Live Music in Oakland


For an eclectic calendar of indie, punk and experimental sounds, burlesque shows and fun DJ dance parties, this club hits the spot. Come for a good mix of national acts and local talent, and the easy two-block walk …
DJ in Oakland

Luka’s Taproom & Lounge

Go Uptown to get down. DJs spin nightly at this popular restaurant and lounge, with a soulful mix of hip-hop, reggae, funk and house. There’s generally a $10 cover on Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm.
Gallery Hop in Oakland

Oakland Art Murmur

Football in Oakland

Oakland Raiders

With three Super Bowl championship wins, the notorious bad boys of the NFL have had their ups and downs over the years, but they have the staunchest, rowdiest fans in the western US. The team ungratefully moved to L…
Basketball in Oakland

Golden State Warriors

If it’s hoops you must have, then it’s the Warriors for you. This team has a long history, starting in Philadelphia in 1947. In 1962 it moved to San Francisco and played in the Cow Palace as the San Francisco Warrio…
Baseball in Oakland

Oakland A’s

When the Giants are away, the A’s are usually home, which expands the possibilities for those desperate for a summer baseball fix. BART stops just outside the ballpark. The A’s most recent championship came at the G…
Theater in Oakland

Paramount Theatre

This massive 1931 art-deco masterpiece shows classic films a few times each month and is also home to the Oakland East Bay Symphony (www.oebs.org) and Oakland Ballet (www.oaklandballet.org). It periodically books bi…
Jazz in Oakland


Yoshi’s has a solid jazz calendar, with talent from around the world passing through on a near-nightly basis. Often, touring artists will stop in for a stand of two or three nights. It’s also a Japanese restaurant, …
Theater in Oakland

Fox Theater

A phoenix arisen from the urban ashes, this restored 1928 art deco stunner adds dazzle to downtown and is a cornerstone of the happening Uptown theater district. It’s a popular concert venue for national and interna…
Cinema in Oakland

Grand Lake Theatre

In Lake Merritt, this 1926 beauty lures you in with its huge corner marquee (which sometimes displays left-leaning political messages) and keeps you coming with a fun balcony and a Wurlitzer organ playing the pipes …