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Monday, May 2

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, May 2 – 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, May 3

Oakland A’s v. Mariners | $5 Game Night
Tuesday, May 3 – 7:05 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum
Oakland A's v. Mariners | $5 Game Night

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and there are $5 tickets to select home games available thanks to BARTable. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy seats in the Plaza Reserved sections, but hey, ya get what ya pay for. Tickets will be available online only. These ...

Wednesday, May 4

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, May 4 – 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 ...

Spring Sidewalk Bakesale: Food Artisans, Free Wine & Goodies | Oakland
Wednesday, May 4 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Kitchener Oakland
Spring Sidewalk Bakesale: Food Artisans, Free Wine & Goodies | Oakland
It’s time for another sidewalk bakesale to celebrate Spring and Mother’s Day. Join Kitchener Oakland and 6 of their food artisans for the most delicious sidewalk bakesale in Oakland! Come by and try what’s new on the Oakland artisan food maker scene and pick up some ...
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, May 4 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Featured readers: Fred Dodsworth • Rafael Jesús González • Rosa Lane • Nina Lindsay. On guitar: Barry Ebner. Curated by Leila Rae.
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, May 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Valparaiso
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues and is held on the first Wednesday of every month at Cafe Valparaiso in Albany. Join a casual evening of conversation with members of the scientific community presenting different ...

Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay
Wednesday, May 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Clayton Valley Bowl
Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay

The first Wednesday of every month brings you a hilarious comedy show to the Lounge at Clayton Valley Bowl in Concord. Mires like Fires presents has become one of best East Bay stand up comedy showcases around. The show features a different lineup of talented ...

Thursday, May 5

Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2016: Live Music, Spoken Word, DJ & Live Art | Oakland
Thursday, May 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe
Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2016: Live Music, Spoken Word, DJ & Live Art | Oakland
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) presents the 3rd Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo Event “From Defending Our Pueblos to Defending Our Hoods” on Thursday, May 5, 2016. This year they call to end the incarceration of children and youth as adults in the criminal injustice system, as ...
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, May 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Please Note: This series now takes place on the 1st Thursday of the month, not the 4th Thursday as was previously posted.
2016 “Cinco de Mustache” Sombrero Bike Ride & Party | Danville
Thursday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Norm's Place
2016
Grab your sombrero and start growing your mustaches today. The annual Cinco de Mustache Cruising Party celebrates Cinco de Mayo – Norm’s style with a Cinco de Mayo-themed bike ride on May 5, 2016. The party goes all day with $3 tacos, $4 draft beer, $7 tequila. Want ...
First Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, May 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
First Thursday

Every first Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a song, a ...

Friday, May 6

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

First Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic | Lake Merritt
Friday, May 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pine Knoll Park (Lake Merritt)
First Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic | Lake Merritt

Come out to the First Friday Cannabis Industry Social at Lake Merritt. Oakland’s burgeoning cannabis community has more than plenty industry professionals and they’ve decided to start gathering on the monthly. They’ll be set up from 4-7 pm across from Pine Knoll Park located on the East ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist ...

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Fireside Lounge Educational Night: Demos, Art Show & Live Music | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Crucible
Fireside Lounge Educational Night: Demos, Art Show & Live Music | Oakland
Celebrating Oakland First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur, The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment. This exclusive engagement takes place in The Crucible’s studio and highlights our extraordinary art programs. Explore the creative passions of professional artists and the ...
Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland

On select First Fridays Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko drumming is an exciting modern art form with ancient roots in the religious ceremonies and folk festivals of Japan. Come learn all about it and have ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, May 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

Saturday, May 7

2016 Car-topia: Hot Rod & Custom 1920-60s Classic Car Show | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, May 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2016 Car-topia: Hot Rod & Custom 1920-60s Classic Car Show | Jack London Sq.
Jack London Square rolls dozens of classics, retro models and modern muscle cars onto the Oakland waterfront, for a Car-topia auto extravaganza from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016. From car buffs to casual enthusiasts, everyone is invited check-out these rare and beautiful ...
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal, in People’s ...
Bicycle Career Day & Free Pizza | Oakland
Saturday, May 7 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, and comes with free pizza
| 81st Avenue Branch
Bicycle Career Day & Free Pizza | Oakland
Live for bikes? Join the Bicycle Career Day! Meet messengers, shop owners, repair people, advocates, frame builders, manufacturers and other amazing people who created rewarding careers through their love of bicycles. Then enjoy free pizza (delivered by bike couriers from Pedal Express) and a short ride led by ...
“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland
Saturday, May 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy
| It's Your Move Game Store

The boys of Critical Hit bring stand-up comedy to Oakland’s It’s Your Move game store for monthly shows happening every first and third Saturday of the month. Admission is $5, and you’ll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy from some of the ...

Sunday, May 8

Free Admission For Moms: Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden | Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*$10/adults; $8/students and seniors, children under 12 free
| Ruth Bancroft Garden
Free Admission For Moms: Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden | Walnut Creek
Bring Mom to the Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden for the annual Mother’s Day outdoor celebration for the whole family:  have a picnic, take a tour, get a gift, and make crafts. Relax in the Garden on a beautiful Spring day. Bring a picnic along for everyone ...
Salsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville
Sunday, May 8 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Salsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville

Bay Street turns up the heat with Salsa Sundays, an all-new music series featuring a live salsa band and plenty of room to dance every Sunday from 3-5 pm in May 2016. Everyone is invited to spice up their evenings enjoying festive salsa music and ...

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, May 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Tuesday, May 10

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, May 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
| The Layover
Free Women's Comedy Night | Oakland

Come check out a monthly comedy event at The Layover in Oakland for Women’s Comedy Night sponsored by Feelmore510 and hosted by Lydia Popovich. Get your laughs with a few funny ladies on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there ...

Wednesday, May 11

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, May 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed.