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It's all about crafts, music, and delicious treats in the East Bay this weekend. 

15th Annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza

The Oakland Marriott Center is hosting the largest bead jewelry fair on the West Coast. Over 130 booths of  nationally recognized jewelry makers, artisans, and collectors will be in the area promoting their expertise and offering free demonstrations to arts and crafts fanatics. The event will feature a wide selection of bead kits, ethnic stones, antique gifts, and other supplies. Be prepared to learn a lil' something new just in time for the holidays. Find more info here. Sat 11/16 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sun 11/17 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.1001 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 451-4000.


Yoshi's Jazz Club presents the Bay Area's own Goapele on Sunday evening. The gifted R&B songstress will grace the stage and perform some of her greatest hits that combine soul, jazz, poetry and hip-hop. Once called the "spiritual love child of Sade and D'Angelo" by Rolling Stone Magazine, Goapele's bound to show her fans a good time in her native town. You don't want to miss out! Additional info here. Sat 11/16 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $34. Sun 11/17, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $30. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200.

Crush & More Festival

Come experience the Chamber's Annual Food, Wine, Beer, and More Festival in Berkeley and get your fair share of offerings from some of the best local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Several vendors, including Nothing Bundt Cakes, KoJa Kitchen, Amphora Nueva, Skates on the Bay, and Spun Sugar will dazzle you with flavorful tastings that prove why the East Bay dining industry is Boss. Find more info and buy tickets here. $25 Sun 11/17 3 - 6 p.m. 200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, (510) 548-7920.

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