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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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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jamming in the Park | 2017 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Thursday, September 21 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must email afternoon-jam@berkeleyoldtimemusic.org to find out the location.
| Secret Berkeley Location

Photo | The Daily Californian via Youtube The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, several rollicking square dances, the illustrious more...

5:00 pmDirty Cello on 3rd Thursdays Free Music at Latham Square | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, beer & wine will be for sale for only $5.00
6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmSunset Cinema: “The Big Sick” Outdoor Movie Night | Emeryville   FREE
6:00 pmThe Edge of Agriculture: A Panel & Public Discussion | Albany   FREE
7:00 pmStorySlam’s True Live Storytelling Competition | Oakland   $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
7:00 pm“RAD” Recess Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland   $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm
7:30 pm“Temescal Street Flicks” Outdoor Homegrown Movie Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmFree Comedy Night W/ Happy Hour Prices | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: Panel Discussion & Outdoor Jam | UC Berkeley
Friday, September 22 – 12:10 pm | Cost: FREE | Hertz Hall (UC Berkeley)

Photo | The Daily Californian via Youtube The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, several rollicking square dances, the illustrious more...

2:30 pmPetting Zoo & Merch Discounts | Oakland   FREE
All Day2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Friday | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
5:00 pmOpen Jam Session | 2017 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention   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.
5:30 pmPoint Richmond Concert: Latin | East Bay   FREE
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmFree Movies in the Park: Dr. Strange | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm2017 Free Movies in the Park: The Jungle Book | Newark   FREE
7:00 pm“The Bacchae: For Madwomen Only” Immersive Theater Storytelling | Berkeley   FREE*
*Tickets are pay what you can. Suggested donations are $10.
7:30 pmMovie Under The Stars: “Beauty and the Beast” Screening | San Ramon   FREE


Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Northern California Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt
Saturday, September 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse

Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017. This more...

All DaySmithsonian’s 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017   FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
All Day2017 Bay Area Blues Festival | East Bay   FREE
10:00 amOakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown   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 Day2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Saturday | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
11:00 amFarmers Market String Band Contest | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmNo Hate in the Bay: March Against White Supremacy | Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pmKorean Cultural Week: Art Workshops & Live Music | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmWorld’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment 2017 | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmFourth Street Fashion Runway Show | Berkeley   FREE
5:00 pmFourth Street Fashion Runway Show | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pmSugarFreedom Project Free Concert w/ Blackalicious’ “Gift Of Gab” | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission. RSVP to get a chance to win the grand prize of the night. Food for sale at event
7:00 pm“The Bacchae: For Madwomen Only” Immersive Theater Storytelling | Berkeley   FREE*
*Tickets are pay what you can. Suggested donations are $10.
9:00 pmWin Tix: “Weird Al” Burlesque Tribute Extravaganza | The Uptown   WIN
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

2017 Bay Area Blues Festival | East Bay
Sunday, September 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Martinez

Perfectly set in Historic Downtown Martinez, the 7th Annual Bay Area Blues Festival is a lively weekend filled with authentic blues music, beautiful art and craft booths, gourmet food from local more...

All Day2017 Oakland Dragon Boat Festival | Lake Merritt   FREE
All Day2017 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival: Sunday | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but food and drink available for purchase (cash only)
10:30 am2017 UC Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmThe Local Butcher Shop Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pmCal Sailing Club Open House & Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmHupalo & Repasky Pipe Organs Open Jam Session | San Leandro   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
3:00 pmSunday Film Screening & Free Popcorn: Princess Mononoke | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pm2017 Fall Equinox Drum Circle | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Monday, September 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 26, 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 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dunkin' Donuts in Alameda County Opening: Free Food Samples | Fremont
Wednesday, September 27 – 5:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dunkin' Donuts Fremont

Dunkin’ Donuts invites one and all to the grand opening of its newest Bay Area restaurant in Fremont. Doors will open at 5:00 a.m. Grand opening festivities will include free food 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
6:00 pmMusic on the Plaza: R&B with Pride & Joy | Concord   FREE
6:30 pm“Then They Came for Us” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Piedmont   FREE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday, September 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Kasper's Plaza

Photo | via Big Red Beer Wagon Temescal Street Flicks, an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening runs September 7 to 21, 2017 in the heart of Temescal at the weekly pop-up pedestrian plaza more...

6:00 pmFelons, Fungi & Rats: PubScience with Dr. John Taylor | El Cerrito  FREE*
*Free for 21+ public.
7:00 pm“Punching Up” Comedy Showcase At A Craft Beer House | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is requested.
7:00 pm“RAD” Recess Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland  $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm

Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 Orinda Czech Festival Opening Ceremony & Formal Dinner
Friday, September 29 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Opening ceremony is free, formal dinner requires a ticket which costs $100.
| Orinda Community Park

Help them kick-off the 2017 Orinda Czech Festival at Orinda Community Park.  A limited number of vendors will be present as we host a Rededication Ceremony of the beautiful Linden Tree more...

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:00 pm“Samsara” Documentary Screening & Halau KaUaTuahine Polynesian Dancing | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations appreciated.
9:00 pmOakhella+Beat: Sweat Haus Dance Party | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Orinda Czech Festival: Free Classes &
Saturday, September 30 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park

Come to the Orinda Community Park, Community Center and Library from 9 am – 10 pm for a full day of Czech-inspired fun. They have a jam-packed list of entertainment from morning more...

8:30 amFree Bay Area AcroYoga Festival | Oakland  FREE
All DayFree National Parks Day: National Public Lands Day | 2017   FREE
All Day2017 Moraga Pear Festival | Orchard   FREE
10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center   FREE*
*Reservations are recommended but not required. To make a reservation for Tour 2, please call (510) 238-3234 or e-mail aallen@oaklandnet.com.
10:00 amAlvarado Fall Fest featuring iBike | Union City   FREE*
*Admission is free but bring money for food and drinks
All DayHello Kitty Truck Comes Back to Pleasanton | Stoneridge Shopping Center   FREE
11:00 amSports Basement’s “Corgi Carnival” | San Ramon   FREE
2:00 pmForbidden Island’s 12th Annual Parking Lot Sale | Alameda   $5
2:00 pm“Bachata” Takeover by the Lake | Lake Merritt   FREE
All Day100 Thousand Poets for Change | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are happily accepted.
6:00 pm“Colin Hurley’s Cubism” Art Show | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pm“The Iron Giant” Free Outdoor Oakland Movie Night | The New Parkway   FREE

Thursday, September 7, 2017

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Rustic Sounds & Pop Rock | Concord  FREE

Sunday, October 1, 2017

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, October 1 – 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...

10:00 amWorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival: Day-Long Celebration for Girls | Oakland   $10
11:00 am2nd Italian Street Food Fest | Alameda   FREE*
*Free entrance, menu options available for purchase on site or at discounted pre-purchase online
11:30 am8th Annual Orinda Olive Festival   FREE
2:00 pmForbidden Island’s 12th Annual Parking Lot Sale | Alameda   $5
2:30 pm2017 Orinda Czech Festival Closing Concert   FREE
3:00 pm“Then They Came for Us” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Oakland   FREE

Monday, October 2, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

12:00 pmSweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day  FREE
6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland  $5

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
7:00 pm“Are Muslims Distinctive?” Lecture | Berkeley  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, October 5 – 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 Day2017 Blood Moon Over San Francisco   FREE

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6 – 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 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE