The summer is almost upon us which means barbecues, day parties, and of course the beautiful summer sun. Figuring out what to do and where to go to stay cool and show of your summer body can be tricky which is why we’re bringing a guide to surviving summer 2016 in the Bay Area.
THE LITTLE GIANT ICE CREAM
1951 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Located in the heart of the East Bay, Little Giant is Oakland’s scoop shop. All of THEIR ingredients are locally sourced and of the highest quality. Their flavor lineup is constantly changing to match the spirit of Oakland which is unique and constantly evolving.
5800 College Ave. Oakland
Smitten founder Robyn Sue Fisher discovered a way to create a smoothe and delicious ice cream without compromising taste for shelf life. With the help of Brrr, a one-of-a-kind ice cream machine, make the smoothest, densest and most flavorful ice cream on earth from scratch, to order, in just minutes.
LAKE MERRIT BOATING CENTER
568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
I’m sure you’ve all been to Lake Merrit before, but have you ever been inside? Rent yourself a boat and enjoy a day outside on the lake.
GO ON A HIKE
Hiking Near Oakland
One of the best things about The Bay Area is the scenery. This summer, take a quick break and explore one of The Bay Area’s many breathtaking hike trails.
GO ON A MINI-VACATION
It’s super hard to plan a trip. You have to schedule some time off, figure out transportation, and then work the lodging out. Along with amazing scenery, The Bay Area can serve as the perfect spot for a quick getaway, you just have to look in the right places.
THE SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
June 16th – 19th
1881 Post St, San Francisco
The mission of this festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. Film submissions are accepted worldwide from filmmakers and screenwriters who are of African descent and others, or feature actors representing the African Diaspora.
UMOJA AFRICAN FESTIVAL
August 20th, 2016
Lowell Park, West Oakland
To create an environment that promotes the development of African communities. Umoja aims to inspire a mutual understanding and cultural dialogue through the celebration of music, art, and physical wellness
SF PRIDE PARADE
June 26th 2016
The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation. Celebrations begin on a Saturday in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
ART AND SOUL FESTIVAL
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016: Noon to 6pm
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016: Noon to 6pm
Join the Art and Soul family for two days of music, dance, food, and family fun at the 16th Annual Art + Soul festival happening downtown Oakland!
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER
474 24th Street, Oakland
The New Parkway Theater brings to the Bay a fun movie-going experience where people not only come to watch movies but to have an unforgettable night out with friends and community. Each week, they offer 10-15 different movies over 40+ screenings, yummy comfort food and drink, community-building activities. The theaters aren’t like your average movie theater either. The New Parkway is filled with comfy couches as seats, and awesome menu which includes beer and wine, and a super chill ambiance. So come enjoy a movie with us while sitting on a couch, enjoying a freshly cooked meal, and washing it down with local wine or beer on tap. And doing it all for under $25.
FREE SPIRIT DODGEBALL
Every Sunday, 7pm-10pm
Athol Park Plaza//1698 Second Ave, Oakland
Come vibe with FreeSpirit and our fairy godmother Sheena Fuson for a weekly game of dodgeball.
THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIR
Fair Hours: Open Tuesday thru Sunday each week, and Monday, July 4 || 11am – 11pm Daily
Adults 13 to 61 – $10 || Seniors 62+ – $8 || Child 6 to 12 – $8 || Child under 6 – FREE
Nothing says summer time like grabbing the fam and heading to the fair. Rides, food, games and more, enjoy a day out with your crew and be a kid again!
BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN
2534 Mandela Parkway Oakland, CA
I am always here for some deliciousness and The Brown Sugar Kitchen hits the spot every time. The ambiance is very welcoming and they’re always playing some great music. The food reflects the cooks interpretation of soul food. To top it all off, Brown Sugar Kitchen cooks with locally grown, organic and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.
GALET BRAZILLIAN STEAKHOUSE
1019 Clay Street Oakland
Galeto offers it’s guests an authentic Brazilian steakhouse where the flavors of Brazil come alive. Churrascaria (choo-rah-scah-ree-ah) is the name used to describe a restaurant that serves meat, mostly grilled, and Rodizio is a method of serving different cuts of meat that originated south of Brazil in the early 1800s. If you are a lover of meats and flavor, then Galeto should definitely be a stop for you this summer.
Of course these aren’t the only fun events happening this summer. As the summer begins, and events and activities develop, we will be sure to keep you all updated so keep an eye out for them. Also, in the coming weeks, we will be putting together a Guide to the Summer Giveaway which you definitely don’t want to miss!