Events

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.

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Upcoming Events

Bike Fix-A-Thon

Sunday, June 20, 2021, multiple upcoming dates

Join us for one of our 2021 Bike Fix-A-Thons! The Crucible is offering free, community bike maintenance as safely as we can. West Oakland and neighboring community members are invited to bring their bikes to our studio for a tune-up.

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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! 

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.

2017 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 6pm Save the date for an evening of art, industry, community, creativity, and fire in support of The Crucible’s education programs. Join us in celebrating the contributions and vision of honoree Dr. Frances Hellman, who has been a valued member of The Crucible’s community for more than a decade.

Hot Couture 2017: The Beautiful Ones

Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 8pm Friday, February 17, 2017 • 8pm Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 8pm Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 7pm Since 2007, haute couture has been turned on its ear, Crucible-style, with Hot Couture — a spectacular flaming fashion show that features wearable art from the Bay Area’s most cutting-edge designers.

GIFTY 2016

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With works of glass, metal, wood, ceramics, and more, you will find the perfect gifts for all the people on your list. Seasonal treats, beverages, and entertainment make this an event all ages will enjoy. Parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as this space does have rough edges. Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 11am-5pm Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 11am-5pm On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Our themed Open House events are a great way to learn more about our 56,000 square foot studio and seasonal class offerings. Member preview on Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7-9:30pm Like last year, we’ll host a special preview for members and invited guests on Friday evening. If you would like to attend the Friday preview, but are not yet a member, join here. GIFTY highlights: Live industrial arts demonstrations like glass blowing and foundry pours Enameling and stamping for Copper Quilt commUNITY art project Hands-on clay activity in Ceramics Studio (Saturday and Sunday) Bicycles for sale in The Crucible’s Bike Shop Crucible gift certificates available Tickets available for our annual Hot Couture fire fashion show Drawing for a free Crucible class $25 discount on a class, if registered during GIFTY Raffle for a New Belgium Fat Tire bike Oakland Youth Symphony brass trio performing Friday, 7:30-8:30pm A dazzling collection of work by local artists and artisans Local gourmet goodies: Fist of Flour Pizza Co. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Donut Savant (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Slojoy Coffee (Saturday, Sunday) Share the Facebook events: Friday, December 9 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM Saturday, December 10 at 11 AM – 5 PM Sunday, December 11 at 11 AM – 5 PM