Most people will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, watching the Super Bowl, or both this weekend. Others will stay at home entirely to avoid crowds. Whatever the case, we’ve added some fun options for everyone this week.
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Super Bowl watch party on the roof of the Continental Club
This Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams meet the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Whether you’re tuning in to watch the game, watch the commercials, watch the halftime show with Dr. Seeing Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, or just looking forward to getting out of the house and eating some finger food, it’s undoubtedly the biggest event of the weekend. The recently reopened Continental Club in West Oakland is one of the many places offering a watch party. In its 1940s glory days, the venue (then Christy’s Grill) was part of a thriving black nightlife and jazz club scene around 7th Street that became known as the “Harlem of the West.” Located on 12th Street, the club has hosted musical luminaries such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and others. Since reopening last New Year’s Eve, the club has hosted DJs, jazz and reggae nights. This Super Bowl event takes place outside on the roof of the club. Don’t forget that your vaccination card is required for entry.
Sunday, February 13, 3 p.m., free (Register online), Continental Club1658 12th St.
Walk the “secret” stairs of Oakland
Last spring, Oaklandside reporter Jose Fermoso wrote about the East Bay’s secret stairways, the often narrow and hidden stairways in alleys and between homes in many different parts of Oakland and Berkeley, which are the subject of Charles Fleming’s 2011 book. Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Stairs of Berkeley and Oakland. For his article, Fermoso spoke to a couple who got engaged during a romantic walk down one of the stairs. Whether you want to propose or just enjoy a peaceful and romantic sunset view, this is a great option. Each trail is numbered and mapped in Fleming’s book, and all feature several of the stairs built after the 1906 earthquake to help residents of the newly built neighborhoods walk more easily to the trolley system. While some of the stairs are steep, they offer stunning views of the bay. There are over 30 trails including in the boroughs of Oakmore, Crocker Highlands and Rockridge.
Enjoy the view at Joaquin Miller Park
We’ve featured Joaquin Miller in previous roundups, and can you blame us? The view, the connection to nature, and Oakland’s past: what’s not to love? The park itself has undergone some much-needed renovations in recent months. So disconnect from the digital world this weekend and head to the viewpoint (yes, the one where Ashley and Miles watched the sunset together on the TV show, blind spotting, on STARZ). You can sit next to the giant sequoia or walk down the path and enjoy the view from the wooden chairs.
Free Every Day, Joaquin Miller Park Lookout Point, 3547 Sanborn Dr.
Have a picnic in the rose garden
Here’s another location that we’ve featured in previous roundups that’s worth exploring again this weekend. Since we last posted about the Morcom Rose Garden, a number of readers have reported seeing roaming turkeys. Don’t worry, it’s not Gerald – but apparently some of his buddies still soak up the sun there. Grab some food along the way, set up your picnic blanket with your significant other or friends and family, and enjoy the greenery and flowers beginning to bloom.
Anytime, 700 Jean St.
Get takeout and see a movie set in Oakland
If you’re still wary about going out to a restaurant or anywhere indoors, but still want to do something fun this Valentine’s weekend, why not support a local restaurant by ordering takeout and watching a movie, showing or inspired by Oakland? Head over to NOSH to find out about some great local restaurants and find an old favorite or find a new place to try. Once you’ve grabbed some takeaway, check out one of these recommended films that showcase the love for Oakland: Sorry to bother you, East Side Sushiblind spotting (which you can watch for free), Fruitvale stationkicks (You can stream for free on Peacock), Black Panther, Soul and Up (all three streaming on Disney+) and money ball.