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Oakland is the seat of Alameda County, just east of San Francisco over the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge, (Toll). Oakland lies between Berkeley and Hayward along Interstate 580 and I-880, on the San Francisco Bay.

Following the Mexican War of 1846-48, when the victorious United States took over California, the Oakland settlement became an entry port and supply depot for prospectors headed to recently discovered gold fields. The city's new status as the transcontinental railroad's western terminus put it on the map after 1869. Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery at the upper end of Piedmont Ave. is a beautiful drive-thru park open to the public and free.

Today, Oakland is a major industrial hub and West Coast port. Oakland, Berkley and Emeryville enjoy the most temperate climate due to the fog that rolls in through the Golden Gate during summer nights. The fog serves to moderate the summer heat before it burns off by noon. On most summer days, there is a 30 degree afternoon temperature difference between the Oakland area and the suburban communities just minutes away on the other side of the East Bay Hills.

The city is among the country's most ethnically diverse communities. While small, a vibrant China Town thrives in the downtown area. The African American Museum and Library preserves the history of blacks living in California and elsewhere in the West. Oakland's Lakeside Park surrounds Lake Merritt, the country s largest urban saltwater body.

There is also an Oakland, Maryland.

Oakland is part of the Oakland, California metro area.

Oakland Greek Festival | Marriott Oakland City Center | Summit College |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Dockside Boat and Bed |
California Counties Alameda County |
Education California College of Arts and Crafts | Golden State School of Theology | Holy Names College | Oakland College of Law | Sierra Academy of Aeronautics |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub | Alameda County Med Center Hospital |
History Western Aerospace Museum | Executive Inn Oakland Embarcadero |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Patrick Leaper Realtor |
Shopping Golden Imports | Jack London Square | Legend Antiques | Spacify Modern Furniture |
Wildlife Viewing Oakland Zoo at Knowland Park |

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07/16 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.