Oakland To-Do List: December
Neyat Yohannes · November 30, 2015 ·
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Top 3 Events Not To Miss
  • Friday, Dec 4th 6pm (galleries close at 9pm, everything else open late)
  • Location: Downtown Oakland
  • First Friday Art Walk, Food Trucks, Live Music
  • Friday, Dec 4th 5pm-7pm
  • Location: Foot of Broadway
  • Holiday music, live reindeer, Santa, pop up shops, and the lighting of a 55-foot tree
  • Friday, Dec 11th 7:30pm (ride at 8pm)
  • Location: varies (always at a BART station)
  • Community-based event that takes place every 2nd Friday, casual rides with party stops at public spaces along the way


Food + Dining

Late-Night Spot:

Everett & Jones Barbecue

  • Open until 12am on Fri+Sat
  • Offer two live music venues for Soul, Jazz, and Blues
  • Highlight(s): friendly service, hearty portions, and a favorite of many famous faces (like our very own Warriors)


Date Night Spot:


  • Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner daily
  • Upscale diner “serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with Japanese sensibility”
  • Highlight(s): home to rising star check Kyle Itani


Family-Friendly Spot:


  • Open Sun-Sat, 11am-10pm (closed Monday)
  • 10 different varieties of mac and cheese available at a time (gluten-free and vegan friendly)
  • Highlight(s): homemade desserts, beer+wine, plus a new to-go location


  • Bar open Wed-Sun, 6pm-2am
  • Food served Wed-Sun, 6pm-12am
  • Highlight(s): No Sé First Friday Dance Party


Lost and Found Beer Garden

  • Hours: Tues+Wed, 4pm-10pm/ Thurs+Sun, 12pm-10pm/ Fri+Sat, 12pm-12am
  • Minors welcome until 8pm
  • Highlight(s): table tennis, hula hoops, and other activities available in the garden


Heart and Dagger

  • Hours: open 365 days a year until 2am
  • Affordable and diverse selection of beers and liquor (cash only)
  • Highlight(s): indoor arcade and outdoor patio


Top 3 Concerts To Mark on Your Calendar

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

  • Saturday, Dec 5th at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
  • Location: Yoshi’s
  • Shows on Dec 6th an 7th as well (same venue)
  • Friday, Dec 11th 5:30pm (doors at 4:30pm)
  • Location: Oracle Arena
  • VIP tickets 21+
  • Friday, Dec 18th 9pm (doors at 8pm)
  • Location: The New Parish
  • 18+ (under 21 will be charged additional $5 upon entry)
Outdoor Adventure Idea of the Month
  • Location: Oakland Hills
  • Perfect for a picnic and hikes (beginner-friendly trails)
  • Lush Redwoods plus Sequoia Bayview and Sunset trails


City-Wide Concernings
  • Oakland Eyes Affordable Housing Plan In Secret

    No official details released just yet, but if implemented, this plan would establish a fee on market-rate housing in the hopes of financing more affordable housing as described in the East Bay Express.

  • The Warriors are undefeated!

    An 18-0 start with 22 straight wins over 2 seasons.

  • Oakland Property Owners Prepare for El Niño

    Learn about what precautions you should be taking on KTVU’s site.

  • Weapon Security Has Become a Topic of Conversation

    After learning that a local muralist’s death was caused by a stolen law enforcement gun along with the news of a succession of other law enforcement firearm thefts in the past few months, Oakland is taking a hard look at its weapon security.

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Neyat Yohannes
Neyat Yohannes is an Eritrean-American gal who recently graduated from college in Boston. She's from LA, but just moved to the Bay. You can follow her sad Twitter http://twitter.com/rhymeswithcat or check out her equally disappointing Tumblr http://rhymeswithcat.tumblr.com.

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