From First Friday street fairs to summer music festivals, from pop-up restaurants to the hottest nightlife performances, Downtown Oakland offers events for all occasions! There are so many great things to do in Oakland, the hardest part is just choosing which events to check out! Click on the calendar below to learn more and don’t miss out on our Events page for a more comprehensive listing of events!
Oakland Central and Visit Oakland are incredibly excited to bring Downtown Oakland it’s very own outdoor holiday ice skating rink, the Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink. We have found a home for this important initiative on the corner of 9th and Washington, in one of Oakland’s most beautiful and iconic neighborhoods. Join us as we celebrate the holiday season and bring in the new year on the ice!
For more information about tickets and hours of operation, click here.
In December, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.
2018 Fairy Winterland dates: December 14-23
For one modest admission fee—$10 for each adult and child over the age of 1 ($5 for members)—you’ll enjoy:
- Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m.
- Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment
- A daily visit from Santa Claus Holiday-themed arts and crafts
- Unlimited rides
- And many more special surprises!
The park is open from noon to 7 p.m. during Fairy Winterland (weather permitting).
Fairyland members receive free admission to the opening day of Fairy Winterland!
For more information, click here.
An evening of family song and dance with Bomba Annex, La Mestiza & Mobando. This
collaboration will feature an upbeat evening of lively music showcasing traditional Puerto Rican
culture and contemporary song. The collective will explore songs from Ishmael Rivera & Cortijo,
arrangements of popular classics from Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire as well as original
compositions by La Mestiza. Backed by Mobando a San Francisco based powerhouse quartet,
Bomba Annex features hard-hitting percussion, infectious song, and dance.
Oakhella’s own Drow Flow and M.C. K~Swift will bring the musical heat at the Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink presented by Oakland Central. We’re gonna make it feel like a roller rink, on ice! Slide through to the corner of 9th Street and Washington Street on December 28th, 2019 from 8pm-10pm. Bring your family and friends. It will really warm our hearts when we see you there!
Piwai’s chilling vocals and hypnotic sound have been described as spiritual
nirvana. A captivating performer, she bends genres to seamlessly flow from
jazz, reggae or folk to pure African rhythms, moving listeners to physically feel
her music, creating a trance-like rhythm that balances consciousness.
Piwai wows audiences across the globe with her soulful voice and genre-fusing
melodies. Fondly known as the girl with the African thumb piano, the mbira,
Piwai was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Her love of music is influenced by her
multicultural Southern Africa and gospel exposure in early childhood.
During and after college years in the US, Piwai trained as a jazz vocalist at the
Jazz School of Berkeley. She’s studied with world-renowned vocalists such as
Vernon Bush, Raz Kennedy, Maye Cavallaro, and Frankye Kelly.