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Best free things to do in Oakland?

I'm going to be in Oakland next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

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Matt from Orondo, Washington

Have a picnic at the top of Mountain View Cemetery

Berkeley is worth checking out by foot. 

The Jack London Square farmer's market is one of the best Bay Area markets I've been too. It's smaller, but great produce for generally super cheap. 

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  2. Berkeley (city)
  3. Jack London Square (attraction)
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Walk around Lake Merritt. It's beautiful! I think it might be about 3 miles total.

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I would recommend visiting Lake MerrittOakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market, and Rockridge  which are all free. You can also catch a movie at Grand Lake Theater for only $5. 

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  1. Lake Merritt (attraction)
  2. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market (restaurant)
  3. Rockridge (neighborhood)
  4. Grand Lake Theater (attraction)
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Jon from Huntington Beach, California

Try first Art Murmur art & music on the first Friday night of each month.  Streets are closed, galleries are open, bars and restaurants are packed, band play on the street.  Also, every Friday night at Oakland Museum of California, there is live music, exhibits, games, (along with sale of beer/wine and food trucks).  

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Nina from Oakland

Walk around Lake Merritt in the sunshine and stop for a drink on the dock behind Lake Chalet at sunset, watching the gondolas glide along the lake.  Enjoy the Art Murmur art crawl in downtown Oakland on the first Friday of each month, enjoying our local culture and local artists along a long section of galleries, all free with lots of low-priced yummy food trucks.  Show up for the Saturday morning farmer's market at Grand Lake to people watch and hear live music.

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  1. Lake Merritt (attraction)
  2. Lake Chalet (restaurant)
  3. Grand Lake (neighborhood)
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