Things To Do In Piedmont

Oakland Underground Film Festival, September 25–28 (Up to 47% Off)

Oakland Underground Film Festival

Multiple Locations

$11.34 $6

Festival highlights non-traditional narratives and local filmmakers with critically-lauded indie docs, comedies, and dramas

Oakland A's Baseball Game at O.co Coliseum on September 21 or 22 (Up to 62% Off)

Oakland A's

Coliseum Industrial Complex

$26 $10

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The A's take on the Phillies and division-rival Angels in critical games that could have postseason implications

$49 for a Make-Your-Own Pumpkin Paperweight Workshop at Slow Burn Glass ($125 Value)

Slow Burn Glass

McClymonds

$125 $49

Crafts instructors show participants how to create a pumpkin-shaped glass paperweight in a one-hour workshop

Admission to LaserMania for Two, Four, or Six at Chabot Space & Science Center (Up to 54% Off)

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland

$28 $14

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Enjoy a fusion of art and science with a 360-degree laser-light show set to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or U2

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off For New Students at Zahava Sherez Studio & School

Zahava Sherez Studio & School

East Peralta

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off for new students

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $30 Off Membership For New Members at Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Multiple Locations

$30 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $30 off membership for new members

$5 Buys You a Coupon for Buy 1 Class And Get 1 Free. Hatha Flow/Prenatal/Mom&Baby Yoga at Amelia's Yoga

Amelia's Yoga

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for yoga

$25 for 10 Classes at Bikram Yoga College of India (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga College of India

Grand Lake

$100 $25

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

"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

$20 $10

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

Admission to the Oakland Zoo for One Child or Adult (Up to 32% Off)

Oakland Zoo

Oakland

$11.75 $8

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Historic zoo houses more than 660 animals such as giraffes, lions, elephants, baboons, alligators, and Malayan sun bears

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

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

Sightseeing Tour or Sunset Flight with Refreshments for Up to Two from Golden Gate Accessible Aviation (60% Off)

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $140

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

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

One Month of SemiPrivate Training Sessions with One, Two or Three Visits a Week at Jamz Trainings (Up to 84% Off)

Jamz Trainings

Jack London Square

$300 $55

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

10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

$220 $29

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Luke Training Conditioning (Up to 60% Off)

Luke Training Conditioning

Oakland

$120 $49

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

5 or 10 Open-Play Times at Pump It Up of Oakland (Up to 46% Off)

Pump It Up of Oakland

Oakland Waterfront

$45 $29

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bounce houses, slides, and inflatables

$59 for a One-Month Gym Membership and Two Personal-Training Sessions at Body Mechanix ($340 Value)

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

$15 for One-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes at Curves ($153 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $15

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Curves workouts from Jillian Michaels are designed for women of all ages and help kick start weight loss in 30 minutes a day

Group Training Classes with Option of Private Training at The Perfect Sidekick (Up to 74% Off)

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

$149 $39

Small groups of eight to ten people build muscle and burn off fat in a safe space

$26 for $50 Worth of Snowsports — Destination 1440

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

$50 $26

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at YogaLove Oakland (Up to 88% Off)

YogaLove Oakland

South Kennedy Tract

$140 $20

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

One Private Tennis Lesson, or One or Three Group Tennis Lessons (All Levels) from Denton Desquitado (Up to 57% Off)

D2 Tennis

Mills College

$70 $35

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

$54 for $120 Groupon — Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

$120 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

10 or 20 Boxing Fitness Classes at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

Boxing for Health

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

$16 for Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater ($29 Value)

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown Oakland

$29 $16

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Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

Two or Four Adult Tickets or One-Year Family Membership to Oakland Aviation Museum (Half Off)

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

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

5 or 10 Turbo Boxing Classes at Emi TKB (Up to 54% Off)

Emi TKB

Laurel

$60 $29

Learn non-combative kickboxing techniques from seasoned instructors while growing stronger and more flexible

$99 for Flight Lesson with Ground Training and 35-Minute Flight from Oakland Flyers ($230 Value)

Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

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

6 or 12 Boot-Camp Classes at 30 Day-Bootcamp (Up to 90% Off)

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$130 $15

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

5 or 10 Yoga or Pilates Classes at Brooklyn Academy Roots (Up to 71% Off)

Brooklyn Academy Roots

Produce and Waterfront

$65 $19

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Yoga classes teach Vinyasa and Hatha styles to help strength, stretch, and relax bodies; Pilates classes focus on strengthening core

Vegan Cooking Class for Two, or Raw Chocolate or Vegan Protein Class for One at Collard Gal (Up to 50% Off)

Collard Gal

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

One or Two Months of Unlimited Lessons at U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (Up to 73% Off)

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

$100 $30

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

$26 for 10 Drop-In Classes at Monkey Yoga Shala ($150 Value)

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

$1,008 $599

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

Four or Eight Barrelates™, Xbarre, or Torch Classes at PHYSIQA (Up to 56% Off)

PHYSIQA

Piedmont Avenue

$88 $39

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Barrelates™ sessions blend cardio, barre, and Pilates; Torch burns calories with interval training; and Xbarre is a combination of both

Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

$60 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Focused Fitness Solutions

Focused Fitness Solutions

Oakland

$120 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

10 Personal-Training Sessions from PLAY Fitness (50% Off)

Play Fitness

Oakland

$750 $375

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$99 for 1 Month of Unlimited Small Group Training at Next Level Personal Fitness Systems ($299 Value)

Next Level Personal Fitness Systems

Grand Lake

$299 $99

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

Open-Studio Admission, Art Party, or Facility Rental at The Museum of Children's Arts (Up to 36% Off)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

$14 $9

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Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

One or Two Months of Saturday Boxing Boot Camp Classes at Phight Club (Up to 56% Off)

Phight Club

Oakland

$40 $19

Get in shape while learning how to box under expert coaches at gym renowned for producing professional fighters

Taste of Fine Art Experience or Taste of Industrial Arts Experience at The Crucible (Up to 50% Off)

The Crucible

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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off $100 Group Training ($70) For New Customers at Lightnings Boxing Club

Lightnings Boxing Club

East Peralta

$30 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off $100 group training ($70) for new customers

Introductory Glass-Making Class for One or Two at Bullseye Glass Co. (Up to 53% Off)

Bullseye Glass Co

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area

$100 $49

World-renowned glassmaker hosts beginning kilnforming classes where pupils craft plates, coasters, sculptures, or jewelry

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Jameson Cassidy Personal Training (65% Off)

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

$30 $15

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from famous physique (65% Off)

Famous Physique

Emeryville

$300 $105

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Badminton Session for Two or Four with Racket Rentals at Eastbay Badminton Association (Up to 58% Off)

Eastbay Badminton Association

Emeryville

$46 $22

Players serve and volley shuttlecocks on professional Robbins Flooring Systems courts with 11 millimeters of padding

Six Training Sessions from Akoteu Fitness (45% Off)

Akoteu Fitness

Emeryville

$600 $330

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour at California Theatre on September 25 (Up to 40% Off)

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival "Radical Reels Tour"

California Theatre

$40 $24

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Short-film festival celebrates extreme athletes from around the world

One Visit for 1 Adult and 2 Kids or Unlimited Visits for 3 People at Habitot Children's Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

$28 $14

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Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

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

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra at Zellerbach Hall on October 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Zellerbach Hall

$15 $7

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Elgar's Enigma Variations, a world premiere Oscar Bettison, and a performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto by soloist Jennifer Koh

$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($179 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Berkeley Studio

$179 $69

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

10 or 15 Yoga-Pilates Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga

South Berkeley

$130 $35

Pilates mat classes are offered for students of all levels, along with Forrest, Stellarflow Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga

5 or 10 Drop-In Reformer Pilates, TRX, or Yoga Classes at Vibe Studio (Up to 62% Off)

Vibe Studio

Berkeley

$125 $49

Variety of reformer Pilate, yoga flow, and TRX classes offer plenty of workout styles that strengthen and lengthen the muscles

$5 Buys You a Coupon for A Body Blast Class For Only $10 And 23% Off Of 4 Additional Classes at Training By Shola

Training By Shola

Elmwood

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for fitness class

Introductory or Advanced Glass-Blowing Class at Revere Glass School (Up to 57% Off). Five Options Available.

