Shawn Mendes, SF / Oakland Meals Tour, Bastille Day

This weekend in Oakland, take a walking tour of the city’s culinary history in Jack London Square or sample French cuisine in Rockridge. Experience young Canadian pop sensations or the 108th season of the Oakland Municipal Band at the Oracle Arena. Whatever you like, there is something for you.

San Francisco to Oakland Food Tour

Photo: Jack London Square / Facebook

Bay Area foodies can start this new local food tour offered by Local Food Adventures either in town, at the SF Ferry Building, or in town, starting in Jack London Square. We prefer the city, of course, but you do.

Plan on less than $ 100 per person to make four stops at tasting stations at local restaurants around Jack London Square. Expect stories about Oakland’s rich history from your Local Food Adventures guide.

When: Friday – Saturday, July 12th – July 13th, 11:45 am

Where: 481 Water St. in Oakland (SF option see website)

Price: $ 79 per person / VIP available plus $ 20

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Bastille Day Soiree

Photo: Bastille Day Soiree / Facebook

Rockridge Market Hall again celebrates Bastille Day, France’s independence day. There are lots of French tastings including cheese and wine (of course), pastries, moules frites (a Belgian preparation of mussels) and much more. This is a great opportunity to taste, discover, and sample French cuisine in Oakland. Sign up to win prizes and more. Market Hall Bakery, Market Hall Foods, Hapuku Fish Shop, and other stores in Market Hall will attend.

When: Saturday, July 13th, 1 p.m.

Where: Rockridge Market Hall, 5655 College Ave.

Price: Free entry

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Shawn Mendes at Oracle Arena

Photo: Shawn Mendes / Facebook

I call all Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara fans to the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Yes, that’s right, Canadian pop sensation Shawn Mendes will be performing in Oakland for two nights. Special guest and fellow Canadian Alessia Cara, known for her hit single “Stay”, will open the show.

When: Saturday – Sunday, July 13-14, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Ave.

Price: $ 89.50 +

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Summer concerts at Lake Merritt Bandstand

Photo: Merritsee / Wikipedia

The Oakland Municipal Band has performed for free in Lakeside Park since 1912. The tradition continues this year as the band returns every weekend between now and August 4th to delight their audiences with show tunes, marching music, classical compositions and much more. This weekend’s show offers a varied program that ranges from the Beach Boys to Dave Brubeck to Glenn Miller.

When: Every Sunday through August 4th from 1pm to 3pm

Where: Lake Merritt Bandstand, main entrance on Bellevue Ave. and Grand Ave.

Free

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