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Wednesday, December 19

The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free but we will gladly accept your end of year donations.
| The Marsh (Berkeley)
The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Join at The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret for the annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 19. There will be plenty of time to just hang out with Marshians and enjoy a night of music, drinks, snacks, merrymaking, and more. Plus performances by Will Durst, Unique Derique, Wayne ...

Friday, December 21

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley
Friday, December 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations welcome
| La Peña Cultural Center
Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley

Enjoy a lively evening of music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance. Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the ...Monthly

Saturday, December 22

SF’s $60 Luxury “Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Bus” | Sports Basement
SF's $60 Luxury "Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Bus" | Sports Basement
Spend a breathtaking day skiing and snowboarding at the world famous Squaw Valley Resort or Alpine Meadows, without the hassle of planning, driving or purchasing all that gear and gas. As part of their 2018-19 adventure calendar, Sports Basement are offering customers a luxury bus ride ...
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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, December 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley

Join in for a conversation with scientists from Cal. Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research. With new guest lecturers each month, come learn about ...Monthly

Monday, December 31

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 ...
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.
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

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

“Rainbow Family Night”: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
"Rainbow Family Night": LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...Monthly

Thursday, January 3

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, January 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...Monthly

Saturday, January 5

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, January 5 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...Monthly

Sunday, January 6

Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep
Sunday, January 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep

Bring your family, bring a friend, or treat yourself to an afternoon spent sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Taught by professional theatre artists, the classes offer people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to explore ...

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, January 6 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to its 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 ...Monthly

Wednesday, January 9

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, January 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed. Updated 9/11/18 – ...Monthly

Monday, January 14

Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley
Monday, January 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley

This one hour class provides an introduction to IMPACT Bay Area’s style of empowerment self-defense. In this class students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical ...Monthly

Wednesday, January 16

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, January 16 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley

Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Their work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global ...Monthly

Friday, January 18

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley
Friday, January 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations welcome
| La Peña Cultural Center
Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley

Enjoy a lively evening of music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance. Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the ...Monthly

Saturday, January 19

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, January 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...Monthly