Oakland RunFest Training Camp
The Oakland Running Festival will be held virtually in March—but after January 4, you can get your New Year’s resolutions off to a strong start by recording miles with the Oakland RunFest Training Camp. You’re sure to be ready to go for the race in spring, with the added bonus of achieving discounts and rewards through the race’s partner organizations. oaklandmarathon.com.
New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration
As part of their At Home virtual event series, Cal Performances is holding an online musical spectacular to ring in the new year. The show will include one-of-a-kind new performances from series musicians such as Matthew Whitaker, Leif Ove Andsnes, Bria Skonberg, Julia Bullock, host Nathalie Joachim, and even the legendary Yo-Yo Ma. The show—which will highlight holiday hope and happiness in its musical selections—will become available at 2 a.m. on December 31 and remain accessible until the early morning of January 2. calperformances.org.
Goodbye to 2020
After a year like 2020, we definitely could all use a good laugh. On December 31, Comedy Oakland welcomes back a slew of performers—boasting credits from Comedy Central to Last Comic Standing—from this challenging year for two hours of Zoom-based comedy sets. The evening will feature names such as Leighann Lord, Subhah Agarwal, and Matt Kirshen in the lineup. comedyoakland.com.
Chabot Space and Science Center Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration
Chabot Space and Science Center’s Virtual Balloon Drop has become a beloved tradition over the last two decades for many who are too young to make it to midnight—and this year, the whole family can catch the event online. At noon on January 31, as others across the globe are celebrating the arrival of 2021, the center will drop hundreds of balloons (as well as provide virtual activities for science-themed fun). chabotspace.org.
Pink Martini’s “Good Riddance 2020!”
Join Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center on December 31 for a web-based performance by Pink Martini. The show, recorded at the group’s home base in Portland in front of a giant Christmas tree, is sure to provide some holiday cheer to year-end festivities in a way all ages can enjoy. Pink Martini features 12 musicians and is renowned for its 25-language-strong musical repertoire and more than 3 million records sold. livermorearts.org.