Wednesday, November 30, 2011

upcoming Oakland events

There are gobs of events coming up, with something for all ages. Various shopping districts in Oakland are having holiday events and there are popup markets all over -- more opportunities to shop local. There's lots happening, so be sure to look through it all so you don't miss your favorite event.

WOBO/EBBC Walking and Wheeling Wonderland - Thursday, December 1, 6:30-9:30pm. Join WOBO and EBBC to celebrate a year of biking and walking advocacy. New Belgium beer, silent auction, DJ Crimson, and more. ($10 incl. drink)

Zorro by Night - Thursday, December 1. A fundraising gala for the historic Peralta Hacienda. Flamenco dancers, food, Zorro films, silent auction, and more. ($30-$50+)

City Center tree lighting - Thursday, December 1, 5pm. Seasonal music and the 3rd annual tree lighting at City Center Plaza. (free)

JLS lights up for the holidays - Friday, December 2, 5-7pm. Tree-lighting, holiday parade preview, children's holiday singing competition, and more. (free)

Linden Street Tasting Room - grand opening - Friday, December 2, 5pm. A grand opening celebration of the new tasting room at Linden Street Brewery. Live music with Lila Nelson and the Job, $4 beer, food trucks, and more. (note: no ATM on site)

Oakland Holiday Parade - Saturday, December 3, 2pm. The 12th annual holiday parade in Oakland is big. Marching bands, floats, giant balloons and more. (free)

Yule at the Zoo + Holiday Lights - Saturday, December 3, 1pm-2pm, 5:30pm for lights. Fun vocal group California Revels will be giving a concert at the zoo. All month the zoo will have a special light display. (free with admission)

Lighted Yacht Parade - Saturday, December 3, 5:30pm. The annual Lighted Yacht Parade. See dozens of Bay Area boats dressed up in their holiday finery. Benefitting two great non-profits, Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank. (free; bring donations)

Jingletown Holiday Art Walk - Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4. Annual holiday open studios in the thriving art community of Jingletown. (free)

Popup Food Fest - Sunday, December 4, 12-4pm. Prepare for the holidays with a variety of local food vendors featured at Boucherie Marketplace at La Borinqueña.

Oakland Urban Paths Walk and Shop - Saturday, December 10, 10am-1pm. Explore urban paths between Lakeshore and Piedmont Avenue, and do a little local holiday shopping. (free)

holiday shopping events:

Montclair: Holiday Stroll - Thursday, December 1, 6-8:30pm. Special discounts, music (including a performance by the 35 member Pacific Boychoir), food and drink. (website)

Jack London Square Holiday Popup - Friday, December 2, 5-9pm. Holiday Popup market at Jack London Square. Proceeds benefit Wardrobe For Opportunity. (website)

Dimond Park Winterfest - Saturday, December 3, 10am-2pm. A pancake breakfast, local merchants, crafts for kids, and more. (website)

Piedmont Avenue: Tree-lighting and Stroll - Saturday, December 3, 5pm. Tree lighting, live performances, and more. (website)

Temescal Art Hop - Friday, December 3, 6-9pm. Part First Friday, part shopping, all fun. (website)

Temescal Labyrinth - Saturday, December 4, 12-5pm. Holiday food and craft fair. (website)

Old Oakland: Popup Hood - Saturday, December 9, noon-9pm. Grand opening celebration of the Popup Hood in Old Oakland. (website)

Rockridge: Holiday Jazz and Wine Stroll - Friday, December 9, 5-8pm. Music, food and drink, local merchants. (website)

Northgate/Uptown: Indie Artisan Holiday Faire - Saturday, December 10, 12-5pm. 25+ local craft and food artisans. At the New Commodity warehouse.

Lakeshore: Holiday Fun - Friday, December 16, 5-7pm. Saturday, December 17, 3-5pm. Merchant specials, Santa visits, free carriage rides, and more. (website)

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)

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