Get an eyeful of the Uptown district starting at 5 p.m. Thursday during the Uptown Unveiled street fair along Telegraph Avenue, from 16th Street to West Grand Avenue.
The free event will feature live music on three stages, as well as an open house at the largest vintage movie house in California, the lavish Fox Theater. The doors will be open as well at the Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland Ice Center and the new Fox Square mini-park, and at area art galleries, restaurants, shops and nightclubs.
Start off with a free, 30-minute guided walking tour at the Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave. The tours, beginning at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., will highlight Uptown's landmarks and vivid architecture before arriving at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway.
Move back up Telegraph for more events, including ice skating, poetry slams, art shows, bands, clowns, skateboarding, face-painting, crafts and a fashion show.
Nineteenth Street will be closed from Telegraph to San Pablo. But pedicabs will loop from one end of the Uptown Unveiled venues to another, including the "Taste of Uptown" launch party and nearby art galleries.
Reservations are strongly recommended for nearby restaurants, including Z-Café, Mua, Pican, Ozumo, Vo's, Luka's, Franklin Square Wine Bar and Flora. But there will be plenty of eats, beats and sights to satisfy everyone.
Drink specials will be offered by bars and nightclubs such as Café Van Kleef, Somar, Uptown, 2022, The Den at The Fox and soon-to-open Era. Some will stay open for special after-hours events.
The 19th Street BART station is the closest stop to the Uptown Unveiled route, which also is easily accessible from several AC Transit bus lines. For details, visit the AC Transit trip planner at www.actransit.org/tripplanner.wu.
Parking will be available in nearby lots and garages. For details, go to meetdowntownoak.com. There will be free valet bike parking on-site. Admission is free.