Third Annual Love Our Neighborhood Day returns to San Pablo Avenue on June 4th

Published On May 25, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Arts & Culture, In the Neighborhood

Historic State Highway 123 San Pablo Avenue will once again be closed to vehicle traffic when the annual Love Our Neighborhood Day returns to North Oakland on Saturday June 4th. Neighbors are invited to come play in the street, engage with your community and support local businesses and organizations.

Once again, The E’ville Eye is proud to be an official sponsor and we will have a booth set up near the 62nd street intersection. Drop by and say hello to Emeryville’s ragtag, hyperlocal citizen-journalist team, provide your input and check out our latest E’ville Schwag.


LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD DAY 2016

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Streets close to create a car-free community atmosphere, fun activities, performances, resources and art provided for free! Come play and support local organizations!

On Saturday June 4th, 2016, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and locals from the Golden Gate, Southwest Berkeley and Emeryville neighborhoods will be producing our third annual Love Our Neighborhood Day. The event will be open from 11am-4pm.

Love Our Neighborhood Day will happen in the street on San Pablo Avenue, from Stanford to Ashby. All lanes of traffic on San Pablo will be closed to cars during the event. This is a huge achievement for our neighborhood – we’re closing historic state highway 123 for the day to enable shared celebration and reclaiming of urban open spaces.

In 2015, we saw about 10,000 visitors to Love Our Neighborhood Day. We expect 15,000 to attend this year because of the increased enthusiasm and interest shown by the community, as well as the addition of several new key event partners, performers, and city support.

Activities and Key Partners

Dozens of local organizations, performers, artists, and others from throughout the region will join us on event day, including:

  • Citizen Five Music Stage: Happening at Folger and San Pablo just south of Ashby, local artists from the neighborhood are featured: DJ Hercules Records, Make Jazz, Lil’ Elephant, Genius 13 yr. Old solo act, and Supa Knova & Nebi.
  • MILO Foundation will host pet adoptions.
  • Mysterious Creatures Art Collective & Gallery will be hosting a live art mural production on their building, demos and interactive events, including a stage of local artists: Dea M., Diana Gameros + Brother, Michael Ruffo, Heather Normandale, & Dashboard Buddhas,
  • Homegrown Acoustic Stage: featuring Guatam and Dennis D., is a relaxing zone of kids games, great food, and acoustic music to relax in the shade.
  • The Grease Diner will be hosting DIY silkscreening
  • Oakland Fitness Company, Cliff Bar and others will be hosting a Games area for all ages
  • Berkley Maynard Academy and Yu Ming School will be collaborating on student projects for the event, hosting events reaching out to the local community
  • Riveropolis will return for its second year at Love Our Neighborhood Day – Riveropolis is sculpture and furniture featuring elevated waterways and fantastical landscapes, bringing the magic of running water to schools, museums and public places
  • Rock the Bike Center Stage will return with their pedal-powered music stage, smoothies and a stellar line-up:
  • Grand Opening of the Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center: with live activities of basketball, zumba, and a 1:30 pm celebration and announcements.
  • Destiny Arts Center will produce an all-day stage, including performances by their youth dance groups, DJ entertainment, dance classes, and more
  • KALA Art Institute will be hosting several artists in their Print Public program, creating art on the street during the event
  • Namaste Pizza Stage at 61st and San Pablo will host Local Hip Hop and artist from Hip Hop for Change, with including local folk artists all day long. There will be a pizza give-away and crazy photo’s with your favorite pizza’s. Stop by to see and hear, and eat!
  • Athletic Playground will host all day events of acroyoga and monkey games for all ages by Stanford & San Pablo
  • Capoeira and Karate demonstrations by Studio Naga, The Capoeira Arts Foundation, Capoeira Mandinga and more!

Street Closures

San Pablo Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Ashby Ave to Stanford. All side streets will be detoured around the event, but will be open to traffic up to San Pablo. For residents or businesses who need access into and out of the neighborhood on event day, side streets can be used to access main arteries surrounding the event (Ashby, Hollis, Stanford, Market/Sacramento) and get into and out of the area. Street closures will start at 9am, and streets will reopen by 6pm.

Public Transit

The AC Transit 72 Line buses will be routed via Ashby and Stanford to Sacramento/Market. All 72 Line stops on the Event Route will be posted with directions to nearby alternatives. Transit re-routing will start before 9am and resume normal operation after 6pm (when the roads are open).

Volunteers Needed

Please go to this form to get involved hosting an activity, or volunteering to make Love Our Neighborhood Day a fun and engaging family experience.

Follow @LoveOurHood on FacebookInstagram or Twitter for updates.


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About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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