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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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Friday, February 24, 2017

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play: Free Performance | UC Berkeley
Friday, February 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Morrison Hall (UC Berkeley)

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five 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 pmWhy Mexico Fell Apart & How to Fix It | Berkeley  FREE

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jingletown Art Studios

The tenth annual “The Art of Living Black” Mills College Open Studios Art Fair feature Bay Area artists of African descent and are taking place from 11 am to 6 pm on February 25-26, 2017. This exciting more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Mardi Gras “Hubba Hubba” Burlesque Revue | DNA Lounge   WIN


Sunday, February 26, 2017

SF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “Wordsmiths” | Berkeley
Sunday, February 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Dedicated to the lyrical muse, this program features two outstanding singers well-known to SFCO audiences: mezzo-soprano Lara Nie and tenor Brian Thorsett. Canteloube’s lush settings of folk songs from France’s Auvergne region more...

All Day“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Sunday | Oakland  FREE
2:00 pmYouth Orchestra Winter Classical Concert | East Bay  FREE
8:00 pmUbuntu Theater Project: “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller | Oakland   $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door

Monday, February 27, 2017

Closing Theater Performance:
Monday, February 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II, only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6:00 pmRev. Traci Blackmon on Activism: Healing Communities | Oakland  FREE
6:30 pm“Refinery Town” Book Discussion | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmTwo Piece Tuesdays Presents “Moonshine Jelly” | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pm“Dogtown Redemption” Film Screening | Albany  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 1, 2017

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
12:00 pmUniversity Wind Ensemble: Works of Maslanka & Spittal | Berkeley  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe: Searching For Dark Matter | Albany  FREE
7:00 pm“Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” Free Screening | Livermore  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 2 – 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...

7:00 pm2017 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland   $10

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

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, Oakland’s KONO 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 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   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 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 pmClassic Cars On Display: Schultz & The Machinery of the Absurd | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, March 4, 2017

58th White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland
Saturday, March 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | White Elephant Sale Warehouse

The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years. 58th Annual White Elephant Sale Sat-Sun, March 4-5, 2017 | 10 more...

9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF   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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

58th White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland
Sunday, March 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | White Elephant Sale Warehouse

The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years. 58th Annual White Elephant Sale Sat-Sun, March 4-5, 2017 | 10 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.
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.
1:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Music From “Final Fantasy VII” & Interactive Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
2:00 pm2017 Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival & Tea | East Bay   FREE
6:00 pm“I Hella Love Shorts” 2017 Film Festival | Oakland   $10*
*Includes a glass of wine and some popcorn.
8:00 pmClosing Theater Performance: “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller | Oakland   $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door

Monday, March 6, 2017

P.O.S Rap Mini Concert | Amoeba Berkeley
Monday, March 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (Berkeley)

Doomtree’s P.O.S. celebrates his new album, Chill, Dummy (out now), with a live mini-set and signing at Amoeba Berkeley. Plus – Amoeba is proud to premiere his new video for “Bully” more...

6:30 pmHealing Beyond The Conscious Mind | Berkeley   FREE
8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Feel Free to Create: Free Clay Night Workshop | Oakland
Tuesday, March 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are encouraged.
| Merritt Ceramics

Merritt Ceramics is hosting a free clay night every 1st Tuesday of the month. Due to all of the tragedy and uncertainty stirred up within this last month they wanted to offer more...

6:30 pmFree 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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

12:00 pmOne More River To Cross: Water Metaphors In Gospel Music | Berkeley  FREE
7:00 pm“Gueros” Free Film Screening | Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9 – 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: “Sunset Boulevard” | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, March 10, 2017

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, March 10 – 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...

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 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
7:00 pm2017 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10
7:00 pmBay Area Seed Swap & Celebration | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free if you bring food and seeds to share of $5-20 suggested donation.
8:00 pmComedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
8:00 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy with $1 Beer | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Photo | Jack of All Trades MarketBrought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
2:00 pmEdible Weeds Tour of South Hayward | Public Library   FREE
6:00 pmOf Blue & Green: A Fashion & Art Collision | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pm2017 Purim Party: Costume Dancing & Megilla Reading | Berkeley   $15*
*$15 for advanced tickets, $20 at the door. Children under 13 are free.
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmThe Attack On Immigrants: What Trump Can & Can’t Do | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 Donation is suggested.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Full Moon Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Sunday, March 12 – 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 through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon more...

11:00 am2017 Purim Celebration & Family Carnival | Berkeley  FREE
12:30 pmFree Second Sunday Community Beginner Salsa Class | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but advance registration may be required
1:00 pm10 Plants for Color: Author Talk & Demonstration | Berkeley  FREE
6:00 pm2017 Spring Equinox Drum Circle | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are appreciated.
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Monday, March 13, 2017

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Sliding scale donation requested.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center

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 darkness of 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 15, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final 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...

12:00 pmUniversity & Chamber Choruses Noontime Concert | Berkeley   FREE
4:00 pmCrime Prevention Education: Basic Home Security | Pleasant Hill   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
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.
6:30 pm“Mind /Game” Diversity Film Screening | Piedmont   FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.