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Oakland weekend: Christmas tree lighting, Wizard World convention, Brittany Howard at the Fox, more

Photo: Courtesy of Jack London Square
By MJ Carter - Published on November 21, 2019.

The holiday season is officially upon us, and Oakland has a number of events in store. Whether you're in the mood to start your Christmas celebrations early with a tree-lighting ceremony or catch a Grammy-nominated artist on tour, there's something interesting to check out this weekend.

Jack London Square Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo: Courtesy of Jack London Square

Thanksgiving is still on the horizon, but Jack London Square is getting the holiday fun started early with its annual tree lighting this weekend. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with a local artisan market, holiday entertainment and family-friendly activities. The 55-foot tree will light up at 6:30 p.m. 

When: Friday, November 22, 5 - 8 p.m.

Where: Jack London Square

Price: Free 

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Wizard World Bay Area

Photo: Wizard World/Facebook

This pop-culture convention is a must for fans of comics, games and movies, with a chance for Q&As and photo-ops with cast members from "Firefly," "Charmed," "Legends of Tomorrow" and other hit shows. Snap photos with cosplayers, take a workshop on drawing comics or developing board games, or take part in a Disney or Marvel trivia contest. 

When: Friday - Sunday, November 22 - November 24, 4 p.m.

Where: Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St.

Price: One-day admission $30-45; three-day admission $60; photo-ops sold separately

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Los Ángeles Azules at Paramount Theater

Photo: Los Angeles Azules/Facebook

Mexican group Los Angeles Azules, which specializes in electronica-influenced cumbia sonidera, is headed to the Paramount Theater on their "Todos Somos Cumbia" tour. Formed by the siblings of the Mejía Avante family — Elías, Alfredo, José Hilario, Jorge, Cristina and Guadalupe — they've played in various configurations since 1983, even earning a spot at last year's Coachella festival. They're currently touring behind their 2018 album, "Esto Sí Es Cumbia."

When: Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway

Price: $82+ 

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Brittany Howard at Fox Theater

Photo: Erica Goldring

Known for her work as the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard broke out this year with her solo album "Jaime," which is nominated for two Grammy Awards. Dedicated to Howard's sister, who died of retinoblastoma as a teen, the album blends funk, jazz and hip-hop in a genre-bending salute to Southern culture. 

When: Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m.

Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave.

Price: $40 

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