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2016 Waterfront Events Calendar


Here we present a comprehensive calendar of events and activities involving our region's waterfronts.  The calendar project is led by Waterfront Action in collaboration with East Bay Regional Park District, Save the Bay, Port of Oakland, City of Alameda and City of Oakland. 

Note that the 2016 calendar is under continuous development.  Each month, more events will have been scheduled by our region's organizations, so please check back for more waterfront opportunities!

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Ongoing | February | March | April | May | June | July 
August | September | October | November | December

bullet Ongoing Weekly Events and Activities

Sun 9AM-2PM
 
Pacific Coast Farmer's Market  Jack London Square
Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods. Free.  More>
Thu 10:30AM
Sat
10:30AM
 
History Cruise on the USS Potomac   Join the historic presidential yacht for a narrated 3-hour bay cruise with docent, May-Oct only. $$. Info:510-627-1215  More>
Wed 11AM-3PM
Fri
11AM-3PM
Sun
11AM-3PM
Dockside Tours of the USS Potomac   Docent-led 45-minute tour.  $$. Info:510-627-1215  More>
 
Sat mornings
 
Sausal Creek Restoration Activities,  Free.  (Most Saturdays) Info: 510-387-9744  More>
Sat 1:30PM-4PM
 
Sausal Creek Nursery Activities,  Free. (Most Saturdays)  Info: 510-387-9744  More>
Sat 10AM
Tue 10:30AM
Lake Merritt Cleaning by Volunteers  Tues: 10:30 AM, Sat 10 AM.  Free. Info: (510) 238-2290  More>
Sat 9AM-Noon
Wed 1PM-4PM
Planting at MLK Shoreline  Wetlands planting workday organized by Save the Bay & East Bay Regional Parks.  Free.   
Info: 510-452-9261x119  More>
 

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bullet Scheduled Events and Activities:

Year of Estuary theme photoJanuary 2016

Jan Ongoing weekly events.
Jan
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
Jan 10 Midwinter Regatta #2 @ Oakland Estuary  Sailboat races begin about 11AM.  Sponsored by Lake Merritt Sailing Club. Viewing is Free.  Info: 510-582-1048    More>
Jan 16 Golden Gate Audubon Field Trip @ MLK Shoreline 9:0-12:30AM  Golden Gate Audubon Society trip. Free.  More>
Jan 18 MLK Day of Service @ MLK Shoreline 8:30-Noon. Restoration work and invasive plant removal.  East Bay Regional Parks.  Free  
Info: 510-544-3187.  
For more,  see p. 14 of  Jan-Feb16 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
Jan 20 Golden Gate Audubon Birding Trip @ Middle Harbor Shoreline 8:30-10:00AM  Golden Gate Audubon Society trip. Free.  More>
Jan 21 Golden Gate Audubon Bicycle Trip @ MLK Shoreline 9:00-Noon  Golden Gate Audubon Society trip. Free.  More>
Jan 24 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
Jan 27 Lake Merritt & Lakeside Park Birding 9:30AM-12:00PM  Golden Gate Audubon Society trip. Free. 
Info: 510-834-1066  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoFebruary 2016

Feb Ongoing weekly events.
Feb
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
Feb 11 USS Hornet History Mystery After Hours Tour  Go deep into HORNET where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
Feb 13 Midwinter Regatta #3 @ Oakland Estuary  Sailboat races begin about 11AM.  Sponsored by Lake Merritt Sailing Club. Viewing is Free.  Info: 510-582-1048    More>
Feb 14 Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge Work Party 9AM @ Refuge main gate. Free. 
Info: 510-843-2222   More>
Feb 19-21 20th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival @ Mare Island and North Bay environs.   Some events free, some $$. Info: 707-249-9633   More>
Feb 19 USS Hornet History Mystery Overnight Investigation Enjoy the ultimate family experience by spending the night onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Tour the ship at night, hear fascinating sea stories, sleep in the bunks, have fun learning about history. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
Feb 20 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
Feb 20 Golden Gate Audubon Work Party @ MLK Shoreline, Arrowhead Marsh.  9:30AM-12:30PM.  Plant natives & weed out invasives. Free. 
Info: 510-484-6529   More>
Feb 20-27 Tall Ships lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftan   Foot of Broadway, Jack London Square.  Tours, "Battle Sails" & "Adventure Sail" excursions will be offered.   $$. 
Info: 800-200-5239
More>
Feb 28 Annual Lake Merritt Couples Relay 9AM Sponsored by Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders. $$. (viewing is free) 
Info: 510-644-4224 More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoMarch 2016

