Since 1999, The Crucible has brought our community of artists, neighbors, families, students, and makers together for events ranging from artists’ talks and demos to fire performances, benefits, and community open houses. In-person events are all currently suspended due to the shelter-in-place mandate. For updates about all upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.
- January 16: Crucible closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Crucible closed for Presidents Day
- February 23: Field Trip Day
- March 5: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- March 7: 2023 Youth Summer Camps open for Member registration
- March 11 & 12: 3-Hour Tasters
- March 25-26: Youth Spring Break weekend classes
- March 23: Field Trip Day
- April 1-2: Youth Spring Break weekend classes
- April 15-16: Youth Spring Break weekend classes
- March 13 & 14: 3-Hour Tasters
- May 11: Field Trip Day
- May 20: Fire & Light Soirée
- May 29: The Crucible is closed for Memorial Day
- June 4: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- June 12–July 28: Youth Summer Camps
- June 19: Crucible closed for Juneteenth
- July 4: Crucible is closed for the Fourth of July
- August 15–26: Adult weeklong classes
- September 3: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- September 5: Crucible closed for Labor Day
- November 10: Crucible closed for Veteran’s Day
- December 2–3: GIFTY Craft Show & Open House
- December 23, 2023–January 1, 2024: Crucible closed for winter break
Bike Shop: Free Events and Education
See our Bike Shop event page for upcoming event dates.
The Crucible is offering free, community bike maintenance and education to West Oakland and neighboring community members through our quarterly Bike Fix-A-Thons, Open Bike Shop Hours, Femme Bike Night, and Flat Fix Clinics. Drop off your bike for a tune-up or learn basic bike maintenance skills from our faculty and volunteers. We are also leading offsite events at other West Oakland locations.
The Crucible’s Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 6-10pm, The Crucible
Join us for an unforgettable evening full of delicious food, craft cocktails, fiery demonstrations, captivating performances, and a live auction featuring luxury experiences and stunning work by local artists.
Take A Tour
Explore our 56,000 square-foot studio during an upcoming guided tour. To accommodate different schedules, tours rotate between Saturday afternoons at 2pm and Thursday evenings at 6pm every other month. Space is limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. Tours are subject to cancellation.
Thursdays at 6pm
- April 20, 2023
- June 15, 2023
- August 17, 2023
- October 19, 2023
Saturdays at 2pm
- May 13, 2023
- July 8, 2023
- September 9, 2023
Browse Past In-Person Events
Rob Stern In The Hot Shop
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 • 7 - 9:30pm Join us for a lecture and demonstration by Rob Stern, a master glass artist who has taught at a number of the most prominent institutions for glass around the world.
The Crucible’s 20th Anniversary Party
Saturday, January 19 • 7–10pm The Crucible turns 20 in 2019! Please join us for a celebration of community, creativity, and forging the future. Experience a magical evening of fun and sharing as we toast our history, come together, and reveal exciting plans for the future.
GIFTY 2018: Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture
Saturday, December 15, 2018 • 10am-6pm Sunday, December 16, 2018 • 11am-5pm • 7–10pm At GIFTY 2018, dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best handmade pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event
Friday, September 7, 2018 • 10am-6pm Saturday, September 8, 2018 • 10am-5pm We are hosting a free community event with Lie Nielsen Toolworks, showcasing their top-notch woodworking hand tools. Come see how quality hand tools can make your woodworking projects easier, with demonstrations by Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks in Fort Bragg, California.
The Crucible’s Fire & Water Open House
Saturday, August 25, 2018 • 12 - 5pm Join us at the end of the summer for a day of fine and industrial arts inspired by aquatic life and the most abundant natural resource! Nineteen of our departments will be celebrating water with art, fire, and fun, while raising awareness and funds for The Ocean Cleanup.
Summer Bike Sale at The Crucible
Sunday, August 12, 2018 • 11am - 5pm Looking for a great deal on a bike? The Crucible Bike Shop has a selection of quality used bicycles that have been fully rebuilt by our youth and volunteer mechanics. And, get prepared for the playa- many of these bikes are perfect for Burning Man!
2018 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction
Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 6 - 10pm This unique signature fundraiser, sustains our one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs. Join us in celebrating the contributions of honoree Charles R. Olson, past Crucible Board President.
The Crucible’s 2018 Spring Open House
Saturday, March 31, 2018 • 12 - 5pm Join us this Spring for a taste of what you can create in the fine and industrial arts, with discounted class, exciting demonstrations, a carefully curated Art Gallery, and more!
GIFTY 2017: Our holiday celebration of local creative culture
Friday, December 15, 2017 • 7pm-9:30pm Saturday, December 16, 2017 • 10am-6pm Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 11am-5pm Dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best handmade pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event
Friday, September 22, 2017 • 10am-6pm Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 10am-5pm We are hosting a free community event with Lie Nielsen Toolworks, showcasing their top-notch woodworking hand tools. Come see how quality hand tools can make your woodworking projects easier, with demonstrations by Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks in Fort Bragg, California.
Watch Past Virtual Events
Virtual Artist Talk: Rob Nehring
Please join us Friday, June 5, for our next virtual artist talk with Crucible faculty member, Rob Nehring, of our Welding Department. Rob has been a part of The Crucible community...
Virtual Artist Talk: Nico Chen
Please join us Friday, May 22 for our next virtual artist talk. We’ll be speaking with Nico Chen, writer, photographer, and critical learning scientist focused on reimagining...
Virtual Artist Talk: Lara Hopwood
During this Virtual Artist Talk, Oakland artist and fire performer, Lara Hopwood will discuss her early introduction to fire dance, how she goes about planning a fire performance,...
Virtual Artist Talk: Whimsical and Functional Glass With Sam Schumacher
During this Virtual Artist Talk, Oakland artist and founder of Rocket Glass Works, Sam Schumacher will discuss the inspiration behind his glass work....
Virtual Artist Talk: Creating Culture Through Ceramics With Rosa Dorantes
Please join us this Friday for a virtual artist talk with Oakland artist, Rosa Dorantes, an accomplished ceramist with over twenty years of experience. Since Rosa became The...
Virtual Artist Talk: Metalworking Beyond Borders With Karen Smith
Please join us this Friday for a virtual artist talk with Oakland artist, Karen Smith. We'll discuss her philosophy on art-making, how it influences her artistry and metalwork, and...
Virtual Artist Talk: Repujado History, Family, and Culture
Join The Crucible for our first-ever virtual artist talk with Oakland repujado artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. We'll discuss her metal embossing practice and how her work reflects...