Spring Comes to Life at Jack London Square

Jack London Square welcomes spring with a packed calendar of outdoor events during the month of May.

Jack’s Night Market is a captivating evening filled with merriment.

Published: May, 2014

Jack London Square welcomes spring with a packed calendar of outdoor events during the month of May. Oakland’s iconic waterfront is the perfect spot for both visitors and locals to enjoy the warm weather while dining, kayaking or perusing one of several exciting events. Springtime offers something for everyone at Jack London Square including Jack’s Night Market, Session Fest, Jack of All Trades, Work Out Wednesdays with Crossfit East Bay and more!

May 2 marks the return of Jack’s Night Market, a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve held in conjunction with Oakland’s First Fridays. This special evening will light up the waterfront with an eclectic mix of local artisans, fine crafts, food and drinks, as well as quirky street performers and local fruit purveyors. From stilt walkers to a mobile arcade with pinball machines, the market will offer fun features for both children and adults young at heart.

Jack London Square also welcomes the Vintage Car and Truck Show on Saturday, May 3 featuring a dazzling showcase of dozens of retro cars, trucks and motorcycles. Both car buffs and two-wheeled enthusiasts will enjoy this celebration set to fill the waterfront with vintage vehicles, along with live music from Hot Rod Jukebox and a tasty barbeque hosted by the Oakland Fire Department.

It’s Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 8 and commuters are encouraged to hop on a bicycle and ride to work. Bikers are invited to stop by the Jack London Square Energizing Station to receive a complimentary beverage, located near the Oakland Ferry, between 7 and 9:15 a.m.

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11 with a tasty brunch at one of Jack London Square’s waterfront restaurants, and then a visit to the free Patchwork Indie Art and Craft Festival. This hub for crafting will feature more than 140 local artists, crafters and designers, as well as clothing, art, paper goods, accessories, housewares, food and DIY stations.

The Session Fest will bring more than 30 local craft brewers to the Jack London Square waterfront on Sunday, May 17 for a day of refreshing brews, live music and food, as well as beer education from local brewers. Session Fest is produced by Drake’s Brewing Company and all proceeds benefit the bicycle advocacy work of Bike East Bay.

In addition to all the special events, visitors can dine at a variety of contemporary restaurants including Bocanova, Forge Pizza, Haven, Lungomare and more. Visitors can easily bike, ferry, BART or drive to Jack London Square. For additional information, visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.