Best Things to Do in January Near Lake Merritt

The area near Lake Merritt is full of creative minds. In January, you will find many events in the Oakland area that let you experience this. From art galleries to comedy acts, these are the events that are coming up that you will want to put on your calendar.

1. Creative Growth Art Center Holiday Show

If you haven’t had a chance yet, you’ll want to head to the Creative Growth Art Center for the Holiday Show. It runs through January 16and features art for sale from local artists. This year, the art show went virtual, but curbside pickup makes it easy to enjoy the work of local artists and bring it to your home.

2. Magic Mic at 7th West

Why just watch entertainers when you can be an entertainer? At 7th West every Wednesday in January starting at 9 you can take part in Magic Mic, a community karaoke event. In addition to the entertainment from your neighbors who live near Lake Merritt, you can enjoy Filipino-fusion food from the Masarap Food Truck and a full bar. There’s even a large selection of pinball machines. The patio is pet-friendly if you want to bring your dog with you.

3. Live Comedy at the District

The District is bringing back its live comedy acts! On every Tuesday in January, you can eat on the heated patio and enjoy some of the area’s top comedians. Comedians who perform here are often seen on Conan, Comedy Central, and other top performance venues. The doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7, but you can reserve a seat ahead of time.

4. Creative Happy Hour

Happy hour is always fun, but add live music, arts and crafts, live painting classes, and other creative expression options and it becomes even more engaging. Creative Happy Hour just across the bay in San Francisco provides this opportunity. On the third Thursday in January, head to NODE for this event. It runs from 6 until 10.
Whether you’re looking to inspire your own creativity, want to enjoy the creativity of others, or simply want to spend some time laughing, you’ll find options near Lake Merritt. Living in an Oakland apartment at Alexan Webster makes it easy to enjoy these and other local events in the Oakland area. See our available units today.

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