Category: California

Santa Monica, California

A- Overview:
Santa Monica Beach symbolizes Southern California Beach lifestyle. Located near the cultural heart of Los Angeles, Santa Monica offers virtually any attraction a visitor could want when visiting southern California. If there is only time to choose one beach in the Los Angeles area during your visit, it should definitely be Santa Monica Beach.

The Santa Monica Pier, located at the end of Colorado Street, is the focal point of the beach area. The wide, sandy beach extends for about a mile north and south of the pier. Pacific Park, an amusement park located on the pier, is anchored by a 9-story solar powered Ferris wheel. Thrill seekers might also enjoy the 5-story roller coaster. Hey, what’s not to like about a beachfront amusement park reminiscent of those that lined the coast in the old days. Romantics and little ones will enjoy the Santa Monica Carousel (as seen in the Hollywood classic The Sting.) Underneath the pier is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, a beach level aquarium with exhibits the whole family will enjoy.

By Southern California standards, this is a top-notch beach. The large sandy area between the water and the bicycle path is great for sunbathing, people watching, tossing a ball or simply lying in the soft, warm sand. An offshore breakwater was installed to keep the surf gentle, great for kids but not so good for surfers looking for the best waves. The fun includes swimming, body boarding and just splashing in the water. The kids will enjoy the play area located near the pier. For a little extra exercise while enjoying the sights, running through the beach is a paved bicycle and walking path that extends for miles to the south. No doubt, most people have seen this path: it stars in countless movies and in TV shows such as Three’s Company. Visitors will see a variety of non-motorized transportation on this trail. Bicycle and Rollerblade rental shops are plentiful.

The entire downtown area is great for shopping including the Third Street Promenade, an open-air pedestrian street. The Promenade epitomizes Southern California lifestyle with an eclectic mix of people, shops, restaurants and galleries. Be sure to bring a camera and a pen, as several Hollywood notables have been known to frequent the area.

At the southern end of Santa Monica Beach is the renowned “Muscle Beach”. Remember those “Beach Movies” of bygone days? They featured reels of copper toned hard bodies flexing rippled muscles on the beach. Well, they built those bodies right here at Muscle Beach. Visitors will find an outdoor workout venue with gymnastic and balance equipment and an exhibition area for “flexing”. Muscle Beach has been around since 1930, but was newly restored in 2000.

Santa Monica is privileged to experience ideal weather and climate year round. With the humidity rarely over 55% and a gentle breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean, the city offers its visitors an ideal climate. Fall and spring usher in many festival and events. Sun, fun, excitement, tranquility, muscles and more! Santa Monica is a vacationer’s paradise.

B- City Information:
Population: 84,084

Elevation: 101 feet above sea level

Land Area: 8.3 square miles

Location: Located in southern California on the Pacific Ocean, bordered on the north by Malibu and the south by Venice Beach. Santa Monica is located 8 miles/13 km from Los Angles International Airport, 13 miles/21 km to downtown Los Angeles

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Santa Monica, it’s 3pm in New York City and 2pm in Chicago). Santa Monica observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.1
57.5
57.4
59.2
60.6
63.4
66.2
67.4
67.2
64.9
61.0
57.7

High temperature (°F)
64.2
64.0
63.0
64.5
64.8
67.3
70.2
71.7
71.8
70.6
67.9
65.2

Low temperature (°F)
49.9
50.9
51.8
53.7
56.4
59.4
62.1
63.0
62.5
59.2
54.1
50.2

Precipitation (in)
3.2
3.4
2.7
0.6
0.3
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.4
1.0
1.9

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
6
5
5
3
1
0
0
0
1
2
3
5

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
6.0
6.7
7.4
7.1
7.0
6.8
6.6
6.2
5.6
5.2
5.0

Morning humidity (%)
76
78
80
80
81
82
82
82
83
81
79
77

Afternoon humidity (%)
53
54
55
51
55
56
54
53
54
54
53
52

Sunshine (%)
70
71
71
70
63
63
71
73
72
71
75
71

Local Seasons:

Summer is the busiest time of the year as visitors from around the world come to enjoy all that southern California has to offer. Santa Monica is privileged to experience ideal weather and climate year round. With the humidity rarely over 55% and a gentle breeze blowing from the nearby Pacific Ocean, the city offers its visitors plentiful opportunities to enjoy a host of outdoor activities, including its world famous beach

How to Get There:

By Air

Los Angeles International Airport

1 World Way
Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-646-5252

The nearest airport serving major commercial carriers is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is only 8 miles south (13km) of Santa Monica. The airport is served by most of the national and international airlines as well as a host of local, regional and charter airlines.

Santa Monica Municipal Airport

3223 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-458-8591

The Santa Monica Municipal Airport is a small airfield that accommodates private aircraft.

Ground Transportation:

All of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus service are available at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Limited availability at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

By Car

Visitors can reach Santa Monica by car from the north, south or east. Pacific Coast Highway (California 1), The Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10), Historic Route 66 (Santa Monica Boulevard) and Wilshire Boulevard run right through the city.

By Train

Amtrak

The nearest Amtrak station is located at Union Station, Los Angeles, 800 N. Alameda Avenue. To reach Santa Monica from the depot, visitors will find taxis at the stations. Buses operated by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) can bring visitors to Santa Monica as well or they can arrange a shuttle in advance.

For additional information, call:

800-872-7245

By Bus

Greyhound

800- 229-9424.

Greyhound offers bus transportation to Los Angeles from most cities in the United States. If visitors are arriving by bus, the Greyhound Bus Station is at 1716 E. 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles. From the station, Greyhound offers one shuttle to Santa Monica daily – it arrives at 10:30am (A return shuttle takes passengers back to the Los Angeles station.)

How to Get Around:

Due to the multitude of things to see and do both in and near the city, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car. For activities at the beach, walking is suggested.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day, last Mon. in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
The Beach

The world famous 3.5-mile Santa Monica Beach has appeared in countless movies and TV shows epitomizing the beach life of Southern California. Here visitors can ride a wave or wade in one. Work on the perfect tan. Build a sandcastle or build up their body. Pedal or skate along the sand. Play games that are good for the body and the brain or just watch the waves kiss the shore. On Santa Monica Beach visitors can be as active or laid back as they want to be, because in Santa Monica being who you want to be is the way of life.

Pacific Park

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-8744

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

What visitors do on the Pier today isn’t very different from what they did more than 100 years ago. They fish day or night, watch the waves, view the wonders of the undersea world, dance under the stars, ride a carousel horse or a roller coaster, dine at an ocean view restaurant, and entertain themselves at an arcade and shop for souvenirs. The Pier is a place for families and fun, for amusement and amazement.

