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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Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 Fremont Festival of the Arts | Saturday
Saturday, August 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Fremont

With nearly 400,000 guests, the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts is “the largest free outdoor festival west of the Mississippi,” covering more than four walking miles. The festival showcases the work more...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
10:00 am1902 Victorian Picnic in the Park, Live Music & Dancing | Alameda   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 amFree Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era 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
12:00 pm2014 “Art + Soul” Festival: Aerial Dance, Blues & BBQ Contest | Oakland   $10*
*$10 Adults, $7 Seniors (65+) & Youth (13-17), 12 & under free
7:00 pmCircus Sideshow Potluck: Food & Performance Art Party | SF   FREE
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, August 3, 2014

2014 Fremont Festival of the Arts | Sunday
Sunday, August 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Fremont

With nearly 400,000 guests, the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts is “the largest free outdoor festival west of the Mississippi,” covering more than four walking miles. The festival showcases the work more...

10:00 amFree First Sunday: Artmaking, Magic & Games | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
All Day2014 “Art + Soul” Festival: Funk & Latin Dance Party | Oakland   $10*
*$10 Adults, $7 Seniors (65+) & Youth (13-17), 12 & under free
12:00 pmCar-Free Sundays On Telegraph: Breakdancing, Taiko & Cal Marching Band | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Plays Game of Thrones | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland   FREE
9:00 pmFree Comedy Showcase at The Ivy Room | Albany   FREE


Monday, August 4, 2014

34th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival: Free Movie Day | Berkeley
Monday, August 4 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | California Theatre (Berkeley)

See a free screening of the documentary film, Regina, as part of the 34th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. With one surviving photo of Regina Jonas, documentary filmmaker Diana Groo reconstructs the more...

7:30 pmHow to Be Self-Employed: Business Talk, Bánh Mì & DJ | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National Night Out at a Sex Shop: BBQ & Firemen | Oakland
Tuesday, August 5 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Feelmore510

National Night Out is the nation’s night out against crime. Research shows that when neighbors know each other and look out for each other crime goes down. But… Feelmore always likes to more...

7:00 pmNational Night Out: Uptown Block Party | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to attend. Each business is offering a different discount for purchases.
7:00 pmNational Night Out: Magic & Animals | Oakland   FREE

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 Hiroshima Day Commemoration | Livermore National Lab
Wednesday, August 6 – 7:30 am | Cost: FREE | Livermore National Laboratory

Each year, to commemorate the anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Tri Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) hold an event at Livermore National Laboratory, one of more...

10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront: Free Guided Walking Tours | Summer 2014   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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmSF Mime Troupe: Free Lake Merritt Performance | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
7:00 pmFree Square Dancing Class & Dance Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show w/ Ngaio Bealum | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, August 7, 2014

SF Mime Troupe: Free Lake Merritt Performance | Oakland
Thursday, August 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
| Lakeside Park

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 55th season with more free, lively satire performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2014 production “Ripple Effect.” San Francisco Mime more...

11:00 amFree First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive  FREE
6:30 pmStorking Comedy: Free Standup & Intrusive Interviews | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmOutdoor Waterfront Movie Night: “Man of Steel” | Jack London Square   FREE
8:30 pmFree Movies in the Park | Pleasanton   FREE
8:30 pmWin Tix: Tourettes Without Regrets: Aerialists, Fire Spinners & Beat Box | Oakland   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost: $10 at the door only.

Friday, August 8, 2014

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, August 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...

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert | Oakland  FREE
4:30 pmConcert at the Cove: Battle of the Bands | Alameda  FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food and drinks.
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:30 pmSummer Jam Band Show: Moonalice | East Bay  FREE
7:45 pmMovie Under the Stars: “The Sandlot” | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Admission is free, but you can help support the program with a $2 donation per person.
8:30 pmDancing Under the Stars: Free Tango Lesson & Party | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shakespeare in the Park:
Saturday, August 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park (VSP) presents its annual Shakespeare festival with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream held at the Hanns Park Amphitheater (Vallejo), Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater (Martinez) and Peralta Hacienda more...

All DaySecond Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.   FREE
6:00 pmMusic in the Park Concert: Rockers, Apple Z | Danvile   FREE
8:00 pm“Oakland Nights…Live” Late Night Talk Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Admission is first come, first served; they often fill up and have to turn away people.
8:30 pmFree Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley   FREE
9:30 pmHella Gay Dance Party | Oakland   $5*
*Each month is a fundraiser for a different local non-profit organization.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, August 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides with Cal Sailing Club , a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. At this Open House, get a free introductory sail and get more...

12:00 pmCar-Free Sundays On Telegraph: Music & Outdoor Market | Berkeley  FREE
2:00 pmShakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland   FREE