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.
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)
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)
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)
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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