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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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

50¢ Silent Film Festival:
Sunday, July 23 – All Day | Cost: 50¢*
*The festival is free and shorts are technically free, but a 50¢ donation is suggested.
| Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

kate gabrielle The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum presents a weekend dedicated to the inimitable Charlie Chaplin on July 21-23, 2017, celebrating 102 years in Niles. View one and two-reel movies that were actually more...

10:00 amWin Tix: Sunday Brunch Cooking Class | Emeryville  WIN*
*Tickets are $125
All DayFinal Day: 26th Annual Bay Area Black Expo | Oakland   $10*
*$10 general admission; free for seniors (65+) and children (0-15).
All Day2017 Japanese Summer Bazaar | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free admission. Food, games etc. available for purchase.
12:00 pmFree Vegan BBQ w/ Oakland Veg | Mosswood Park   FREE*
*Free for members of Oakland Veg. You can sign up for free on-site.
12:00 pmCalavera’s Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pmConcert at the Lake: Oakland Municipal Band | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmFree Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmStar Wars in the Park: Free Outdoor Theatre Mash-Up | Alameda   FREE*
*Donations appreciated
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley   FREE*
*Come early to insure you get a spot on a terrace. Reservations are taken only for those with mobility issues.
5:00 pmSummertime Outdoor Opera In The Park Concert | Orinda   FREE
6:00 pmStreet Art with Heart: Art Against Assault | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Free Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland
Monday, July 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
| Starline Social Club

Line-up: Joe Tobin (Punch Line) Ash Fisher (Man Haters) Dan Mires (Mires Like Fires) Dro Knows (SF Sketchfest) Hosts: Andrew Orolfo & Irene Tu


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

$1 Summer Family Movie Festival | Regal Theaters
Tuesday, July 25 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
| Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX

Regal Theaters across the Bay Area have once again planned a fun-filled Summer Movie Express of select family movies for $1 for kids and parents from June to August. Watch select G or PG more...

5:30 pmEvenings on the Green: Art & Live Music | Livermore   FREE
6:00 pm“Reds” Film Screening & Marxism Q&A Discussion | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Delta Blues, Slide & Guitar Master | Concord   FREE
6:30 pmSummertime Outdoor Soulful Rock Country Concert | Orinda   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 HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

$1 Summer Family Movie Festival | Regal Theaters
Wednesday, July 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
| Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX

Regal Theaters across the Bay Area have once again planned a fun-filled Summer Movie Express of select family movies for $1 for kids and parents from June to August. Watch select G or PG more...

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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Pop & Variety Dance Band Scene | Oakland   FREE
All Day“Karma Cinema”: Pay-What-You-Wish Movie Night | The New Parkway   $1*
*Pay-What-You-Want for your movie tickets every Wednesday night and 20% will be donated to a local nonprofit.
7:00 pmAlchemy Community Healing & Celebration Circle | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

5:30 pmSummer Sounds Outside: Tumbledown House Jazz Music | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:30 pmMoraga Summer Concert: Jazz, Soul & Blues | East Bay  FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac | Concord  FREE
7:00 pmLaborFest2017: “All of Us or None” An Evening of Poetry in Resistance to Trump | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmLive Jazz Music with Jim Grantham Quartet | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Forks Over Knives” Free Documentary Screening & Food Samplings | Danville  FREE
8:15 pmSummer Movie in the Park: “Finding Dory” | Orinda  FREE
8:30 pmFree Movies in the Park: “Ghostbusters” | Pleasanton  FREE

Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 Summer Festival of Knowledge: Fitness, Gardening & Cooking | Oakland
Friday, July 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | African American Museum & Library (Oakland)

Photo | YogaLove Come out for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland’s summer session of the Festival of Knowledge with presentations and workshops on ways to help improve your health and wellness.  The more...

