Best Things to do in the East Bay This January

Looking for the coolest things to do in the East Bay in January? We’ve got you covered. Start the first month of 2023 with a bang by planning your next outing in the East Bay. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the East Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours, golfing, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the East Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the the best places to stay

January is cold in the Bay Area, with temperatures in the 40s-50s and eight days of rain on average.
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Ring in the Year of the Rabbit at Fairyland

January 7-8

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional Lion Dancers, and meet Ying Chang Compestine, the author of the children’s book Dragon Noodle Party, at Fairyland! Bring the kids and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Free with admission!

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Diversity Film Series: Childcare in America: 'Through the Night'

January 19

“Through the Night” is an intimate film about working mothers whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center: a mother working the overnight shift at a pediatric hospital, another holding 3 jobs to support her family and the woman who cares for their children whose parents have nowhere else to turn. “Through the Night” won the NYT Critics Pick 2020 and the Hollywood Critic Top 10 from Tribeca and South by Southwest Film Festivals.

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January 20-21

HOMESICK FESTIVAL returns for its fifth year! This time around the festival crashes Berkeley for a special two-night event at the historic The UC Theatre. The initial lineup includes: Snail Mail, Deafheaven, Fiddlehead, Lilys, Margaritas Podridas, Nuovo Testamento, Screaming Females, Sheer Mag, Shutups, Spy, Sunami, Supercrush, Tempers and more.

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Joyce Yang

January 22

Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and is known for crafting fascinating programs that showcase her remarkable pianism. Her program will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, and excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s Preludes.

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Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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