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Thursday, January 1

Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, January 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, ...

Friday, January 2

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, January 2 – 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 ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, January 2 – 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 ...

First Friday Shorts | The New Parkway
Friday, January 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
First Friday Shorts | The New Parkway

First Friday Shorts screens short films by Bay Area filmmakers and media arts organizations using film and video to tell stories not usually seen or heard. Join The New Parkway and discover local filmmaker talent and learn something new about your Bay Area community.

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, January 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” 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 ...

100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland
Friday, January 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Great Wall of Oakland
100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland

For special events, and on every first Friday during Oakland Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland, a 100 ′x 100′ projection installation, illuminates the Uptown District with cutting-edge motion art from around the world. The Great Wall of Oakland is located at the corner ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, January 2 – 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, January 3

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, January 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland
Saturday, January 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 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 Saturday of the month. Enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and some free comedy from some of the Bay Area’s favorite comedians. Also, save ...

Sunday, January 4

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Wednesday, January 7

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, January 7 – 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, January 7 – 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, January 8

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, January 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by actors and film makers. Bring some cash for popcorn and ...

Friday, January 9

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, January 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk:

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

Saturday, January 10

Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.
Saturday, January 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate (North Oakland)
Second Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland's Golden Gate Dist.

The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event with art, music, food, classes and family-friendly activities. They’re focusing on the DIY character of the neighborhood, so come out and see what you can add to the mix.

“Oakland Nights…Live” Late Night Talk Show | Oakland
Saturday, January 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is first come, first served; they often fill up and have to turn away people.
| Secret Location (Oakland)

What is “Oakland Nights…Live“? Why it is Oakland’s very own low-budget monthly late night talk show. It’s half Johnny Carson, half Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and all Oakland. They’ve had marine biologists, talks with Oakland public school teachers, Star Trek: TNG re-rnactments, call-in relationship advice, live interviews with astrophysicist ...

Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley
Saturday, January 10 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pappy's
Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley

Pappy’s Bar in Berkeley presents a Saturday Night Comedy Showcase, every second and fourth Saturday of each month. Berkeley’s free stand-up comedy showcase feature comedians from all around the Bay Area at 8:30 pm followed by a DJ.

Sunday, January 11

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, January 11 – 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, January 13

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, January 13 – 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. This event happens on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there is a two drink minimum ...

Friday, January 16

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland
Friday, January 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+
| Bench And Bar
Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland

Séduction Féroce is bringing its sexy, diverse, boundary-pushing and inclusive monthly variety show to Bench & Bar in Oakland, taking over the stage every third Friday of the month. Get in for $5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, it’s $10. Every month, you ...

Wednesday, January 21

East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland
Wednesday, January 21 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| Awaken Cafe
East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland

East Bay Green Drinks, started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more. Free, but RSVP is ...

Sunday, January 25

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, January 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, January 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...