Sip, Stroll and Celebrate at Jack London Square in May

Jack London Square is the ideal place to sip, stroll, shop and dine this May with fun-filled festivals throughout the month!

Attendees of the Jack London Square Art and Wine Festival can enjoy tastings from more than 30 Northern California wineries. Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec

Jack London Square is the ideal place to sip, stroll, shop and dine this May with fun-filled festivals throughout the month!

 

Jack London Square’s Cinco de Mayo festival returns to the Oakland waterfront on Saturday, May 4 from noon until 7 p.m. The festival will feature Latin performances and entertainment including traditional Folklorico and Aztec dancing, lowrider cars, dancing horses, wrestling, music from local radio stations, family-friendly activities and more.

 

In addition, there will be vendors from Mercado Latinx, the Bay Area’s first market showcasing local Latinx artists, foodies, designers, creators, crafters, builders and dreamers. There will also be a tequila garden featuring spirits from ArteNOM, Cimarron and Don Amado Mezcal, as well as food and beverages from Corona, local breweries, authentic Mexican restaurant Otaez and more. The event is free and open to the public, and several Jack London Square tenants will participate in the festivities by offering specials.

 

Next, in celebration of Oakland Art Month this May, the Jack London Square Art and Wine Festival returns Saturday, May 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Attendees can enjoy tastings from more than 30 Northern California wineries, including Buena Vista Winery, Roth Estate, Cornerstone Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars and Wente Vineyards. Small bites, craft beer and cider will also be available. General admission tasting tickets are $40, but the festival offers many free events, including interactive art works, live painting demonstrations, shopping for local art from independent vendors and live music.

 

On May 25 from 1 to 5 p.m., Drake’s Brewing Company and Bike East Bay present the return of Session Fest. More than 30 local craft breweries will share a wide range of thoughtfully crafted, full-flavored and super refreshing low-ABV brews, perfect for kicking back on a warm summer day.

 

Attendees will receive one signature tasting glass and 10 tickets redeemable for five-ounce pours from the brewery of their choice. Entry is free, and in addition to tastings, there will be live music, delicious food, family-friendly games with prizes and a homebrewing demonstration. All proceeds benefit Bike East Bay in its local advocacy efforts to bring about better, safer biking for all. A free bike valet will be provided for anyone riding in.

 

These events are just the beginning of summer fun at Jack London Square. Visit jacklondonsquare.com to learn about other events including Dancing Under the Stars, Waterfront Flicks, Second Saturdays, the Jack London Square Farmers Market operated by CUESA and more.