March Ongoing weekly events.
March
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
March
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
March 1 Beginning Birding: Waders, Dabblers & Divers @ MLK Regional Shoreline.  7:00-9:30AM East Bay Regional Parks activity.  Free.
Info: 510-544-3187  For more, see p. 12 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
March 5 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
March 11 USS Hornet History Mystery After Hours Tour  Go deep into HORNET where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
March 13 Midwinter Regatta #4 @ Lake Merritt  Sailboat races begin about 11AM.  Sponsored by Lake Merritt Sailing Club. Viewing is Free.  Info: 510-444-582-1048   More>
March 13 Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge Work Party 9AM @ Refuge main gate. Free. 
Info: 510-843-2222   More>
March 13 Sunrise Paddle @ MLK Regional Shoreline.  6:15-9:15AM East Bay Regional Parks kayak and bird watching activity.  Registration required. $$.
Info: 1-888-327-2757 option 2  For more, see p. 5 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
March 19 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
March 19 Golden Gate Audubon Work Party @ MLK Shoreline, Arrowhead Marsh.  9:30AM-12:30PM.  Plant natives & weed out invasives. Free. 
Info: 510-484-6529   More>
March 19 Splash into Spring & Egg Scramble @ Crab Cove, Alameda.  10AM-4PM. Egg hunt and all-day family activites.  East Bay Regional Parks.  Free  
Info: 888-327-2757, opt2, opt3.  
For more,  see p. 11 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
March 27 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoApril 2016

April Ongoing weekly events.
April
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
April
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
April 1 USS Hornet History Mystery After Hours Tour  Go deep into HORNET where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
April 2 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
April 12 Beginning Birding: Waders, Dabblers & Divers @ Crown Beach.  7:00-9:30AM East Bay Regional Parks activity.  Free.
Info: 510-544-3187  For more, see p. 12 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
April 16 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
April 17 Beginning Bird-Watching for Families @ Crab Cove.  10:00-11:30AM East Bay Regional Parks activity.  Free
Info: 1-888-327-2757 option 2  For more, see p. 11 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
April 22 Sunset Paddle @ MLK Regional Shoreline.  6:00-9:00PM East Bay Regional Parks kayak activity.  Registration required. $$.
Info: 1-888-327-2757 option 2  For more, see p. 5 of  March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
April 23 Oakland Earth Day   9AM-Noon  Join this opportunity to clean up waterfront and creek locations, including the Lake Merritt Sailboat House, Temescal Creek, and others.  City of Oakland activity.  Free.
Info: 510-238-7611    More>   
April 23 Alameda Earth Day Coastal Cleanup @ Crab Cove, Alameda.  8:30AM-10AM  Earth Day event follows. East Bay Regional Parks activity.  Free. Registration required.
Info: 510-544-3187   For more, see p. 14 of March-April 2016 Regional in Nature Program Guide> (pdf)
April 24 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
April 24 Opening Day on SF Bay Cruise on the Potomac
9:30AM - 2PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
April 29 USS Hornet History Mystery Overnight Investigation Enjoy the ultimate family experience by spending the night onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Tour the ship at night, hear fascinating sea stories, sleep in the bunks, have fun learning about history. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
April 30 Coast Guard Challenge Whaleboat Race @ Oakland Estuary.  Time TBD.  Best Viewing: From Coast Guard Island, Union Point Marina, the causeway to Coast Guard Island, and along Embarcadero.  Sponsored by ITC Rowing.  Viewing is free.    More 
April 30 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoMay 2016

May Ongoing weekly events.
May
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
May
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
May 8 Mother's Day Cruise on the Potomac
11:30AM - 2:30PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay includes brunch and mimosas.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
May 11 Oakland Cup Whaleboat Race @ Oakland Estuary.  Time TBD.  Best Viewing: From Estuary Park on Embarcadero between Fallon and 5th Ave. in Oakland.  Sponsored by ITC Rowing.  Viewing is free.
More
May 14 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
May 22 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
May 28 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
May 28 Historic Bridges of the Bay Cruise on the Potomac
10:30AM - 1:30PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay includes box lunch.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoJune 2016

June Ongoing weekly events.
June
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
June
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
June
(ongoing)
Adult Sailing Classes  by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Offerings include dinghy, Laser, keelboat, racing, coastal cruising & navigation.   $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
June
(ongoing)
Summer Youth Rowing @ Lake Merritt  Morning or afternoon schedules. Lake Merritt Rowing Club. Ages 12-18. Must be able to swim. $$. Info: 510-637-9160  More>
June 3 USS Hornet History Mystery After Hours Tour  Go deep into HORNET where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
June 11 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
June TBA Summer Sailstice @ Oakland-Alameda Estuary 
(hours TBA)  This date marks the 14th anniversary of Summer Sailstice, a global holiday celebrating sailing.  Participating yachts will follow a  round-trip exhibition course from the Encinal Yacht Club to Jack London Square.  The Encinal Yacht Club will be open to the public for a celebration with booths and events. Learn about sailing and maritime sports.  Viewing is free. 
Info: 510-522-3272   More>   
June 19 Father's Day Cruise on the Potomac
Noon - 3PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay includes lunch, wine, bar.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
June 25 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
June 26 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
June 26 Mayor's Cup @ Lake Merritt  Sailboat races begin about 11AM.  Sponsored by Lake Merritt Sailing Club. Viewing is Free.  Info: 510-582-1048    More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoJuly 2016

