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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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

$1 Slices at Fat Slice Pizza | Berkeley
Wednesday, April 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*$1 slice with coupon found on GoodLife Coupons app
| Fat Slice Pizza

Hungry and broke? GoodLife Coupons comes through again. This time they are hosting $1 pizza slices at Fat Slice Pizza in Berkeley. So come on down on Wednesday, April 25 where you more...

6:00 pmDrinkering & Tinkering Happy Hour | Oakland   FREE*
*Admission is free. Drinks are not.
7:00 pmPerfectly Queer LGBTQ Book Reading | East Bay   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Friday, April 27, 2018

Bay Area Dance Week 2018: Opening Day | April 27-May 6
Friday, April 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Johnny FuncheapFuncheap The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, 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.
6:00 pmOakland Mural Festival: Pop-Up Gallery Opening | 2018   FREE
7:00 pmA Night of Irish Culture, Dance & Music | Albany   $5*
*Children under 12 free
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

2018 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley

The Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. Over the weekend of April 28th and 29th, more...

8:00 amRSVPs Open for May: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays   FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
9:00 amFree Non Stop Bhangra Dance Class | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
9:00 amIndependent Book Store Day 2018   FREE
10:00 am2018 Laney College Open House | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is requested.
11:00 amPeet’s Coffee Free Saturday Guided Tasting Series | SF   FREE*
*Please check with your local store for the time of the event. Valid at Peet’s retail locations only. Excludes Capital One, airport, supermarket, BART and other licensed locations. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only on specific coffees, teas, and merchandise featured in the tasting event. No cash value and no rain checks. Valid Saturday from 11:00AM–12:00pm only.
12:00 pm2018 Oakland Dance Festival | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmBay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 28   FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
9:00 pmWin Tix: Uptown Cabaret w/ the Pine Box Boys | The Uptown Nightclub   WIN

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley

The Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley. Over the weekend of April 28th and 29th, more...

10:00 am2018 UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amBeltane Spring Ritual: Maypole & Chanting | Berkeley   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmBay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | April 29   FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
12:00 pmPeople’s Park 49th Anniversary & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pm“OakHella Turns 2” Day Party: 8 Hours of DJ Sets & Art Installation | Oakland   FREE*
*Free all-day, but an RSVP is required. Otherwise, it's $5 after 3 pm.
2:00 pmFree Vegan Cupcakes & Meet Cuddly Kittens | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
7:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, April 30, 2018

Final Day: $1 Margaritas for April | Applebee's
Monday, April 30 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

Applebee’s has brought back the $1 margarita, known as the Dollarita, to restaurants nationwide for the entire month of April. Served on the rocks and made with tequila and margarita mix, you’ll be able 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
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day Maypole & Morris Dancers | Berkeley
Tuesday, May 1 – 5:30 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

All Events in City As is traditional, the Berkeley Morris Dancers will begin their regular season by dancing the sun up at Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. They will gather at 5 am and more...

All DayOakland Art Month | May 2018   FREE*
*Many events are free and open to the public, while others require a paid ticket
12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmOakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant Rights | East Bay   FREE
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland   $5

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Read to a Dog at 81st Avenue | Oakland
Wednesday, May 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 81st Avenue Branch

Young readers are invited and read aloud to a certified therapy dog who loves listening to stories. Reading to dogs can help increase children’s reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment. Scout the Dog more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, May 3 – 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...


Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | First Day
Friday, May 4 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hillside Natural Area

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is holding the 5th Annual Hillside Festival. The festival will take place over three days this year. Friday to Sunday with individual hikes and other activities through the Hillside 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.
5:00 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party   FREE
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$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 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Free Comic Book Day 2018
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Free Comic Book Day Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who 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 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.
10:00 amSeason Launch: Free 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
All Day2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | Second Day   FREE
10:30 am2018 Free Comic Book Day: DIY Comics, Potraits & Discounts | Berkeley   FREE*
*Arrive early as supplies of the official free comics are limited.
12:00 pm2018 Cinco de Mayo Urban Dance Festival | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pm2018 Hip Hop in the Park: Dance Cypher, Live Music & Food Trucks | Berkeley   FREE
2:30 pm“Great Wall of Oakland” Arts Fiesta & Vertical Dance Show | Cinco de Mayo   FREE
4:00 pmCinco De Mayo Margarita & Taco Garden | Alameda   FREE*
*No cover. Bring cash for food & drinks
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bike San Leandro: Fun, Free & Family Friendly Bike Day | San Leandro
Sunday, May 6 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free. But registration is required.
| Casa Peralta

Currently in its 9th year BikeSL has over 150 bicycle riders make the family trek to the San Leandro Marina and back or the advanced trek to Lake Chabot and back. BikeSL more...

10:00 am$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
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.
All Day2018 Hillside Festival: Wildlife Bingo, Nature Hikes & History | Final Day   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pm2018 Backyard Chicken Coop Bike Tour | Alameda   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
3:30 pmBay Area Dance Week: Capoeria & Brazilian Dances | SF   FREE
5:00 pmBay Area Dance Week 2018: Free Events | Final Day   FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.

Monday, May 7, 2018

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway  FREE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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.
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, May 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by more...

8:00 pmInstant Band Night 4 On The Floor Live Music & Performances | Oakland   $5*
*It's $5 at the door

Friday, May 11, 2018

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, May 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...

5:00 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 pmWin Tix: Paramount Movie Classics Night: “The Maltese Falcon” | Oakland   WIN
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Free Redwood State Park Days: May 2018 | Second Saturdays
Saturday, May 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks

California State Parks To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forest, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are offering more than 16,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more more...

11:00 am“March For Our Health” Pro-Healthcare Rally & Protest | Oakland   FREE
All DayThe 2018 Oakland Mural Festival | May 12-19   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz Quartet Concert | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, May 13 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Photo | CUESA With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated more...

1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Monday, May 14, 2018

7:00 pmIntro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland  FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required