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Jack London Square- Dancing, Night Markets, and Sing-Along Cinema

By Elisha Neubauer

Once a bustling seaport, Oakland is full of vibrant history and landmarks. Perhaps the most identifiable of these landmarks is Jack London Square, located on the estuary leading out to the San Francisco Bay. The Square was named after famed American author Jack London, who spent most of his childhood playing on the waterfront area that now boasts his name. One of the first American authors to sustain himself through writing, London wrote several books based on the waterfront, including The Sea-Wolf. The waterfront location has been preserved and is currently the only mixed-use waterfront in the East Bay that is available to the public.

Jack London Square combines food, entertainment, retail, recreation, and public events; bringing a little something for everyone to the space. The waterfront hosts events such as dance lessons, movie nights, concerts, and a night market. Festivals such as Pedalfest and the Eat Real Festival, along with holiday celebrations like the annual tree lighting and 4th of July events, round out the year with plenty of free events for visitors of all ages. Restaurants of all types are available, so whether you're in the mood for luxury cuisine or something a little more laid-back, you'll find exactly what you're in the mood for. Shelbi Okumura from Spin communications says, "This historic waterfront destination boasts a long list of happenings appealing to everyone -from families to auto, cycling and culinary enthusiasts - including Oakland's largest farmer's market, seasonal celebrations, specialty events and much more. There really is something for everyone including the Jack London Square signature series Dancing Under the Stars, Waterfront Flicks, Jack's Night Market and Sing-along Cinema."

If you're looking for something unique and exciting to do for the evening, JLS's new entertainment venue, Plank, offers eighteen state-of-the-art bowling lanes, an outdoor beer garden with three bocce ball courts, three full-service bars, interactive games, live entertainment, private party spaces, and much more. For the more adventurous, you can rent kayaks and bikes, take a cruise across the picturesque waterway, or even tour FDR's Floating Whitehouse - the USS Potomac.

The Jack London Square is a vibrant hub- merging culture, food, entertainment, and business over a span of eleven city blocks. Due to its location on the San Francisco Trail, the Square has been made easily accessible from nine counties and forty-seven cities throughout the Bay Area. No matter what you are looking for- be it retail, food, or fun- you'll find it down at the historic Jack London Square.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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