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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Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016 East Bay Mini Maker Faire | Oakland
Sunday, October 23 – All Day | Cost: $18.84*
*Tickets are for advanced purchase.
| Studio One Art Center

Celebrate the DIY spirit at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire where you can meet over 150 inspirational, local makers showing and sharing rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming more...

10:00 amMusic Carnival: Instrument Petting Zoo & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2016 Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Sunday | East Bay   FREE
10:00 amUC Botanical Garden Native Plant Sale | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2016 Sunday Streets Berkeley | 17-Block-Long Street Party   FREE
12:00 pm2016 Skeletonfest: Sugar Skull Making & Screenprinting | East Bay   FREE*
*Please bring a t-shirt to screenprint and something yummy to share.
12:00 pm2nd Annual Pop-Up Beer Garden | Oakland   FREE*
*Admission to the garden is free, tours of the house for a sliding scale suggested donation of $5-15.
12:00 pm2016 ArtSpan Hub Artist Weekends: Sunday | SF   FREE
1:00 pm2016 Celebration of Mind: Hand-On Math Activities, Magic & Book Read | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but registration is encouraged.
1:00 pmMural Bike Tour & BAMFest 2016 Closing Celebration | East Bay   FREE
7:00 pm“Funny or Die” Live w/ Sarah Silverman & Reggie Watts | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. However, it does not guarantee admission, so make sure to arrive early.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Voter Registration Drive: Get Out To Vote | SF Bay Area
Monday, October 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

It’s an election year – and Election Day is nearing. The upcoming election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. If you need to register, or re-register – because you’ve moved since more...

5:00 pmCandidates & Voter Education Forum | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmHalloween Nerd Nite: Frankenstein, Zombie & Suspense Science | Oakland   $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland   FREE*
*Sliding scale donation requested.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Day of the Dead Party: Aztec Dance, Craft & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Farmers' Market

Honor passed loved ones and ancestors at the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring a number of hands-on activities for the whole family on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. It’s transition time at more...

4:30 pmHalloween Costume Swap | Hayward   FREE*
*1st hour free with costume; 2nd hour free with or without costume.
6:00 pmTuesday Trivia Night & Free Popcorn | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmInvestigative Journalism & Human Rights Conversations | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 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.
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.
8:30 pmFree Comedy from Local Talent | Berkeley   FREE

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, October 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Oracle Arena

Be a part of the world of Disney, at Disney on Ice! You’ll enjoy all your favorite characters as they double axel and Salchow their way across the ice to the more...

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
3:00 pmPumpkin Carving at the Library | Hayward  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmComedy Night at The Uptown | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Opening Day: Pleasant Hill's
Thursday, October 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Total Wine & More (Pleasant Hill)

Come celebrate as the first-ever Total Wine & More in Contra Costa County opens in Pleasant Hill. Community members are invited to enjoy live music, free giveaways and tastes of fine wines more...

All DayOpening Day: Bay Area Science Festival | 2016   FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
6:30 pm22nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Procession & Blessing of the Altar | Albany   FREE
6:30 pmDocumentary Film Screening “Audrie & Daisy” & Discussion | Piedmont   FREE
7:00 pmSmooth R&B Live Music with My Blue Soul | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmExecutive Order Karaoke: Lyrics From The Obama Years | Oakland   FREE
9:00 pm4 Square Halloween Costume Contest & Potluck | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $4*
*$4 for Residents & non-residents; Advanced registration is required
| Coyote Hills Regional Park

Spend a SPOOKtacular evening hiking the hills looking for hobgoblins, witches and ghosts during sunset. Find out the ancient origins and modern traditions of Halloween. Don your costume to seek out wandering souls more...

All DayPleasant Hill’s “Total Wine & More” Grand Opening: Live Music, Giveaways & Fine Wine Tasting  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 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmThe Crucible’s Fireside Lounge: Fire Performance, Live Music & Art Demos | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmThe Final Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours of 2016 | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
6:30 pmAnnual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany   FREE
7:00 pmLive Jazz & Swing Music with The Klipptones | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmThe Election Roast: Hillary Against Donald | Berkeley   $5*
*$5 when you use code FUNCHEAP at checkout online, tickets are normally $10.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Discovery Day East Bay: Free Hands-on Science Activities | 2016 Bay Area Science Fest
Saturday, October 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cal State East Bay - Concord Campus

Cal State East Bay initiated its first science festival in 1974 and its College of Science faculty, staff and students are particularly excited to kick off the Bay Area Science Festival more...

