While Oakland's Jack London Square is always busy with events for people of all ages, this week is especially active.  The weather is going to be warm and inviting, and the views across to San Francisco are always pleasant at any time of the year.  In the last few years, the Square has become one of the major social centers of a reviving Oakland downtown. It is visited by boaters, by tourists off the latest San Francisco ferry which stops there, and young couples with their children arriving from all over the area. For the more adventurous, they can choose to  rent a kayak, and get out on the water on their own. 

Located at the foot of Broadway, here are some things that are scheduled for this week on the Square:

A. CELEBRATE EARTH DAY-Sunday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.-The Pacific Coast Farmer's Market Association will sponsor green-themed activities and exhibits oriented around Earth Day.  This will take place in conjunction with the normal weekly farmer's market that is always held at the Square on Sundays. Fun activities and events include a solar powered ice pop truck that will be offering free popsicles to celebrants .  Other events and exhibits include sustainable living exhibits centered around food, waste, composting, alternative forms of transportation, and more.  Children will find an interactive craft station, and visitors will also find events about gardening, homesteading and cooking. 

B. MOONLIGHT KAYAKING--Thursday, April 25th-Starts at 6:30 p.m.--Get out on the water, explore all the nooks and crannies around the Square.  Enjoy all the sailboats and restaurants as you paddle by.  Check in at California Canoe and Kayak.

 C. 5TH ANNUAL PICKIN' ON THE POTOMAC BLUEGRASS SERIES--Friday, April 26th from 7:30 p.m, to 9:30 p.m.. Enjoy this delightful musical event as you sit at the dockside of the historic Presidential Yacht Potomac.  Food and beverages will be available.  Tickets are purchased by calling 510.627.1215

D. OPENING DAY ON THE BAY-Sunday, April 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..--The Square, with its regular Farmer's Market, will be the place to start for those who want to watch all the sailboats and motor craft passing by on the way to San Francisco Bay, and the blessing of the fleet.  For those who want to be much closer, check the schedule of the ferries that depart from Jack London that day, and get aboard. 

All in all, since you have so much to choose from, it is just a matter of picking your favorite thing and doing it.


Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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