This weekend in Oakland, it's all about supporting a cause while having fun in your community. Whether you plan to participate in the Women's March, attend a concert for climate change, go to an art show or celebrate MLK Day early, Oakland has something for everyone.
Concert for the Climate Series at Classic Cars West
Head over to Classic Cars West on Friday for a benefit concert supporting action on climate change, featuring a full bill of local musicians, poets, and speakers.
The event is a fundraiser for the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, an organization working with Bay Area governments to declare a climate emergency and address climate change as a region.
When: Friday, January 17, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: Classic Cars West, 411 26th St. Suite B
Price: $15 - 50
Women's March Oakland 2020
The Oakland Women's March is back. The march, which organizers say is meant to promote an East Bay that is "free from systems of oppression" and "guided by autonomy, dignity and respect for all self-identified women and other vulnerable populations," is part of a larger national network.
This is the fourth year Oakland has hosted the Women's March. This year the event will feature a fair with entertainment, food, art and various community organizations on-site.
When: Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
The Oakland Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Just want to have fun without all the consciousness? On Saturday, make your way over to Oakland Metro Operahouse for this touring showcase featuring free pancakes, regular-priced booze, and new work by emerging artists. The event is in Oakland for one night only.
When: Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m.
Where: Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd St.
18th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one day early at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland.
Now in its 18th year, this event brings together some of the Bay Area's top musical talent to celebrate MLK's life and teachings. This year's event will feature the music of Sam Cooke, including a performance by the choral component of the Living Jazz Children's Project.
The event will also feature Congresswoman Barbara Lee, presenting the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to local activist Clarissa Douthard.
When: Sunday, January 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr.
Price: $25 - 60