Outdoor

The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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We know that vibrant public spaces enhance community pride, promote healthy living, and offer visitors a respite from busy pedestrian traffic. With a Walkscore of 97 (out of 100) it’s no wonder that Downtown Oakland has such a variety of outdoor activities available. Sip a coffee from Awaken Café in historic Latham Square or bathe in the sun while munching on an Ike’s sandwich under beautiful oak trees in Franklin Square. Walking tours, led by Oakland historian and columnist, Annalee Allen can show a visitor much of Oakland’s charm and history all while getting your steps in. As the nation’s first official wildlife refuge and the largest saltwater lake in the country that’s within city limits, Lake Merritt is a unique hub of nature and wildlife surround by convenient urban amenities. Take out a paddle boat or learn to sail on this jewel of Oakland! Outdoor enthusiasts can check out our business directory for a more comprehensive listing of the best parks and things to do outdoors in Downtown Oakland, from lounging at Lake Merritt to rowing on the waterfront at Jack London Square!

Archer Bicycle
Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to
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Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016
On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their
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food truck
Food Truck Pod at Snow Park
The Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
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Fairy Winterland
For twelve exciting days, Fairyland will be transformed into Fairy Winterland! Featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances
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Lake Merrit doggy and outdoor activities
The Amazing Lake Merritt Doggy Scavenger
Join POGO Events for some Sunday fun with your furry friend around beautiful Lake Merritt! For this scavenger hunt, both
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halloween scavenger hunt in Downtown Oakland
The Amazing Haunted Old Oakland Scavenger
Come get spooked and have a blast on our haunted hunt through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the state!
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Jack London Square scavenger hunt
The Amazing Jack London Square Scavenger
Make sure you answer this Call of the Wild! Join us Sunday in Oakland's Jack London neighborhood for a scavenger
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Oakland Treasure hunt, urban adventures in Downtown Oakland
Oakland Treasure Hunt
Join us for the Oakland Treasure Hunt! A unique urban sleuthing adventure through the streets of downtown and uptown Oakland.
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Outdoor Afro activies in Downtown Oakland
Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Afro is a cutting-edge platform that organizes recreational events here in Oakland and around the country to help people
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Lake Merrit In Uptown Oakland
Lake Merritt
Surrounded by parkland and bordering diverse urban neighborhoods, Lake Merritt is more than a natural wonder; it’s an opportunity to
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