Vibemap's list of fun, free, family-friendly things to do in Oakland. You can find a community sources list of more fun, free things to do here.

Lake Merritt is our top pick for mostly free activities all year round. Here's a guide to the vibes around Lake Merritt. In addition to walking around the lake, you can check out the Bonsai Gardens or drum circle at the Pergola.

On Friday nights, the best free, fun, family-friendly event in Oakland is the free night at the Oakland Museum of California. There is usually a free live musical performance and also affordable food trucks at Off the Grid.

Another great option is Jack London Square, where you can bask in the sun, play ping pong, people watch, catch an outdoor movie or art. All for free. Here's our guide.

Walk and explore murals. In downtown Oakland, Chinatown, Jack London, West Oakland, and many other neighborhoods, there are many murals and public art to discover.

About the Author:

Steve Pepple

Steve Pepple is the co-founder of Vibemap and a designer and technologist working at the intersection of people, data, and civic life. He consults for governments, startups, and nonprofits design, prototype, and connect people with better city experiences.