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Saturday, December 17

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for drop-ins. ...

Holiday Music Gala-Hawaiian Style: Free Food, Music, & Hula Dancing | Berkeley
Saturday, December 17 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Canned food donations benefitting the Alameda County Food Bank are encouraged.
| Berkeley Methodist United Church
Holiday Music Gala-Hawaiian Style: Free Food, Music, & Hula Dancing | Berkeley
Join them for an evening of free food, Hawaiian and folk rock music, and hula dancing, with a festive holiday theme. Featuring ukulele music and hula dancing by Diablo Valley Hui-‘O’-Aloha and the Royal Hawaiian Ukulele Band, and folk rock by Wilson Wong & the Dudes. Your ...

Sunday, December 18

2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 18 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Opera House
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

Holiday Sing-Along: Fun For All Ages & Voices | Mountain View
Sunday, December 18 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Holiday Sing-Along: Fun For All Ages & Voices | Mountain View
Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual 2016 Holiday Sing-Along with Linda Gibson is here offering fun for all ages and voices. Linda has used the accordion, guitar, and other instruments throughout her life to bring music to varied populations. She taught music at the Braille ...
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, December 18 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

5th Annual Wintersongs Community Sing Along | Oakland
Sunday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$10 minimum donation are encouraged. Reservations and donations are recommended.
| Historic Preservation Park (Nile Hall)
5th Annual Wintersongs Community Sing Along | Oakland
Join Kitka in a celebratory circle of song. Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung – by many voices in community. Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun ...

Tuesday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve 2016: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Tuesday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)
Winter Solstice Eve 2016: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Join the Reclaiming Collective on the Solstice Eve—the longest night of the year—for their annual, traditional ritual and celebration at Ocean Beach on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Gather at 3:30 pm; the ritual will start at 4 pm. There’ll be dancing, singing and drumming. Winter Solstice Eve 2016: Beach ...

Wednesday, December 21

2016 Winter Solstice “Winter Wonderland” Hike | Muir Woods
Wednesday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Arrive early; parking is very limited.
| Muir Woods National Monument
2016 Winter Solstice
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with the tallest trees on earth. Come rain or shine, dress warmly, and celebrate the winter solstice at Muir Woods all day. Please note that this event was previously listed as free, but an admission charge is required in 2016. Winter ...

Thursday, December 22

Holiday Tunes with the Medicine Ball Ensemble | Oakland
Thursday, December 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
Holiday Tunes with the Medicine Ball Ensemble | Oakland
Join in the festive fun with the Medicine Ball Ensemble. This fabulous group of Bay Area players brings their own unique, high-spirited, musical vision to a classic collection of tunes. Their main dish is danceable Americana, with healthy helpings of Jazz, Rock n’ Roll and tonight ...
“Make Me A Mixtape” ’90s/’00s Emo, Punk & Post-Hardcore Vinyl Night | SF
Thursday, December 22 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
“Make Me A Mixtape” ’90s/’00s Emo, Punk & Post-Hardcore Vinyl Night | SF
Merry Christmas, baby. Come by for a very special edition of Make me a mixtape. Ugly sweaters, good times and dancing are guaranteed.

Friday, December 23

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland | San Jose
Friday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont's Winter Wonderland | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. In 2016, an array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland. The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland will be on display from November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Friday, December 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Friday, December 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye out on ...

Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF
Friday, December 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*They ask for a $5-$10 donation.
| Alley Cat Books
Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance & Live Music | SF

Don’t spend yer Friday sittin’ at home, chewin’ tobacco all on yer lonesome. C’mon down to the ole book place; bring yer dancin’ legs. Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting the Feral Fourth Fridays Urban Square Dance from 7-9 pm every 4th Friday night. All dances are ...

Monday, December 26

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, December 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Friday, December 30

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, December 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Saturday, December 31

2016 Holidays on Fourth Street: End of the Season | Berkeley
Saturday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2016 Holidays on Fourth Street: End of the Season | Berkeley

The Fourth Street shopping district in Berkeley celebrates the holidays with live music, caroling, puppet shows, visits with Santa, and more.

Wednesday, January 4

Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland
Wednesday, January 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Wheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland
Please note, this event has moved to first Wednesdays, from first Thursdays.

Thursday, January 5

First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight
Thursday, January 5 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Red Victorian
First Thursdays Art & Live Music at The Red Vic | Haight

The first Thursday of every month, The Red Vic hosts a free art and music show, featuring local artists and musicians starting at 6:30 pm. The Red Vic in the Haight, is a 20 room, mixed-use co-living hotel, hostel and collaboration space exploring participatory decision making, nomadic ...

Friday, January 6

“Wrapped in Plastic” Jazz Quartet | The Royale
Friday, January 6 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Royale

Wrapped in Plastic provides fresh sounds of old and new jazz to the Bay Area. In addition to an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz originals, the group reinterprets old favorites and lesser-known gems in new and modern ways – passing from Miles Davis to the music ...

Saturday, January 7

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, January 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

Sunday, January 8

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, January 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Friday, January 13

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, January 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...

Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF
Friday, January 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Veggie Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye ...

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, January 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in your hearts and peace in the world. They offer an introduction to the labyrinth every month and feature a musician playing live music.
“She Rocks” Live Music, Comedy & Drag Showcase | SF
Friday, January 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | The Fireside Lounge

Tired of seeing girls sing sad love songs and acoustic covers of top 40 hits? She Rocks features the most badass female dominant bands the Bay Area has to offer. See women who rock the stage harder than any stickly strungout dudes in the biz, every ...

Saturday, January 14

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, January 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Saturday, January 21

“Sketchboard”: Figure Drawing Art Class & Live Music | The Haight
Saturday, January 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Donation-based admission: $5-15
| The Red Victorian

Join in at the Red Victorian, an elegant 2000sq ft events space, for figure drawing accompanied by live musicians, bringing the art scene back to the Upper Haight one creative community event at a time. There will be easels provided and some materials for drop-ins. ...

Friday, January 27

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, January 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...