Revere Glass School

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

One-Month Gym Membership with Optional Three Personal-Training Sessions at Anytime Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

$64 $20

Get in shape at the 24/7 gym, with a trio of optional personal training sessions to help clients safely jumpstart fitness routines

Health Consultation with 8 or 16 Oxygen Therapy Sessions at Breathe Health Center and Services (Up to 76% Off)

Breathe Health Center and Services

Berkeley

$415 $105

Regular sessions of oxygen therapy infuse bodies with this vital element, helping to sustain life and heal

$19 for 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Groove Yoga ($150 Value)

Groove Yoga

Berkeley

$150 $19

Instructors lead over 40 heated and non-heated yoga classes each week, open to all experience and ability levels

$39 for 10 Yoga Classes at YogaKula ($110 Value)

YogaKula

North Berkeley

$110 $39

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

Two-Hour Mexican-Mask-Making Session for One or Two at Diego Marcial Rios Art and Design Works (Up to 44% Off)

Diego Marcial Rios Art and Design Works

The Ashkenaz

$45 $28

Using traditional mask-making techniques and tools, participants create their own Mexican mask during a two-hour class

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

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

Ceramics Painting for Two or Four at Color Me Mine Alameda (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Alameda

$30 $15

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Choose from a bounty of dishes, figurines, and other ceramic creations to paint in vibrant colors, then hand them to staff to glaze and fire

3.5-Hour Sailing Lesson for Two or Four at Nautic Sailing School (Up to 50% Off)

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 50% Off Dance Lesson — Halau Makana; Valid Monday - Thursday 5 PM - 8 PM

Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

4 Children's 30-Minute Swim Lesson with 1 Drop-In Family Swim Pass or 1-Month Family Swim Pass (Up to 53% Off)

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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

10 or 20 Cycle or Pilates Mat Classes at Star Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Star Pilates

Moraga

$162.50 $59

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

6 or 12 Pilates Reformer Classes at Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio

Moraga

$210 $84

Pilates reformer machines focus on skeletal alignment and core muscle strength

$68 for $400 Worth of Boot Camp — terrafit training

Terrafit Training

Moraga

$400 $68

A balance of yoga and calisthenics; group fitness class will help clients achieve their health and fitness goals

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Vara Healing Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Vara Healing Arts

Albany

$105 $39.50

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

$16.50 for Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two at Albany Bowl (Up to $30 Value)

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

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

Paint-Your-Own Ceramics for Two or Four at Color Me Mine Lafayette (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Downtown Lafayette

$30 $15

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Choose from a bounty of dishes, figurines, and other ceramic creations to paint in vibrant colors, then hand off to staff to glaze and fire

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $10 Off One Class Or 10% Off 3 Classes When You Book In Advance at All in a Jar

All in a Jar

Lafayette

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for canning class

$50 for Four Children's Motor-Skills Classes at Pediatric Motor Playground ($157 Value)

Pediatric Motor Playground

Multiple Locations

$157 $50

Educational-fitness instructors develop motor skills, social skills, and handwriting with activities designed by occupational therapists

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From the spectacular and grandiose?such as far-reaching telescopes that penetrate the cosmos and bring back crystal-clear views of the stars?to the most curious minutiae?think "space toilets" like those used by astronauts on the International Space Station?Chabot Space & Science Center captures the science, mystery, and grandeur of outer space in an interactive and educational setting.

