It's the holiday season here in Oakland, California! Although we are celebrating differently this year, there are still plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit! Here’s a list for holiday shopping, and more to get you started! So, get your calendar out, pick the events that look the most fun for you and your family, and create ever-lasting memories!

Seasons greetings from Oakland!

  1. Outdoor Events
  2. Shopping in The Town
  3. Eat and Drink

Outdoor & Virtual Events

October, 1 (11am - 7pm) and Oct 2 (10am - 5pm) Oakland's two-day, family-friendly festival celebrates craft beer, music, art, ecology, and Oakland in a big way! Spanning over a full weekend of fun, Oaktoberfest offers the The Smoakland Blue Dream Main Stage along with four stages of music and dance performances, roaming entertainment, hundreds of vendors including an outdoor artisan vendor marketplace, a mouthwatering collection of food vendors, plus inspired local kitchens offering traditional...

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Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s 130-year-old ballet reimagined as a holiday dance spectacle, will travel to 30 cities this fall to celebrate the show’s 10th season. The touring production features hip hop pioneer Kurtis Blow, the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979. Blow is considered one of hip hop’s founding fathers and will perform as the MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker . The tour includes a cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist who turns...

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Come join Peppa this Holiday season on an exciting camping trip in the winter woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor holiday adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. Little piggies everywhere will love celebrating the season with this 60-minute live musical experience! Children under 2 years do not require a ticket and...

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Peppa Pig's Adventure

The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with our dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be the highlight of your holiday season!...

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Oakland Ballet Presents: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

Orchestra Nostalgico returns to Duende for an evening of live orchestral music for a memorial Holiday performance! Orchestra Nostalgico is the Bay Area's star-studded movie music revival orchestra, bringing back the soundtracks from the golden age of 1950's and 1960's films. Many members of this 10-piece group come from the ranks of the popular Club Foot Orchestra, and some have also played with top-name acts such as Bob Weir, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, and The Residents. Relive those cinematic...

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Orchestra Nostalgico returns to Duende


Shopping in Oakland

Oakland Grown Gift Guide: Home For the Holidays

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Eat & Drink

At Homeroom, we make great mac + cheese, and a whole lot of it! Choose from over a dozen mac varieties — each is made-to-order, the way mac is meant to be. Ordering or picking up in-person? Visit us at our restaurant (400 40th Street). It was truly a labor of love—Homeroom opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 2011. We're proud to be a favorite Bay Area restaurant among locals and visitors alike. We're committed to a different way of doing business, employing a kick-ass, diverse team.

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Homeroom

In 2001 El Huarache Azteca opened its location at 3842 International Blvd. Beautiful murals are painted on the walls of the restaurant that take the customers back in time to the Aztec years. They proudly serve Mexican Food from Mexico City, and offer Bay Area residents a unique opportunity to enjoy traditional delicacies. They are among the first pioneers to serve homemade red and green moles, huitlacoche (Black Corn Mushroom), Flor de Calbaza (Squash Flower), Huaraches (Corn based dish),...

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El Huarache Azteca

Cana's parlor is an upscale full-service dining restaurant and lounge serving delicious Cuban dishes and fun cocktails. They also have a more casual cafe that offers Cuban dining, coffee, pastries, and more.

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Cana Cuban Parlor and Cafe
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