The Carousel on the Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-8744

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The highlight of the original Pier, which was built in 1912 and restored lovingly in 1990, is the famed Santa Monica Carousel which is housed in its own Victorian style hippodrome building at the inland side of the Pier. This merry-go-round carved by Charles Looff in 1922 was featured in the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film The Sting. The Carousel, which harks back to a more innocent time, is still extremely popular with today’s visitors.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Under the Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-8744

Hours: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm. Extended summer hours (July & August) Tuesday – Friday 3pm – 6pm

Admission Charged

Tucked under the Pier is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, a beach level aquarium which uses appealing, hands-on presentations to convey a sense of the fragility and beauty of the marine life in Santa Monica Bay. Touch tanks are full of delicate, endangered sea specimens. An 8-foot octagonal tank glows with its population of luminous lilac jellyfish. Exhibits display ways to help preserve and protect the ocean environment.

Ocean Walk

Admission Free

This broad, paved footpath which stretches south from the Pier to just below Bay Street gives visitors access to every beach activity. At its foot is the children’s playground, and as visitors move south along it, they pass volleyball courts, the International Chess Park, the famed Muscle Beach, and public art installations. People watching is never better than from this sidewalk by the sea.

Palisades Park

1400 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-393-7593

Hours: Open daily, summer hours 10am – 5pm, winter hours 10am – 4pm

Admission Free

Palisades Park is a neighborhood focal point for readers and runners, sunbathers and sketchers, art lovers and animated conversationalists. At any time of the day it’s breathtaking, but don’t miss seeing the sunset from this Ocean Avenue landmark.

Muscle Beach

Located along Ocean Front Walk

As visitors stroll along Ocean Front Walk they’ll come upon California’s original Muscle Beach, the famous outdoor workout venue. Newly restored in 2000, this bit of beach has attracted suntanned fitness buffs since 1930. The combination of a gorgeous location coupled with a wide array of gymnastic and balance apparatus draws fitness experts and novices alike. There’s even an exhibition area where the fittest are likely to do some flexing for those watching.

Chess Park

Located on Ocean Front Walk

Just past the Volleyball courts at the south side of the Pier on Ocean Front Walk is the International Chess Park, Santa Monica’s sunny response to New York City’s Washington Square Park. Its chess tables draw game lovers so don’t be reluctant to stand and watch, but no advice, please.

Santa Monica Museum of Art

2525 Michigan Ave # G1

Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-586-6488

Hours: Open Tuesday -Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Santa Monica Museum of Art, located at Bergamot Station, has no permanent collection, but presents consistently interesting exhibits and installations. See everything from video presentations to interactive experiences that invite you to see the world from a wide range of perspectives.

California Heritage Museum

2612 Main St.

Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-392-9537

Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Admission Charged

Located on Main Street, the museum is housed in the 1894 former home of the widow of Santa Monica founder, John Jones. The Jones’ son Ray occupied the house until his death. On the first floor of this small, but entrancing museum is a fine collection of vintage Craftsman-style furniture and historic photos. The second floor gallery presents imaginative exhibits concerning some aspect of Southern California and Santa Monica history and culture.

Santa Monica Historical Society Museum

1539 Euclid St.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-395-2290

Hours: Open Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 4:30pm and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 1pm -4:30pm

Admission Charged

The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, on Euclid between Broadway and Colorado, can be most easily located by spotting the massive palm tree that dominates its front yard. In this delightfully unassuming museum visitors can explore every phase of the city’s history. Well-researched exhibits include a wall-size photo diorama of the Santa Monica Pier, a scale model of the Palisades Park Pergola and a wide variety of historic photos, clothing and everyday household items.

Museum of Flying

2772 Donald Douglas Loop N
Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-392-8822

Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

The Museum of Flying is housed in a huge, vaulting hangar at the edge of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport’s runway. From its second floor out-look visitors can view the runway activity as well as listen in on the pilot-tower traffic and departure control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through museum-supplied handsets. The museum displays several full size aircraft which are hung from the ceiling, with more sitting on the floor and on the runway apron just outside the museum’s hangar door. Children can climb into pilot seats of stripped down Bell Huey and Hughes Cayuse (“Loach”) helicopters. A hydraulics-powered flight simulator takes visitors on flights in a variety of aircraft. Interpretive displays on Howard Hughes and the Tuskegee Airmen, hand-built scale models of World War I airplanes, and a full-size replica of the “ready room” of the 56th Fighter Group, circa 1943, are among the museum’s fascinating exhibits.

Route 66

This famed highway that was designed to connect the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean ends in Santa Monica. Traverse Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica and visitors can discover that like the rest of Route 66, it takes them on a fascinating tour of neighborhoods and lifestyles.

Nearby Attractions:

Disneyland

1313 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802

714-781-4000

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Disneyland, America’s original theme park and its companion, The California Adventure are about an hour’s drive from Santa Monica.

Knott’s Berry Farm

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
714-220-5200

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Knott’s Berry Farm, slightly north of Disneyland, offers thrill rides as well as play areas designed for younger children, along with its famed restaurant known for its chicken dinners and signature jams and jellies.

Universal Studios, Holllywood

70 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

818-777-6727

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Universal Studios, Hollywood, approximately one-half hour from Santa Monica, offers a tour of the studio back-lots, participatory demonstrations and rides based on the studio’s most popular releases, and City Walk, a shopping street filled with shops and restaurants.

Magic Mountain

26101 Magic Mountain Parkway

Valencia, CA 93155

661-255-4100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Magic Mountain, a park alive with roller coasters and thrill rides is located in Valencia, just north of the San Fernando Valley.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
The Beach

The world famous 3.5-mile Santa Monica Beach has appeared in countless movies and TV shows epitomizing the beach life of Southern California. Here visitors can ride a wave or wade in one. Work on the perfect tan. Build a sandcastle or build up their body. Pedal or skate along the sand. Play games that are good for the body and the brain. Or just watch the waves kiss the shore. On Santa Monica Beach visitors can be as active or laid back as they want to be because in Santa Monica being who you want to be is the way of life.

Pacific Park

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-8744

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

What visitors do on the Pier today isn’t very different from what they did more than 100 years ago. They fish day or night, watch the waves, view the wonders of the undersea world, dance under the stars, ride a carousel horse or a roller coaster, dine at an ocean view restaurant, and entertain themselves at an arcade and shop for souvenirs. The Pier is a place for families and fun, for amusement and amazement.

The Carousel on the Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-260-8744

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The highlight of the original Pier, which was built in 1912 and restored lovingly in 1990, is the famed Santa Monica Carousel which is housed in its own Victorian style hippodrome building at the inland side of the Pier. This merry-go-round carved by Charles Looff in 1922 was featured in the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film The Sting. The Carousel, which harks back to a more innocent time, is still extremely popular with today’s visitors.

Palisades Park

1400 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-393-7593

Hours: Open daily, summer hours 10am – 5pm, winter hours 10am – 4pm

Admission Free

Palisades Park is a neighborhood focal point for readers and runners, sunbathers and sketchers, art lovers and animated conversationalists. At any time of the day it’s breathtaking, but don’t miss seeing the sunset from this Ocean Avenue landmark.

