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This weekend in Oakland

on December 31, 2010

Community events and activities for the weekend of December 31-Jan 2. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday December 31

See our listing of local New Year’s Eve celebrations with information about events at Chabot Space & Science Center, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The New Parish, The Fox Theatre, the USS Hornet and more.

A few additional events suggested by our readers:

The Lovelight Blues Band at Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
9:30 pm

Champagne, balloons, silly hats and blues. More information on tickets and pricing here.

N.Y.E. Party at the Layover
1517 Franklin Street, Oakland
10 pm

Music by DJ Dennis Yadroff. More information on tickets and pricing here.

New Years’ Eve Bash at the Uptown
Doors at 9 pm. $15 cover charge.

Music by the Hi-Rhythm Hustlers, plus comedy, circus and variety acts. More information here.

New Year’s Eve 2011 at Era Art Bar
19 Grand Avenue, Oakland
10 pm

Balloon drop, champagne toast and music by DJ Sharp. More information here.

FFE NYE at Club Anton
428 3rd Street, Oakland
9 pm – 2 am

Full Figure Entertainment presents DJ Lash spinning hip hop, soul and R&B. More info about tickets and pricing here.

Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead
Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley
Shows Dec 31, Jan 1 and Jan2, prices and times vary. More info here.

Berkeley Repertory Theater presents a new theatrical production written by the author of the delightfully nasty A Series of Unfortunate Events books. More information about the show here

Saturday January 1

ZooLights Christmas Light Show

5:30 to 9 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

ZooLights runs from December 3 through January 2, except for December 24 and 25.  The zoo boasts over 120 lighted animal structures along with the Snowball Express – a miniature steam engine train – giant toy soldiers, and oversized candy canes, lollipops, and gingerbread cookies.  Cost: adults $7.50, kids and seniors $5.50

Sunday January 2

MOCHA: Drop-In Studio
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland
12 pm -4 pm

$8 per child, free for adults and members

First Free Sunday at Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
11 am – 5 pm

The museum is free all day the first Sunday of every month, including timed tickets to the PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation exhibit (first come, first served) and a building tour with the Museum’s Council on Architecture (meets at 1 pm on Level 2.) More info here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Farmers markets

Old Oakland Farmers Market
9th Street between Broadway and Clay, Oakland
Fridays 8 am – 2 pm, year-round
More info here.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Farmers Market
3801 Howe Street, Oakland
Fridays 10 am – 2 pm, year-round
More info here.

Grand Lake Farmers Market
Splash Pad Park at Grand Avenue and Lake Park Avenue
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, year round (but closed Saturday Jan 1)
More info here.

Phat Beets Produce Market
5717 Market Street, Oakland
Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm
More info here.

Temescal Farmers Market
5300 Claremont Avenue, Oakland (at the DMV)
Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, year-round
More info here.

Jack London Square Farmers Market
Webster & Water Streets, Oakland
Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm, year-round
More info here.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, Merritt Pavillion, 350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, in the “Fir Room.”
Sundays 8:30 – 10 am, Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

A program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, weigh-ins, or fee, but pre-registration for this free program is required. The program is provided through Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Call (510) 523-4361 for more information.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland between January 6-8 to


  1. Brian on December 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    A minor correction: the Grand Lake Farmers Market is open until 2.

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