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Wondering what’s open on Thanksgiving Day? We’ve got a list!

on November 16, 2012

The Oakland North staff has put together a list of places that are open on Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday weekend. Use this to find locations offering community meals, restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving, local grocery stores for those last-minute purchases and activities to entertain family and friends.

We have also included updates on the schedules of local favorite attractions as well as the AC Transit and BART transportation schedules.

Free Community Meals

City of Oakland 21st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Tuesday, November 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 238-207

Serving seniors, low-income families and homeless citizens. Free transportation to the hotel from certain locations. Call for more information.

Thanksgiving at Allen Temple Baptist Church

Thursday, November 22, service at 9 am, meal at noon

Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA (510) 332-311

Following a worship service at 9 am, there will be a community meal open to everyone. More information here.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 22, noon- 2 p.m.

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA (510) 465-4793

A complete dinner will be served at the church in the Stark Room. No reservations required. Open to everyone. More information.

10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration 

Thursday, November 22, 1-4 p.m.

Two Star Market, 2020 Macarthur Blvd., Oakland, CA (510) 531-3576

Chicken, turkey, side dishes, desserts and drinks will be served at the free Thanksgiving celebration. More information.

Spice Monkey “Day of Giving” 4th Annual Canned Food Drive

Thursday, November 22 4:30-7 p.m.

Spice Monkey Restaurant and Loft, 1628 Webster St., Oakland, CA

The restaurant is accepting donations of canned goods in exchange for reservations for a full Thanksgiving meal. You must donate 14 cans for each person in the party. The maximum number for each party is 8 people. For more information.

Thanksgiving  Lunch at St. Vincent de Paul

10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thanksgiving  at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, 675 23rd St., Oakland, CA  (510) 877-9255

A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served in the dining room. The service is offered to everyone.

Restaurants serving meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 22

Thanksgiving Brunch

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA

Enjoy a chilled or hot buffet with all the fixings including glazed ham and roasted turkey. Live entertainment will also be provided. More information.

Thanksgiving With A Drawl

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Pican, 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 834-1000

The restaurant will be serving a prix fixe Southern Thanksgiving menu.  More information.

Thanksgiving at The Lake Chalet

Noon to 9 p.m.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeshore Drive, Oakland, CA. (510) 208-5253

The restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu with optional appetizers. There will also be a hot chocolate bar and complimentary champagne in the bar and lounge to drink while watching the football game. Reservations information.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Meritage

Noon to 6 p.m.

Meritage at The Claremont, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA

The restaurant will serve a Thanksgiving meal and wine pairing along with traditional favorites and new creations.  More information here.

Thanksgiving Buffet

12-8 p.m.

Miss Pearl’s Restaurant & Lounge, One Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 444-7171

The restaurant will offer a buffet of traditional Thanksgiving items along with unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. For more information.

Need that last-minute gallon of milk or can of cranberry sauce? These grocery stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day:

Hometown Market

241 10th St., Oakland, CA (510) 835-2379

Thanksgiving Day – 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Lucky Supermarket

247 E. 18th Street, Oakland, CA  (510) 272-0467

Thanksgiving Day 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Northside Supermarket

4505 Market St., Emeryville, CA (510) 654-5914

Thanksgiving Day 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Meat department closes at 2 p.m.)


6310 College Ave., Oakland, CA (510) 654-6992

Thanksgiving Day – midnight to 6 p.m.


5130 Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 658-6612

Thanksgiving Day – midnight to 6 p.m.

Smart & Final

901 Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 251-8221

Thanksgiving Day – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Village Market

5885 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA (510) 547-3200

Thanksgiving Day – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whole Foods

230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA (510) 834-9800

Thanksgiving Day 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yasai Produce Market

6301 College Ave., Oakland, CA (510) 655-4880

Thanksgiving day – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Got relatives coming to town? Need to entertain the kids? These activities and attractions are coming up Thanksgiving week.

Thanksgiving  Pop-Up Market

Tuesday, November 20, 6-9 p.m.

Kitchener community kitchen, 372 24th Street, Oakland, CA

Sample Thanksgiving food, drinks and complimentary beer. Pre-cooked items including cakes and pies will be available for purchase.

Piedmont Turkey Trot 2012

Thursday, November 22, 8:30 a.m.

Piedmont High School, 800 Marigold Ave., Oakland, CA

Join friends, family and neighbors for a three-mile walk, jog or run through the streets of Piedmont. The event begins and ends at Piedmont High School. Register by November 18.

Oakland Youth Orchestra Performances

Saturday, November 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 5604 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA (510) 547-0905

Watch the orchestra perform while you shop. A portion of the money from your sale will be donated to Oakland Youth Orchestra. For more information click here.

Fall Extravaganza

Saturday, November 24 1-3 p.m.

Museum of Children’s Art

538 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA (510) 465-8770

Children Pre-school to elementary are invited to enjoy activities such as painting, building and sculpting. There will also be a teaching artist on site. Reservations are not required.

Yo Gabba Gabba

Sunday, November 25, 2 p.m.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA (510) 302-2250

A live action program for preschoolers and their parents. Tickets required. For more information click here.

Kids’ Camps

Thanksgiving Break  ZooCamp

November 19 – 21, 9 am – 4pm

Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA

Camp for the kids runs the three weekdays before the holiday. Kindergarten – 5th grade. Program hours are, with optional before and after care. More information.

Thanksgiving Break Day Camp

November 19 – 21

Sponsored by the City of Oakland, this day camp is for children ages 5-12. Times and locations vary. Please go here for more information.

Which public services and attractions will be open or closed?

Oakland Public Library System

Main library closed November 22 and November 23

All branches will be closed November 22 to November 25

Piedmont Avenue Branch Library closed November 11 to November 26.

Oakland City Parks & Recreation Centers

All centers will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA (510) 318-8400

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open Fri., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum of Children’s Art

538 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA (510) 465-8770

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open for the Fall Extravaganza, Sat. 1-3 p.m.

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA (510) 336-7300

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA (510) 632-9525

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Open Fri., Sat., Sun. regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


On Thanksgiving Day follow the Sunday schedule for times and stop locations. Regularly scheduled service resumes on Friday.

AC Transit

All AC Transit Local and Transbay lines will run on a weekend schedule on Thanksgiving Day. Regularly scheduled service resumes on Friday.

And last of all, if you think you’ve done a little too much holiday celebrating…

AAA Tipsy Tow Program

Thursday, November 22 – Friday, November 23, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

AAA Tipsy Tow Program offers a one-way ride for driver and his/her vehicle a free tow home up to 10 miles for drinking drivers in Northern California – members and non-members alike – from 6 pm on Thanksgiving night until 6 a.m. the next morning. Call (800)-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator “I need a Tipsy Tow.” For more information click here.


  1. Rogue Cyclist on November 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Plus, most of Chinatown will be open as usual on Thanksgiving.

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