As radical as its people, Oakland (and the bay area in general) rarely conforms to the given season that it’s in. Regardless, Spring has sprung, and love is definitely in the air. With flowers in full bloom, seasonal affective disorder officially over (at least for the sunnier side of the Bay-sorry S.F, your weather still sucks and the tall rise buildings make outings intolerable even on your best days), and crop tops making their official debut of 2015, what better place to get your love on than under the Oakland sun? Here’s our list of  12 of the best (free) Oakland spots to get your cupcake on in Tha Town! And if you’re cupcakeless (or want to impress your beau)-fear not: James and the Giant Cupcake‘s got you covered (6326 San Pablo Ave, Oakland)-Must Try: The Fashionista!

1. Lake Merritt

TJ Gehling

Enjoy a Gondola Servizio stroll under the night sky.

2. Morcom Municipal Rose Garden


Spring is the best time of the year to enjoy the blooming roses.

3. Joaquin Miller Park

H Grimes

Head to Woodminster Amphitheater this summer for musical theater under the stars.

4. Jack London

Tony Webster

Head to Yoshi’s for some dinner and catch one of their intimate shows.

5. Chabot Space and Science Center

Daniel Parks

One of the best views in the city will have you feeling you’re among the stars.

6. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

G. Pope

Wake up early enough to catch the breathtaking fog and keep warm with a blanket and thermos filled with coffee…And each other.

7. Kaiser Rooftop Garden 


Every Friday during the summer, enjoy live music during their free concert series.

8. Mountain View Cemetery 

Tom Hilton

Check out their calendar of events, this place is quite lively, considering the residents…

9. Redwood Regional Park 

mary casserly

Pack a picnic, leave the hustle and bustle of downtown, and get lost in the woods for the day.

10. Chapel of the Chimes

St. Blaize

Get lost in the columbarium  during summer solstice during the Garden of Memory,  walk-through event held every year featuring over 40 musicians performing on unique instruments.

11. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Thomas Hawk

This is one of the best hidden (now not so hidden) gems in West Oakland. Head to the park on a warm evening to catch the sunset.

12. Mormon Temple

Giovanna Borgna

Don’t feel no shame in your makeout game. Jesus was all about spreading the love, so if security comes around, just remind them WWJD?

Featured Photo: via James and the Giant Cupcake gallery page [Pictured: Love Potion]