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Oakland weekend: Machine Head, Bay Area International Children's Film Fest, Black Joy Parade, more

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By MJ Carter - Published on February 20, 2020.

This weekend in Oakland it's a mixed bag of fun, culture, entertainment and more. On Friday, check out Oakland's own Machine Head at Fox Theater. On Saturday and Sunday, attend the 12th annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival. Plan to take a hike in the Oakland hills at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, or attend a parade celebrating Black Joy for Black History Month.

Machine Head at Fox Theater

Photo: Machine Head/Facebook

Hailing from Oakland, Machine Head is a heavy metal band with a long history and a strong international following. Catch them at their hometown show at Oakland's Fox Theater on their 25th Anniversary tour for the album "Burn My Eyes" on Friday. Listen to their music here.  

When: Friday, February 21, 8 p.m.

Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave.

Price: $39.50 - 49.50

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Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 

Photo: Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival/Facebook

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival is back for the 12th year. Chabot Space and Science Center will host the event. This year's festival centers around "The Power of Kids". Over 60 films from around the world will play or premiere at the festival. 2020 Oscar awarding winning short film "Hair Love" is part of the program's highlights. Other activities include animation workshops for kids ages 6-14, presentations from filmmakers and more. 

When: Saturday - Sunday, February 22 - February 23, times vary 

Where: Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd

Price: $5 - 32

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Volcanos, Labyrinths, Quarries and Newts at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Photo: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve/Facebook

Here's your chance to do a little exploring right in your own backyard. Head over to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills for a 2.5 mile walk/hike. The route will take hikers to labyrinths in historic quarries that have shaped the landscape. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve encourages carpools to this event, which is kid friendly. The staging area is located on Skyline Blvd.  

When: Sunday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, 6800 Skyline Blvd 

Price: Free/no registration required 

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Black Joy Parade 2020

Photo: Courtesy Black Joy Parade

Celebrate Black History Month at the Black Joy Parade in Oakland. The event focuses on the past, present and future of the black experience. Following the parade is a four-block street festival featuring local vendors, food, drink, music, and more.

When: Sunday, February 23, 12:30 p.m. 

Where: Parade begins at 14th & Alice and festival at 19th and Broadway 

Price: Free/donations

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