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East Bay is a region that includes the eastern shorelines of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo bay. The East Bay is the perfect place to live if you’re looking for a laidback environment with beautiful views.

The East Bay has always been one of the most popular regions in this great area. It’s rich with rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, and beautiful coastlines that are perfect for vacations or even working somewhere quieter at home!

If you’re planning on heading out this weekend and looking for some fun events, here are a few options to enjoy in Oakland, Berkeley, and the rest of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Most Popular Upcoming Events

SF’s Drag Queens on Ice 2021 (Union Square)

91st Golden Gate Park Tree Lighting w/ Carnival Rides + Snow (2021)

Japan’s Stunning “Dandelion Project” Light Show Comes to SF (Dec. 3 – Jan. 21)

SF’s 2021 “Italian Christmas Market” at Fort Mason (Dec. 4-5)

2021 “Sunset Holiday Mercantile” Golden Gate Park Pop-Up (Dec. 4-5)

Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021

Downtown’s “Let’s Glow SF” Tall Building Light Festival (Dec. 3-12)

SF’s Lighted Forest Returns to Golden Gate Park on Dec. 2

31st Annual Hayes Valley Holiday Stroll + Block Party (2021)

Thrive City’s Outdoor “Winter Wonderland” 2021 at Chase Center


Saturday, December 4, 2021


1. Oakland Secret Winter Comedy Night

Cost: $15
When: December 4, 2021 – 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Venue: Secret Location (Oakland)
Address: Oakland, CA

2. Walnut Creek Handcrafted Holiday Sale (Dec. 4-5)

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Venue: Center for Community Arts
Address: 111 N., Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek, CA

3. IKEA’s 2021 “Julbord” Winter Food Festival w/ Free Samples (Emeryville)

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 – 11:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Venue: IKEA Emeryville
Address: 4400 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA

4. “Gifty 2021” The Crucible’s 2021 Oakland Holiday Market (Dec 4-5)

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: The Crucible
Address: 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA

5. Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 8:20 pm
Venue: San Francisco Bay Area

6. Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s 36th Annual Holiday Concert

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: Jack London Square
Address: Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, CA

7. Alameda’s “Noelfest”+ Night Market at Almanac Beer Co. (Dec. 3-5)

Cost: FREE
When: December 4, 2021 -6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Almanac Barrel House, Brewery & Taproom
Address: 651B W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501


Sunday, December 5, 2021


1. Oakland Secret Speakeasy Comedy Night (Sunday)

Cost: $15
When: December 5, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue: Secret Location (Oakland)
Address: Oakland, CA

2. “Gifty 2021” The Crucible’s 2021 Oakland Holiday Market (Dec 4-5)

Cost: FREE
When: December 5, 2021 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: The Crucible
Address: 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA

3. Reading and Book Signing with Olympic Ice Skater Kristi Yamaguchi (San Ramon)

Cost: FREE
When: December 5, 2021 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: City Center Bishop Ranch
Address: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583

4. Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays (OMCA)

Cost: FREE
When: December 5, 2021 –  11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Oakland Museum of California
Address: 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607

5. Alameda’s “Noelfest” Winter Beer Party at Almanac Beer Co.

Cost: FREE
When: December 5, 2021 –  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
Venue: Almanac Barrel House, Brewery & Taproom
Address: 651B W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

6. Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021

Cost: FREE
When: December 5, 2021 –  4:00 pm to 7:45 pm  
Venue: San Francisco Bay Area


Saturday, December 11, 2021


1. Ghirardelli’s Annual Chocolate Warehouse Sale 2021 (Dec. 10-12)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 –  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Factory Outlet (San Leandro)
Address: 1111 139th Avenue, San Leandro, CA

2. Oakland Secret Winter Comedy Night

Cost: $15
When: December 11, 2021 – 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Venue: Secret Location (Oakland)
Address: Oakland, CA

3. 16th Anniversary: “Mortified Live” Shamefully Funny Storytelling (Oakland)

Cost: $16
When: December 11, 2021 –  7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: The New Parish
Address: 1743 18th St Oakland, CA, 94612

4. Berkeley’s Winter Holiday Open Studios + Sale (Dec. 10-11)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Makers WorkSpace 
Address: 1150 6th St, Berkeley, California 94710

5. “Girl Gang Craft” 2021 Holiday Market (Oakland)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 -11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Oakland Scottish Rite Center
Address: 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA743 18th St Oakland, CA, 94612

6. IKEA’s “Julbord” Winter Food Festival w/ Free Samples (Emeryville)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 -11:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Venue: KEA Emeryville
Address: 4400 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA

7. “Black Santa” Free Christmas Photos in the Laurel District (Oakland)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 -11:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Venue: The Source Chiropractic
Address: 3825 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA

8. Alameda’s Free Holiday Outdoors “Cinema Under the Stars” (Dec. 10-18)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 – 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue: Alameda South Shore Center
Address: 523 South Shore Center West, Alameda, CA

9. 2021 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony (Oakland)

Cost: FREE
When: December 11, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue: Jack London Square
Address: Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, CA


Sunday, December 12, 2021


1. Ghirardelli’s Annual Chocolate Warehouse Sale 2021

Cost: FREE
When: December 12, 2021 -9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Factory Outlet (San Leandro)
Address: Broa1111 139th Avenue, San Leandro, CA

2. $5 Off Tix: Oakland Secret Comedy Night @ Hidden Speakeasy

Cost: $15
When: December 12, 2021 -6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 
Venue: Secret Location (Oakland)
Address: Oakland, CA

3. “Locally Made” Art Show on 4th St. (Berkeley)

Cost: FREE
When: December 12, 2021 -3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: 4th Street Fine Art
Address: 2000 4th Street, University, Berkeley, CA


Saturday, December 18


Alameda’s Free Holiday Outdoors “Cinema Under the Stars” (Dec. 10-18)

Cost: FREE
When: December 18, 2021 – 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm 
Venue: Alameda South Shore Center
Address: 523 South Shore Center West, Alameda, CA

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