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Friday, December 30

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, ...

$5 Classic Movie Night: “The Wizard of Oz” | Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Paramount Theatre
$5 Classic Movie Night:
Brilliantly adapted from L. Frank Baum’s venerated children’s book and winning Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture, this beloved musical fantasy is the most watched movie in history. More than 70 years since Judy Garland as Dorothy set out ...

Saturday, December 31

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 31 – 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 ...

New Year’s Eve Day Party & 2 pm Balloon Drop | Lawrence Hall of Science
New Year's Eve Day Party & 2 pm Balloon Drop | Lawrence Hall of Science
Count down to 2017 and start your year off right with science. Bring the whole family to the Hall on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve for exciting scientific celebrations, including a huge balloon drop on December 31, 2016. The party free with admission. Admission is $12 ...
NYE Comedy Show, & Dance Party | The Layover
Saturday, December 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 before 9 pm.
| The Layover
NYE Comedy Show, & Dance Party | The Layover
The Layover has a full night of events planned for your New Year’s Eve enjoyment including a comedy show, and a DJ dance party on December 31, 2016. Start celebrating New Year’s Eve early with a comedy show that’ll kick-start your night featuring Kate Willett, Natasha Muse, Aundre “The ...
“Tropic Soul” NYE Mardi Gras Masquerade Bash | Oakland
Saturday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 in advance and you must arrive before 11 pm; $15 in advance or $20 at the door
| Luka's Taproom & Lounge
Tropic Soul Bay Area is hosting a New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras masquerade party at Luka’s Taproom and Lounge in Oakland to ring in 2017. There will be an on-site photographer, as well as party favors, free giveaways along with confetti, masks, and, of course, beads. Enjoy music ...
Funky Eclectic Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley
Funky Eclectic Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley
Come say good riddance to 2016 with this high-energy group with a sound like The Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America. Sang Matiz plays an exotic mix of Afro-Brazilian/ Peruvian rhythms fused with Funk & R&B. With musicians from around the Bay ...
Hubba Hubba New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash | Oakland
Saturday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $20 | The Uptown Nightclub
Hubba Hubba New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash | Oakland
Take a trip to Oakland’s beloved Uptown Nightclub right near BART and join Tops in Tease as the Bay Area’s world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue kicks 2016 right out the door, and ring in the New Year with the best in burlesque, and those madcap kings ...
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.

Sunday, January 1

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Tuesday, January 3

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, January 3 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Wednesday, January 4

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, January 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

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.
Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay
Wednesday, January 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Clayton Valley Bowl
Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay

The first Wednesday of every month brings you a hilarious comedy show to the Lounge at Clayton Valley Bowl in Concord. Mires like Fires presents has become one of best East Bay stand up comedy showcases around. The show features a different lineup of talented ...

Friday, January 6

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, January 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, January 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

First Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 23rd & Telegraph
First Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland

Get your roller boogie on to some good music at the next First Friday street party in Oakland on the corner of 23rd and Telegraph. Bring your skates and come dance. It’s First Friday, and that means you’ll also get to enjoy lots of food ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

Free Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Free Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland

First Friday of the month means free improvised comedy in Oakland from The Senseless Bureau. The East Bay’s witty bunch of Senseless Bureaucrats will take your random suggestions and craft them into clever scenes to delight and amuse you. Watch the Senseless Bureau simultaneously write, act, ...

Sunday, January 8

Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep
Sunday, January 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep

Taught by professional theatre artists, The Berkeley Rep offers free class samplers each quarter giving everyone an opportunity to explore the craft of theatre and experience the joy of dynamic engagement with their own creativity. The Sunday Sampler is free and open to youth, teens, ...

16th Annual “No Pants” BART Ride Day
Sunday, January 8 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but BART fare is required
| BART
16th Annual
Drop your pants for the 16th Annual No Pants Subway Ride which will take place on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in San Francisco. The whole point is for 600+ people to ride BART (and then Muni) without any pants (wearing interesting undies and colorful socks) and to keep ...
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 ...

Tuesday, January 10

Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland
Tuesday, January 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland

Form a band (guitar, bass, drums, vocals) and rock the world. Rockband 4 will be projected on the wall and connected to a large amp so you can rock out loud. With over 2000 songs to choose from you will surely find an anthem. This ...

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, January 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
| The Layover
Free Women's Comedy Night | Oakland

Come check out a monthly comedy event at The Layover in Oakland for Women’s Comedy Night sponsored by Feelmore510 and hosted by Lydia Popovich. Get your laughs with a few funny ladies on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there ...

Thursday, January 12

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, January 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by actors and film makers. Bring some cash for popcorn and ...

Friday, January 13

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, January 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk:

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

Comedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland
Friday, January 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
| Sycamore Co-Op
Comedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland

Please note, they have changed the show name to Comedy Soup from Sad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night. Comedy Soup is Oakland’s DIY comedy show that features a lineup of some of the Bay Area’s best comedians, a new musical act every month, and a hearty helping of free, ...