Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum
Get FREE admission every first Thursday of the month to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive! See the BAMPFA’s stellar exhibitions which showcase contemporary and centuries-old art. If you go in January, you can catch their exhibit “What Has Been and What Could Be,” a presentation of diverse holdings from the museum’s collections.
More info: bampfa.org
Glowfari at Oakland Zoo
January 1–7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28
Not ready to give up the bright lights of the holiday season? Oakland Zoo’s massively popular Glowfari is back with a new group of its giant, glow-in-the-dark animals. A lantern show like no other, you and the family can walk among towering animals in fantastic glowing worlds.
More info: oaklandzoo.org
NorCal Reptile Expo
January 13 & 14
Whether reptiles fascinate or scare you, you’re bound to have a memorable experience seeing these lizards, snakes, chameleons and more at the Alameda Fairgrounds. At $15 a ticket for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under, this expo can be a unique way to spend an afternoon with the family. Maybe you’ll even come home with a new pet!
More info: norcalreptileexpo.com
NOIR CITY Film Festival
Cinephiles unite! The 21st annual film noir festival will host ten days of double-features at Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland. Each night will feature an English-language film followed by an international noir pick. A whole-festival pass is available for $200, or you can buy tickets per screening. Proceeds will go toward the continued preservation and restoration of classic film.
More info: noircity.com
Lunar New Year Bazaar
Every year, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce puts on a bazaar to celebrate the new year. Join us in the year of the dragon and enjoy all the food and shopping that Oakland Chinatown has to offer!
More info: oaklandchinatownchamber.org/
Ring in the Year of the Dragon at Fairyland
Gung Hey Fat Choy! Celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional Lion Dancers and listen to the folk stories of Clara Yen at Fairyland! Bring the kids and celebrate the Year of the Dragon, free with admission.
More info: fairyland.org
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
The Trockaderos are a comedic ballet troupe made up entirely of men. In their drag parody of ballet conventions, the “Trocks” are both technically skilled and hilarious.
More info: calperformances.org