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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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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, February 18, 2016

8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland  FREE


Friday, February 19, 2016

Mad World of Picasso's Play
Friday, February 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*$1-100 sliding scale admission.
| Lottie Rose Artist House

On February 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th 2016, The Lottie Rose Art House, a faction of Tom Franco’s FireHouse Art Collective, will be transformed into the mad world of Pablo Picasso’s more...

All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
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+

Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow: Dance & Drum Festival | SF
Saturday, February 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Dancers and drummers (and spectators) are invited to join the 5th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits Powwow. Two-spirit people is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for more...

7:00 pmMad World of Picasso’s Play “Desire Caught by the Tail” & Dance Party | Berkeley   $1*
*$1-100 sliding scale admission.
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy

Monday, February 22, 2016

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8
8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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

Thursday, February 25, 2016

5:30 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmPlanet Mirth: Free Comedy & Astrological Hilarity | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but donations of $10 are greatly appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, February 26, 2016

$5 Classic Movie Night:
Friday, February 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Paramount Theatre

The Terminator (1984) “In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something more...

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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland  FREE

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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, March 3, 2016

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland
Friday, March 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Great Wall of Oakland

For special events, and on select first Fridays during Oakland Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland, a 100 ′x 100′ projection installation, illuminates the Uptown District with cutting-edge motion art from around more...

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
4:00 pmFirst Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic | Lake Merritt  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.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
6:00 pmOakland Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | DTO   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, March 5, 2016

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   $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, March 6 – 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...

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.
3:00 pmLounge Rumba: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | 1st & 3rd Sundays   FREE*
*The evening is free, but they highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that they keep this community participatory event alive.

Monday, March 7, 2016

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, March 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, March 11, 2016

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, March 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...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
8:00 pmSad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
8:00 pm$5 Classic Movie Night: “Rebecca” | Paramount Theatre   $5
9:00 pm“Members Only” Cocktail Tasting Club | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

8:00 pmThe Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland  FREE

Friday, March 18, 2016

All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
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+

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy
| It's Your Move Game Store

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. Admission is $5, and you’ll more...


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks
8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, March 24, 2016

8:00 pmPlanet Mirth: Free Comedy & Astrological Hilarity | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but donations of $10 are greatly appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, March 25, 2016

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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, April 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open 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 Follies Burlesque | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
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 pmOakland Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | DTO   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland  $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, April 3 – 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...

3:00 pmLounge Rumba: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | 1st & 3rd Sundays   FREE*
*The evening is free, but they highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that they keep this community participatory event alive.

Monday, April 4, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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, April 7, 2016

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

Friday, April 8, 2016

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, April 8 – 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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Friday, April 15, 2016

All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
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+

Thursday, April 21, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Friday, April 29, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

7:00 pmFree Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland  FREE

Saturday, May 7, 2016

8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland  $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy

Saturday, May 21, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Monday, June 20, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Tuesday, July 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on more...


Friday, August 5, 2016

Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, August 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center

On the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko more...


Thursday, August 18, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Friday, September 16, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Friday, October 7, 2016

Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, October 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center

On the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko more...


Sunday, October 16, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Monday, November 14, 2016

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Monday, November 14 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on more...


Friday, December 2, 2016

Free Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland
Friday, December 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center

On the First Fridays of February, May, August, October and December 2016, Emeryville Taiko will be hosting free, hands-on taiko drumming classes at 7 pm and 8 pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Taiko more...