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Jazz Vocalist | 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 pmInterfaith Labyrinth Walk: 97 Candles Lit & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations are accepted but not required.
6:30 pmStarlight Movie Night: “Finding Dory” | Alameda   FREE
6:30 pmFree Moonlight Movies: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them | Danville   FREE
6:30 pmRock Concert in the Park | Alamo   FREE
7:00 pmLive Jazz & Reggae Music with David Byrd & the Byrds of a Feather | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmBad Asians Show: Comedy, Conversation, & Cultural Commentary | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free for anyone who mentions SF Funcheap.
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Bachata Party | Jack London Square   FREE
9:00 pm23rd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $12*
*$12 festival pass; $15 admission per show at the door and $30 for all four shows
11:59 pmDelta Aquarids Meteor Shower & Dark Sky | 2017   FREE
6:00 pmFree Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from more...

All Day2017 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda   FREE
All Day2017 Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival | San Leandro   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 amBBQ & Fundraiser for Formerly Incarcerated People | Oakland   FREE*
*Free for Formerly Incarcerated People and Family. $20 for others
11:00 am2017 Kidsfest “Pirates” Art Party: Crafts, Live Music & Fun Games | Oakland   FREE
All DayARC Youth Fest 2017: Visual Arts, Fashion & Live Music | Oakland   FREE*
*General Admission - free with food donation or $8 donation requested
All DayFinal Day: 2017 Summer Festival of Knowledge | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmLaborFest2017: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk | Latham Square   FREE
1:00 pmFestival of Curves: Big, Bold & Beautiful Fashion Show | Emeryville   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley   FREE*
*Come early to insure you get a spot on a terrace. Reservations are taken only for those with mobility issues.
7:00 pm2017 Festival of Inner Peace Tour: Indialucia Fusion Music & Dance Performance | San Ramon   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:30 pm“West Side Story”: Free Outdoor Movie Night | Berkeley Art Museum   FREE
9:00 pmFinal Night: 23rd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $12*
*$12 festival pass; $15 admission per show at the door and $30 for all four shows
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Witches & Wizards Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from more...

All Day2017 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Sunday | Alameda  FREE
11:00 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pmOakland Municipal Band Concerts at the Lake | 2017 Season   FREE
3:00 pmPoetry Flash with Amazing Authors | Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” In The Park | Berkeley   FREE*
*Come early to insure you get a spot on a terrace. Reservations are taken only for those with mobility issues.

Monday, July 31, 2017

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “Step” | AMC Bay Street  FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley  $5

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Eclectic Rock & Soul | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

National Night Out 2017: Neighborhood Block Parties | Oakland
Tuesday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland

Photo | SF Police Combat crime while meeting some new neighbors at the 34th Annual National Night Out, a crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in various cities more...

10:00 am$1 Summer Family Movie Festival | Regal Theaters  $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
5:00 pmSwan’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Community Meal | Oakland   FREE
5:30 pmEvenings on the Green: Art & Live Music | Livermore   FREE
6:00 pmNational Night Out At The Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm | Martinez   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: Remembering the Victims of the Ghost Ship Fire | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
6:30 pmSummertime Outdoor Jazz Concert | Orinda   FREE
6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland   $5
8:00 pmImportant Comedy: Free Live Stand-Up | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017 US National Windsurfing Festival | Berkeley
Wednesday, August 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free to watch.
| Berkeley Yacht Club

Slalom, Freestyle, Formula, Windfoil, Kona, Raceboard, Techno 293, Long Distance. The US National Windsurfing Festival is a once-a-year chance for pretty much all disciplines of windsurfing to be in one place more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
10:00 amFree 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
10:00 am$1 Summer Family Movie Festival | Regal Theaters   $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Relive the 90’s | 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, August 3, 2017

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, August 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...

6:30 pmMoraga Summer Concert: Rock & Soul | East Bay   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Rock Powerhouse | Concord   FREE
6:30 pmCommunity Game Night: Meet Fellow Gamers & Enjoy New Games | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation for snacks.
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville   FREE
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville   FREE