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
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.
More info: berkeleyrep.org
First Fridays Street Festival: Oh Give Thanks!
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.
More info: oaklandfirstfridays.org
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!
More info: oaklandzoo.org
Oakland Turkey Trot
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.
More info: oaklandturkeytrot.org
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.
More info: ruthbancroftgarden.org