Oakland ROAR - Resources

50+ in the 510? Get out and enjoy the Town.  Or offer your talents and experience to a volunteer organization.


Awesöme Orchestra - Home   

Bay Area Jazz and Blues society.


Golden Gate Branch Library Jazz

Temescal Creek Park (47th St. between Adeline & San Pablo)     

or 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland   (510) 597-5023

In summer, Friends of the Golden Gate Branch Library treat Oaklanders to Sunday afternoon outdoor jazz concerts with a headlining artist at 3 pm, followed by Randy Moore's "History of Jazz" discussion (4 pm), and an open jam session (5 pm). FREE


Kaiser Center Roof Garden Concert Series Fridays  12 noon-1p.m. in summer. FREE and open to the public!



Piedmont Piano

Music from local and international musicians. Dates vary, so check the website.
1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 547-8188


Oakland Municipal Band Concerts

Sundays in July 1:00-3:00 at the bandshell in Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt. FREE


Paramount Theater

2025 Broadway, Oakland
Various music events, and $5 classic films once a month


Performing Arts and Spoken Word

The Terrace Room b Passages on the Lake


BustingOut Storytelling

Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th St.  downtown


Get advance discount tix at www.KayDeMartiniPresents.eventbrite.com

THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. Storytelling, music, soul food, & full bar!

Oakland Speakers, Paramount Theatre

A forum for the exchange of ideas and intellectual enrichment..By subscription only. SINGLE TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE
2025 Broadway, Oakland

For more information, visit www.speakerseries.net.

Art, Galleries, Museums

Saturday Stroll Art Walk | Oakland Art Murmur

Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland's highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon

Historic Homes

Cohen-Bray house. Cohenbrayhouse.info

Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate. Dunsmuir-Hellman.com

Pardee Home Museum. pardeehome.org

Peralta Hacienda. peraltahacienda.org

The Camron-Stanford House

The last of the beautiful 19th century mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt.

1418 Lakeside Dr, Oakland,   (510) 874-7802


Oakland Museum of California

Free first Sunday of the month Free architectural tours, Sunday 1pm.

1000 Oak Street, Oakland,


AfricanAmerican Museum

659 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612  (510) 637-0200     
African American Museum & Library at Oakland

History and Architecture

The Oakland Tours' "City Center" walking tours

Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00  Begin at different locations in downtown Oakland FREE


Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA)

Weekend walking tours in summer  Begin in different locations. $10.



Oakland Urban Paths
OUP hosts walking treks and and community archive of Oakland’s paths and stairs.


Wild Oakland


Providing free environmental education to busy urbanites   


Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA)

Weekend walking tours in summer  Begin in different locations. $10.


The Oakland Tours' "City Center" walking tours

Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00  Begin at different locations in downtown Oakland FREE


WOBO - Walk Oakland Bike Oakland

Bike East Bay


Working for safe, convenient bicycling for all people ...

Mountain View Cemetery, a historic Olmsted-designed cemetery located in the foothills of Oakland and Piedmont.

Spectacular vistas of the San Francisco Bay's surrounding areas, an impressive repository of local and state history.
Docent-led tours begin at 10am the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and last approximately 2 hours.

Food and Drink

Farmers’ Markets

Tuesday:  Oak St. In front of the administration building.  Just one farm

Wednesday: Oakland Senior Center, 11-1
                Uptown Market at Ordway Plaza, 21st & Kaiser Plaza.  10-2

Friday: Broadway & 9th St.

Saturday: Grand Lake

Chinatown: 8th and 9th Streets, from Broadway to about Franklin.  Lots of fruit and vegetables, some quite exotic.  Quality varies.

Food Trucks

Friday: Off the Grid at Oakland Museum Of California, 5-9pm, and half-price admission to the museum

Happy Hours

The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill: Happy Hour 3 to 6 AND 9 to Close. And Taco Tuesday.
Jack London Square: Almost a dozen places with Happy Hour offers, with a view of the water, inside or out.  Stroll along and take your pick.

Luka's Taproom and Lounge Bar  2221 Broadway @ West Grand  www.lukasoakland.com/bar.aspx

Volunteer Opportunities


Oakland Adopt a Spot Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerMatch
Keep our parks clean and beautiful. Adopt a park, creek, shoreline, or other public place. The city will offer tools and support.


Reading Partners. Help a local child. As little as an hour a week. Flexible hours. No experience needed.  http://readingpartners.org

Lake Merritt Institute Volunteer Schedule 
Volunteers meet at the Institute office, on the 2nd floor of the Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Avenue, next to the parking lot, in Lakeside Park. Go up the stairs at the end of the parking lot. If you see the duck pond, you have gone about 100 yards too far.  

  • Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

We usually work for 2 - 3 hours or more. Gloves are provided. Individuals can also work alone using one of the four "U-Clean-It" boxes around the Lake where you will find gloves, trash bags, barrels, nets, directions and sign in sheet.

Weed Warriors Volunteers meet the last Saturday of each month to tidy the landscape around the lake. Check news & Updates

Coming of Age:Bay Area has extraordinary volunteer positions for people 50-plus. We’ll help you find the perfect opportunity to keep you connected and contributing to the community. Positions are available in San Francisco and Alameda Counties with both large and small nonprofit organizations, and schedules range from a few hours to a regular weekly commitment–the choice is yours.
The Coming of Age initiative seeks to harness the talents, skills and energy of one of our most valuable resources: people age 50+. We do this in two ways: we help organizations strengthen their capabilities, and we help people 50+ explore passions, pursue lifelong learning, become community volunteers, and engage in meaningful service to the community. Let us help you follow your passions and explore your options? FREE
one-on-one personalized matching is available to help you choose. The information above can be found on the official website of Coming of Age:Bay Area. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.ComingofAge.org/BayArea

Senior Centers

North Oakland Senior Center


West Lake Christian Terrace.

Independent Living
The Lake Merritt

Assisted Living

Nursing Homes

Find events by date.  Want to do something today? this weekend? Try these sites. They aren’t geared to any age group, but you will never have to stay home:

Oakland Central    www.oaklandcentral.com/


Find Meetup Groups in Oakland, California. .. Oakland, CA



For lots of info for newcomers and even lifelong Oaklanders http://www.familyoakland.org/blog 

http://sf.funcheap.com/events/east-bay/  A lot of these events are youth-oriented, but they are fun and CHEAP or FREE.

Additionally, if you know of an organization that needs our assistance, or interest in collaborating with ROAR, please let us know by calling 510.238.1122 or email: info@oaklandroar.com and we will coordinate the connection.



Oakland ROAR 2014