Events & Activities in Oakland

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 50% Off Guided Tour of FDR's Presidential Yacht

Oakland Alameda Ferry Dock

$20 $11

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Dockside tours of Franklin Roosevelt's "Floating White House" provide stunning sights and insight into FDR's life

57% Off Flight Lesson from Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

Flight lesson includes ground and flight instruction from a professional pilot and a 35-minute flying session

75% Off Bikram-Yoga Classes

Lakeshore

$100 $25

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Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

Up to 43% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Up to 84% Off Semi-Private Training Sessions

Jack London Square

$300 $55

Certified trainer James Robinson uses positive reinforcement to motivate clients through fun, challenging workouts

Up to 60% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Oakland

$120 $49

Intense boot-camp classes keep exercisers engaged by mixing it up with team games and a sense of humor

Up to 70% off Small-Group Fitness Training

Grand Lake

$200 $69

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KeepFit Together doesn't exceed 5 exercisers, so each gets attention while honing speed, strength, & other aspects of fitness

Up to 83% Off Membership to Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

$340 $59

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Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

Up to 68% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Kamiyo Dojo

Oakland

$120 $39

Classes on traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts teach techniques for grappling, striking, and joint locking

Up to 60% Off Glass-Blowing Class

Oakland

$250 $125

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Over a three-hour class, you learn the basics of glass-blowing, make your own piece, color it, and take it home

Improv Show or Classes

Downtown

$20 $10

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Enjoy off-the-cuff entertainment at an improv show or take part in fun, no-commitment classes that bolster improvisation skills

48% Off Snowsports

Destination 1440

$50 $26

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Up to 57% Off Tennis Lessons

Mills College

$70 $35

USPTA-certified instructor and former D1 college player teaches tennis fundamentals during lessons at Mills College

Half Off Introductory Boxing for Health Course

Grand Lake

$75 $37.50

Participants learn the boxing fundamentals and incorporate the moves into cardio and strength-building exercises

Up to 82% Off at BayFit Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$160 $39

Kettlebells, weighted bags, push-up boards, and more at ever-changing boot-camp sessions

Up to 60% Off Wine Flights at Periscope Cellars

Oakland

$24 $12

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Taste three 3-ounce wine samples at a tasting room with up to 10 taps filled with Californian wines

55% Off

Grand Lake

$120 $54

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Up to 50% Off Glass-Fusing or Metalworking Class

Prescott

$300 $149

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Learn techniques to fuse glass and make jewelry, or shape, weld, and cast metal; all materials and lunch included

Up to 60% Off Tours from Segway of Oakland

Oakland

$150 $65

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Tours roam Oakland and pause at landmarks after video overview of Segway handling and Segway rentals allow self-guided exploration

Up to 60% Off BYOB Lamp-Making Class

Oakland

$125 $59

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Lighting expert teaches students how to safely create and wire their own table lamp during a three-hour BYOB class

Up to 80% Off Boxing Fitness Classes

Oakland

$125 $29

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Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

Up to 87% Off at 30 Day-Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$130 $19

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Instructors lead women-only and coed boot camps focused on fitness and self-defense

50% Off Personal Training

Produce and Waterfront

$450 $225

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Up to 50% Off Vegan Cooking Class

Uptown

$140 $79.25

Learn to cook baked falafel and sun dried tomato pesto filled mushroom for dinner, or vegan brownie bites and chocolate mouse for dessert

Up to 73% Off Shaolin Kung Fu Lessons

Chinatown

$100 $30

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

Up to 61% Off Pilates at YogaLove Oakland

Prescott

$90 $35

Gain flexibility and greater strength in these small group Pilates classes in West Oakland

83% Off Yoga Classes

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

75% Off Boot Camp at Kinesthetic Exercise Sciences

Oakland

$100 $25

One-hour small-group boot camps burn calories and build lean muscle with high-intensity workouts

Half Off Boot Camp

Oakland

$120 $60

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Up to 59% Off at Earth Tribe Yoga

Downtown

$45 $19

Spacious, downtown studio sets the stage for a variety of yoga classes such as Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Hatha

Up to 60% Off "Groom's Room" Bridal Show

Imagine Affairs Art Lounge

$24 $12

Event tailored specifically to grooms, best men, and groomsmen with vendors representing everything from tuxedos to honeymoons

$120 Off a Five-Day Kids' Science Camp

Multiple Locations

$369 $249

During five-day summer sessions, kids build robots, design moon buggies, create 3-D cartoons, or extract their own DNA

65% Off Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

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83% Off Boot Camp, TRX, or Small-Group Fitness Classes 

Emeryville

$229 $39

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Personal trainers lead boot camp, TRX, and small-group classes in endurance training, kickboxing routines, resistance workouts, and running

65% Off Personal Training

Emeryville

$300 $105

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Up to 55% Off Fitness Classes

Emeryville

$75 $39

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Strengthen the body sans joint stress in Reformer classes; burn calories with functional motion, dance, and martial arts in fitness classes

