East Bay Calendar

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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, August 23, 2017

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Gardens  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
5:30 pmBay Area Girls Pint Out Happy Hour | Oakland  FREE*
*Free admission. The Good Hop is giving you $1 off your first drink.
7:00 pm“Dispatches From Lesbian America” Book Reading | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, August 24, 2017

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Beatles Tribute | Concord  FREE
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville  FREE


Friday, August 25, 2017

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 13th Annual Free Museum Day | 2017
Friday, August 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | iNeTours Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day. 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 23, more...

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Motown | Oakland   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 pm2017 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Friday | East Bay   FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:00 pm“Baraka” Film Screening with Live Danza Azteca | Oakland   FREE*
*donations greatly appreciated
6:30 pmMovies Under the Stars “Grease” | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Admission is free, but you can help support the program with a $2 donation per person.
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:45 pmFree Movies in the Park: Sing | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pm$5 Classic Movie Night: “A Space Odyssey” | Paramount Theatre   $5
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Salsa Party | Jack London Square   FREE

Saturday, August 26, 2017

30th Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Chinatown

Come to the 30th annual Chinatown StreetFest, spanning nine to ten blocks of Chinatown, with more than 200 booths showcasing a myriad of delicious foods and unique Asian products, to experience the traditions that Oakland’s more...

All Day2017 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Saturday | East Bay   FREE
10:00 amFirst Annual Family Fair: Swag Bag, Live Music & Dancing | Antioch   FREE
10:00 amFree Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples   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 Day3rd Annual “AugustFest” Beer Festival | 21st Amendment   FREE*
*Admission is free but food and drinks are for purchase.
1:00 pmGirl Gang Craft Fair & Market | Oakland   FREE
1:30 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
2:00 pm2nd Annual “Pints At The Park”: Beer & BBQ Festival | Lake Merritt   FREE*
*Free and open to the public. There is a ticketed VIP area for $69 that includes unlimited tastes of beer and a BBQ spread.
4:00 pmThe Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
5:00 pmSummer Beats Free Concert: Pride & Joy Party Band | Alameda   FREE
6:00 pm“The Corporation” New Solo Art Exhibition | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm“Grease” Free Outdoor Oakland Movie Night | The New Parkway   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Hubba Hubba Revue “Uptown Cabaret” | Oakland   WIN

Sunday, August 27, 2017

30th Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Chinatown

Come to the 30th annual Chinatown StreetFest, spanning nine to ten blocks of Chinatown, with more than 200 booths showcasing a myriad of delicious foods and unique Asian products, to experience the traditions that Oakland’s more...

All Day53rd Annual Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market | East Bay  FREE
10:00 amGiant Fiberglass Statues, Free Food & A Car Show | Hayward   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
11:00 am2017 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Sunday | East Bay   FREE
11:00 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmSalsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmThe First Annual Summer Classic Cars, Brews & Tunes | Richmond   FREE*
*Free admission for car show and live music.
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
1:30 pmSan Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session | Oakland   FREE

Monday, August 28, 2017

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
8:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley  $5

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration | Emeryville
Tuesday, August 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville

Francesco via Flickr The Center Plaza in Bay Street comes alive with a tribute to Michael Jackson on his Birthday on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. This two hour show will include music and more...

6:00 pmMichael Jackson Birthday Tribute | Emeryville   FREE
7:00 pmLatin Rock & Soul with Blonde Toledo | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 Zumiez Best Foot Forward Skateboard Contest | Oakland
Wednesday, August 30 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Town Skate Plaza

Zumiez Best Foot Forward is a contest series started in 2007. To give back to the skateboarding community on a local level, the contest has been providing the country’s best amateur skateboarders exposure more...

10:00 amOakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown  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: Motown Music | Oakland  FREE
5:00 pmTrader Vic’s 44¢ “Mai Tai” Day Celebration | Emeryville   44¢*
*Trader Vic’s Emeryville offering each guest their first Mai Tai of the evening for 44¢ to commemorate the year the iconic tropical cocktail was created—1944.
6:45 pmFree Yoga Alignment Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:45 pmFree Yoga Alignment Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, August 31, 2017

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson | Concord  FREE

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Friday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | krupajhaveri.blogspot.comTake a break from your day to be creative and make your own art using free art supplies in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Martinez and communities nationwide on Friday, September 1, 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 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party   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 pm$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center: Bubble-ology | Oakland Hills   $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
7:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Cop Funk with Heat Vision & Jack | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
7:00 pmFirst Fridays Roller Boogie Dance Block Party | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & Free Hotdogs | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each 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 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
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
4:00 pmThe Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
5:00 pm2017 Beast Crawl: 150 Authors, 36 Venues, 3 Hours | Oakland   FREE
9:00 pm2017 Beast Crawl After Parties | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring some cash for food and drinks.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

2017 Brazilian Day Street Party | Berkeley
Sunday, September 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Casa de Cultura

Photo | via Maracatu PacificoCasa de Cultura in Berkeley once again throws a day-long party and ritual celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with an annual lavagem (blessing) and procession for world peace, live Brazilian 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.
10:00 am$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
All Day2017 Pan African Family Reunion: Games, Live Music & Health Workshops | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested but not required. Donations to their IndieGoGo are appreciated.
12:00 pmReem’s California Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
4:00 pmThe Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Final Day   FREE

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hiero Day 2017: Hip Hop Music Fest & Block Party | Oakland
Monday, September 4 – All Day | Cost: $19.93 | 3rd and Chestnut

Rock out on your day hip-hop style during the 6th annual Hiero Day by celebrating at The Hieroglyphics‘ Hip Hop Music Festival and Block Party in downtown Oakland. Over 40 artists, DJs and hosts taking over 3 more...

11:30 am2017 “Abbots Bromliad” Antler Dance & Meadow Picnic | Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmThe Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Labor Day Special   FREE
8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

12:00 pmSweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day  FREE
6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
10:00 amFree Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland  FREE*
*To make a reservation, please call (510) 238-3234 or e-mail aallen@oaklandnet.com. Please include the specific tour and date you are requesting in your message.
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Celebrating the Arts 2017 | Oakland  FREE
5:30 pmFirst Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek  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, September 7, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, September 7 – 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...

7:30 pm“Temescal Street Flicks” Outdoor Homegrown Movie Night | Oakland   FREE

Friday, September 8, 2017

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Jazz & R&B | Oakland  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.
5:30 pmPoint Richmond Concert: Americana & Appalachian | East Bay  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE