East Bay Calendar

East Bay Calendar

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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Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Harvest Festival: Whole Foods Gilman Pre-Opening Party | Berkeley
Saturday, October 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Whole Foods Gilman

The brand new Whole Foods on Gilman Street is throwing a parking lot pre-opening party to celebrate the harvest season from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014. There more...

All Day2014 Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Saturday | East Bay  FREE
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2014  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
12:00 pm2014 Michael Jackson “Thriller” Dance-Off & Costume Contest | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but a $10 donation is requested.
All Day2014 El Cerrito Free Folk Festival: 9 Hours of Music & Workshops | East Bay   FREE
1:00 pm2014 Skeletonfest: Sugar Skull Making & Screenprinting | East Bay   FREE*
*Please bring a t-shirt to screenprint and something yummy to share.
7:30 pm1920s Silent Movie Halloween Night: “Phantom of the Opera” | East Bay   $5
8:00 pmLaurel Outdoor Movie Night: “Maleficent” | Oakland   FREE
8:30 pmFree Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley   FREE

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bay Area Science Festival 2014: Free Events | Sunday, Oct. 26
Sunday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Free Events on Sunday, October 26, 2014 9 am: Wright Canyon Hike - Clayton 9 am: Science @ Farmers Markets - Oakland 10 am: BioBlitzing at Muir Woods -  Mill Valley 10 am: Wetland Tour - Alviso Noon: Hawk Talk more...

All Day2014 Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Sunday | East Bay   FREE
All DayFinal Day: 2014 Glass Pumpkin Patch & Glassblowing Demos | East Bay   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay   FREE
11:00 am2014 Berkeley School Fall Festival | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmMixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pmHumans vs. Zombies: Halloween Editon w/ Snacks & Scary Makeup | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but pre-registration is required: Sign up as a team of 5 or less in Google Docs, single players or teams of less than 5 will be combined.


Monday, October 27, 2014

8:00 pmDodgeball Monday: Co-Ed Open Gym | Berkeley  $5

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Bay Area Science Festival: Free Events | Tuesday, Oct. 28
Tuesday, October 28 – 2:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Free events on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2 pm: Science @ Farmers Markets -  Berkeley 3 pm: Thinking Sound - Berkeley 3:30 pm: SFPUC’s New Sustainable Headquarter Tour -  San Francisco 6 pm: Boy on Ice: Concussion & more...

2:00 pm2014 Day of the Dead Party: Aztec Dance, Altar & Costume Making | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pmHappy Hour Stories | Berkeley   FREE

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Final Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland
Wednesday, October 29 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square every Wednesday in October 2014. This month-long series will fill the Oakland 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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Bay Area Science Festival | Thursday, Oct. 30
Thursday, October 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Free events on Thursday, October 30, 2014 3 pm: Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour - San Francisco 6:30 pm: GMOs in Sustainable Food - Berkeley 7 pm: Faster, Higher, and Stronger: Sports Science and Super-Athletes – Oakland 7 more...


Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Black Light Art Show | Alameda
Friday, October 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Studio 23

Come for some ultra violent… ultraviolet fun. Have a spooky, glow-in-the-dark night with a black light art ahow combined with a Halloween party. There will be plenty of fluorescent activities, music, and lots and more...

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, November 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | 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 more...


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, November 6, 2014

11:00 amFree First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive  FREE

Friday, November 7, 2014

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, November 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club

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 more...

6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway  FREE
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
7:00 pm100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
9:00 pmFirst Friday Concert Series | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday, November 8 – 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 more...

All DaySecond Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.  FREE
8:30 pmFree Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley   FREE
9:30 pmHella Gay Dance Party | Oakland   $5*
*Each month is a fundraiser for a different local non-profit organization.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, November 9 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides with Cal Sailing Club , a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. At this Open House, get a free introductory sail and get more...

8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
9:00 pmOakland Active Music Series: Free Improv Jazz Concerts | The Uptown  FREE*
*Free admission, but donations are welcome.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, November 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 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 more...


Friday, November 14, 2014

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, November 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (East Bay)

The East Bay Bike Party is a monthly mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and bike types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets on the more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE