Christmas Palm Trees
FREE: The palm trees at Jack London Square will be lighted for the holidays tonight. It will be more than just flipping a switch. The organizers promise dancing lights, “pulsating motion,” and music. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one of JLS’ restaurants for happy hour, and then swing by to say hello at Art@theOakBook (423 Water Street.)
Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Broadway and Water Street
Jingletown Art Walk
FREE: It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists.
Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 11 am – 6pm
Creative Growth is one of the most interesting and well-regarded galleries in Oakland. On Friday, the art studio opens its holiday sale featuring community-made art at a great value: “In the gallery, recent Creative Growth artist collaborations with visiting artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more! Shop for drawings, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints, cigar box art, sculpture, textiles galore, holiday cards, art books, AND the premiere of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with merchandise direct from our exciting fundraising project. Music by Tommy Guerrero and Friends seasonal food and spirits by B Restaurant, Oakland.”
Tamales and Trinkets
Two of Oakland’s coolest, independent, and women-owned businesses are partnering Saturday to host a crafts fair featuring handiwork from developing world artisans. La Borinquena, home of Oakland’s best tamales, hosts Mangosteen Imports. As Tina Tamale says, “Shop locally, help globally.”
Saturday, December 5, 1pm – 4pm
582 7th Street
The new Bench and Bar on 17th Street launches a new East Bay party for women. Saucily dubbed the WETBar, the gay-owned and operated nightclub promises a night “of explosive sound and tantalizing eyecandy” to the DTO.
Sunday, December 6, 4 pm until ?
510 17th Street
$8 before 6pm, $10 after