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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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday, August 30 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| The Princeton Review (Berkeley)

Catch up on all thirteen episodes of Community Season 6 in the comfort of your home and study up, because come Sunday, August 30, 2015, you’ll be put to the test. RSVP now (required) more...

12:00 pmCar-Free Sundays On Telegraph: Music & Outdoor Market | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmThe Millet Project: Gluten-Free Food & Beer Tastings & Farm Tours | SF   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmMixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “King Lear”: Theatre in the Park | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, August 31, 2015

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

8:00 pmComic Cute Comedy Showcase & Free Popcorn | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required to get in on happy hour pricing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
10:00 amFree Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era 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
12:35 pmOakland A’s vs. LA Angels | $2 Ticket Day  $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
6:45 pm1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, September 3, 2015

6:00 pm1st & 3rd Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo  FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville  FREE

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday, September 4 – 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.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   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
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Sept. 5-7
Saturday, September 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on August 1-2 and September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains more...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015   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 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.
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “King Lear”: Theatre in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   FREE
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Sept. 5-7
Sunday, September 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on August 1-2 and September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains more...

10:00 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “King Lear”: Theatre in the Park | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, September 7, 2015

How to Get Across the Bay: BART Transbay Tube Closure | Sept. 5-7
Monday, September 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Temporary Transbay Terminal

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and East Bay on August 1-2 and September 5-7, 2015. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains more...

All DayFirst Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “King Lear”: Theatre in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
8:45 pmOpen Mic Night in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, September 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing more...

7:05 pmOakland A’s vs. Houston Astros | $2 Ticket Day  $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, September 10 – 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...

7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville   FREE

Friday, September 11, 2015

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, September 11 – 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...

5:30 pmPoint Richmond Concert: The Rusty String Express | East Bay  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
9:00 pm“Members Only” Cocktail Tasting Club | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland
Saturday, September 12 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Layover

Finally, a storytelling event where the point is to meet each other. At this brand-new, participatory event, you’ll have a chance to get to know each other as well as listen more...

10:00 amCountry Dance Hoe Down & Farmers’ Market | Emeryville  FREE

Sunday, September 13, 2015

2:00 pmSummer Concert, Market & Kids’ Games | Niles Town Plaza  FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

8:00 pmComic Cute Comedy Showcase & Free Popcorn | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required to get in on happy hour pricing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
8:30 pmOakland Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Belgium Slow Ride Sessions: Free Yoga, Art Tour & Bike Ride | Oakland
Thursday, September 17 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free yoga and tour, but bring some money for beer.
| The Crucible

New Belgium invites you on their monthly Slow Ride Sessions on the 3rd Thursday of the month with a free yoga class, a tour of the non-profit industrial arts school, The more...

6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville   FREE
8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland   FREE

Friday, September 18, 2015

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 10 am to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals more...

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.
8:00 pmSeduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland   $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+
8:00 pm$5 Classic Movie Night: “Mad Max” | Paramount Theatre   $5

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, September 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE

The boys of Critical Hit bring stand-up comedy to Oakland’s It’s Your Move game store for monthly shows happening every first Saturday and third of the month. Enjoy some free pizza, free more...

2:00 pmArt on the Green: Artist Demos, Jewelry & Art Vendors | Livermore  FREE

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday, September 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Shattuck & Center (Berkeley)

Downtown Berkeley’s Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back for 2015 – with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music, along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden, delicious food for sale, outdoor more...

9:00 amConcord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay  FREE
All DayLocal Game Sunday: 100+ Free-to-Play Tabletop Games | Berkeley  FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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
7:05 pmOakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers | $2 Ticket Day  $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, September 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your Adventure starts when more...


Friday, September 25, 2015

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, September 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | USS Potomac

The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic USS Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack more...

5:30 pmPoint Richmond Concert: Soji & The Afrobeat Band | East Bay   FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley
Saturday, September 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)

“Stand up for the Earth” at the 20th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. 2015 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival Saturday, September 26, 2015 Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way at Center more...

All Day2015 Bay Area Blues Festival: Saturday | East Bay   FREE
10:00 amOakland Chinatown: Free Guided Walking Tours | 2015   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
11:00 amRuckus n’ Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, September 27, 2015

2015 Bay Area Blues Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, September 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Martinez

Continuing the merger of two great festivals, the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival and San Francisco’s Polk Street Blues Festival, get ready for a big two-day street party in Martinez – the more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmMixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, September 28, 2015

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2015  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 1, 2015

6:00 pm1st & 3rd Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo  FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2 – 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.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   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
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, October 3, 2015

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.
10:00 amFree Oakland Walking Tour: Last of 2015 | Uptown & Secret Rooftop Garden  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
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, October 4 – 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...


Monday, October 5, 2015

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | USS Potomac

The Port of Oakland is pleased to offer free harbor tours from June through October 2015 on the historic USS Potomac located at 540 Water Street (at Clay Street) in Jack more...

8:45 pmOpen Mic Night in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE