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Saturday, December 20

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Free Parking Day | Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland will offer free parking at meters and parking kiosks to encourage holiday shoppers ...

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Saturday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – 11:15 am | Cost: FREE | Lakeview Branch Library
Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland

Come swap out your kids’ gently-used clothing, books, and toys for others that are new to you. Please bring only items that are clean, in good condition, and appropriate for children. The swap takes place from 11:15 am to noon every third Saturday of the ...

$3 Off: “Santa’s Scream Fest” Haunted House | East Bay
$3 Off:

You thought the horror was over… well think again. Experience two frightful holiday haunted houses: Chris Kringle Killer and A Bloody Christmas Carol.
Named one of the top haunted houses in the nation by Forbes Magazine and seen on CBS, ABC, and FOX News.
Two nights only…. …

The Comedy Roast of a Santa Claus | East Bay
The Comedy Roast of a Santa Claus | East Bay

What says “Holiday Season” more then a degrading, mean-spirited, hate-filled, hilariously funny, live Comedy Roast? Grab your wish list, your worst Christmas sweater, and get ready to take some awkward instagram shots on an old man’s lap. RoastSF’s back with another heart stopping, fall-to-the-floor laughing, no ...

Sunday, December 21

2014 “Sing Up the Sun” Solstice Sing-Along | Tilden Park
Sunday, December 21 – 6:40 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park
2014

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share; they usually do …

Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo
Sunday, December 21 – 9:30 am | Cost: $6*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; $6 per vehicle park entrance fee
| Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center
Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo

Calling all druids. Need a break from hectic holiday shopping? Join Greenbelt Alliance on a nature hike to celebrate the winter solstice.
You’ll explore the slopes of Mount Diablo in search of (Santa’s) beard lichen, romantic mistletoe, and colorful Christmas Berry. You might even see a …

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Sunday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016
Sunday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016

Come celebrate the final day of programs in BAM/PFA’s current building at 2626 Bancroft Way during ”Let’s Go – A Farewell Revel” featuring dance battles, live music, performance art, sound art, a performance on 100 metronomes, and art-making for kids of all ages.
The event will culminate …

2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site
Sunday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site

Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows, and a desire to have a good time at a free winter solstice-themed campfire program at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
The program begins at 3 pm with crafts and games and continues with a campfire …

4th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Sunday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
4th Annual

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 at the Annual Wintersongs Community Sing.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Kitka singers will lead the group in some …

Monday, December 22

$2 Movie Day: The New Parkway’s 2 Year Anniversary | Oakland
Monday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: $2*
*$2 per movie
| The New Parkway
$2 Movie Day: The New Parkway's 2 Year Anniversary | Oakland

The New Parkway Theater, a cool community theater in Oakland with couches and quirky seating, a beer and wine license, and a full food menu, is turning two on December 22, 2014 and to celebrate, they’ll open the theater early for $2 movies all afternoon and night.
In every …

Tuesday, December 23

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

$5 Drive-In Movie Night | Christmas Eve Eve
Tuesday, December 23 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 on Tuesday nights (kids 11 and under are $1). Normally tickets are $7.25 a person
| Solano 2 Drive In
$5 Drive-In Movie Night | Christmas Eve Eve

Want to escape your family Christmas week to see a movie at a good old fashioned drive-in theater on a special discounted movie night?
On Tuesday Family Fun Night at the West Wind Solano Drive In in Concord (and also in San Jose), tickets are just $5 …

“Take it Outside” Outdoor Comedy Show | Oakland
Tuesday, December 23 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Marc 49

On the eve of Christmas Eve, Take It Outside is putting on a special holiday showcase. This month, they will be featuring Emily Epstein White, Charles Kelly, Matt Curry, Arthur Ballesteros, Shanti Charan and the best-kept comedy secret weapon, John Hoogasian.

Wednesday, December 24

Final Day: Pottery Holiday Show & Free Cider | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: Pottery Holiday Show & Free Cider | Berkeley

Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios while sipping complimentary apple cider during its 44th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends in November and December. Live music will fill the air, cookies and cider will be served, and a unique array of handmade pottery and ...

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

Friday, December 26

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, December 26 – 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 27

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Final Free Parking Day | Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland will offer free parking at meters and parking kiosks to encourage holiday shoppers ...

Sunday, December 28

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, December 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, December 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Monday, December 29

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, December 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Tuesday, December 30

Happy Hour Stories | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Solano)
Happy Hour Stories | Berkeley

Happy Hour Stories at Pegasus Books on Solano is story time – for adults. Every last Tuesday, starting at 7:30 pm, listen to a selection of short stories on a selected theme read aloud by Pegasus employees and friends, while enjoying a cool drink and ...

Wednesday, December 31

Funky Eclectic Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors
| Jupiter
Funky Eclectic Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley

Come say farewell to the old funky smelly year and ring in the shiny New Year at Jupiter, with party favors and a champagne toast, all to the grooving sounds of Oakland’s own eclectic funk group, Bandulu, on December 31, 2014.
Actually making their Jup debut, it …

Taoist Midnight Meditation w/ Tea & Cookies | Oakland
Wednesday, December 31 – 11:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Taoist Center
Taoist Midnight Meditation w/ Tea & Cookies | Oakland

Zhi Dao Guan, The Taoist Center in Oakland, hosts their annual New Year’s Eve midnight meditation as a reflective, peaceful way to end this raucous horse year and to welcome in a new year of hope.
Dr. Feng will lead you silently into 2015 with a special …