The big picture comes courtesy of the observatory's three high-powered telescopes, which grant Chabot with its domed silhouette and provide visitors a privileged view of the stars during daytime and evening viewings. Things narrow in scope once you enter the museum, where interactive exhibits zero in on the smaller curiosities of space and Earth's relationship to it. The aforementioned space toilet is a part of the Beyond Blastoff exhibit, where spacesuits, space gear, and space food paint a picture of an astronaut's day-to-day life. One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey gives visitors another taste of space exploration, this time by putting them behind the controls of the original Mercury space capsule, then puts them face to face with a 3.3-billion-year-old moon rock collected during the Apollo 15 mission. Weather becomes more than something to curse at for canceling the ball game or flooding a meteorologist's basement once visitors enter Bill Nye's Climate Lab. There, kids tasked with saving the Earth from storms and melting ice sheets are too busy developing top-secret energy-saving devices to realize they might be learning something.

Chabot Space & Science Center also features shows such as LaserMania, a classic-rock-fueled spectacle where light and sound?a 360-degree cocoon of cutting-edge laser lights set to music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and U2, specifically?team up for an explosive sensory experience.

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland,
CA
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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

In the 1940’s, the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar at Oakland International Airport’s North Field housed some of the company’s brightest aeronautical engineers. Their work produced several early Boeing planes, including the Thorp T-3 and T-5, both of which are now on display thanks to the hangar’s current resident, the Oakland Aviation Museum.

Most of the museum’s exhibits focus on celebrating local aviation history, such as The American Legion’s involvement in the Bay Area and the history of native Californian and Medal of Honor awardee General James “Jimmy” Doolittle. However, the museum’s collection of aircraft features a broader mix, including a replica of the Wright Brothers’ EX Vin Fiz, a TAV-8A Herrier that can take off and land vertically, and the Short Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

More interactive sites include flight simulators, a kid’s area, a research library, and occasional Open Cockpit Days that let visitors climb into the cockpit of a real Korean fighter jet and turn the radio up really loud. The knowledgeable staff operates the museum with the goal of both educating visitors about aviation’s proud history on the West Coast and throughout the U.S., as well as to inspire visitors by linking aviation’s past to the future of aeronautical invention.

8252 Earhart Rd
Oakland,
CA
US

Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.

This final hole caps a breathtaking four-hole finishing sequence that rides the high ground, offering gorgeous vistas without sacrificing course play. At 259 yards, the 15th hole dazzles with tee-box views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge, but its greatest gift to golfers is a high-risk chance to drive the green (pro tip: keep your driver in the bag; there's less room than you think).

Alongside the championship course, Lake Chabot unfurls a 9-hole, par-3 layout for golfers seeking a shorter round. Shaded by towering trees, the course arcs over the same elevation changes that shape its 18-hole counterpart. Before rounds at either layout, it's not a bad idea to warm up at the driving range and putting green. The Spanish-style clubhouse is also home to the Chabot Cafe, where guests can replenish and enjoy sandwiches artfully skewered with golf tees.

Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,006 yards from the tips * Course rating of 69.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 124 from the tips * Three tee options available

11400 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland,
CA
US

After meeting and falling in love on a Venetian gondola ride, April Quinn and Angelino Sandri decided to bring that romantic experience to others with Gondola Servizio. Drawing from a mutual love for Venetian boating culture and history, they’ve assembled a staff of skilled gondoliers to lead intimate nautical cruises. On these excursions, personal gondoliers in traditional dress serenade passengers with lilting Italian melodies and half-remembered TV-sitcom themes. When not leading standard tours, gondoliers work with professional photographers to orchestrate on-water photo shoots.

Each gondola carries up to six passengers, and sandolos offer a smaller, though still traditional, boat alternative. Gondolas with felzes boast an on-deck cabin where guests sit sheltered from the elements on a love seat behind etched glass windows. A flexible schedule allows significant others to arrange lunchtime jaunts around Lake Merritt or romantic evening cruises beneath the moon’s jealous gaze. While on land, visitors can enter the Bottega Veneziana gift shop inside the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, which abounds with locally handcrafted jewelry as well as imported shawls, Venetian chandeliers, and the fossilized remains of the first known cannoli.

1520 Lakeside Dr
Oakland,
CA
US

Piedmont Scene