July Ongoing weekly events.
July
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
July
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
July
(ongoing)
Adult Sailing Classes  by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Offerings include dinghy, Laser, keelboat, racing, coastal cruising & navigation.   $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
July
(ongoing)
Summer Youth Rowing @ Lake Merritt  Morning or afternoon schedules. Lake Merritt Rowing Club. Ages 12-18. Must be able to swim. $$. Info: 510-637-9160  More>
July 4 Fourth of July Cruise on the Potomac
Jack London Sq. 7:30-10:30PM  Cruise on the San Francisco Bay   $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
July 4 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1PM  Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More
July 8 Concert at the Cove Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda.  5:30-7:30PM.  Great music, family activities.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair.  Food & beverages available for purchase. Sponsored by Alameda Rotary Club & East Bay Regional Parks. Free.  
Info: (510) 544-3187  More
>
July 9 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
July 10 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1-3PM   Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More>
July 17 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1-3PM   Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More>
July 22 USS Hornet History Mystery After Hours Tour  Go deep into HORNET where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. $$.
Info: 510-521-8448x224  More>
July 23 Kayak Quickstart Class @ California Canoe & Kayak (Oakland Estuary), 10AM, min age 14. $$.
Info:
510-893-7833  More>
July 24 2016 USRowing Southwest Masters Regional Championships  Racing will begin as early as 7:30 AM and continue through the day.  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 800-314-4769  More>
July 24 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
July 24 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1-3PM   Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More>
July 31 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1-3PM   Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoAugust 2016

Aug Ongoing weekly events.
Aug
(ongoing)
Community & Youth Boating Program by Oakland Parks & Recreation.  Youth sailing classes @ Lake Merritt. Youth catamaran, keelboat, windsurfing, & other sailing @ the estuary.  Community classes include kayak, dragon-boats, whaleboats & tallship.  $$.  Info: 510-238-2196 
Details at this page - choose category "Boating"

General info>
Aug
(ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
Aug TBA Oakland Dragon Boat Festival
@ Lake Merritt.  Details TBA.  This event is presented by the Oakland Renegades.  Viewing is free.
More>
Aug 7 Oakland Municipal Band Concert @ Lake Merritt Bandstand 1PM  Free 
Info: 510-339-2818  More
Aug 12 Concert at the Cove Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda.  5:30-7:30PM.  Great music, family activities.  Bring your blanket or lawn chair.  Food & beverages available for purchase. Sponsored by Alameda Rotary Club & East Bay Regional Parks. Free.  
Info: (510) 544-3187  More
>
Aug 27 Historic Bridges of the Bay Cruise on the Potomac
10:30AM - 1:30PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay includes box lunch.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoSeptember 2016

Sep Ongoing weekly events.
Sep
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
Sep 25 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoOctober 2016

Oct Ongoing weekly events.
Oct
(Ongoing)
Child and Youth Programs at Crab Cove.  East Bay Regional Parks offers a wide range of programs led by naturalists or interpretive staff.  Free or modest fee.
Info: 888-327-2757   For more, select Crab Cove
Visitor Center Naturalist Programs on this page>
Oct 9 Fleet Week Sunday Cruise on the Potomac
1:30 - 4:30PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
Oct 23 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>
Oct TBA Head of the Oakland Estuary Whaleboat Race @ Oakland Estuary.  Time TBD.  Best Viewing: High St. Bridge, Shoreline and the public park and pier between High St. and Fruitvale Ave. Bridges, Park Bridge, Union Point Park. Sponsored by ITC Rowing.  Viewing is free.
More
TBA Halloween Howl Dragon Boat Races
@ Lake Merritt.  Details TBA.  This event is presented by the Oakland Renegades.  Viewing is free.
More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoNovember 2016

Nov Ongoing weekly events.
Nov 11 Veteran's Day Cruise on the Potomac
11:00 - 1:30PM.  Jack London Sq. Cruise on the San Francisco Bay.  $$. 
Info: 510-627-1215   More>
Nov 27 Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders 4th Sunday Race 9AM  $$. (viewing is free)  Info: 510-644-4224  More>

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Year of Estuary theme photoDecember 2016

Dec Ongoing weekly events.
Dec 2 Tree lighting and parade preview at Jack London Square   5PM   Tree lighting, live music, and festive songs.   Free.
Info: 510-645-9292, ext. 233   More>
Dec 3 Lighted Yacht Parade @ Oakland-Alameda Estuary 5:30PM, annual parade with judging and prizes.  Viewing is free at Jack London Square (Oakland) and the Alameda waterfront.
More>


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