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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Monday, July 6, 2015

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, July 6 – 10:00 am | 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

Tuesday, July 7, 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, July 8, 2015

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, July 8 – 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...


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, July 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...

9:00 pmRevenge of the ’80s: New Wave DJs & 80¢ Drinks | Oakland   FREE

Friday, July 10, 2015

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, July 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...

6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
9:00 pm“Members Only” Cocktail Tasting Club | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 30 Venue, 3 Hours | Oakland
Saturday, July 11 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Beer Garden

Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, spread out at 30 East Bay venues over 3 hours on July more...

All DaySecond Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.   FREE
6:30 pmAuthor Reading Series: Beast Crawl Special Event | Oakland   FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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

Wednesday, July 15, 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, July 16, 2015

New Belgium Slow Ride Sessions: Free Yoga, Art Tour & Bike Ride | Oakland
Thursday, July 16 – 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
8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland   FREE

Friday, July 17, 2015

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, July 17 – 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...

4:00 pmFree Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmSeduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland   $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday, July 19 – 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...

1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, July 23 – 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, July 24, 2015

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, July 24 – 4:00 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...


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ruckus n' Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland
Saturday, July 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Feel the Beet Farmer's Market

Come out to lively street party in partnership with Destiny Arts Center celebrating food traditions, resistance, and culture. Free, but an RSVP is requested. Every month features a workshop, DJ and/or live music, free more...


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, July 26 – 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: Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay  FREE

Monday, July 27, 2015

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*FREE

Friday, July 31, 2015

Free A's Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland
Friday, July 31 – 9:35 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after more...

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

Saturday, August 1, 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...

All DayAnnual Peddlers Faire: Vintage, Antiques & Collectibles | Martinez  FREE
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, August 2, 2015

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, August 2 – 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, August 3, 2015

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, August 3 – 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

Tuesday, August 4, 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, August 5, 2015

Oakland A's vs. Baltimore Orioles | $2 Ticket Day
Wednesday, August 5 – 12:35 pm | Cost: $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and once again every A’s Wednesday home game in 2015 is a “$2 Wednesday” thanks to BART. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
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, August 6, 2015

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, August 7 – 4:00 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...

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 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, August 8, 2015

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

Sunday, August 9, 2015

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, August 12 – 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...


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, August 13 – 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...

9:00 pmRevenge of the ’80s: New Wave DJs & 80¢ Drinks | Oakland   FREE

Friday, August 14, 2015

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, August 14 – 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 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
9:00 pm“Members Only” Cocktail Tasting Club | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16 – 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...

1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8:30 pmOakland Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Belgium Slow Ride Sessions: Free Yoga, Art Tour & Bike Ride | Oakland
Thursday, August 20 – 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
8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland   FREE

Friday, August 21, 2015

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, August 21 – 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...

8:00 pmSeduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland   $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Free A's Post-Game Star Wars Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland
Saturday, August 22 – 9:05 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after more...


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*FREE

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, August 27 – 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, August 28, 2015

Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Friday, August 28 – 4:00 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...


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ruckus n' Resiliency Workshops & Street Fest | Oakland
Saturday, August 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Feel the Beet Farmer's Market

Come out to lively street party in partnership with Destiny Arts Center celebrating food traditions, resistance, and culture. Free, but an RSVP is requested. Every month features a workshop, DJ and/or live music, free more...


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, August 30 – 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...


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

Oakland A's vs. LA Angels | $2 Ticket Day
Wednesday, September 2 – 12:35 pm | Cost: $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and once again every A’s Wednesday home game in 2015 is a “$2 Wednesday” thanks to BART. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Friday, September 4, 2015

6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway  FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday  FREE

Saturday, September 5, 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.
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Monday, September 7, 2015

First Day to RSVP: Free Harbor Tours: USS Potomac & Giant Cranes | Port of Oakland
Monday, September 7 – 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...


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

Oakland A's vs. Houston Astros | $2 Ticket Day
Wednesday, September 9 – 7:05 pm | Cost: $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and once again every A’s Wednesday home game in 2015 is a “$2 Wednesday” thanks to BART. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy more...


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...


Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Era Art Bar & Lounge

Meet up with fellow cocktail connoisseurs at Era Art Bar in Oakland to mix, mingle, and taste a freshly-inspired seasonal cocktail. The only catch – you have to be a member (don’t more...


Saturday, September 12, 2015

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