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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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Sunday, February 25, 2018

1st Annual Black Joy Parade & Festival | Oakland
Sunday, February 25 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| 14th St and Alice St

Gather in Oakland’s Black Arts District at 12:30 pm for the 1st annual Black Joy Parade – a hyper-positive procession showcasing the undeniable energy, creativity and excellence of the African American more...

1:00 pm2018 Purim Party: Delicious Hamantaschen & Magical Nathaniel | Berkeley   $6*
*$6 Presale. $8 at the door.
3:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “Serenade” | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, February 26, 2018

Popping the ​Science ​Bubble: Conversation with Scientists from Cal | Berkeley
Monday, February 26 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)

Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research. With new guest lecturers each month, come more...

10:00 amFree Drop-In Tax Help | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland   $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Oracle Arena

Follow your heart to Disney On Ice. Swim with Dory and new pal Hank from Finding Dory. Cheer with the Emotions from Inside Out. Join Olaf as he helps reunite Anna more...

6:00 pmBefore Harlem Book Discussion | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 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...

All Day2018 Purim Celebration | Berkeley  FREE
7:00 pm2018 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland   $10

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday, March 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...

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 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
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
7:30 pm“Barfly” A Group Art Show | Alameda   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase & Helltones Album Release | The Uptown   FREE*
*Free
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, March 3, 2018

59th White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland
Saturday, March 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | White Elephant Sale Warehouse

White Elephant Sale The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years. 59th Annual White Elephant Sale Sat-Sun, March 3-4, 2018 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
9:30 amSports Equipment Swap | Albany  FREE
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   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.
11:00 amPeet’s Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF   FREE*
*Please check with your local store for the time of the event. Valid at Peet’s retail locations only. Excludes Capital One, airport, supermarket, BART and other licensed locations. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only on specific coffees, teas, and merchandise featured in the tasting event. No cash value and no rain checks. Valid Saturday from 11:00AM–12:00pm only.
4:30 pm2018 Irish-American Crossroads Festival | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, March 4, 2018

59th White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland
Sunday, March 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | White Elephant Sale Warehouse

White Elephant Sale The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years. 59th Annual White Elephant Sale Sat-Sun, March 3-4, 2018 more...

10:00 am$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California   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.
2:00 pm2018 Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, March 5, 2018

12:00 pmFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries  FREE
8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway  FREE

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery  FREE
6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, March 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 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 more...

7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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

Orinda Theatre The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances more...

8:00 pm2018 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival: Opening Day | Mills College   FREE

Friday, March 9, 2018

National Day of Unplugging 2018 | No Tech Day
Friday, March 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Sabbath Manifesto People across the nation (and world) will recharge themselves by not using computers, cell phones, or any technology for 24 hours, sundown to sundown. National Day of Unplugging March 9-10, 2018 | Sundown to more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda   FREE
7:00 pm2018 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland   $10
7:30 pmEast Bay Bike Party   FREE
8:00 pm2018 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival | Mills College   FREE

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Prescott Circus & Youth Orchestra Showcase | Oakland
Saturday, March 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Technical High School

The Prescott Circus Theatre presents its Spring Student Showcase featuring a cast of talented Oakland children with two upbeat and inspiring shows  at 11 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Performances will feature over more...

10:00 amTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
11:00 amPeet’s Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF   FREE*
*Please check with your local store for the time of the event. Valid at Peet’s retail locations only. Excludes Capital One, airport, supermarket, BART and other licensed locations. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only on specific coffees, teas, and merchandise featured in the tasting event. No cash value and no rain checks. Valid Saturday from 11:00AM–12:00pm only.
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz Quartet Concert | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pm2018 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival | Mills College   FREE
9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Final Day: 2018 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival | Mills College
Sunday, March 11 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mills College, Littlefield Hall

Signal Flow, the annual festival of new works by Mills graduate students, is an opportunity to see the future of music and sound in the making. 2017 Signal Flow Music Festival March 8-11, more...

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

10:00 amFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries  FREE
8:00 pm“Farmer Brown’s Comedy Ho-Down” Experimental Variety Show | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center

Blind to Bounds Jump over a bonfire (or watch others do it) in the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” as the Persian Center celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year to say goodbye to the more...

6:00 pmRock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

7:00 pmStorySlam’s “Motivation” Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland  $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: First Day | 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...

6:30 pmZoovie Night: “Disneynature: Born in China ” | Oakland Zoo   $7*
*Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. $6 per person for groups of 4 or more.
7:00 pm19th Annual Bay Area Seed Swap | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free if you bring food and seeds to share; otherwise, a $5-$20 donation is requested.
7:00 pmBicycle Art Salon | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com or phone at 510-230-8270.
7:00 pmTiny Garage Concert Night | Emeryville   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmChillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade | Dublin
Saturday, March 17 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Dublin Civic Center

Where else but Dublin would you want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Come out for a free, memorable and authentic Irish experience. The parade gets going at 9:30 am at Amador more...

11:00 amArt Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money if you want to take home awesome local art.
11:00 amArt Trax: Free Saturday Monthly Art Walk | Pittsburg   FREE
11:00 am2018 Holi Festival of Colors: Chai, Colors & DJs | Fremont   $20*
*$20 for Non Members $18 for Rana Members
1:00 pm2018 Albany FilmFest: Kid’s Matinee & Hands-On Film Skills | East Bay   $5*
*$5 for adults, $1 for kids
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm2018 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland   $10

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Dublin
Sunday, March 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dublin Civic Center

Where else but Dublin would you want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Come out for a free, memorable and authentic Irish experience. The parade gets going at 9:30 am at Amador more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmPreserved’s Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmFree San Francisco “Lift Every Voice” Family Concerts | Oakland   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, March 19, 2018

10:00 amFinal Drop-In Tax Help Day | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Albany FilmFest: Brain Waves Short Films | East Bay
Tuesday, March 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 per movie or you can buy a week long valid Festival pass for $70
| Albany Twin

The groundbreaking neuroscientist and teacher Dr. Marion Diamond followed her own curiosity to change the way they look at their brains and their potential. Join them for two delightful and insightful films more...


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Albany FilmFest: Making The Climb Short Films | East Bay
Wednesday, March 21 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 per movie or you can buy a week long valid Festival pass for $70
| Albany Twin

What does it take to restore a sacred peak or climb a mountain in wheelchair? These two documentaries speak to challenge and inspiration. Stay after the films for a Q&A with more...

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $1*
*$1 with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Albany FilmFest: East Bay Punk Short Films | East Bay
Thursday, March 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 per movie or you can buy a week long valid Festival pass for $70
| Albany Twin

Cozy, quirky and creative, Albany FilmFest, is back welcoming experienced and amateur filmmakers of all ages and across the country. Albany FilmFest is a national juried festival of short films (and really short more...


Friday, March 23, 2018

13th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition: Opening Day | Oakland
Friday, March 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

The 13th Annual Tulip Exhibition will showcase spectacular floral arrangements that feature tulips and are created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes at the Mountain View more...

7:00 pm2018 Albany FilmFest: Behind the Scenes of Virtual Reality Filmmaking | East Bay   $5*
*$5 for adults, $1 for kids
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

13th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition & Demonstration | Oakland
Saturday, March 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

The 13th Annual Tulip Exhibition will showcase spectacular floral arrangements that feature tulips and are created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes at the Mountain View more...