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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, April 27, 2017

Bay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | April 27
Thursday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | David Yu The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes more...

6:00 pmFree Drive-In Movie Night | East Bay   FREE*
*Arrive early; the drive-in fills up quickly on free nights
7:00 pm“Punching Up” Comedy Showcase At A Craft Beer House | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | April 28
Friday, April 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | David Yu The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes 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.
5:00 pm“Poetry Lab #1” National Poetry Month Workshop | Albany   FREE
9:00 pmSuperbFest: “Rogue One” Free Movie Screening | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Free with CAL ID


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Independent Book Store Day 2017
Saturday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Indie Bookstore Day Independent Bookstore Day will take place at more than 400 bookstores nationwide. For one day, and one day only, limited, unique books and art pieces will be available in more than more...

All DayBay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | April 29   FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
9:00 amNASA Space Apps Hackathon | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free the entire day, bring your laptop to participate and officially register
10:00 am2017 Laney College Open House | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is requested.
10:00 am2017 UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amPeople’s Climate Movement: Fight For A Clean Environment | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged.
11:00 amUhuru Community Health Fair | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
11:00 amSkyjam Family Fest: Dance, Live Music & Craft | Kensington   $5
All Day2017 Oakland Dance Festival | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pm“Summer of Love” Block Party & 60’s Cover Bands Concert | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmFree Iris Flower Show in Lakeside Park | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pm“Brewfest” Unlimited Beer Tasting from Local Breweries | Berkeley   $7*
*Online tickets at Eventbrite
3:00 pmWin Tix: “Brewfest” Unlimited Bay Area Beer Tasting Celebration | Berkeley   WIN*
*$7
7:00 pm2017 Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Finale Concert | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pm“Pork Chops” Celebrating East Bay Tattoo Flash Tradition | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmHula Pahu: Hawai’i’s Sacred Dance | Berkeley   FREE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bay Area Dance Week 2017: Free Events | Final Day
Sunday, April 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | David Yu The 19th annual Bay Area National Dance Week runs Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes more...

All Day2017 Walnut Creek Restaurant Week | Final Day   $10*
*Lunch and dinner prix fixe menus start at $10.
11:00 amFree Market Recipe Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
11:00 am“Daybreaker” Sunday Funday: Free Outdoor Yoga & Dance Party | Lake Merritt   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Daybreaker partners will be providing snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, but bring money if you want to buy from food trucks.
All Day“OakHella Turns 1” Day Party: 8 Hours of DJ Sets & Art Installation | Oakland   FREE*
*Free all-day, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $5 after 3 pm.
1:00 pmEarth Day Celebration: Garden Tour, Cake & Refreshments | Pleasant Hill   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “The Lighter Side” | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pm“Endless Journey” Theatrical Dance Production | Oakland   FREE

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day Maypole & Morris Dancers | Berkeley
Monday, May 1 – 5:30 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Photo | via All Events in City As is traditional, the Berkeley Morris Dancers will begin their regular season by dancing the sun up at Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. They will gather at more...

3:00 pmOakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant Rights | East Bay   FREE
9:00 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

$20 Live Nation Tickets
Tuesday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: $20*
*Tickets for many shows will be $20. The sale is good May 2-9, 2017
| San Francisco Bay Area

Live Nation is celebrating National Concert Day (apparently a “thing”) with their “Kickoff to Summer” ticket promotion. That means $20 tickets for 50+ tours and more than 1,000,000 tickets at venues across more...

3:30 pmProtest Art Printmaking Workshop | Oakland   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, May 3, 2017

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
12:00 pmJavanese & Balinese Gamelan Live Music | Berkeley  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.
5:30 pmFirst Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:00 pmRotten City Comedy: Standup In A Pizza Shop Attic | Emeryville  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, May 4 – 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...

7:30 pm“The Science of Star Wars” on Astro Night | Berkeley   FREE

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money for food and drinks.
| Uptown Oakland

Enjoy free cultural events featuring Latin American art, music and food on a walk from KONO through Uptown, Downtown and all the way to the waterfront in Jack London. Highlights include: Oakland First 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 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party   FREE
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 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.
7:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Music From “Mission: Impossible” | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
7:05 pm$5 Night: Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers | Oakland   $5*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
8:00 pmFree Movies in the Park: Moana | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pmComedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
11:59 pmEta Aquarids Meteor Shower | 2017   FREE

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017
Saturday, May 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Free Comic Book Day Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who 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 DayCinco De Mayo & Mother’s Day Fiesta | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission but bring money for food and drinks.
All DayObscura Day 2017: Discover Hidden Local Gems | SF Bay Area   FREE*
*Each event cost differs but prices range from FREE to $45. An RSVP may be required.
All Day2017 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pmRock Out With The Flock: Bounce Houses & Family Fun | San Lorenzo   FREE
3:00 pmEpic Rap Cypher Contest | Antioch   FREE*
*Everyone is welcome to attend for free. If you like to enter the cypher contest the fee is $10. Cypher winner takes half the pot.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

$5 First Sundays at 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...

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.
12:00 pmFree “Fournee Bakery” Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pm2017 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda   FREE

Monday, May 8, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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, May 10, 2017

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Wednesday, May 10 – 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...

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring money for food and beverages.
| The Overlook Lounge

This event was cancelled 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 more...

6:00 pmWomen Bike Book Club | Oakland  FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: The Rock, Rhythm & Blues Revue | Concord   FREE
7:00 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 National Public Gardens Day | Bay Area
Friday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Coupon is required for free admission.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

American Public Gardens Association The annual National Public Gardens Day takes place each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day and 590+ gardens, including some Bay Area gardens that offer free admission or other more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda   FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays   FREE
7:30 pmEast Bay Bike Party   FREE
8:00 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy with $1 Beer | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sports Basement's Camp Out: 20% Off Discounts & Complimentary Beer | Berkeley
Saturday, May 13 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)

SB Camp Out is an interactive and engaging event focused on bringing the outdoors to you. This event will highlight the most cutting edge outdoor brands and the latest in their more...

All Day“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmZoovie Night: “The Jungle Book” | Oakland Zoo   $7
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Goddess Gathering: Free Yoga & Dance Class on Mother's Day | Oakland
Sunday, May 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| The Working Body

Connect with yourself and other women this Mother’s Day to celebrate the women who have contributed to your life process of becoming the Goddess you are today. As women you connect with your more...

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.