Muscle Beach

Located along Ocean Front Walk

As visitors stroll along Ocean Front Walk they’ll come upon California’s original Muscle Beach, the famous outdoor workout venue. Newly restored in 2000, this bit of beach has attracted suntanned fitness buffs since 1930. The combination of gorgeous location and wide array of gymnastic and balance apparatus draw fitness experts and novices alike. There’s even an exhibition area where the fittest are likely to do some flexing for those watching.

Nearby Attractions:

Disneyland

1313 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802

714-781-4000

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Disneyland, America’s original theme park and its companion, The California Adventure are about an hour’s drive from Santa Monica.

Knott’s Berry Farm

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
714-220-5200

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Knott’s Berry Farm, slightly north of Disneyland, offers thrill rides as well as play areas designed for younger children, along with its famed restaurant known for its chicken dinners and signature jams and jellies.

Universal Studios, Hollywood

70 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

818-777-6727

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Universal Studios, Hollywood, approximately one-half hour from Santa Monica, offers a tour of the studio back-lots, participatory demonstrations and rides based on the studio’s most popular releases, and City Walk, a shopping street filled with shops and restaurants.

Magic Mountain

26101 Magic Mountain Parkway

Valencia, CA 93155

661-255-4100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Magic Mountain, a park alive with roller coasters and thrill rides is located in Valencia, just north of the San Fernando Valley.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Bustamante Antiques Show & Sale

Held in mid January

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

ART- LA

Held in late January

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

February

Vintage Fashion Expo

Held in early February

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Gem Fair

Held in mid February

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Santa Monica Antiques Show & Sale

Held in mid February

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

April

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Held in early April

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Home Decorating & Remodeling Show

Held in early April

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Annual Community Health Festival

Held in late April

Location: Santa Monica

310-393-9825

Call for additional information

Free screenings and samples from over 60 vendors

May

Santa Monica Indian Art Show

Held in mid May

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

International Bead Show

Held in mid May

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

June

Contemporary Crafts Market

Held in early – mid June

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Held in mid June

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Santa Monica Antiques Show & Sale

Held in late June

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

July

Body Mind Spirit Expo

Held in early July

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Bead Fair

Held in late July

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

August

Fabulous Fiber Fest

Held in early – mid August

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

September

Book, Print, Photo & Paper Fair

Held in early – mid September

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Santa Monica Cat Show

Held in mid September

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Held in late September

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

L.A. Asian & Tribal Arts

Held in late September

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

October

Vintage Fashion Expo

Held in late October

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Bead Fair

Held in mid October

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Santa Monica Antiques Show & Sale

Held in late October

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

November

Contemporary Crafts Market

Held in early November

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

L.A. Interior Design & Antiques Show

Held in early – mid November

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

December

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Held in early December

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

310-458-2288

Call for additional information

Entertainment

Cantori Domino
St. Augustine By-The-Sea

805-259-547

Call for performance schedule and additional information
Presents Choral performances periodically throughout the year.

Musica Angelica
First Presbyterian Church
1220 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-451-1303

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Presents an annual season of music by Baroque composers, performed by some of America’s finest Baroque specialists.

City Garage
1340 1/2 Fourth Street (in the alley)

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-319-9939

Call for performance schedule and additional information
Experimental theater producing new plays by world authors, workshops

Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-399-3666

Call for performance schedule and additional information
A diverse arts space including theater, dance, a visual arts gallery, an independent film festival, jazz nights, lecture series, youth programs, and writing, acting and children’s workshops.

Laemmle’s Monica Fourplex
1332 Second Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-394-9744

Call for performance schedule and additional information
Art-house exhibiting foreign films and American independent cinema; occasionally showcasing retrospectives and other specialty programming.

NuWilshire Theater
1314 Wilshire Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA 90403

310-394-8099
Art-house featuring foreign and independent American cinema.

Moxie!/Santa Monica International Film Festival

310-264-4274

Call for performance schedule and additional information
Film presentations at the Laemmle Fourplex, the Aero Theater, and Bergamot Station
Presents year-round film festival featuring independent films from around the world.

Oakland, California

A- Overview:
Oakland’s landscape is a picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods; exciting and diverse architecture; a bustling waterfront; two shimmering lakes; 19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay; unparalleled Bay views; and more parks and open space per capita than any other city in the Bay Area. Everyone loves the year round vacation weather with temperatures in the gentle 50’s and 60’s in the winter and spring, and 70’s throughout summer and fall.

A city on the move, Oakland has emerged as a major economic force in the region. Long a center for international trade, the Port of Oakland is one of the nation’s busiest container ports in the Bay Area. The Oakland International Airport is served by many major domestic and international airlines.

The arts are alive in Oakland as well. The city has one of the largest visual and performing arts communities on the West Coast, and the arts are celebrated on every level; from acclaimed symphony and ballet to museums, galleries, and small arts organizations. The Old Oakland district includes many of the finest examples of Victorian commercial architecture on the West Coast. Oakland’s population boomed after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the Broadway Historic District showcases a range of architectural treasures constructed between 1900-1949. Bold new buildings now shine in Oakland’s modern skyline.

There is definitely no shortage of things to see and do, and there is weather to match. Visitors can explore the universe at The Chabot Space and Science Center. The Center houses one of the largest public telescopes in the United States, a 230-seat planetarium, and the large-screen Tien MegaDome Theater. Every child’s fantasy comes true at Children’s Fairyland. Here young children can enjoy the enchanting, three-dimensional fantasy world where popular nursery rhymes come to life, set in picturesque Lakeside Park.

Speaking of Lakeside Park, this large saltwater lake, one of the largest in the country, and the adjoining 122-acre park is home to wildlife, formal gardens, and a children’s amusement park. All of these draw scores of walkers, joggers, bikers, rowers, sailors, and windsurfers, year round. For a little romance, visitors can experience Gondola Servizio where they glide across Lake Merritt in a beautiful Venetian craft accompanied by a serenading gondolier.

Of course, everyone needs a chance to relax, shop and enjoy a good meal. A wonderful place for this is in Oakland is at Jack London Square. This busy site at the water’s edge has dining, entertainment, shopping, and more than a few spots for daydreaming. Take a ferry ride, stroll the scenic boardwalk, catch a movie, or just rest and refresh at a sunny sidewalk café. For a little history in a nostalgic setting, the historic Grand Lake Theatre is a must see. A mainstay of the community since its construction in 1926, this first-run movie theater is graced with a colorful, lighted marquee and a sweeping staircase in the main hall. Look for the ornately decorated walls, brass chandeliers, and faux opera boxes. Prior to curtain on Friday and Saturday nights, an organist serenades the audience on a Wurlitzer. Rent a sailboat on Lake Merritt, stroll along the waterfront, explore the fantastic Oakland Museum: These are all great reasons to spend fog-free days exploring one of California’s largest and most ethnically diverse cities.

