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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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church

At Stay Alive Oakland Public Safety Forum, participants will hold frank and respectful conversation about race, public safety, and opportunity for young people of color in Oakland. Free, but an RSVP is required. The more...

6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy & Free Pizza | Oakland   FREE

Friday, December 19, 2014

Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks
Friday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over East Bay

East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks. From April to December in 2014, fees will be waived for a variety of more...

7:00 pmBicycle Art Salon: Holiday Potluck & Lakeshore Ride | 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+


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland more...

All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley   FREE
11:15 amGive & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmWin Tix: “Santa’s Scream Fest” Haunted House | East Bay   WIN*
*Enter FUNCHEAP35 in the online checkout form to receive a $3 discount on all tickets.
8:00 pmThe Comedy Roast of a Santa Claus | East Bay   $5*
*$5 when you buy online using code FUNCHEAP at checkout. Tickets are normally $10.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Sunday, December 21 – 6:40 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on Solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc. and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot more...

9:30 amWinter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo   $6*
*Walk is free, but there is a $6 per vehicle park entrance fee (exact change required), and an RSVP is required.
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amArt Museum & Film Archive Moving Party: Art, Dance & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, December 22, 2014

$2 Movie Day: The New Parkway's 2 Year Anniversary | Oakland
Monday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: $2*
*$2 per movie
| The New Parkway

The New Parkway Theater, a cool community theater in Oakland with couches and quirky seating, a beer and wine license, and a full food menu, is turning two on December 22, 2014 and to more...


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley  FREE
8:30 pm“Take it Outside” Outdoor Comedy Show | Oakland  FREE

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

11:00 amFinal Day: Pottery Holiday Show & Free Cider | Berkeley  FREE
All DayChristmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley  FREE

Friday, December 26, 2014

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland more...


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, December 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay  FREE

Monday, December 29, 2014

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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

7:30 pmHappy Hour Stories | Berkeley  FREE

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

11:00 pmTaoist Midnight Meditation w/ Tea & Cookies | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, January 1, 2015

11:00 amFree First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive  FREE

Friday, January 2, 2015

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, January 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a more...

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 Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
7:00 pm100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, January 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.
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 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...


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, January 8 – 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...


Friday, January 9, 2015

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, January 9 – 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...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday, January 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is first come, first served; they often fill up and have to turn away people.
| Secret Location (Oakland)

What is “Oakland Nights…Live“? Why it is Oakland’s very own low-budget monthly late night talk show. It’s half Johnny Carson, half Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and all Oakland. They’ve had marine biologists, talks with Oakland public more...

All DaySecond Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.  FREE

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland  FREE

Friday, January 16, 2015

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.