It's Plaid Friday! Here are the five best shopping and non-shopping related events to check out this weekend:
Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving usually means long lines and lots of grumpy shoppers, but this Friday, for the fifth year, small businesses in Oakland are offering a "mall-ternative" event to make holiday gift-buying fun again. In addition to the shopping itself, Latham Square, the new parklet at Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, will be transformed into a Santa's Village with live music from local bands like the Kev Choice Ensemble, The Dedications, The Riot Professor, Dynamic, and Say Bobby, as well as DJ Tanoa. There will also be gift-wrapping services, hot chocolate, and free photos with Santa. Artisans will set up pop-up shops around the square as well as in ten surrounding bars. Cyclists can try a self-guided five-mile bike and shop tour that begins in the Golden Gate District and ends in downtown. Those who wear plaid can score additional giveaways and discounts. Friday, Nov. 29. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., free. OaklandGrown.org/Plaid-Friday — Zaineb Mohammed
Small Business Saturday/Indies First
This holiday season, put your money where your heart is and shop locally. On Saturday, Mrs. Dalloway’s will participate in Small Business Saturday in solidarity with other independently owned bookstores across the country. Established by American Express in 2010, the annual event aims to support small businesses to order to boost local economies on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Inspired by the success of Small Business Saturday, the acclaimed author Sherman Alexie started the Indies First movement to encourage writers to volunteer at their neighborhood bookstores on the same day. Advocate for your community and shop at Mrs. Dalloway’s, where the East Bay’s own Annie Barrows, Mac Barnett, Patricia Polacco, and Anthony Marra will stop by throughout the day to chat with customers and sign copies of their books. Saturday, Nov. 30. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., free. MrsDalloways.com — Ivy Kim
Kick-Tuchas Chanukah Party
Shake off your food coma this weekend at Afikomen Judaica, where a Chanukah Party will include homemade latkes and applesauce as well as jelly doughnuts from Grand Bakery. Learn about the significance of the fifth night by participating in the Menorah lighting at 4:30 p.m., when the candles will be lit while everyone says blessings and sings. Enjoy live music and religious storytelling while shopping for holiday gifts such as jewelry, beeswax candles, and work by local Jewish artists. Enter a raffle for your chance to walk away with a box of gelt. Proceeds benefit the Friendship Circle Berkeley. Sunday, Dec. 1. 12-5 p.m., free. Afikomen.com — Z.M.
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