Community Calendar

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!

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Dec
14
Fri
Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink @ Old Oakland Ice Rink
Dec 14 2018 @ 10:00 am – Jan 6 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink @ Old Oakland Ice Rink | Oakland | California | United States

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.

Fairy Winterland – Fairyland @ Fairyland
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm
fairyland at night with twinkle lights

 

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.

Dec
15
Sat
Head West in Old Oakland
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Head West in Old Oakland

The Mission of Head West is to create an environment that supports and embraces local creativity + the spirit of entrepreneurship. Through connecting people, we preserve arts + culture, realize our impact on the local economy + provide for the well-being of the people that keep these ideals alive.

Head West is a platform to embrace all things creative in people and product that bring positivity + good vibes into all of our lives.

Head West is curated and managed by Jimmy Brower, in partnership with Bay Street Shopping Center and Old Oakland. Participation is open to makers, crafters, designers, small brands, local shops, creative installation artists, specialty service providers, and local charities/non-profits.

Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt @ Lake Merritt
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
children on a holiday-themed boat

 

Spend some time in Lake Merritt’s Holiday room for hot cider and cookies before journeying around the lake. While caroling in the Water Sleigh, you’ll get to experience a unique view of Oakland as you float 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove.

Come by the Lake Merritt Boating Center OR visit https://cityofoakland.perfectmind.com to register online.

For more information, click here.

Oakland Faders on Ice @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oakland Faders on Ice @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink | Oakland | California | United States

The Oakland faders invade Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink Saturday, December 15th with infectious rhythms and grooves!

 

DJ Platurn

A 24 year veteran of the music industry, Platurn has traveled the world many times over bringing phenomenal music to multiple corners of the globe. With a client list that includes Red Bull, Toyota, Pandora, Adidas, Pixar, Monster Cable, MTV, Rane, and the Golden State Warriors to name just a few, he’s built a reputation as a tastemaker with vision and a sense of community and in turn preserving crucial aspects of DJ and music culture. Founder of the Oakland Faders and The 45 Sessions, the man is just getting started.

Joe Quixx

In the East Bay alone, there are as many different styles of DJing as there are kinds of music. In any given week, you can hear rockabilly, punk, techno, drum ‘n’ bass, downtempo, electro, classic R&B, funk, old-school hip-hop, current radio hits, neo-soul, dancehall reggae, dub, indie rock, bhangra, reggaeton, lounge jazz, Afro-Cuban son, Brazilian samba, or Armenian folk — maybe even at the same club. But to be a true mix master, you need both an awesome collection and an understanding of how to put records together seamlessly in a set. Turntablist skills can help or hinder — most folks would rather hear a perfectly blended progression of danceable records than a perfectly executed scratch-and-beat-juggle segment over a repetitive breakbeat. Of course, if you offer a good selection of music and can work in turntable tricks without disturbing the groove, you’re a mix master. And if you’ve done it consistently for ten-plus years, you’re a legend — like Joe Quixx. Having cut his teeth on the original Wake-Up Show and countless local clubs and house parties, the Quixxster now holds court Wednesday evenings at Oakland’s low-profile dive bar, the Golden Bull, where he gives faithful devotees the ’80s and ’90s flashbacks they crave, with no hangover whatsoever. Hearing Quixx mix, you know you’re in the presence of a cat who knows his music inside and out.

 

Dec
16
Sun
SHHH Presents So Icy: Dj Red Corvette at the Old Oakland Holiday Rink @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SHHH Presents So Icy: Dj Red Corvette at the Old Oakland Holiday Rink @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink | Oakland | California | United States

Red Corvette, born Carmena Victoria, is a DJ, Event Planner, and Visionary from the Bay Area. As an intern for 106 KMEL, she always wanted a career in music just hadn’t fell into her niche until she bought her first controller Jan 2012. With just a few years in, Red is Rayana Jay’s official tour DJ, event curator, and co-founder/director of operations + experiences for Women Sound Off Festival. Red’s miscellaneous musical taste, incredible fashion steez, and energy is highly favored by her creative friends and fans.

“I enjoy turning heads when I drop my favorite tracks, it gives me a rush to know that people enjoy and believe in my musical steez.”

Red Corvette currently resides In Oakland. She is the resident and curator for her traveling R&B party Cupcakin’: Smooth Grooves and Bed Squeaks in Oakland, L.A., and Brooklyn and planning the next Women Sound Off Festival.

Dec
19
Wed
East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks and Networking @ Lost & Found
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
glass with green liquid in grass

 

East Bay Green Drinks, started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more.

FREE event, but please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Dec
20
Thu
Thursday Night Live: Astu at The Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday Night Live: Astu at The Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink  | Oakland | California | United States

Part retro soul, part nineties R&B pastiche, part New Wave-inspired synth-pop, ASTU’s music refuses to pledge allegiance to a single vibe. The Oakland-based singer/songwriter has the ability to find an easy, irresistible groove and turn it into a unhurried banger. The depth and complexity of her buttery alto on Patterns, her debut project, has garnered critical acclaim from Afropunk, Earmilk, KQED and more. From silky, slow jams to trip-hop-esque grooves, ASTU keeps us wanting more.

Variance Magazine describes her sound as “…kin to some of Solange’s recent material with the whispering confidence of Kelela…” while KQED raves, “…a particularly insightful and self-assured debut, sure to count as one of the Bay Area’s most notable releases this year.”

ASTU is a recent recipient of the highly coveted Zoo Labs Music Residency Program.

Dec
21
Fri
Dj Sean G at The Ice Rink @ Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dec
22
Sat
Head West in Old Oakland
Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Head West in Old Oakland

The Mission of Head West is to create an environment that supports and embraces local creativity + the spirit of entrepreneurship. Through connecting people, we preserve arts + culture, realize our impact on the local economy + provide for the well-being of the people that keep these ideals alive.

Head West is a platform to embrace all things creative in people and product that bring positivity + good vibes into all of our lives.

Head West is curated and managed by Jimmy Brower, in partnership with Bay Street Shopping Center and Old Oakland. Participation is open to makers, crafters, designers, small brands, local shops, creative installation artists, specialty service providers, and local charities/non-profits.