The big events this week are Thanksgiving, of course, and a great opportunity to shop local or make a point to buy nothing at all. Need a place to get free food or a meal on Thanksgiving? Check this list on Oakland Local. There are lots of holiday events in the weeks to come. But remember to shop local!
Plaid Friday is the shop local alternative to Black Friday. Support local, independent businesses and keep your money local. (list of participating businesses; hours, events and discounts vary)
Oakland in the Black - Friday, November 25, 11am-6pm. Oakland in the Black is a shop local celebration centered around Downtown businesses taking part in Plaid Friday. They'll have DJs, live performances, and food vendors. (free)
Plus the usual events:
Piedmont Avenue Art Walk (3rd Thursday)
Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)
Looking further ahead:
WOBO/EBBC Party - December 1. Celebrate a year of biking and walking advocacy with WOBO and EBBC.
Zorro by Night - December 1. A fundraising gala for the historic Peralta Hacienda.
City Center tree lighting - Thursday, December 1, 5pm. Seasonal music and the 3rd annual tree lighting at City Center Plaza.
Lighted Yacht Parade - Saturday, December 3. See dozens of Bay Area boats dressed up in their holiday finery.
Holiday Popup at JLS - Friday, December 2, 5pm-9pm. Holiday Popup market at Jack London Square. Proceeds benefit Wardrobe For Opportunity.
JLS lights up for the holidays - Friday, December 2, 5pm-7pm. Tree-lighting, holiday parade preview, and more.
Jingletown Holiday Art Walk - Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4. Annual holiday open studios in the thriving art community of Jingletown.
Popup Food Fest - Sunday, December 4, 12-4pm. A variety of local food vendors featured at Boucherie Marketplace at La Borinqueña.