a reflection of Oakland’s passion and love for our immigrant community that makes us great.

Other Events

Piedmont Language School’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration– (May 4th) Festival goers will enjoy everything from an all-you-can-eat taco truck and live entertainment to crafts and games for the kids. Adult and child tickets can be purchased individually, and a discounted family ticket is also offered.

“Immigrants Make America Great” Art Installation- (May 5th-8th) This public art expression on the walls of the Rotunda Building in Kahn’s Alley near City Hall Plaza. The community will be encouraged to express their Love and Support of Immigrants on a post it note that will be displayed collectively. Decorated recycled coffee cans will be set outside and filled with Post-it notes and markers.

Cinco de Mayo at Seawolf– (May 5th) Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at one of Oakland’s newest neighborhood bars, Seawolf Public House! They are serving up $2 tacos, $5 margaritas and $5 shots of tequila when you order any Mexican beer!

Oakland First Fridays– (May 5th) First Fridays are always special in Oakland. Before beginning your walk towards Jack London Square, make sure to spend some time in KONO and enjoy the always festive atmosphere.

Aztec Run around Lake Merritt– (May 6th) Support the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation in their aim to help East Bay families improve their lives, embrace their heritage, and develop as community leaders by providing educational enrichment services and promoting civic responsibility.

“Machete Viewing”– (May 6th) The New Parkway Theater in Uptown will be showing “Machete” on their big screen. A 2010 American action film by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, it’s a perfect late night flick to cap a fun-filled day. Enjoy pizza and beer in the New Parkway’s cozy setting.

Come out to Oakland and take part in the festivities.  For more info, go to:

Oakland Taste of Spring Fundraiser

Don’t miss the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation’s annual fundraiser gala, the Taste of Spring. The gala hosted at the beautiful and historic California Ballroom in downtown Oakland at 1736 Franklin Street will feature exciting silent and live auctions, live local entertainment, gourmet food and fine beer and wine, Thursday, May 4th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Proceeds go toward furthering the Foundation’s mission of helping Oakland kids, and making our parks better. Early-bird price of $75 on tickets until March 1st. After that, the price is $100. Come out and support Parks & Rec.

Women Bike Happy Hour – San Leandro

The Bike Walk San Leandro and Bike East Bay will team up to host the next Women Bike Happy Hour in San Leandro on Thursday, April 27th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm!

This happy hour will run parallel to Women Bike Happy Hour in Oakland. This month,  there will  be a bike ride to the brewery leaving the San Leandro BART station at 5:15. The bikers will then head down to Drake’s Barrel House for a little brewery adventure at 5:30pm.  Spend some quality, off-the-bike time with other women who bike over a cold drink.

Any level of riders and all women, trans and femme folks are warmly welcome. Bring your bikey and bike-curious friends! Visit to learn more about women and biking in the East Bay.

2017 Downtown San Leandro Farmers Market

The San Leandro Downtown Farmers’ Market 2017 Season will run from April 5th through October 18th.

Every Wednesday from 4 – 8 pm, Parrott Street in downtown San Leandro will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace of sweet, juicy, tree-ripened fruits; delicious, healthy, just-picked vegetables; beautiful fresh-cut flowers; gourmet foods; and tasty snacks.  The  Farmers’ Market offers the best in fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables and family fun all summer long.

Every week of the month the Farmers’ Market also offers free events that turn every trip to the market into a fun outing for the whole family!

Be there each week to enjoy the best of local produce, the best in family fun, and the best of your community.

Downtown San Leandro’s Egg Hunt At The Casa

Come celebrate spring on Saturday, April 15, at the first annual “Egg Hunt at the Casa” hosted by the San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA) and Community Impact Lab (CIL). The celebration will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the historic Casa Peralta grounds in Downtown San Leandro.

Plastic eggs stuffed with toys and goodies for the kids to find will be tucked away around the Casa Peralta grounds. Festivities will include two egg hunts, face painting, music, story time, family friendly activities and a petting zoo sponsored by Mike’s Feed & Pet filled with chicks and bunnies for the kids and kids at heart to play with and pet.

The two egg hunts will be broken up by age group—the first one kicking off at 11:15 a.m. for kids three years and under and the second one starting at 11:45 a.m. for kids four years and up. Kids are encouraged to bring baskets for the egg hunt.  Hope to see you there!



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