All DayPleasant Hill’s “Total Wine & More” Grand Opening: Live Music, Giveaways & Fine Wine Tasting  FREE
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours   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 DayBART’s “Fleet of the Future” Test Train Open House | Pleasanton   FREE
11:00 am2016 ArtSpan Hub Artist Weekends: Saturday | SF   FREE
11:00 amBoo Halloween Festivities: Bark, Brews & Bites | Jack London Square   FREE
7:00 pmWin Tix: “Fear Overload” Scream Park: Two Jaw-Dropping Haunted Houses | East Bay   WIN*
*Exclusive ticket discount: Use code FUNCHEAP10 for 10% off tickets
7:00 pmThe Overlook Lounge Halloween Bash: DJs, Beer & Wine | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. First beer is free, bring money (cash/card) for additonal drinks.
8:00 pmRockin’ Halloween Party: Vintage Dancing & Costume Contest | Richmond   FREE*
*There's no cover charge or food and drink minimum, but the cafe would appreciate your business and tips for the band.
9:00 pm2016 Freaky Halloween ’80s Party: Costume Contest, Horror Flicks & Live DJ | East Bay   FREE

Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016 Harvest Festival: Cooking Demo, Trick or Treat & Cider Pressing | Oakland
Sunday, October 30 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Join CUESA in celebrating the fall harvest and Oakland’s market community at Jack London Square Farmers Market. Savor the season with a day of tasting, learning, and Halloween family fun, and more...

All DayFinal Day: Pleasant Hill’s “Total Wine & More” Grand Opening   FREE
9:00 amFarmers Market Festival: Pie Contest, Fresh Apple Juice & Cooking Demos | Oakland   FREE
All Day21st Annual Dia De Los Muertos Fest: Live Music, Dance, Altars & Carnival | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amBay Street Halloween Boo Bash: Dog Costume Parade, Haunted Carriages & Magic Shows | Emeryville   FREE
All DayBART’s “Fleet of the Future” Test Train Open House | El Cerrito   FREE
11:00 am2016 ArtSpan Hub Artist Weekends: Sunday | SF   FREE
1:00 pmSweet Medicine Mural Blessing & Block Party | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra: Jazz Dell’arte | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pm“Pokemon Go” Elaborate Halloween Haunt | Fremont   FREE*
*Please bring canned food as your entry to the Labrynth.
7:00 pmThree Schmucks: Comedy & Free Pickles | Oakland   FREE

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Please bring canned food as your entry to the Labrynth.
| Fremont Yard Haunt

This annual home yard haunt and labyrinth aims to scare and entertain with a new theme every year and some amazingly elaborate effects using compressed air, electricity and mechanical motors, going strong since 1996. The 2016 theme more...

7:00 pmHalloween Glow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Donations are appreciated.
7:00 pm“HellaWeed” Halloween Party 2016: Costumes, Live DJs & Goodies | Oakland   $4.20*
*Must have recommendation or cannabis card for entry.
9:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley   FREE

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Paramount Theatre

Oakland Ballet is excited to premiere Luna Mexicana, a new, Day of the Dead-themed program in the company’s 2016-2017 season. This family friendly performance is filled with festive dancing, colorful costumes, more...

4:00 pmPirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours, Period Costumes & Stories: Final Day | Antioch  FREE*
*Walk-on tours are free, with $5 donation much appreciated. Sailing tickets are $47.
6:00 pmTuesday Trivia Night & Free Popcorn | Oakland  FREE
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, November 2, 2016

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
8:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wheel of Karaoke West: Standup Showcase & Karaoke Contest | Oakland
Thursday, November 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spice Monkey Restaurant

Please Note: Wheel of Karaoke has moved from the 3rd Thursdays to 1st Thursdays, and is also now held at Spice Monkey in Oakland, and NOT at Milk Bar in SF.

5:30 pmAdventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, November 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO 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 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pm$5 First Friday Hands-on Family Activities | Oakland   $5*
*Pay online or at the door.
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
8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Saturday, November 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.
9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
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
8:00 pm“Listen Party” Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $5

Sunday, November 6, 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...

10:00 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pmMini Stand-Up Comedy Set: W. Kamau Bell | Amoeba Berkeley   FREE