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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Paws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square every Wednesday in October 2014. This month-long series will fill the Oakland more...

7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE
8:00 pm38th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition | Berkeley   $5*
*$5 General Admission; $3 with Cal ID.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

11:00 amFree First Thursdays | Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive  FREE


Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Opening Night | East Bay
Friday, October 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at more...

6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
6:00 pm100 Foot Tall Street Art Film Night & Live Painting | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
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
9:00 pmFirst Friday Indie Pop Concert: Papercuts | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, October 4, 2014

40th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | deFremery Park

Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate the 40th annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade, the only parade and celebration of its kind in the United States, on Saturday, October 4, 2014. This more...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
All Day2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Saturday | East Bay   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.
All Day2014 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food or purchase advance tickets.
1:00 pmWin Tix: Thrive Expo: Green Living Speakers & Chef Demos | Berkeley   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets, or get ticket at 50% off with our discount code SFFUNCHEAP.
6:30 pmWin Tix: The Girl Genius Ball: A Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy Ball | Alameda   WIN*
*$15 in advance (by September 27); $20 at the door. - Victorian, Steampunk, or Oktoberfest costume is admired, not required.
7:00 pmWin Tix: Modern Beats: Penn Masala’s Bollywood A Cappella | Berkeley   WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $20
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show w/ Free Pizza & Candy | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 Bay Area Circus Arts Festival: Sunday | East Bay
Sunday, October 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Alameda High School

Meet some of the best  jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, object manipulators, artistic athletes, acrobats, and performers of all kinds on the west coast and watch in awe as they ply their craft at more...

10:00 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
9:00 pmFree Bay Area Comedy Showcase | Oakland   FREE

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5:00 pmPaws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, October 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special more...


Friday, October 10, 2014

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, October 10 – 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...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday, October 11 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is first come, first served; they often fill up and have to turn away people.
| Secret Location (Oakland)

What is “Oakland Nights…Live“? Why it is Oakland’s very own low-budget monthly late night talk show. It’s half Johnny Carson, half Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and all Oakland. They’ve had marine biologists, talks with Oakland public more...

All DaySecond Saturday Art & Music Walk | Oakland’s Golden Gate Dist.  FREE
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, October 12, 2014

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, October 12 – 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...

8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Monday, October 13, 2014

7:30 pmThe New Parkway’s Book Club | Oakland  FREE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
9:00 pmOakland Active Music Series: Free Improv Jazz Concerts | The Uptown  FREE*
*Free admission, but donations are welcome.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5:00 pmPaws on the Square: Doggie Musical Chairs & Puppy Pampering | Oakland  FREE
5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
8:30 pmThe Adult Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scream: East Bay Express' Horror Film Festival | Oakland
Thursday, October 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular price: $10 in advance. Show is 18+
| The New Parish

Each fall the East Bay Express celebrates the darker side of independent cinema in a vibrant display of horror, macabre and exploitation short films with Scream: East Bay Express’ Horror Film more...

5:00 pmTwilight by the Lake: Dance, Chamber Singing & Free Snacks | Oakland  FREE
6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland  FREE

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks
Friday, October 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over East Bay

East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks. From April to December in 2014, fees will be waived for a variety of more...

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.
7:30 pmMovie in the Park: “The Addams Family” | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmSeduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland   $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door. Otherwise tickets are $10. 21+

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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
11:15 amGive & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland  FREE