Oakland has near perfect weather to enjoy all of the spectacular offerings of the city. “Sunny California” applies to Oakland’s climate. With the sun shining an average of 95% of the time in the summer, it’s the time to experience the numerous outdoor activities available. The fall offers a chance to view Nature in transition. With the temperature dropping only slightly from the summer, visitors can enjoy the out of doors day or night. Winters are mild with the average temperature around 55 F. Snow is almost never seen, except in the higher elevations and then only briefly. Spring brings an abundance of sunshine, warmer temperatures and very low humidity. It’s an ideal time for a relaxing stroll in one of the areas many excellent parks.

History, events, great entertainment, sports, scenery and an ideal climate in which to experience it all, Oakland, the City by the Bay, has it.

B- City Information:
Population: 399,484

Elevation: 42 feet above sea level

Land Area: 56.1 square miles

Location: Located in the northwestern portion of California,

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Oakland, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). Oakland observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
50.7
54.0
55.7
58.1
60.7
63.4
64.7
65.6
66.1
63.4
56.4
51.0

High temperature (°F)
57.1
61.0
63.0
66.2
68.7
71.5
72.8
73.5
74.5
72.1
63.9
57.7

Low temperature (°F)
44.3
47.0
48.3
49.9
52.6
55.1
56.5
57.7
57.6
54.7
48.8
44.3

Precipitation (in)
4.9
4.4
3.7
1.4
0.6
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.3
1.4
3.2
3.3

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
5
3
1
0
0
1
3
7
9

Wind speed (mph)
7.0
7.2
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12
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Local Seasons:

Oakland also has near perfect weather to enjoy all of the spectacular offerings of the city. “Sunny California” applies to Oakland’s climate. With the sun shining an average of 95% of the time in the summer, it’s the time to experience the numerous outdoor activities available. The fall offers a chance to view Nature in transition. With the temperature dropping only slightly from the summer, visitors can enjoy the out of doors day or night. Winters are mild with the average temperature around 55 F. Snow is almost never seen, except in the higher elevations and then only briefly. Spring brings an abundance of sunshine, warmer temperatures and very low humidity. It’s an ideal time for a relaxing stroll in one of the areas many excellent parks.

How to Get There:

By Air

Oakland International Airport

1 Airport Drive

Oakland, CA 94621

510-563-3300

Conveniently located to downtown, the airport is served by many of the nationally known airlines, as well as certain international, charter, local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus services are available at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car

Oakland is located across San Francisco Bay on the eastern side of the Bay Bridge. From San Francisco, follow I-80 to the Bridge. From the north and south, Oakland is accessible by way of I-880, and from the east via Highway 24.

By Train

Amtrak

245 Second Street
Oakland, CA 94607

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

2103 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

510-832-4730

How to Get Around:

Due to the many sites to see and attractions to experience, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car. A car affords the visitor the opportunity to experience all that Oakland has to offer in a convenient fashion.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

510-336-7300

Hours: Open Friday, 5pm – 10pm, Saturday, 10am -10pm, Sunday, noon – 5pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged
The 86,000-square-foot center houses one of the largest public telescopes in the United States, a 230-seat planetarium, and the large-screen Tien MegaDome Theater. There are also numerous hands-on science and technology exhibits.

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

510-452-2259

Hours: Summer: Mon. – Fri., 10am – 4pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. Other seasons: hours vary, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Young children will enjoy this enchanting, three-dimensional fantasy world where popular nursery rhymes come to life, set in picturesque Lakeside Park.

Chinatown
Broadway, Alice, 13th, and Seventh Sts.

Admission Free
Experience Asian culture and character by exploring the restaurants, specialty shops, markets, and bakeries in this vibrant neighborhood. Be sure to visit the elegant Chinese Presbyterian Church (265 Eighth St.) and Pacific Renaissance Plaza (388 Ninth St.), which houses shops, restaurants, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

City Center
Broadway and 14th St.

Admission Free
Glimpse a mix of 19th-century buildings standing proud alongside modern skyscrapers and elegant landscaping. Eye-catching buildings of note include Tribune Tower, the art deco financial center building, the federal building, the historic and recently restored City Hall, the Rotunda, and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The City Center pedestrian plaza boasts outdoor seating, restaurants, shops, and summer concerts.

Gondola Servizio
568 Bellevue Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610
510-663-6603
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Glide across Lake Merritt in a beautiful Venetian gondola accompanied by a serenading gondolier. Enjoy an evening cruise for two or an afternoon group (up to six) event.

Jack London Square
Broadway and Embarcadero
510- 814-6000
Admission Free

This busy site at the water’s edge has dining, entertainment, shopping, and more than a few spots for daydreaming. Take a ferry ride, stroll the scenic boardwalk, catch a movie, or just relax at a sunny sidewalk café.

Lake Merritt/Lakeside Park
Grand and Bellevue Aves.
510-238-7275

Admission Free
This large saltwater lake-one of the largest in the country-and the adjoining 122-acre park are home to wildlife, formal gardens, and a children’s amusement park, all of which draw scores of walkers, joggers, bikers, rowers, sailors, and windsurfers. See also Children’s Fairyland and the Rotary Nature Center.

Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
700 Jean St.

Oakland, CA 94610
510-238-3187

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Opened in the late 1920s, this eight-acre municipal rose garden features more than 6,000 rose bushes of all varieties. Bloom season is late April through October.

Oakland Mormon Temple and Visitors Center
4770 Lincoln Ave.

Oakland, CA 94602
510-531-1475

Hours: Visitors center open daily 9am – 9pm

Admission Free
This architectural standout offers panoramic views of the Bay Area and is adorned with breathtaking lights at Christmas.

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd.

Oakland, CA 94605
510-632-9525

Hours: Open daily, 10am – 4pm

Admission Charged
Nestled in the 525-acre Knowland Park in the Oakland Hills, the zoo houses more than 400 native and exotic animals. The exhibits are organized geographically and reflect the ecosystems of the animals’ native habitats. Visitors can enjoy rotating cultural exhibits in the education center, and kids will love the butterfly garden and the “rides area,” with a roller coaster, an “endangered species carousel,” and a train.

Jack London Water Taxi
Foot of Broadway, Jack London Square
510-839-7572

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Take a relaxing ride on the estuary on this pontoon boat and see the city from a unique perspective. Enjoy views of the waterfront, harbor facilities, and estuary wildlife.

Rotary Nature Center
600 Bellevue Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610
510-238-3739

Hours: Open daily, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged
This wildlife refuge, the oldest in the United States, is located in downtown’s Lakeside Park.

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
659 14th St.

Oakland, CA 946
510-637-0200
Hours: Tues.-Sat. noon – 5:30pm

Admission Free

This division of the Oakland Public Library is devoted to organizing, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the African American experience in California.

California Genealogical Society
1611 Telegraph Ave.

Oakland, CA 94612
510-663-1358

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 9am – 4pm

Admission Free
This organization, which helps people trace their family histories, maintains a vast library of genealogical documents, maps, reference books, periodicals, and other materials.

Ebony Museum of Art
1034 14th St.

Oakland, CA 94607
510-763-0141

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Admission Charged
This downtown museum preserves both African American and African art and promotes greater appreciation of African American heritage.

Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613
510-430-2164

Hours: Sept. – May: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 4pm, Sun. 1 – 4pm

Admission Charged
At the college’s museum, guests can view local and international touring exhibits as well as the permanent collection.

The Museum of African American Technology Science Village
630 20th St.

Oakland, CA 94612
510-893-6426

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 5pm, Sat. noon – 6pm, Sun. 2 – 6pm. Tours Sat. and Sun., and by appointment.

Admission Charged
This museum exhibits the technical achievements of African Americans.

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)
538 Ninth St.

Oakland, CA 94607
510-465-8770

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged
Tucked away in a quaint courtyard in Old Oakland, this museum offers art classes for kids and drop-in working studios, as well as rotating exhibits of art created by children.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.

Oakland, CA94607

510-238-2200

Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday, call for exact hours of operation

Admission Charged

Surrounded by 51/2 acres of landscaped greenery, this museum is devoted to the arts, environment, and history of California.

Pro Arts
461 Ninth St.

Oakland, CA 94607
510-763-4361
Hours: Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Admission Charged

This downtown exhibit space features local and regional artists, and sponsors the annual East Bay Open Studios every June, when some 400 artists around the Bay Area open their workplaces to the public.

Western Aerospace Museum
8260 Boeing St. (Oakland International Airport, North Field)

Oakland, CA 94621
510-638-7100
Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am -4pm

Located in a vintage hangar at Oakland International Airport, this museum houses aircraft displays, artifacts, a giant flying boat, and an Electra similar to the one flown by Amelia Earhart, who took off from this airfield and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Camron-Stanford House
1418 Lakeside Dr.

Oakland, CA 94612
510-444-1876
Hours: Wednesday, 11am – 4pm, Sunday, 1pm – 5 pm

Admission Charged

This beautifully restored building is the last of the Victorians that once dominated the Lake Merritt area. Built in 1876, the house features period rooms and restoration exhibits.

Cohen-Bray House
1440 29th Ave.

Oakland, CA 94601
510-532-0704

Hours: Fourth Sunday of every month and by appointment.

Admission Charged
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cohen-Bray House has been owned by one family since it was built in 1883 and offers views of its original interior décor and gardens.

Dunsmuir House and Gardens Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.

Oakland, CA 94605
510-615-5555

Hours: Grounds open Feb.-Oct.: Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm. Mansion open April-Sept.:
Wed. 11am – noon

Admission Charged
This 37-room colonial revival mansion, built in 1899, along with its surrounding horticultural park and gardens, allows visitors to see how the wealthy lived a century ago.

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610
510-452-3556

Hours: Call for additional information
A mainstay of the community since its construction in 1926, this first-run movie theater is graced with a colorful, lighted marquee and a sweeping staircase in the main hall. Look for the ornately decorated walls, brass chandeliers, and faux opera boxes. Prior to curtain on Friday and Saturday nights, an organist serenades the audience on a Wurlitzer.

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon
48 Webster Street in Jack London Square

Oakland, CA 94607
510-839-6761

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
Built in 1880 and once frequented by Oakland resident Jack London, this saloon is a popular hangout for Jack London Square denizens and visitors alike. It was designated a national literary landmark in 1998.

Old Oakland
Between Broadway and Clay Sts., from Seventh to 10th Sts.
This historic neighborhood of elegantly restored Victorian commercial buildings dates back to the 1870s and is now home to unique shops, galleries, Washington Street Restaurant Row, and a farmers market on Fridays.

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2465 34th Ave.

Oakland, CA 94601
510-532-9142
Hours: Tours Wed. 2 – 4pm, and first Saturday of the month at 1pm

Admission Charged

This six-acre park is the focal point of the historic 44,000-acre Rancho San Antonio, established through a Spanish land grant to Luis Peralta and his family.

USS Potomac

540 Water Street

Oakland, CA 94607
Located at the foot of Clay St. Jack London Square
510-627-1215

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press; Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.
D- Family Fun Attractions:
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

510-336-7300

Hours: Open Friday, 5pm – 10pm, Saturday, 10am -10pm, Sunday, noon – 5pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged
The 86,000-square-foot center houses one of the largest public telescopes in the United States, a 230-seat planetarium, and the large-screen Tien MegaDome Theater. There are also numerous hands-on science and technology exhibits.

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

510-452-2259

Hours: Summer: Mon. – Fri., 10am – 4pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am – 5pm. Other seasons: hours vary, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Young children will enjoy this enchanting, three-dimensional fantasy world where popular nursery rhymes come to life, set in picturesque Lakeside Park.

Jack London Square
Broadway and Embarcadero
510-814-6000
Admission Free

This busy site at the water’s edge has dining, entertainment, shopping, and more than a few spots for daydreaming. Take a ferry ride, stroll the scenic boardwalk, catch a movie, or just relax at a sunny sidewalk café.

Lake Merritt/Lakeside Park
Grand and Bellevue Aves.
510-238-7275

Admission Free
This large saltwater lake, one of the largest in the country, and the adjoining 122-acre park are home to wildlife, formal gardens, and a children’s amusement park, all of which draw scores of walkers, joggers, bikers, rowers, sailors, and windsurfers. See also Children’s Fairyland and the Rotary Nature Center.

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd.

Oakland, CA 94605
510-632-9525

Hours: Open daily, 10am – 4pm

Admission Charged
Nestled in the 525-acre Knowland Park in the Oakland Hills, the zoo houses more than 400 native and exotic animals. The exhibits are organized geographically and reflect the ecosystems of the animals’ native habitats. Visitors can enjoy rotating cultural exhibits in the education center, and kids will love the new butterfly garden and the “rides area,” with a roller coaster, an “endangered species carousel,” and a train.

Jack London Water Taxi
Foot of Broadway, Jack London Square
510-839-7572

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Take a relaxing ride on the estuary on this pontoon boat and see the city from a unique perspective. Enjoy views of the waterfront, harbor facilities, and estuary wildlife.

Western Aerospace Museum
8260 Boeing St. (Oakland International Airport, North Field)

Oakland, CA 94621
510-638-7100
Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am -4pm

Located in a vintage hangar at Oakland International Airport, this museum houses aircraft displays, artifacts, a giant flying boat, and an Electra similar to the one flown by Amelia Earhart, who took off from this airfield and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610
510-452-3556

Hours: Call for additional information
A mainstay of the community since its construction in 1926, this first-run movie theater is graced with a colorful, lighted marquee and a sweeping staircase in the main hall. Look for the ornately decorated walls, brass chandeliers, and faux opera boxes. Prior to curtain on Friday and Saturday nights, an organist serenades the audience on a Wurlitzer.

USS Potomac

540 Water Street

Oakland, CA 94607
Located at the foot of Clay St. Jack London Square
510-627-1215

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press; Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Chinese New Year’s Bazaar

Held in late January
Location: Chinatown
510-893-8979

Call for additional information

Enjoy this rich cultural event featuring ongoing music, foods, arts and crafts.

February

Animal Amore

Held in mid February

Location: Oakland Zoo

510-632-9525

Call for additional information
Walking tours, steamy animal facts, crafts, tattoos and face painting.

