Desi City Guide for Oakland

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June 20, 2013 By

Oakland, which is situated in California, is one of the eight largest cities in the United States. It is one of the largest and biggest ports located in the bay area for the container ships. Only 0.54 percent of its residents are Asians. Oakland hosts different types of festivals.


Oakland has various industries such as health care services, food processing, light manufacturing, transportation, arts and entertainment. It is one of the important commercial centres. Almost thirteen percent of Oakland’s work force is employed in the wholesale and retailer business. Almost 200,000 jobs are related to the port business. Other than that, they import auto parts as well as export lot of goods from the port. Oakland is one of the highest in the area of manufacturing as well as rapidly having an employments’ growth.


Museum of California is a very famous attraction in Oakland. It shows Californian history, art and nature. Jack London Square offers world-class sailboats and yachts. It also houses the Art Deco Paramount Theatre. Lake Merritt and Oakland Zoo provide family fun experiences. Italian Gondola rides at Children’s Fairyland is fund for kids. Farmers’ Market near the lake sells the finest quality of vegetables, fruits, bakery items, and fresh cut flowers. The Preservation Park with its well-kept lawns and lush shrubbery hosts a lot of events such as trade shows and award ceremonies. Bicycle Tours of Oakland and Black Panther Legacy Tours are other famous attractions in the city.


Oakland offers a wide range of entertainment options to visitors.

  1. 1.      Festivals

Oakland celebrates number of festivals such as Fire Arts Festival, Fremont Festival of the Arts, Berkeley Kite Festival. Festivals celebrated in the month of August are International Dragon Boat Festival, Fine Arts Fair, and Chinatown Street Fest. Festivals celebrated in the month of September are Oakland Art and Soul Festival, Garin Apple Festivals, Italian Festa.

  1. 2.      Drama and Music

The Paramount Theatre has hosted various famous performers and their acts. It also shows movie classics. Music, live jazz and entertainment programs entertain visitors.

  1. 3.      Sports

The bay area in Oakland offers indoor basket ball. Football and baseball are played outdoor nearby. Bicycle and walking tours are also famous.


Hotels and Shopping

Oakland’s shopping centre is unlike any typical American market mall. It has various antique shops, boutiques and ethnic treasure houses.

Oakland offers lots of options in hotels which are affordable to all. Mid-range hotels in Oakland can be found around the Broadway, the 3rd street and Washington Street. Hotels are centred in Downtown and Chinatown areas.

Indian food is available in Asian restaurants in Oakland Park, and other vegetarian restaurants. If you are travelling to Oakland, you will get a wide array of dining options.


In Oakland, it rains in Spring for almost twenty three to fifty eight inches. In winter, the temperature goes down. It drops down to freezing temperatures during the night.

 Visitors should carry warm clothes in winter. Oakland can be visited any time of the year. December, January, and June are the best months to plan a visit.

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