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Monday, July 25

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, July 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Club 21
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Probability, Outside the Textbook by David Aldous Can probability contribute to “science fiction” style issues like the Fermi paradox? Were there improbably many candidates for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2012 and 2016? How can I give an exam which can be graded objectively, even though no-one ...
Win Tix: VIP Reserved Seats: “Batman: The Killing Joke” Sneak Preview | East Bay
Monday, July 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of reserved seats.
| Secret Location (East Bay)
Based on the acclaimed DC graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes ...

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, July 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Tuesday, July 26

Free Blues Summer Concert in the Park | Orinda
Tuesday, July 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Free Blues Summer Concert in the Park | Orinda

Bring your family and friends down to Orinda Community Park for Summer Concerts in the Park. This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. 2016 Schedule June 14: Bay Bridge Beat, 70s Funk ...

Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland
Tuesday, July 26 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women, a monthly series at Octopus, celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women of all orientations. Open mic starts at 7:40 pm ...

Last Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland
Tuesday, July 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| The Layover
Last Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland
Headliner: Sammy Obeid (Conan, NBC’s America’s Got Talent & Last Comic Standing, CBS’s Comics Unleashed, Starz, 1,001 Days Of Comedy, UC Berkeley Alumni) Feature: Mario Hodge (Tommy T’s regular, worked with Charlie Murphy & Eddie Griffin) Opener: Adam Pearlstein (SF Punchline & Cobb’s Comedy Club regular) Host: Lyall ...

Wednesday, July 27

Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples
Free Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland's Churches & Temples

Visit historic places of worship and learn about their influence on the history of Oakland. Featured buildings include the First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church and Temple Sinai. Tour begins at 10 am in front of the First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at 27th Street. Parking ...

Thursday, July 28

Summer Sounds Outside: Acapella Pop | Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lesher Center for the Arts
Summer Sounds Outside: Acapella Pop | Walnut Creek

Summer Sounds Outside is a series of free concerts on the outside plaza which focuses on bringing high quality, eclectic new artists to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Concerts will take place from 5:30-7 pm on select Thursday evenings during the Summer ...

Music & Market Summer Concert: 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson | Concord
Thursday, July 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Music & Market Summer Concert: 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson | Concord

The 27th Annual Music & Market Series returns to Todos Santos Plaza featuring a “Cream of the Crop” schedule of Bay Area bands, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets anywhere in downtown Concord from 6:30-8 pm from May through September. The Music & Market Series is ...

Moraga Summer Piano Rock Concert | East Bay
Thursday, July 28 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga Summer Piano Rock Concert | East Bay

On Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of ...

Friday, July 29

Rooftop Garden Concert: Jazz | Oakland
Friday, July 29 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kaiser Center
Rooftop Garden Concert: Jazz | Oakland

Pack your lunch and come listen to local jazz, rock, and hip hop musicians at the Kaiser Center’s Roof Garden free concert series from noon to 1 pm, every Friday from June 10 – September 9, 2016. The three acre roof garden at Oakland’s Kaiser Center was conceived as a semi-public park by ...

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, July 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, July 29 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (July to October) from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay on the beautiful Commodore Pinot Noir. Learn about how the Port of Oakland handles more than 2 million cargo containers annually. Boarding will be at the foot ...

“Dancing Under the Stars” Night Club Dance Lessons & Party | Jack London Square
Friday, July 29 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars with free dance half-hour lessons followed by a dance party from 9-10 pm in Jack London Square. 2016 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer 2016 | 8:30 ...

22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland
Friday, July 29 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $12 | NIMBY
22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland

The 2016 Brainwash Movie Festival is an eclectic show of (mostly short) movies curated from all over the world that you drive-in, bike-in, or walk-in to. The festival kicks off with drive-in nights on July 22-30, 2016 at Nimby (8410 Amelia St, Oakland). A must see again this year, ...

Saturday, July 30

2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 31st Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda
Saturday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Park Street (Alameda)
2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda

The 2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire is Alameda’s biggest event of the year featuring over 300 arts, crafts, and food, local wines and regional beers, live music, and a special kids’ area from 10 am to 6 pm on July 30-31, 2016. Each day offers continuous ...

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, July 30 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
Shakespeare's

The Tempest is a play that investigates the destiny of theatre as it pushes theatricality to the limits, inviting the audience to abandon themselves to the magic of the island and its inhabitants. The world of this imaginary island will be created on stage through ...

Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley
Saturday, July 30 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pappy's
Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley
Please note, this event is at Pappy’s in Berkeley, not The Uptown (as incorrectly listed previously).
Final Night: 22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland
Saturday, July 30 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $12 | NIMBY
Final Night: 22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland

The 2016 Brainwash Movie Festival is an eclectic show of (mostly short) movies curated from all over the world that you drive-in, bike-in, or walk-in to. The festival kicks off with drive-in nights on July 22-30, 2016 at Nimby (8410 Amelia St, Oakland). A must see again this year, ...

Sunday, July 31

2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Sunday | Alameda
Sunday, July 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Park Street (Alameda)
2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Sunday | Alameda

The 2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire is Alameda’s biggest event of the year featuring over 300 arts, crafts, and food, local wines and regional beers, live music, and a special kids’ area from 10 am to 6 pm on July 30-31, 2016. Each day offers continuous ...

2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 31st Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

Oakland Municipal Band Concerts at the Lake | 2016 Season
Sunday, July 31 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Pergola
Oakland Municipal Band Concerts at the Lake | 2016 Season

The 105th concert season of free performances by the Oakland Municipal Band kicks off on with a July 4th concert and continues on Sundays throughout the summer. The 35 piece all professional band is led by music director Troy Davis in what has become a significant ...

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley
Sunday, July 31 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
Shakespeare's

The Tempest is a play that investigates the destiny of theatre as it pushes theatricality to the limits, inviting the audience to abandon themselves to the magic of the island and its inhabitants. The world of this imaginary island will be created on stage through ...

Monday, August 1

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian’s 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016
Monday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area
First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016

Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day. Register for a free Museum Day tickets starting on August 1, 2016. 2016 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 24, 2016 Participating Bay ...

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, August 1 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, August 2

36th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival: Free Movie Day | Berkeley
Tuesday, August 2 – 2:40 pm | Cost: FREE | Roda Theatre
36th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival: Free Movie Day | Berkeley
Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream Just as its iconic pink box has graced the Passover seder tables of generations of American Jews, so, too, Streit’s matzo factory has stood for some 80 years on the Lower East Side’s Rivington Street, in an industrial building created ...
Free Summer Soul/R&B Concert in the Park | Orinda
Tuesday, August 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Free Summer Soul/R&B Concert in the Park | Orinda

Bring your family and friends down to Orinda Community Park for Summer Concerts in the Park. This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. 2016 Schedule June 14: Bay Bridge Beat, 70s Funk ...

1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Tuesday, August 2 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Tuesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is free.

Wednesday, August 3

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, August 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...