Pacific Coast Classic Men’s Gymnastics Open Competition

Held in mid February

Location: Oakland Convention Center
510-451-4000

Call for additional information
An event for the National Gymnastics Foundation Men’s Scholarship Program and Men’s Intercollegiate Gymnastics Support Program, featuring hundreds of registered athletes.

March

Annual White Elephant Sale

Held in early March

Location: Oakland Museum of California
510-238-2200

Call for additional information
A world famous sale featuring acres of bargains, benefiting the Oakland Museum of California.

Tall Ships

Held early – mid March

Location: Jack London Square

415-331-3214

Call for additional information
Tall Ships – Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will be available for dockside tours and bay excursions.

Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

Held at Easter time

Location: Dunsmuir Historic Estates

510-615-5555
Call for additional information
Tour the Mansion, enjoy a colorful Easter egg hunt and other festivities for kids.

April

Annual California Wildflower Show

Held in mid April

Location: Oakland Museum of California
510-238-2200

Call for additional information
The annual exhibition includes a profusion of native flowers brought into the museum, sorted, identified and labeled by botanists.

Pacific Sail Expo

Held in mid April

Location: Jack London Square
866-295-9853
Call for additional information
One of the largest on the West Coast, with hundreds of sailboats and products on display.

Pacific Power Expo

Held in late April

Location: Jack London Square
510-834-1000

Call for additional information
Anything and everything you’ve every wanted to know about powerboats!

May

Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade

Held in early May

Location: International Blvd. Between 33rd and 40th avenues
510-536-4477
Call for additional information

A culturally rich festival celebrating Hispanic tradition, food and music.

MG Car Show

Held in mid May

Location: Jack London Square
866-295-9853

Call for additional information
Featuring over 100 MG’s from antiques to classics.

Festival of Greece

Held in mid May

Location: Greek Orthodox Church, 4700 Lincoln
510-531-3400
Savor the many flavors of authentic Greek cuisine; immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Greek culture.

June

Walk in the Wild

Held in mid June

Location: Oakland Zoo
510-632-9525

Call for additional information
Tastings from some of the East Bay’s finest restaurants.

Montclair Village Fine Arts Festival

Held in late June

Location: Montclair Village
510-339-1000
Call for additional information
Enjoy charming Montclair featuring beautiful art work by local artists.

July

Fourth of July at Pardee

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Pardee Home Museum
510- 444-2187
Call for additional information
Enjoy an old fashioned, patriotic picnic at the Historic Pardee Home Museum.

Scottish Highland Games

Held in early July

Location: Dunsmuir Historic Estates
510-615-5555
Call for additional information
In celebration of Scottish heritage; enjoy festive music, traditional foods, and arts and crafts.

August

Annual Salsa Festival

Held in late August

Location: Fruitvale Village/ Fruitvale BART Station
510-535-6900

Call for additional information
Celebrating everything salsa; food, dance and music.

Chinatown Street Fest

Held in late August

Location: Chinatown, 9th and Franklin
510-893-8979Call for additional information
Taste the cuisine of Asia and shop for unique gifts.

September

Art & Soul Festival

Held in early September

Location: Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
510-444-2489

Call for additional information
The City’s premier art and music festival, featuring multiple stages of live, diverse, music, crafts of over 150 artisans and an eclectic selection of tempting foods!

Fall Boat Show

Held in mid September

Location: Jack London Square
866-295-9853

Call for additional information
This annual sailboat and powerboat show is one of the largest on the West Coat.

December

Holidays at Dunsmuir

Held in early December

Location: Dunsmuir Historic Estates
510-615-5555
Call for additional information
Mansion tours, holiday teas, children’s teas, lunch carolers, horse-drawn carriages, and children’s activities.

Christmas Revels

Held in mid December

Location: Scottish Rite Center
510-893-9853
Call for additional information
Celebrate the winter solstice with a lively cast of adults and children performing dance, drama, ritual, and song.

Fairy Winter Wonderland

Held in mid December

Location: Children’s Fairyland
510-452-2259
Call for additional information
Come and enjoy this special holiday celebration. In the days just before Christmas, the storybook park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland for kids, with twinkling fairy lights, rides open after dark, special holiday performances and decorations, and hot apple cider and cocoa for everyone!

Entertainment:

Calvin Simmons Theatre
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

10 10th St.

Oakland, CA 94607
510-238-7765
Call for performance schedule
Established to honor the legacy of the late Oakland Symphony conductor, this historic hall seats 1,860 people.

Four Seasons Concerts
10 10th Street

Oakland, CA 94607
510- 601-7919

Season runs September – May, call for performance schedule
Four Seasons Concerts presents world-acclaimed classical music performances at the Calvin Simons Theatre.

Holy Name College
3500 Mountain Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94619

510-436-1254

Call for performance schedule
Located high in the Oakland Hills, with a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay, the college presents choral and orchestral concerts, lecture series, and lively dance performances.

Malonga Saselourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St.

Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-7219

Call for performance schedule
This restored 1920s building is a popular multicultural, multidisciplinary performing-arts complex sponsored by the city. The 400-seat theater and five rehearsal and class spaces showcase drama, ballet, and African and contemporary dance. Several long-standing arts organizations-Axis Dance Company, Bay Area Blues Society, CitiCentre Dance Theater, Dimensions Dance Theater, and Oakland Youth Orchestra-call the center home.

Network Associates Coliseum and the Arena in Oakland
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621

510- 569-2121

Call for performance schedule

This complex comprises the 63,000-seat stadium (home to the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland A’s) and the recently renovated 18,300-seat arena (home of the Golden State Warriors). Both are major concert and entertainment venues, and both sponsor special events year-round.

Oakland Ballet
2025 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612
510-452-9288

Call for performance schedule
The city’s ballet company performs in town September through December at the Paramount Theatre. The troupe’s unusual repertoire-which includes revivals of Diaghilev-era ballets-has garnered worldwide notice.

Oakland East Bay Symphony
2025 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612
510-444-0801
Call for performance schedule
The symphony presents classical and inventive new works for small orchestra and chamber ensembles in six annual performances at the Paramount Theatre and in numerous concerts at other venues throughout the year.

Oakland Youth Orchestra
Alice Arts Center

1428 Alice St.
Oakland, CA 94612

510-832-7710
Call for performance schedule
The orchestra presents five shows a year, including its popular pops concert in January or February.

Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612
510-893-2300

Call for performance schedule
This beautiful art deco landmark, built in 1931, screens classic films and hosts performances by both up-and-coming and well-known entertainers.

Woodminster Amphitheater
3300 Joaquin Miller Rd.

Oakland, CA 94602
510- 531-9597
Call for performance schedule
Nestled among the redwoods of Joaquin Miller Park, this natural amphitheater hosts musicals throughout the summer.

