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New Year’s Eve 2012 events in Oakland, plus what’s open during the New Year’s holiday

on December 26, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new. The Oakland North staff has put together a list of special events happening around Oakland this New Year’s Eve 2012. As always, we have included the holiday schedules for the AC Transit and BART and in this issue of “What’s Open” we include the schedule for the Broadway Shuttle as well.  Happy New Year!

POP New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31, 5 p.m.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA (510) 569-2121

Techno and disco music is the theme of the evening at this event. Go here for more information.

East Bay New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, Oakland, CA, Convention Center, (510) 466-6455

Party favors, casino games, three live bands and a champagne toast are just a few of the activities offered at this party. Call 800-838-3006 for information about purchasing tickets in advance and go here for more information.

Save Tigers A New Year’s Silent Disco Charity Event
Monday, December 31, 8 p.m.
The Vagabond Ballroom, Oakland, CA, 830 Isabella Street, Oakland, CA

Erykah Badu
Monday, December 31, 9 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA, (510) 302-2250

The artist showcases selections from her new album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. For more information go here.

The People NYE Ball
Monday, December 31, 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring Rich Medina, DJ Cali and DJ Ceci. Ages 21+ show. Admission $10-$20. More information here.

New Year’s Eve with Pete Escovedo and Sons Latin Jazz Orchestra
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo begins a four-day stand at Yoshi’s. Shows run December 28-31, with special 4-course dinner and show packages on New Year’s Eve. More information and ticket prices here.

Uptown & Hubba Hubba’s Annual New Year’s Eve Bash
Monday, December 31, 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring the Pine Box Boys, many other special guests, and a champagne toast. More information here. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Monday, December 31, 6 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

With DJ Selecta BC. More information here.

Eastside New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
Eastside Arts Alliance and Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

Lindy Hop dance party, plus poetry and live music featuring Holla Back, Paid Poets $ociety, Howard Wiley and more. General admission $25. More information here. 

Oakland’s New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion
Monday, December 31, 10:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway 
Oakland, CA, (510) 465-6400

The event will feature performances by Earthquake, Arnez J and other special guests. Go here for more information.

Chabot New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
December 31, Various Hours
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. (510) 336-7300

Ring in the New Year without staying up all night – come to Chabot and celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids count down and catch colorful balloons as they drop from the ceiling to receive a special prize. Non-member registration begins October 24. 
Admission Fee

New Year’s Eve Service
December 31, 8-9 p.m.
The Buddhist Church of Oakland, 825 Jackson Street, Oakland, CA, (510) 832-5988

Go here for more information.

“The Great Turning” Prayers from the Heart
Monday, December 31, 8 p.m.- 1 a.m.
East Bay Church of Religious Science, 4130 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA, (510) 420-1003

Go here for more information.


Spice Monkey
December 31, 6 p.m
1628 Webster Street, Oakland, CA (510) 268-0170

A prix-fixe meal and live music by Threat Level Orange. Go here for more information.

Bay Wolf
Monday, December 31
3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, (510) 655-6004

Ring in 2013 with a prix-fixe 3-course meal. For additional information and to make reservations go here.

Monday, December 31
3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA (510) 547-5035

Celebrate with a multi-course fixed menu cooked in the Camino fireplace. There will be optional wine pairing and a vegetarian menu. Go here for more information.

Monday, December 31
44 Webster St. (At Embarcadero West), Oakland, CA

The restaurant is serving a special 5-course tasting menu. Go here for more information.

I Squared
Monday, December 31
5403 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, (510) 658-4400

Ring in the New Year with a four-course meal plus a glass of champagne and a glass of wine with your dinner. Go here for more information.

Kincaid’s Bayhouse
Monday, December 31
1 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA,  (510) 835-8600

Go here for more information about dinner schedule and the menu.

Montclair Bistro
Monday, December 31
6118 Medau Place, Oakland, CA, (510) 482-8282

A special holiday menu awaits you. Go here for more information about reservations.

Monday, December 31
2214 Broadway Street, Oakland, CA, (510) 444-7586

The restaurant will serve a 5-course pre-fixe menu. Go here for information about the menu and reservations.

Monday, December 31
5900 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, (510) 658-5900

There will be a special prix fixe dinner followed by a sparkling party. Go here for more information about menu and reservations.

If you think you’ve done a little too much holiday celebrating…

Broadway Free Shuttle
On Monday, December 31, the shuttle will provided extended service hours from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for those celebrating the New Year in the downtown area.  It will run along Broadway from Jack London to 27th Street, turning onto Telegraph between 16th and 20th Streets.

This service is in addition to regular daytime shuttle hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BART will run until 3 a.m. with special service after 8 p.m. to and from San Francisco. Please review the special notice for additional information about the schedule and stop locations.

On New Year’s Day BART trains will follow the Sunday schedule for times and stop locations. Regularly scheduled service resumes on Wednesday, January 2.

AC Transit
All AC Transit Local and Transbay lines will run on a weekend schedule on New Year’s Day. Regularly scheduled service resumes on Wednesday, January 2.

AAA Tipsy Tow Program
Monday, December 31 – Tuesday, January 1, 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 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. New Year’s morning. Call (800)-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator “I need a Tipsy Tow.” For more information click here.

Know of any other Oakland New Year’s Eve events we missed? Please add them in the comments!

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