Come explore a new part of Oakland, or visit a favorite spot with a fresh perspective. Each tour is led by knowledgeable guides and lasts approximately 2 hours. Tickets are $10 for OHA members, $15 for non-members. Peruse tour descriptions and reserve your spot now!

oakland, story of a city

Available through our OHA store or at local stores, this book is a lively, widely recognized source for Oakland history.



Research your house, find out about landmarks, find links to lots of useful information!

Revitalization of Oakland Civic Auditorium Moves Forward

We did it! Late in the evening of the July 9th meeting, the City Council approved the Oakland Civic Auditorium project following an agreement between community arts groups and the developer. Implementation details remain to be worked out, but the project to save the deteriorating building can now move forward.

The agreements include provisions for some lowered-cost rental spaces, establishment of oversight committees, and establishment of nonprofit "friends" groups for the arena and the theater spaces. Thanks to all of you who wrote to your Council member, and congratulations to everyone involved! We look forward to a grand reopening and many future events at this beloved lakeside facility.

old oakland podcast

Whether you are new to Oakland, or a native, the story of the city’s historic Old Oakland – our original downtown – is a fascinating one, complete with its Victorian Row. Built in the wake of the arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago, with Oakland as its western terminus, it is today a vibrant retail district that was restored in the 1970s when Victorian Row was designated one of Oakland’s six Historic Districts. Fortunately for anyone curious to learn more about its history, KQED-FM’s “Bay Curious” podcast recently aired the Old Oakland story.

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