Sports:

Golden State Warriors Basketball
Games played at The Arena in Oakland

Season runs October – April
888-479-4667

Call for game schedule and additional information

Oakland A’s Baseball
Games played at the Network Associates Coliseum

Season runs April – October
510-762-2255

Call for game schedule and additional information

Oakland Raiders Football

Games played at the Network Associates Coliseum

Season runs September – January
510-762-2277

Call for game schedule and additional information

UC Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics
Events take place at Berkeley
510-762-2277

Call for a complete list of sports, schedules, and additional information

Golden Gate Fields Racetrack
1100 Eastshore Hwy.

Albany, CA 94710

Season runs November – March

510-559-7300

Call for schedule and additional information
Thoroughbred racing at this track features the sport’s top jockeys and horses. Racing season runs from November through March, and the track is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Hollywood, California

A- Overview:
Reaching out above the town of Hollywood itself is the well known Hollywood sign high on a hill at the end of Beachwood Drive. The 50 foot high letters used to spell out ‘Hollywoodland’. The original sign was placed in 1923 as an advertisement for a proposed housing development that was never built. Finally, in 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce arranged to repair the deteriorating sign and to remove the last four letters. The site is now protected by high tech infrared cameras with radar-activated zoom lenses.

Hollywood is part of the city of Los Angeles, and is situated northwest of the downtown district. Hollywood’s southern border follows Melrose Avenue from Vermont Avenue west to La Brea Avenue. From there the boundary continues north on La Brea, wrapping west around the city of West Hollywood along Fountain Avenue before turning north again on Laurel Canyon Boulevard into the Hollywood Hills. The eastern boundary follows Vermont Avenue north from Melrose past Hollywood Boulevard to Franklin Avenue. From there the border goes west along Franklin to Western Avenue, and then north on Western into Griffith Park. Most of the hills between Laurel Canyon and Griffith Park are part of Hollywood.

Many of the old landmarks still stand. The intersection of Hollywood and Vine was supposedly the spot were many future stars were ‘discovered.’ Close by is the Capitol Records Building, which looks like a stack of 45 records on a turntable. Many big name artists of the 1950s and 1960s recorded on the Capitol label, and a large mural pays tribute to some of them. Further along Hollywood Boulevard is Hollywood’s most famous and popular attraction: Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

It was here that the tradition of immortalizing movie stars’ foot and handprints in cement began. This was supposed to have started when actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped on the wet concrete of the construction site. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the names of many show business and movie notables set in the sidewalk is close by. The Hollywood Forever Memorial Gardens provided the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s stars. The mausoleum of Rudolph Valentino and the shrine of Douglas Fairbanks Senior are often photographed.

At present, much of the movie industry has relocated in surrounding areas such as Burbank and the Westside of Los Angeles, but businesses such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lighting remain in Hollywood.

In 1900, Hollywood had a population of 500 people. Los Angeles, with a population of 100,000, lay was seven miles east, separated from Hollywood by miles of lemon groves

Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. Herds of cattle of more than 200 were banned from its dusty dirt streets. In 1904 it was annexed to Los Angeles and a trolley line was laid to connect the two via newly named Hollywood Boulevard.

In the early 1900s, motion picture production was dependent on outdoor light and sunshine. As improvements were made to roads, companies from New York and New Jersey started moving to California because of the reliable weather, longer days, and magnificent scenery.

The first movie studio in the Hollywood area, Nestor Studios, was founded in 1911 by Al Christie for David Horsley in an old building on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street. In the same year, another fifteen Independents settled in Hollywood. They were followed by hundreds of others.

In 1913, Cecil B. DeMille, in association with Jesse Lasky, leased a barn with studio facilities on the southeast corner of Selma and Vine Streets which is currently the location of the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

The Charlie Chaplin Studio, on the northeast corner of La Brea and De Longpre Avenues just south of Sunset Boulevard, was built in 1917.

The first Academy Awards presentation ceremony took place on May 16, 1929 during a banquet held in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets were $10.00, and there were 250 people in attendance.

In 1927, the era of silent movies ended. From that year until the late 1940s, the Golden Age of Hollywood reigned. The 1950s saw the arrival of television years and movie studios began to produce for TV.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame was created in 1958 and the first star was placed in 1960 as a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry.

In 1985, the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places protecting important buildings and seeing to it that the significance of Hollywood’s past would always be a part of its future.

Within the past six years, the Hollywood extension of the Metro Red Line subway opened, running from downtown Los Angeles to the Valley, with stops on Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, at Vine Street and at Highland Avenue.

The Kodak Theatre, which opened in 2001 on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue, where the historic Hollywood Hotel once stood, has become the new home of the Oscars.

Modern day Hollywood is a diverse, vital, and active community working to preserve its past. Millions of people from all over the world still make a pilgrimage to Hollywood and experience nostalgia for that bygone, magical era of moviemaking and stardom.

B- City Information:
Population: 165,800

Elevation: 300 feet

Location: Hollywood is located in southern California and is part of the city of Los Angeles

Time Zone: Hollywood is in the Pacific Time zone. Daylight saving time is observed.

When it is 12:00 noon in New York City, it is 9:00AM in Hollywood.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
65F
47F

February
66F
48F

March
69F
50F

April
71F
53F

May
74F
56F

June
77F
59F

July
83F
63F

August
83F
63F

September
82F
61F

October
77F
57F

November
73F
52F

December
68F
49F

When to Visit: Summers are warm and dry with low humidity and temperatures in the low 80s. Winters are pleasant with temperatures ranging from the mid 60s to the high 40s. However, winters are also rainy at times, so be prepared with an umbrella.

Holidays Observed:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12

Washington’s Birthday, 3rd Monday in February

Easter (date varies)

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Admission Day, September 9

Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Day Dec. 25

Road Conditions: CalTrans provides this information at (800)427-7623

Getting There

By Air:

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

1 World Way

Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-646-5252

The airport is located close to the city and is served by most of the major worldwide airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR)

2627 Hollywood Way

Burbank, CA 91505

818-840-8840

Burbank airport is located on the east side of the San Fernando Valley, accessible from the 5 Freeway. This small airport is the closest to Hollywood and the valleys. Carriers include Alaska, Aloha, American, America West, Southwest and United Airlines.

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

4100 Donald Douglas Drive

Long Beach, CA 90808

562-570-2678

America West, American, and Jet Blue operate from this airport

Ground Transportation:

All of the major car rental companies are located at or near all three airports. In addition, taxi and limousine service are also available as well as shuttle service to prime destinations.

By Train:

Amtrak

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245)

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited travels the southern route from Orlando to L.A. three times a week. The Coast Starlight runs between L.A. and San Francisco daily. 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles.

By Bus:

Greyhound

1716 E 7TH St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

213-629-8401

611 Maple St.

Los Angeles Maple, CA 90014

213- 627-2940

649 S Wall St.

Los Angeles Wall, CA 90014

213-627-5405

Getting Around:

In Los Angeles

While there is some public transportation available, it is best to get around in Los Angeles by car, either personal or rental car. Rental cars are readily available throughout the city.

