Best Things to Do in the East Bay This November

November is full of exciting and festive events of all sorts. From a free museum day in Berkeley to Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo, you sure don’t want to miss out on all the fun! Make this month an eventful one before the holiday season arrives.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Turkey Trot FB
Bulrusher_Photo Credit T Charles Erickson
Photo: Courtesy of T Charles Erickson


November 1–December 3

This lyrical coming-of-age story written by Berkeley native Eisa Davis follows a multiracial girl found as an infant floating in a basket on the Navarro River in Mendocino County. Even though the girl, named Bulrusher, has a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger in her predominantly white enclave of Boonville, she eventually discovers new facets of her identity — and uncovers her place in the world. Performed at the Berkeley Rep. 

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food vendors outside
Photo: Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays FB

First Fridays Street Festival: Oh Give Thanks!

November 3

Spread the spirit of the holidays and give thanks to the local community at First Fridays Street Festival: Oh Give Thanks! in Oakland. Support Oakland’s small businesses and artistic entrepreneurs, and enjoy all the festive fun at this family-friendly event.

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Photo: Courtesy of 510 Families and Oakland Zoo

Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo

Opens November 10

Make room in your calendar for Oakland Zoo’s annual Glowfari. This year’s lanterns include all sorts of animals from the land down under to the tropical forest, each of which tells a story of the ongoing journey of wildlife and the importance of every species on our planet. There’s also a fantasy wonderland train ride — perfect for the kiddos. Grab your tickets now and don’t miss out!

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smiling runner at oakland turkey trot
Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Turkey Trot FB

Oakland Turkey Trot

November 23

Before you chow down that Thanksgiving feast, make some extra room at the Oakland Turkey Trot. Whether you want to run like a gold medalist or enjoy a brisk walk, this 5K trot is a perfect event for friends and family to come together and enjoy the holiday in a fun, meaningful way.

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Garden of D'Light_photo courtesy of Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
Photo: Courtesy of Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery

Garden of D’Lights

Opens November 24

Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek in a whole new light during the holiday season. Meander through the garden’s 2.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents and trees that are transformed into magical and colorful botanical sculptures by thousands of lights. 

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