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Wednesday, December 19

East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland
Wednesday, December 19 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| Lost & Found
East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland

East Bay Green Drinks, started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more. Free, but RSVP is ...Monthly

“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Uptown Nightclub
"Moonlight Comedy": Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland

Lineup for 12/19: Lyall Behrens (Hulu) Jesse Hett (SF Sketchfest) Red Scott (Cobb’s Comedy Club) Andrew Orolfo (SF Sketchfest) Shanti Charan (SF Punchline) & more Every Wednesday

Friday, December 21

2018 Solstice Sun Hike | Tilden Park
Friday, December 21 – 6:15 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park
2018 Solstice Sun Hike | Tilden Park
Rise with the sun, on this early morning hike. Meet at the Nature Center and hike to the peak in hopes of greeting the solstice sun. BYOC. Bring your own Coffee! And flashlight. No registration; Drop-in program only.
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...Monthly

Saturday, December 22

Oakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018
Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018

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 off-street parking at city-owned garages and lots to encourage holiday shoppers to check ...Every Saturday

2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 28th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Saturday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

It’s a small world after all. Join the Berkeley Potters Guild with their special gallery theme, Small World, for the annual Holiday Open House and Studio Sale. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 48th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends ...

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Saturday, December 22 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Please note, the new time is from 6:15 pm-6:45 pm.

Sunday, December 23

Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo
Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo
Take a break from last-minute shopping to experience the natural sounds, sights, smells, and colors of the season on the annual Winter Solstice hike. Free, but an RSVP is required. This year, take a colorful jaunt up White Canyon on Red Road Trail to Black Point in ...
Final Day: 2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Sunday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: 2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

It’s a small world after all. Join the Berkeley Potters Guild with their special gallery theme, Small World, for the annual Holiday Open House and Studio Sale. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 48th Annual Holiday Sale, over several weekends ...

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Sunday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 handicrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shopping atmosphere complete the experience. Telegraph Avenue ...

2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 28th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Monday, 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 handicrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shopping atmosphere complete the experience. Telegraph Avenue ...

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Tuesday, December 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away
| Badarikashrama
Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Enjoy a Christmas concert and a complimentary vegetarian international dinner on Christmas Day at Badarikashrama in San Leandro at 3 pm on December 25, 2018. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call for reservations at 510-278-2444; space is limited, but no one will be turned away. This year, listen to a splendid concert ...
Last Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland
Tuesday, December 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| The Layover
Last Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland

Laugh City is a monthly comedy show bringing comedians from HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and Late Night TV to Oakland every last Tuesday at 8 pm. DJ B.C. spins music after the show. The show takes place at The Layover (1517 Franklin St). 21 and up. Doors open at 7 pm. Free, ...Monthly

Wednesday, December 26

“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland
Wednesday, December 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Uptown Nightclub
"Moonlight Comedy": Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland

Lineup for 12/26: Julie Ash (#HellaFunny) Chad Opitz (SF Sketchfest) Bryant Hicks (#HellaFunny) Ben Feldman (Cobb’s Comedy Club) & more Every Wednesday

Friday, December 28

$5 Classic Movie Night: “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” | Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 28 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Paramount Theatre
$5 Classic Movie Night: "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" | Paramount Theatre

Experience the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Era in one of America’s finest Art Deco movie palaces. With over 3,000 seats and a meticulously-restored interior, the Paramount offers a true “Movie Palace” experience straight out of the 1930s – with period newsreels, cartoons, previews, live music from the ...

“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & Popcorn | Oakland
"Comedy Soup": Music, Comedy, Free Wine & Popcorn | Oakland

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 popcorn and wine will be served for every audience member. Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested ...Monthly

Saturday, December 29

Oakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018
Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018

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 off-street parking at city-owned garages and lots to encourage holiday shoppers to check ...Every Saturday

Monday, December 31

Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland
Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland
Families can ring in the New Year without staying up all night with one of Chabot’s most popular annual events. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm. Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons ...
New Year’s Eve Day Party & Six Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science
New Year's Eve Day Party & Six Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science
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 exploration and our annual balloon drop. Count down to 2019 at one of the six New Year’s Eve Balloon Drops, as you ...
British New Year’s Party: Bagpipes & Bubbly at 4 pm | Oakland
Monday, December 31 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Commonwealth Cafe & Pub
British New Year's Party: Bagpipes & Bubbly at 4 pm | Oakland
Why wait until midnight? The Commonwealth Cafe and Public House hosts their daytime New Year’s Eve party with bagpipe players and a complimentary champagne toast. Ring in the British New Year at 4 pm on December 31, 2018. There will also be traditional British pasties (an English-style ...
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, December 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
| Club 21
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 ...Monthly

2018 Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash | Berkeley
Monday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $25 | Ashkenaz
2018 Annual New Year's Eve Balkan Bash | Berkeley
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ashkenaz with a lively night of Balkan music and dance hosted by Édessa on December 31, 2018. It’s an all-ages affair, with children 12 and under admitted free. Band Lineup True Life Trio with special guest Joe Finn Fanfare Zambaleta Édessa
Free NYE Show with Lil Elephant | Berkeley
Monday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $10 | The Starry Plough
Free NYE Show with Lil Elephant | Berkeley
Come to Starry Plough’s New Year’s Eve show this year to say thank you to the community with Lil Elephant, Evan and the Live Oaks, Wayfairy and XCAIROCITOSX.
“Critical Hit” NYE Comedy Special: Free Champagne Toast | Oakland
Monday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $10 | It's Your Move Game Store
"Critical Hit" NYE Comedy Special: Free Champagne Toast | Oakland

Critical Hit is ending 2018 with a bang, baybeeeeee! This is their annual New Years Eve Extravaganza and it is going to be lit. It’ll be BYOB; however, tickets also include a Countdown Champagne toast (with valid ID). They have had an incredible year of comedy with ...Every Saturday

Taoist Midnight Meditation w/ Tea & Cookies | Oakland
Monday, 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 crazy year and to welcome in a new year of peace and love for self and others. Dr. Feng will lead you silently ...

Wednesday, January 2

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, January 2 – 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 ...Monthly

“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland
Wednesday, January 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Uptown Nightclub
"Moonlight Comedy": Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland

Moonlight Comedy is a live stand up comedy showcase taking place under the stars in the outdoor patio, in the heart of downtown Oakland, at The Uptown. Dress warmly; they’ve got a couple of patio heaters to help keep you toasty. Each week features some of ...Every Wednesday

Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay
Wednesday, January 2 – 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 ...Monthly