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Not everything fun has to take place in San Francisco! Here’s our picks for affordable fun events in Oakland, Berkeley and the rest of Alameda and Contra Costa counties

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Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont
Friday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch.
| Sharks Ice

Golden Gate Bonspiel Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sharks Ice in Fremont from May 26-28, 2017. The more...

All DayMemorial Day Super Sidewalk Sale at Premium Outlets | Livermore   FREE
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland   $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmBike-In Movie Night: “Cool Runnings” & Free Popcorn | Albany   FREE
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with RSVP

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bike Library Launch Party: Smoothies, Crafts & Live Music | Oakland
Saturday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)

Join in for a fun bike ride and party to celebrate Oakland’s new fleet of bike libraries. Meet at the Main library at 10 am. You’ll ride up to the Lakeview branch for more...

All Day2017 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont  FREE*
*Free to watch.
All DayMemorial Day Super Sidewalk Sale at Premium Outlets | Livermore  FREE
10:00 am2017 Family Fun Festival: Skateboard Contest, Cooking Demos & Puppet DIY | Berkeley  FREE
10:00 amSeason Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
All DayBay Area KidFest | Concord  $6*
*Admission is $6 with donation of canned food to Food Bank; $7 without donation. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are FREE.
11:00 am2017 Burger & Brew Fest: Live Music, Art & Burger Throwdown | Fremont   FREE*
*This event is free and open to the public; Beer Tasting tickets are $35 in advance.
All DayBay Area’s Newest Water Park: Grand Opening | Dublin   $17*
*Full day admission for non-resident adults is $17
11:00 amWin Tix: Third Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest | Fremont   WIN
All Day2017 Eastlake Music Festival: Free All-Day Live Music, DJ & Dance Party | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmSausage Fest Block Party: Food, Music & Beer | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission. Bring cash for food & drinks.
12:00 pmWin Tix: Manifest 2017: Art & DJs at Abandoned 16th St. Train Station | Oakland   WIN
1:15 pmWine & Watercolors at the Library | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Please sign-up at the Rockridge Library in person
2:00 pmUnify 2017: Free Hip Hop Concert and Environmental Justice Panel | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but text "UNIFY2017" to RSVP
9:00 pm“Bilongo Lila” Theater Performance & Guided Meditation | Oakland   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Hubba Hubba Revue’s “Uptown Cabaret” | The Uptown Nightclub   WIN


Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont
Sunday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch.
| Sharks Ice

Golden Gate Bonspiel Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sharks Ice in Fremont from May 26-28, 2017. The more...

10:00 am2017 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City   FREE
All DayMemorial Day Super Sidewalk Sale at Premium Outlets | Livermore   FREE
All DaySan Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival: Sunday | 2017   FREE
12:00 pmWin Tix: Mexican Paper Mache Art Class: Sacred Hearts & Masks | Berkeley   WIN
12:00 pmFree “Chop Bar” Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend's Best Sales: Amazon, Birch Lane & More | 2017
Monday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: SALE*
*Sales up to 30% at various stores.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Ready to shop til you drop? Here is Funcheap’s guide to some incredibly long lists of crazy amazing Memorial Day sales happening all weekend in retail stores and online for Memorial Day 2017. 2017 sale more...

All DayMemorial Day Super Sidewalk Sale at Premium Outlets | Livermore   FREE
10:00 am2017 Memorial Day Commemoration & Tour | Oakland   FREE
All DayMemorial Day Free Entry | Ardenwood Historic Farm   FREE
All DayMemorial Day Open House: Tide Discovery Walk & Fish Feeding | Crown Memorial State Beach   FREE
All DaySan Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival | 2017   FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland   $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
8:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley   $5

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rare US Show:
Wednesday, May 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP before 9pm
| Starline Social Club

Barcelona beat producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth will share their new live AV performance, Drapetomania, in a rare US appearance. Filastine & Nova’s sound collides future bass more...

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Old Oakland  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, June 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum 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 more...

5:00 pmPop-Up Puppy Happy Hour & Adoption Party | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: Red Hot Rockin’ Soul | Concord   FREE

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays 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, more...

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland   $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pm$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills   $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & Free Soup | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Salsa Dance Party | Jack London Square   FREE

Saturday, June 3, 2017

National Trails Day 2017: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required for each event.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Celebrate National Trails Day, the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors, in the Golden Gate National Parks on June 3, 2017. The National Park Service is realigning the trail at this more...

9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland   FREE
9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
All Day2016 Bay Area Book Festival: Literary Block Party & Magic Book Castle | Berkeley   FREE
10:00 amFree Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland   FREE*
*To make a reservation, please call (510) 238-3234 or e-mail aallen@oaklandnet.com. Please include the specific tour and date you are requesting in your message.
All DayBank of America Free Museum Weekend   FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
All DayOakland Carnival 2017: Global Music, Dance Pavillion & African Market | Mosswood Park   FREE
1:00 pmPut Her on the Map Walking Tour | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley
Sunday, June 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)

The inaugural Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. 200 diverse authors from the Bay Area, more...

All DayBank of America Free Museum Weekend   FREE*
*Free for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch Card Holders. Some venues may be closed on certain days; please confirm directly with participating museums.
10:00 am$5 First Sundays at Oakland Museum of California   $5*
*Suggested donation of $5 per person. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.
12:00 pmFree “Hidden Star Orchards” Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE

Monday, June 5, 2017

8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway  FREE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
6:45 pm1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland  $5

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Free Lunchtime Concert: 60s, 70s, 80s & Top 40 Hits | Oakland
Wednesday, June 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center

Photo | Alexa Morales Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station. The concert series give a little taste more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
5:30 pmFirst Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek   FREE
5:30 pmRainbow Family Night: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. There is also a suggested donation of $10 per adult however no one is turned away for lack of funds.
7:00 pmRotten City Comedy: Standup In A Pizza Shop Attic | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmFree Comedy Improv Fun Time Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Livermore Rodeo $1 Night: Team Roping & Wild Cow Milking | East Bay
Thursday, June 8 – 4:30 pm | Cost: $1*
*$1 admission and $1 sodas and hot dogs.
| Robertson Park

The Livermore Rodeo is coming right up and you can bring the family to watch local team roping and wild cow milking on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Doors open at 4:30 pm, more...

6:00 pmWomen Bike Book Club | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Feel-good Reggae | Concord   FREE
7:00 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE
8:00 pmWaterfront Flicks: “Purple Rain” Jack London Square   FREE

Friday, June 9, 2017

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, June 9 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Jack London Square

Photo | Tony Webster via Wikipedia Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide more...

5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland  $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
6:30 pmFree Moonlight Movies: Annie | Danville  FREE
7:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pmEast Bay Bike Party   FREE
8:00 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy with $1 Beer | Oakland   FREE
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Single Time Swing Party | Jack London Square   FREE

Saturday, June 10, 2017

51st Annual Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest | Alameda
Saturday, June 10 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Registration to participate is from 9-11 am.
| Robert Crown Memorial State Beach Park

Start your creative juices flowing and get ready to bring your shovel and buckets to the beach to create a unique piece of art at the annual Sand Castle and Sand more...

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens   FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
1:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Wind Ensemble–Only Session | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm2017 Free Movies in the Park: Moana | Newark   FREE

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 Temescal Street Fair: Bands, Salsa & Circus Stage | Oakland
Sunday, June 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temescal District

Photo | Temescal Street FairWhat started as a little street fest, has blossomed into one of Oakland’s premier cultural events. Explore the 14th annual Temescal Street Fair, a free celebration of neighborhood more...