East Bay Calendar

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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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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:00 pm“A Mountaineer’s Life” Book Reading | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmBobby G’s Free Comedy & Raffle at a Pizza Place | Berkeley  FREE
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween Costume Swap | Hayward
Wednesday, October 25 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*1st hour free with costume; 2nd hour free with or without costume.
| Hayward Public Library (Main Library)

Do you have a lot of Halloween costumes lying around the house because you don’t want to reuse them? Don’t fret, Hayward Public Library has a solution. Bring your clean, gently-used costumes more...

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
6:30 pm“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Piedmont   FREE
7:00 pm“Tayyib: Foundation of Ethical Eating & Conscious Consumption” Lecture | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
9:00 pmCirque Serpens: All Female FreakShow | Oakland   FREE*
*0-10 dollars sliding scale donation


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Punk Rock Mini Concert:
Thursday, October 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend if you purchase their album in-store
| Amoeba Music (Berkeley)

The Used celebrate the release of their new album, The Canyon (Hopeless Records) with a live stripped-down performance and signing at Amoeba Berkeley. The Used return with The Canyon, their seventh and more...

6:00 pmSunset Cinema: “Girls Trip” Outdoor Movie Night | Emeryville   FREE

Friday, October 27, 2017

23rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Procession & Blessing of the Altar | Albany
Friday, October 27 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Gathering Tribes

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is an Indigenous tradition and ceremony that is hundreds, perhaps thousands of years old. In some traditions, the Days of 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 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmAnnual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany   FREE
6:30 pmSpooky Fun Tour of Historic Cemetery & Horror Movie Screening | Dublin   $7*
*Purchase your tickets now as event is likely to sell out.
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Chris Rock: Live at the Paramount | Oakland   WIN
8:30 pmThriller Flash Mob & Michael Jackson Live Tribute Night | Albany   $10

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2017
Saturday, October 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but the DogFest Walk n' Roll requires registration.
| Jack London Square

Pets and their humans are invited to enjoy a Halloween celebration on the Oakland waterfront with tricks, treats, frights and delights as the Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites festivities fill Jack more...

10:00 amLast of 2017: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | 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
All Day2017 El Cerrito Free Folk Festival: 9 Hours of Music & Workshops | East Bay   FREE
All DayEl Cerrito Free Folk Festival | 2017   FREE
12:30 pm2017 Skeletonfest: Special Art Making | East Bay   FREE
1:00 pm2017 Downtown Halloween Hay Day | Livermore   FREE*
*Free admission. To participate in downtown trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat children will need to purchase a downtown Halloween treat bag for $5.
2:00 pmHowl-o-ween East Bay SPCA: Trick or Treats, Crafts & Ghostly Games | Dublin   FREE
3:00 pm“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Oakland   FREE
4:30 pm“Vision+Light” Art Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE
5:30 pm“Spooktacular” Halloween Twilight Hike | Fremont   FREE*
*Advanced registration is required
7:00 pmHalloween Glow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Donations are appreciated.
7:00 pmVegan Halloween Party & Costume Contest | Berkeley   FREE
9:00 pm’80s Halloween Dance Party, Horror Flicks & Costume Bash | Alameda   FREE

Sunday, October 29, 2017

22nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Fest: Altars, Dance & Traditional Artisans | Oakland
Sunday, October 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fruitvale Transit Village

Come to Oakland’s colorful Fruitvale neighborhood for the 22nd annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival at the Fruitvale Transit Village. 2017 Fruitvale Dia De Los Muertos Festival Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10 am to more...

11:00 amBay Street Boo Bash: Costume Parade & Free Pumpkin Patch | Emeryville   FREE
12:00 pmSariwa’s Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pm“Vision+Light” Art Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra Main Stage Concert “Strings Attached” | Berkeley   FREE
5:15 pmElixir of Life: Bay Area’s Autumn Evening Outdoor Play | Pleasanton   FREE*
*Free, but donations are gracefully accepted.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Driveway Follies: Oakland's Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Monday, October 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard

Driveway Follies is a professionally-staged Halloween marionette show performed each year by Larry Schmidt in an Oakland driveway and is accompanied by an outstanding scary yard haunt. The locally recognized shows are 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   $5

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oakland's Epic Halloween Yard Haunt & DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Tuesday, October 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard

Driveway Follies is a professionally-staged Halloween marionette show performed each year by Larry Schmidt in an Oakland driveway and is accompanied by an outstanding scary yard haunt. The locally recognized shows are more...

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.
9:00 pm2017 Hulaween: Creepy Tiki Halloween Party | Alameda   FREE

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
7:00 pm“Muslims in the West: Embodying the Change” Lecture | Berkeley  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, November 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...

5:00 pmDia De Los Muertos Celebration: Food, Drinks, Crafts & Music | Berkeley   FREE

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3 – 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...

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 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 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
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
6:00 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
6:30 pmDia de los Muertos Exhibition Artist’s Reception | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmElixir of Life: Bay Area’s Autumn Evening Outdoor Play | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are gracefully accepted.
7:00 pmWin Tix: Oakland Ballet Company’s “Luna Mexicana” | Paramount Theater   WIN
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy with Free Hotdogs | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.
9:00 pmDia de los Muertos “Dead-ication” Dance Performance | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each 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
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
All DayPatchwork Show: A Modern Makers Festival | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmScience Discovery Day at The Academy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
5:05 pmElixir of Life: Bay Area’s Autumn Evening Outdoor Play | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are gracefully accepted.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each more...


Monday, November 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 7, 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, November 8, 2017

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, November 9 – 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, November 10, 2017

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, November 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
8:00 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy with $1 Beer | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday, November 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...

6:30 pmZoovie Night: “The Angry Birds Moovie” | Oakland Zoo   $7
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE
11:59 pm2017 Taurids Meteor Shower | Super Bright Fireballs   FREE

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Manescalchi's Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, November 12 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Join them at CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland for a Market to Table Cooking Demonstration with Nicolette Manescalchi of A16 featuring the seasonal bounty of the Jack London more...

12:30 pmFree Second Sunday Community Workout Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but advance registration may be required
3:00 pmVeteran’s Day Free Movie Screening: “Dr Strangelove” | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
4:00 pmElixir of Life: Bay Area’s Autumn Evening Outdoor Play | Final Day   FREE*
*Free, but donations are gracefully accepted.
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Tuesday, November 14, 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, November 15, 2017

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley  FREE
7:00 pm“Language Between God & the Poets” Lecture | Berkeley  FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  FREE*
*Free with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.