Just 12 minutes from San Francisco, Oakland offers a cutting-edge art and music scene, hip international dining experience, world-class sports teams and more. As one of the most diverse cities in the United States, Oakland offers a wealth of group-friendly activities, adventures, and venues that highlight the city's booming culinary scene, hip art and music, diverse recreation options and top sports. Oakland offers 4,000 hotel rooms, ranging from resorts to economy. Properties are located along the waterfront, near the airport, the Oakland Hills and throughout downtown.
Oakland is the only city in California home to three professional teams! Here you'll find redwoods, an urban lake and a bustling city center - all within city limits. Groups enjoy exploring the city's more than 50 distinct neighborhoods, which include the vibrant Jack London Square on the San Francisco Bay; the artsy Uptown district with indie boutiques, bars, restaurants, and nightlife; the relaxed Lake Merritt, which sits along a picturesque natural saltwater lake and the eclectic downtown area with Victorian and art deco storefronts. There you'll also find the 12-block City Center complex, complete with fantastic restaurants and many public transportation options.
Centrally located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, Oakland is easy to get to and easy to get around. Oakland International Airport is California's fourth largest airport and is the second largest airport in the Bay Area. Downtown Oakland is in close proximity to 3 major airports: 1. 20 minutes to Oakland International Airport ; 2. 30 minutes to San Francisco International Airport and 3. 50 minutes away from Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Ten miles east of San Francisco, Oakland is accessible by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, ferry service, buses, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and Amtrak. BART provides sustainable, all electric train service throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Oakland hosts the 3 main transfer stations . The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit) offers citywide service and Transbay connections to San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Ferry makes it easy for passengers to cross the bay and access top Bay Area attractions and The Broadway Shuttle offers free connections between BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, Amtrak and downtown Oakland, running along Broadway from Jack London Square to 27th Street.
Oakland is home to a number of private event venues and convention spaces accommodating large meetings to grand galas. Fresh off an $8 million renovation, the 64,000 square-foot Oakland Convention Center the heart of downtown Oakland features a variety of event spaces and is connected to the Oakland Marriott City Center, which offers an additional 25,000 square feet of event space.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Oakland, The Oakland Center is an all-inclusive facility. This venue has 5,600 square feet of flexible format meeting rooms and is located directly across the street from the Oakland Convention Center. All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet access and A/V equipment, LCD projectors, whiteboards, and feature optional tele-conferencing abilities. Trained, friendly staff is available onsite to provide meeting, catering, and technical support.
The Uptown neighborhood's Starline Social Club is a one-of-a-kind true Oakland treasure. This unique, historical venue has versatile space, three separate spaces that is available for private rentals, and provide in-house food and bar service, audiovisual service, and production and styling options.
The Oakland Scottish Rite Center accommodates corporate meetings, receptions, and more throughout its four floors of event space, including a lobby, lounge, board rooms, and banquet rooms.
Tucked away in 13 acres of peaceful redwoods in the Oakland Hills, the Chabot Space & Science Center boasts indoor and outdoor event spaces, team-building activities and spectacular telescope views.
Star-gazing, stand-up paddle boarding, hikes through redwood forests—in Oakland? Absolutely. Get up close and personal with more than 700 animals at the Oakland Zoo, bring out your inner science geek at Chabot Space & Science Center, and learn why Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland after a visit to Children's Fairyland.
Oakland boasts 19 miles of coastline and more than 100,000 acres of parks and trails. When it's time to explore Oakland, meeting participants find themselves amid a number of fantastic parks and green spaces, as the East Bay is home to the oldest and largest regional park system in the country. The Oakland Hills is home to beautiful groves of ancient redwood trees and native forest.
Lake Merritt, the "Jewel of Oakland," is an urban lake in the middle of the city, one of the largest of its kind. Other group-friendly attractions and activities range from neighborhood food tours, chartered yacht tours, and authentic gondola rides to a whimsical storybook land that served as the inspiration for Disneyland.
Attractions within the city limits include the African American Museum & Library, Chabot Space & Science Center, Children's Fairyland, Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Zoo, and the USS Potomac.
A trip to Oakland isn't complete without tasting a little local flavor. Like everything else in Oakland, our wine scene is a little different. Oakland's urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouse spaces, but the wine quality is second to none. Being so close to California wine country doesn't hurt either, grapes are sourced from all over the state. Head out on Oakland's Urban Wine Trail, stopping along the way to shop, eat, and explore all that Oakland has to offer.
Oakland's brewers are rooted in the spirit of the city's earliest manufacturers, but this new breed of makers is developing flavor and style combinations that are making them stand out in the increasingly crowded world of American craft beer. The Oakland Ale Trail, developed by Visit Oakland in collaboration with a variety of partners from Oakland's craft beer industry, celebrates the strength of the Oakland's craft beer community. There are currently 12 breweries in Oakland, with 9 having tasting rooms open to the public. An additional 4 more locations are scheduled to open by 2018. The taprooms all offer unique drinking experiences that reflect the diversity of Oakland's brewing community.
Headlining bands get full attention at the Oakland Fox Theater, performing against its Middle Eastern-influenced backdrop. Originally opened in 1928, the theater has hosted numerous concerts by artists such as Alice in Chains, Atoms for Peace, Black Star, Widespread Panic, The Decemberists, and Green Day since re-opening in 2009 as a live concert venue, after a $91 million renovation.
The stunning art deco Paramount Theatre originally opened in 1931 as a "Movie Palace". Following a full and authentic restoration in 1972, the theatre has hosted many concerts by artists such as Prince, Widespread Panic, Bjork, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, along with a host of other live events including plays, and dance performances. The Paramount is home to the Oakland Ballet Company, the Oakland Symphony, and the Oakland Speaker Series. In paying homage to the theatre's roots as a "Movie Palace", classic movies are presented on Friday nights throughout the year.
At iconic jazz hall Yoshi's, dinner is delicious and part of the class-act in the 330-seat venue. The dinner soundtrack, though, is incredible, with performers like Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis and McCoy Tyner playing. The New Parish is a warren of separate bar rooms and upstairs seating areas. On the main stage, you can get pretty intimate with the performers, featuring bands in many different genres including pop, hip-hop, and bluegrass. Shows can be as little as free but are often reasonable at $10. While the Oakland Metro Operahouse is well known for hosting Hoodslam (an amateur underground theatrical wrestling event) and Tourettes without Regrets (a monthly vaudeville and variety show every first Thursday), they are also home to a variety of other musical performances; Oakland Symphony rehearsals and some of their smaller performances, the New Style Motherlode Dance Company and local band showcases.