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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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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
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, March 29, 2017

Oakland A's Free Peet's Coffee Morning | Oakland
Wednesday, March 29 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Peet's (1111 Broadway, Oakland)

Oakland Athletics The Oakland Athletics will celebrate the start of their 50th season in Oakland by hosting a number of fan and community events, giveaways and special appearances during the Oakland A’s more...

9:00 am5th Annual Bone Health Fair | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
5:30 pmEnvironmental Progress Grand Opening: Non-Profit Mixer | Berkeley   FREE
All Day“Karma Cinema”: Pay-What-You-Wish Movie Night | The New Parkway   $1*
*Pay-What-You-Want for your movie tickets every Wednesday night and 20% will be donated to a local nonprofit.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE


Thursday, March 30, 2017

$5 Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours | Jack London Square

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 more...

4:30 pmOakland A’s BART Takeover to AT&T Park | Coliseum   FREE*
*Valid BART fare required. All A’s fans with a ticket to that night’s game who join the team at the Coliseum will receive a free roundtrip BART pass until supplies last.
7:30 pmThe Shoe Must Go On (The Foot): Stand Up Comedy | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
7:30 pmSongwriter’s Circle: Spirit Of The Living Room Jam | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Dry Garden Free Admission Day & Plant Sale | East Bay
Friday, March 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s annual Spring Opening and Plant Sale is the Bay Area’s best source for drought tolerant plants, succulents, cacti, California natives, and other Mediterranean climate plants. 2017 Ruth Bancroft 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 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:00 pm“B-Side Cipher: Live & Direct” Variety Show & Potluck | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Ubuntu Theater’s “To the Bone” Opening Weekend | Oakland   WIN*
*Tickets are sold online for $15-45, and at the door each night on a pay-what-you-can basis so that no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. To buy tickets, or for more information regarding the 2017 season, visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Cambodian New Year Festival: Traditional Dances & Costumes | Oakland
Saturday, April 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted and an RSVP is requested.
| Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

The Cambodian New Year festival is multicultural with Cambodian dance groups from all over Northern California performing traditional dances from the palace, court, and villages in dazzlingly costumes; there will be more...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
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 DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF   FREE
10:00 amTech Gadget Help Day: Learn How To Be Tech Savvy | Hayward   FREE
10:00 amSustainable Edible Gardening: Learn New Techniques | Hayward   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
All DayHello Kitty Truck & Super Cute Treats | Pleasanton   FREE*
*Bring money for Hello Kitty goodies of course.
12:00 pmHuman Billboard: Black Lives Matter | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is recommended.
All DayGiants Cap Swap: Get a Free Oakland A’s Cap | March 27 – April 1   FREE*
*Fans can trade in a San Francisco Giants cap for a new Green and Gold A's cap at all public Spirit Week events, including the April 1 Bay Bridge game at the Coliseum.
7:00 pm“Gigantic Waves, I’m Not Here” Film Premiere | Berkeley   FREE

Sunday, April 2, 2017

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 more...

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 pmSF Chamber Orchestra Concert: Classical Music For All Ages | Oakland   FREE
1:30 pmLive Ephemeral Music & “Create-with-Nature” Session | Albany   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
5:00 pm2017 Hat Party & Beast Crawl Benefit | Oakland   $5*
*$5 suggested donation.

Monday, April 3, 2017

7:00 pm2017 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10
7:00 pmImprov Class: Comedy At A Snap | Oakland  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmIvy League Free Comedy on Monday Nights | Albany  FREE
9:00 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway  FREE

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

$5 Tickets: Oakland A's vs. Houston Astros | Oakland
Tuesday, April 4 – 7:05 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Amy Posner via WikipediaOakland 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 more...

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
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
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*
*An RSVP is required. Child care and pizza dinner will be provided upon advance registration. There is also a suggested donation of $10 per adult however no one is turned away for lack of funds.
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
7:00 pmRotten City Comedy: Standup In A Pizza Shop Attic | Emeryville  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmDeep Dive Lecture on the Jefferson Airplane | Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Oakland Earth Expo 2017: Demos, Giveaways & Food Trucks | Oakland
Thursday, April 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Renew your commitment to a cleaner, greener, healthier Oakland and you at the Oakland Earth Expo highlighting transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, urban nature and community themes. 22nd Annual Oakland more...

11:00 amFree First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay   FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
5:00 pmThe Board Match: 2017 Non-Profit & Volunteering Fair | Union Square   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmYuna’s Live Pop Music Concert | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7 – 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 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   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.
6:00 pmTake Back The Night: Sexual Assault Awareness | Brentwood   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is recommended.
6:30 pm“Nasty Women” Art Exhibition | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP for shorter lines to the opening night. But it's not required.
7:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Music From “Mission: Impossible” | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pmComedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours | Oakland

Tall ships are back in the Bay Area offering walk-on tours while docked in between their cruises. Check the Public Sail Schedule to see which ships will be docked at your nearest port. Dockside Tours Dockside tours are $5 more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
All Day2017 Berkeley Bay Festival | Free Boat Rides, Live Music & Adventure Playground   FREE
All Day“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square   FREE
11:00 amFree Spring Plant Swap | Oakland   FREE
11:30 am$5 Urban Recess Fun Fitness Class & Healthy Snacks | Oakland   $5*
*An RSVP is required.
12:00 pmPuppy & Kitten Shower: Donate To Help Animal Shelters | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Free to visit, but donations are highly suggested. You can donate by choosing a gift, for their little ones, at their online registry.
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pm“Oakland Noir” Reading & Signing | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmAlé Katz Boutique Grand Opening: Treats & Drinks | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, April 9, 2017

11:00 amSerenity Sunday: Free Health & Wellness Activities | Oakland  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
12:30 pmFree Second Sunday Community Workout Class | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but advance registration may be required
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Monday, April 10, 2017

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Tuesday, April 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on more...

6:00 pmRock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland  FREE
6:30 pm“Unstoppable by Bill Nye” Book Discussion | Hayward  FREE
7:00 pmJazz Search West 2017: Semi-Finals | Berkeley  $16*
*$16 advance, $18 at the door.
8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring money for food and beverages.
| The Overlook Lounge

Kick off the holiday season in Oakland with a new monthly rooftop night market: Town Social. Every second Thursday they’ll have a rotating group of food, craft, and arts vendors while local more...

6:00 pmWomen Bike Book Club | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, April 14, 2017

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
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:30 pmZoovie Night: “Wall-E” | Oakland Zoo  $7