Half Off One or Three Pottery Classes

Gaskill

$30 $15

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Master ceramists guide classes of no more than eight students in shaping clay pieces on a production-quality pottery wheel

$30 to Attend the Apollo 11 Anniversary featuring Buzz Aldrin

Alameda

$30 $30

WWII aircraft carrier celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a science festival where Buzz Aldrin himself is the guest of honor

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

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Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 59% Off at Leela Yoga

Alameda

$70 $29

Yoga classes in styles such as hatha align, vinyasa flow, and ashtanga, plus special sessions for seniors and expectant mothers

Up to 50% Off Sailing Lessons at Nautic Sailing School

Alameda

$198 $99

3.5-hour sailing lessons for two or four people on top-of-the-line sailboats, including instructions on safety and operations

Up to 82% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes at Body Techniques

Alameda

$120 $39

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Certified and experienced teachers lead boot-camp, Zumba, yoga, and reiki/meditation classes

45% Off

Alameda

$400 $220

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Up to 50% Off Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

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Up to 53% Off Children's Swim Lessons

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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Group children's lessons teach stroke techniques and water safety in a self-paced instruction

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

Up to 57% Off Glass-Blowing Class

Northwest Berkeley

$220 $99

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Demonstrations and practice help students craft basic solid glassworks, more advanced blown-glass bottles, or multicomponent goblets

50% Off Six-Hour Bay Sailing Trip for Two

Berkeley Marina

$300 $149

Captain navigates yacht to popular sights and destinations across the Bay Area

50% Off Classes at YogaKula

North Berkeley

$90 $45

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Studio that incorporates a spa offers Pilates Reformer classes with poses for beginners and those in need of a challenge

61% Off Pole and Aerial Fitness Classes

South Berkeley

$200 $79

Talented instructors teach students of all ability levels strengthening vertical tricks on the pole and the art of aerial contortion

64% Off Yoga Classes

Berkeley

$14 $5

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Up to 57% Off Day Cruise for Two

North Bay

$390 $169

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Expert skipper certified by US Sailing and ASA leads scenic day cruises around the bay

Up to 70% Off Yoga Classes

North Berkeley

$128 $39

Chic, eco-friendly yoga boutique hosts daily Power Vinyasa classes that accommodate students of all experience levels

Up to 73% Off at The Works

Berkeley

$144 $39

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Instructors motivate students in a variety of fitness classes such as Cardio Dance, Yoga, Pilates, and Total Body Challenge

67% Off Five Pilates Reformer Classes

Berkeley

$150 $49

Package of five Pilates Reformer classes help exercisers burn calories and strengthen muscles on the system's specialized machine

Up to 85% Off Unlimited Brazilian Jiujitsu

South Berkeley

$90 $19

Brazilian jiujitsu black belt teach submissions and take-downs to students of all sizes and skill levels

Craft an Authentic Mexican Mask with an Acclaimed Artist

Berkeley

$35 $35

Create and hand-paint a mask steeped in the rich cultural history of Mexico after getting an expert demo from artist Diego Rios.

Up to 71% Off Yoga Classes

Albany

$105 $39.50

Eight different yoga classes focus on calming the mind and strengthening the body through various styles of movement

Up to 45% Off Bowling for Two

Albany

$30 $16.50

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36 gleaming lanes invite duos to bowl strikes then strike poses in rented shoes

51% Off Kids' Sports and Adventure Camps

Multiple Locations

$79 $39

Kids can opt for a morning full of sports or a day combining skateboarding or athletics with a broad array of camp activities like mini golf

Up to 65% Off Spin and Mat Classes at Star Pilates

Moraga

$130 $49

Get fit in Pilates classes that teach mat techniques or cycling sessions infused with group motivation

Up to 51% Off Family Pool Passes

El Cerrito

$20 $10

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Single-day or summer pass to heated, outdoor pools with lap lanes, play areas, and a water slide; grounds offer picnic tables and bbq area

Up to 74% Off at Bridges Rock Gym

El Cerrito

$93 $24

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Scale rocks, kickbox, or flex muscles during yoga classes at this comprehensive climbing gym

Up to 68% Off Pilates or G.I.T. Fit Classes

Mission

$75 $24

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Instructors improve posture and strengthen cores with Pilates, or provide full-body strength and endurance training in G.I.T. Fit classes

2014 San Francisco artMRKT – Up to 60% Off Expo

Fort Mason Center

$50 $20

Three-day art festival showcases works and installations from more than 70 galleries

#HellaFunny – Up to 41% Off Standup

The Great Star Theatre

$16.82 $10

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San Francisco comedian and three-time winner of Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition cracks jokes in a BYOB showcase

42% Off Walking Food Tour

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

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Guides share facts about local history and culture while participants taste pizza, falafel, and bakery treats

50% Off Movie Red Carpet Movie Gala

Marina Theatre

$50 $25

Get caught up in this movie shot in a 100 year old haunted house

Tour and Photograph Vibrant Neighborhoods with a Storyteller

San Francisco

$45 $45

Garry Bowden kicks things off with a Chinese tea ceremony, then shares photography tips as he guides you through several neighborhoods

58% Off Jewelry-Making Class

Market Street

$235 $99

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Students use included materials to make copper bracelets or silver rings while working at a traditional jewelry bench inside a pro studio

50% Off Wedding Fair for Two

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 55% Off Membership

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $49

Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Up to 38% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Boxer Stadium

$16 $10

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After advancing to the league championship last year, the Dogfish reload with their sights set on bringing home a trophy

Up to 51% Off Summer Theater Camp

Mission

$325 $160

Children will explore through movement, improvisation, trust building and teamwork.

Up to 50% Off Indian Cooking Class

SoMa Cookloft

$150 $79

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Culinary expert teaches guests to cook traditional Indian cuisine

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In the 74 years between the Paramount Theatre's opening night, when people used to line up to see “talkies” for 50 cents, and 2002, when it was voted Best Mainstage Theatre in a Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll, the palatial venue faded and decayed alongside its Roaring Twenties brethren throughout America. Luckily, former Microsoft Vice President Ida Cole saved it from the rubble heap in the mid-‘90s when she established the Seattle Landmark Association and vowed to render the Paramount "kissable" once again.

Over the course of seven months, the renovation crew expanded the size of the stage wings to accommodate more ambitious live productions. They also cleared decades of grime from the french baroque plaster reliefs, uncovering long-forgotten designs and causing only one long-dormant horror to snap open its eyes dramatically. They also replaced the gold leaf in the floral designs of the wall medallions, repainted all the surfaces in their original 16 colors, and scrubbed each of the 1.6 million crystal beads in the chandelier by hand with a toothbrush. The original Knabe Ampico player piano was returned to its spot on the four-tiered lobby's lush carpeting, and a 21st-century sound system now shares sonic space with the thundering, luminous sonority of the Paramount's fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Though the Paramount's calendar runs the gamut from rock concerts to standup comedy to Broadway musicals on the scale of Wicked, its decadent Beaux Arts trappings transport audiences to the days when reality was still black and white.

2025 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

520 20th Street
Oakland,
California
US

The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.

4148 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland,
California
US

In 1941, Wilma and Henry Dorsey opened a modest family eatery on the corner of 18th and Market in West Oakland. Over the next four decades, devoted family members transformed the place with a relocation, the addition of a cocktail lounge, and the construction of a beautiful wooden bar. Today, Dorsey family members remain the sole shareholders of a bustling restaurant that celebrates their Texas roots with country-style meals of fried chicken, catfish, gumbo, barbecue ribs, and sweet peach cobbler. A rotating weekly menu makes fresh additions to the slate of hearty, homecooked food with such dishes as chitterlings and smothered steak, while sides of collard greens, yams, and black-eyed peas garnish every dish with Southern panache.

Far more than a mere restaurant, Dorsey's Locker also treats guests to a full bar and lineup of live entertainment. On Sunday nights from 6 p.m until 10 p.m., the restaurant waives a cover charge for live R&B and jazz music. Open mic events each Tuesday show off the hidden talents of friends and neighbors, while Monday, Thursday, and Saturday-night karaoke provides a socially acceptable outlet for singing a love song to a plate of breaded pork chops.

5817 Shattuck Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

Flying Yoga owner Laura Camp draws on her experience with contemporary dance, circus aerials, and various yoga modalities to create her studio’s curriculum, incorporating elements from a number of strength disciplines to ease students into a new practice or push seasoned exercisers to the next level. Laura cultivates a noncompetitive, judgment-free atmosphere where guests can feel comfortable trying their hands, arms, and legs at Ashtanga- and Vinyasa-style yoga poses, engaging Zumba dance steps, and muscle-sculpting body-weight exercises while hanging safely from a TRX suspension system.

Throughout each class, instructors encourage pupils to modify techniques or utilize the center's posture-aiding blocks and straps to accommodate physical limitations or injury. Inside the recently renovated and expanded studio, instructors keep students engaged in workout sessions by playing music during class or ratcheting the temperature up to 90 degrees, which helps to purge bodies of toxin-laden perspiration and parasitic ice sculptures.

4308 Telegraph Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

Owner Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars has always been interested in the world of wine, but it wasn't until he tasted a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that the cosmos unfurled before him. "To go from tasting only single varietals to a blend really opened my eyes," he wrote in his bio. He started crafting his own wines and tinkering with production methods, experimenting with different yeast strains. Cohn eventually produced the 2003 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel, which was named number three on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List—the first time a California Zinfandel had even been in the top 10.

Now, Cohn curates a roster of 21 vintages based on Rhone grape varietals at JC Cellars. The wines are the product of both his own production techniques and time-tested French methods. Visitors to the cellars can gaze upon the aging barrels during tastings led by seasoned wine educators, before taking a bottle home to christen a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon.

55 4th St
Oakland,
CA
US