Weekends almost always go by too fast, but one trick I have learned to make them seem longer is to plan something for Friday night. Whether it's a movie in the park, a picnic outdoors or a pint of beer at a kid-friendly brewery, it seems to erase the workday and makes me feel like I gained an extra day of fun. This past weekend was the First Friday of the month which means it's time for Oakland's First Friday events! It's been a while since I participated in the very popular art murmur in Uptown Oakland, but we do frequently take advantage of the more kid friendly First Friday's event at Oakland's Temescal Alley.
|Walrus is a tiny store packed with lots of great home decor items.|
|This girl can entertain herself with anything :)|
|Crimson has a beautiful selection of plants, succulents and gardening goods.|
|Marisa Mason is one of my favorite shops to peruse. Beautiful jewelry and I'm in love with these ceramic tumblers!|
We usually indulge in some nachos and beer, followed by ice cream or soft serve from Curbside Creamery. The kids love running around and listening to the music.
|Someone recently mastered the art of pouting for attention :)|
|Oh look...it worked! Attention received...everything is better now.|
What are your favorite Friday night activities?
The details: Temescal Alley is located on 49th street in Oakland, just above Telegraph Avenue. Check out their store directory for specific hours. If you're looking for a heartier meal, plan ahead and make reservations at neighboring Dona Tomas or Pizzaiolo, or if you are visiting during mid-day, pick up a fried chicken sandwich from the famous Bakesale Betty (just around the corner) or grilled cheese and soup from The Sacred Wheel.