What started as a 24,000 square-foot vacant lot full of weeds at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand in Oakland has been transformed into a unique creative community space filled with some of the most awesome family-friendly entertainment around. For three months, The Peralta Junction Project will change the nature of weekends in West Oakland. Combine this ambitious community building project with a giant, whimsical stage, old-time midway games, eclectic artist booths and craft workshops under old fashioned red-and-white-striped canvas tents with kid-friendly entertainment and you’ve got the perfect venue for a memorable day of fun.

The Project, which has an artsy-urban 1920’s circus feel, is free to attend and features weekend programming that includes musical acts and movie nights, children’s crafts and other workshops, jewelry makers, and…free popcorn (score!). The carnival games are fully human powered and fun natured and include features like tossing beanbags and flipping hats, in hopes of winning handmade wooden medallions that says, “I’m a Winner.”

The project is open weekends through November 30, 2012 with the exception of a few ticketed events Saturday evenings. Each Sunday and Saturday there are arts and crafts activities for the young kids, as well as a two-hour kid-friendly workshop. Oh, and did we mention that entry is totally free?!

Psssst…On November 10 Peralta Junction debuted their life-size Mousetrap. Awesome, right?

Thursdays: Free Movie Night 7:00pm-10:00pm
Fridays: Pop-Up Programming 7:00pm-10:00pm
Saturdays: 12:00pm -10:00pm
Sundays: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Peralta Junction
2012 Peralta Street
Oakland, Ca
Online: peraltajunction.com

— Drea Lester

all photos courtesy of Peralta Junction