510 Day, Bachata by the Basin and Town Up Tuesday music fest

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the second week of May. Blink and before you know it summer will be upon us and hopefully bring warmer weather.

All of the events we offer this week are outdoors, so be sure to bring extra layers in case it gets cold. (Saturday should be the hottest day of the week.)

If you’ve been out and socialized with friends and strangers, don’t forget to get tested. We continue to update our COVID test guide.

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510 days

Last year’s 510 Day caravan of cars along Lakeshore Avenue. Credit: Amir Aziz

Since 2016, the people of Oakland have come together on May 10 to celebrate “510 days”– an unofficial holiday established to honor Oakland culture and the people who make it thrive. Until the pandemic forced the block party to go virtual in 2020, it was held at Lake Merritt across from the Cleveland Cascade Staircase on Lakeshore Avenue. Last year’s event was partly virtual and included a caravan of cars. This year’s event, the seventh annual, will once again be held entirely in person after a two-year hiatus. There will be performances by musician Kev Choice, lawn dancers, and more. Davey D, DJ Black and DJ Styles will be behind One’s and Two’s. Interactive booths will be spread throughout the event to facilitate discussions about travel, school closures, public lands and other issues affecting Oakland residents.

Tuesday, May 10, 3-9 p.m., free admission, Lakeshore Avenue across from the Cleveland Cascades, extending to the Pergola

Bachata by the pool

Oaklanders can’t get enough of the Brooklyn Basin. The residential development with waterfront space has become a favorite for families with children, skaters, dancers and outdoor enthusiasts. This Sunday, bachata fans and dancers meet at Waterfront Park for a full day of music and dance with DJs Danny-G, JSmooth, DJ Encanto, Thiencito and KrisKros. The music will start at noon sharp. Want to learn to dance to this Latinx music? Ngoc Huynh will give a class at 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., free, Brooklyn Basin, 288 9th Ave.

Meet your neighbors at Dimond Park

The entrance to Dimond Park. Credit: Darwin BondGraham

the 22x District Council and the City of Oakland are teaming up for “CoNee G”, a cooperative neighborhood gathering. Located in Dimond Park, residents will have the opportunity to meet local job candidates, participate in a book exchange and attend discussions on a variety of topics ranging from environmental concerns to neighborhood safety. Food will be provided by the Oakland Police Department through Roasted and rawa black-owned plant-based Oakland restaurant.

Saturday, May 14, free, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dimond Park, 3860 Hanly Rd.

Good Medicine Native Comedy Show at OMCA

The comedy show “Good Medicine,” which features all Native American comedians, held a sold-out show last July at the Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. This year the show is come to the gardens of the Oakland Museum of California for a day of laughter, outdoors. Comedians Siena East, Kasey Nicholson, Dash Turner and host Jackie Keliiaa are part of this year’s lineup. Guests can bring picnic blankets and their own food, or purchase food from one of the Off the Grid vendors who will be on site the night of the event.

Saturday May 14, $20-$25OMCA, 1000 Oak St.

Town Up Tuesday – Live Music Festival

Urban Peace Movement organizes “Town Up Tuesday”, a music festival at Lake Merritt. Oakland educator, media maker, and 510 Day co-founder Leon “DNas” Sykes, and entertainer, emcee, and author rocky river will be the MC for the event, which will feature performances by singer Kamaiyah, of the lawn dance team grass feinzand DJ D Sharp, among others. Goapele is also playing as a special host. The first 150 guests will receive a free commemorative t-shirt.

Tuesday, May 17, 3-7 p.m., free, Edoff Memorial Bandstand at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.

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