Oakland weekend: Fantasia & Robin Thicke, The Crucible's maker fair, holiday fun at the Zoo, more

Photo: Robin Thicke/Facebook

By MJ Carter - Published on December 04, 2019.

It's going to be another rainy weekend — but don't let that stop you from hitting the town in Oakland. We've got a full lineup of indoor fun for the weekend ahead, from concerts to comedy to a holiday makers' market. Here's what's on tap. 

Fantasia, Robin Thicke and The Bonfyre at Paramount Theater

Photo: Fantasia/Facebook

Since winning the third season of "American Idol" in 2004, Fantasia has become a singing sensation — and now she's on tour to support her seventh release, "Sketchbook." The show is unique because she'll be playing alongside two other big names: Robin Thicke, best known for the hit "Blurred Lines," and up-and-coming contemporary R&B performer The Bonfyre.

When: Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway

Price: $57+

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Photo: Oakland Zoo/Facebook

For the next month, you can enjoy a little holiday cheer with this nightly evening event at the Oakland Zoo. Bring the whole family to admire the bright and colorful lights, ride in decked-out gondolas, see laser light shows, meet Santa and more.

While the forecast calls for rain during Zoolights' Friday-night debut, it'll be open seven days a week through January 5, so no one misses the fun due to inclement weather. 

When: Friday, December 6 - Sunday, January 5, 5:30 - 9 p.m. nightly. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Where: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd.

Price: $12 adults, $11 children (2-14), kids under 2 and seniors over 76 free

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Gifty 2019: A Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture

Photo: The Crucible/Facebook

If you're looking for locally made crafts for everyone on your list, The Crucible’s annual fair is the best place to start your holiday shopping. The jewelers, metalworkers, glass-blowers, candlemakers and neon artists of the Crucible will have gifts on hand for all tastes and budgets, and will also show off their skills with public demonstrations. Attendees can also enjoy food and drinks, and snag a $25 discount on a Crucible class in 2020.

When: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: The Crucible, 1260 7th St.

Price: Free admission

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Cosplay Comedy

Photo: The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment/Facebook

Ever wonder what it would be like to see Elmo skip out on "Sesame Street" to do stand-up? Look no further than Cosplay Comedy, where comedians dress up and tell jokes as their favorite characters (including a few that would be too hot for PBS). This weekend's show features Chris Posados as everyone's favorite red puppet, alongside Becca Henry as Jessica Rabbit, Xander Beltran as Steven Seagal, and more. 

When: Saturday, December 7, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, 3400 Broadway

Price: $12

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