Los Angeles is known for heavy traffic and a shortage of parking places, so be prepared time-wise for a few extra minutes of searching. Be careful about parking on the street, even in metered spaces. Notices are posted as to which spaces are reserved for those residents holding City of Los Angeles parking permits.

In Hollywood

A car is also the best means of transportation in Hollywood.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street,

Hollywood, California 90028

323-469-8311

Along Hollywood Boulevard runs a mile-long stretch of sidewalk, with names embossed in brass, each at the center of a pink star embedded in dark-gray terrazzo. The first eight stars were unveiled in 1960. Since then, more than 1,600 other motion picture industry stars have been immortalized. These include: Marlon Brando at 1765 Vine, Charlie Chaplin at 6751 Hollywood, W. C. Fields at 7004 Hollywood, George and Ira Gershwin at 7083 Hollywood, Clark Gable at 1608 Vine, Greta Garbo at 6901 Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe at 6774 Hollywood, Rudolph Valentino at 6164 Hollywood, and John Wayne at 1541 Vine. Recent arrivals include Drew Barrymore at 6925 Hollywood and Dr. Seuss at 6600 Hollywood.

Mann’s Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323-464-8111

This ornate Chinese pagoda-style movie palace is a Hollywood icon. Although you have to buy a movie ticket to view the massive interior, the courtyard is open to the public. Here you’ll find cement imbedded hand and footprints. This tradition is said to have begun at the theater’s opening in 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings, when actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped into the wet cement. Now more than 160 celebrities have contributed, along with an imprint of Jimmy Durante’s famous nose.

Capitol Records Building

1750 Vine St.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323-462-6252

Even though this famous recording studio is not open to the public, it is viewed and admired as a reminder of the past. Its unique circular design looks like a stack of old 45rpm records. The legend of this symbol of the 1950s is that singer Nat King Cole and songwriter Johnny Mercer suggested that the record company’s headquarters be shaped to look like a stack of 45s. Architect Welton Becket claimed he just wanted to design a structure that economized space and in so doing, he created the world’s first cylindrical office building. On its south wall, L.A. artist Richard Wyatt created the mural Hollywood Jazz, 1945-1972. At the top of the tower, a blinking light spells out “Hollywood” in Morse code.

Hollywood Entertainment Museum

7021 Hollywood Blvd.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323- 465-7900

Daily 11am-6pm (Thurs-Sun 11am-6pm Labor Day through Memorial Day)

Admission charged. Free to children under 5.

On display are highlights from a nearly a century of film, TV, and radio. Visitors can pull up a stool at the complete Cheers bar (look for where the stars carved their initials in the bar during the final episode) or sit in the captain’s chair of the original set from Star Trek: The Next Generation. There is a series of interactive demonstration rooms that teach various tricks of filmmaking. Visitors can create Foley soundtracks for a movie segment, test their skills at digital editing, and try out other entertaining, educational procedures and then sign up for the studio back-lot tour to learn more about the film-making process.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323-466-3456

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tues. – Sun. and 1:00 PM until 30 minutes after the last show of the day

Admision charged.

The Egyptian Theatre is just down the street from Grauman’s better-known Chinese Theatre, but it remains less altered from its original design, which was based on the then-headline-news discovery of hidden treasures in Pharaohs’ tombs. There are hieroglyphic murals and enormous scarab decorations above the stage. Hollywood’s first movie premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, was shown here in 1922, followed by the premiere of The Ten Commandments in 1923. The building recently underwent a sensitive restoration by American Cinematheque, which now screens rare, classic, and independent films.

Hollywood Sign

6342 Mulholland Highway,

Hollywood, California, 90068

These famous 50-foot-high white sheet-metal letters have come to symbolize the movie industry and the city itself. The sign was erected on Mount Lee in 1923 as an advertisement for a real estate development. The full text originally read HOLLYWOODLAND and was lined with thousands of 20-watt bulbs around the letters which were changed periodically by a full-time caretaker who lived in a small house behind the sign.

The LAND section of the sign was damaged by a landslide, and the entire sign fell into major disrepair until Hugh Hefner, Alice Cooper, Gene Autry, and Andy Williams contributed funds to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for its repair. Officially updated in 1978, the 450-foot-long sign is now protected by a fence and motion detectors. The best view is from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.

Paramount Studios
860 N. Gower St. at Melrose Avenue,

Hollywood, California, 90038

323-956-1777

Call for reservations

Experience the living history of Paramount Studios. Take a guided 2-hour historical and informative look behind the scenes of the daily operations of a major motion picture and television facility.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Capitol Records Building

1750 Vine St.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323-462-6252

Even though this famous recording studio is not open to the public, it is viewed and admired as a reminder of the past. Its unique circular design looks like a stack of old 45rpm records. The legend of this symbol of the 1950s is that singer Nat King Cole and songwriter Johnny Mercer suggested that the record company’s headquarters be shaped to look like a stack of 45s. Architect Welton Becket claimed he just wanted to design a structure that economized space and in so doing, he created the world’s first cylindrical office building. On its south wall, L.A. artist Richard Wyatt created the mural Hollywood Jazz, 1945-1972. At the top of the tower, a blinking light spells out “Hollywood” in Morse code.

Hollywood Entertainment Museum

7021 Hollywood Blvd.,

Hollywood, California 90028

323- 465-7900

Daily 11am-6pm (Thurs-Sun 11am-6pm Labor Day through Memorial Day)

Admission charged. Free to children under 5.

On display are highlights from a nearly a century of film, TV, and radio. Visitors can pull up a stool at the complete Cheers bar (look for where the stars carved their initials in the bar during the final episode) or sit in the captain’s chair of the original set from Star Trek: The Next Generation. There is a series of interactive demonstration rooms that teach various tricks of filmmaking. Visitors can create Foley soundtracks for a movie segment, test their skills at digital editing, and try out other entertaining, educational procedures and then sign up for the studio back-lot tour to learn more about the film-making process.

Paramount Studios
860 N. Gower St. at Melrose Avenue,

Hollywood, California, 90038

323-956-1777

Call for reservations

Experience the living history of Paramount Studios. Take a guided 2-hour historical and informative look behind the scenes of the daily operations of a major motion picture and television facility.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Annual Events

Early March

Academy Awards (The Oscars)

The Kodak Theatre

at the Hollywood & Highland center

6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.

(310) 247-3000 (the Academy) or (323) 308-6383 (the Kodak)

The most important celebrity event in Show Biz takes place each year in early March. The stars make their way up the red carpet amid flashing cameras and interview requests. It is a great opportunity to see (and take photos of) your favorite superstars, because just about everyone who is anyone in Hollywood comes to the Academy Awards show.

Late December

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Downtown Hollywood

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is rich in history. The Holiday Season begins with a star-studded extravaganza with nearly 100 celebrities offering holiday greetings to the people of Southern California and the world. The first parade such parade, in 1928, consisted of only one actress, Jeanette Loff, and Santa Claus. Today spectators line the streets of Hollywood to see the beautiful stars, classic cars, horses and riders, bands, floats, and, of course, Santa Claus.