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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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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Twirl Holiday Artisan Fair: Nibbles & Santa | Alameda
Saturday, December 3 – 2:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are strongly encouraged.
| Twirl Alameda

In the Heart of Alameda’s Park Street, they will be transforming their space into a handmade holiday market. They will have music, nibbles, artisan demos, pics with Santa and all together community fun.

9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland   FREE
All DayFree Parking Day | Oakland   FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
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 amSuper Holiday Boutique: Free Photos with Santa & Olaf | Pleasant Hill   FREE
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
10:00 amCottage Industry’s Holiday Arts & Craft Fair | Oakland   FREE
10:00 amPalestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar: Embroidery, Henna & Calligraphy | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2016 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
All Day11th Annual Jingletown Holiday Art Walk: Saturday | Oakland   FREE
All Day2016 Home for the Holidays: Children’s Festival | East Bay   FREE
11:00 amBoard Game Flea Market | Berkeley   FREE
11:30 amBay Area Scavenger Hunt | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmMagic Makers: Queer Art & Craft Fair | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmLight Up the Laurel & Santa Stroll | Oakland   FREE
1:30 pmTeen DIY Gift Making: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Hayward   FREE*
*For teens in grades 7-12. Registration required.
3:00 pmThe Incomplete, True, Authentic, & Wonderful History of Mayday | Berkeley   FREE
3:30 pm2016 Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting | Pleasanton   FREE
4:00 pmCaltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: Saturday | 2016   FREE
4:30 pm2016 Tree Lighting & The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show | Alameda   FREE
5:00 pm“Here” 2016 BAC Artists Annual Exhibition (Part I) | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pm2016 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.   FREE
7:00 pm“Displacement: Art For A Just Cause” Group Art Exhibit | Alameda   FREE*
*Food will be provided for sliding scale donation. Mention Funcheap to one of the owners of Studio 23 for a free "Lord Zondar" button!.
7:30 pmIOCSF Presents: Full Heart, Choral Music of Love & Passion | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations not required but gladly accepted.
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, December 4, 2016

2016 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)

Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on the frontage road between Rose and Vine on Shattuck Ave at the annual Snow Day in more...

All Day2016 Temescal Holiday Art Fair | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
All Day11th Annual Jingletown Holiday Art Walk: Sunday | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amSuper Holiday Boutique: Free Photos with Santa & Olaf | Concord   FREE
11:00 amFree Holiday Card Workshop & Open Studio | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
11:00 amPalestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar: Embroidery, Henna & Calligraphy | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmMagic Makers: Queer Art & Craft Fair | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pm2016 Winter Cookbook Extravaganza & Tasty Bites | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
3:00 pmNyingma Institute Open House: Meditation & Yoga Demos | Berkeley   FREE
4:00 pmCaltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: Sunday | 2016   FREE


Monday, December 5, 2016

3:00 pmFree Websites For Local Small Business | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmRAD Recces: Women-Only Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland  $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6:00 pmEmpress Vintage, Coracao Confections Chocolate Tasting & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free chocolate samples. Hot Chocolate, Chocolate and candies to buy.
6:45 pm1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland  $5
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Holiday Concert 2016 | Oakland  FREE
6:30 pm“Alive Inside” Documentary Film Screening & Recpetion | Piedmont  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring money for food and beverages.
| The Overlook Lounge

Kick off the holiday season in Oakland with a new monthly rooftop night market: Town Social. Every second Thursday they’ll have a rotating group of food, craft, and arts vendors while local more...

11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley  FREE
6:00 pmWater Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland   $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
7:00 pmFree Movie Night: Home Alone | Orinda Theatre   FREE
7:00 pmRAD Recces: Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland   $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm

Friday, December 9, 2016

Yeti: Stand-up Comedy With Free Wine | Oakland
Friday, December 9 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Haddon Hill Cafe

Every second Friday of the month, Aviva Siegel and Walker Glenn present “Yeti”, a free stand-up comedy show at your favorite cozy cafe by the lake, Haddon Hill. “Yeti” always brings more...

11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley  FREE
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 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
8:00 pmSad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
8:00 pm“She Rocks” Live Music, Comedy & Drag Showcase | SF   $5

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – 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...

10:30 amCrafting at the Library: Winter Mini Maker Fair | Hayward   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
11:00 amEast Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amThe Crucible’s GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland   FREE*
*Admission is free but there will be tasty treats, cool art and wonderful gifts available for purchase
All Day“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square   FREE
11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amHoliday On The Farm: Puppet Show, Victorian Santa & His Reindeers | San Ramon   FREE
11:30 amInteractive Collage Workshop | Oakland   FREE
12:30 pmFree “Santa Baby” Choreography Dance Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmBay Area Krampus Krawl 2016 | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmFree Dance Workout Fusion | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pm“Alive Inside” Documentary Film Screening | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmZoovie Night: Zootopia | Oakland Zoo   $7
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Crucible's GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 10-11, they’ll have music, food, and drinks more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland  FREE
11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmItalian Street Food Fest & Charity | Berkeley   FREE
12:30 pmFree Pilates Mat Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but you must register for the class in advance
6:00 pmFinal Day: 96th Ritual for Anna Halprin Exhibit | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmFree Wine & Storytelling Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Monday, December 12, 2016

7:30 pmRAD Recces: Women-Only Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland  $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Sliding scale donation requested.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.
8:30 pmHa Ha Hofbrau: Free Comedy Night | Berkeley  FREE

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, December 15, 2016

6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmAll You Can Throw Adult Dodgeball | Oakland  $5

Friday, December 16, 2016

East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Photo | Nico Aguilera via Flickr East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, 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 pmChillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley   FREE

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 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...