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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, January 18, 2017

11:30 amEast Bay January Career Fair | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:00 pm“Resistance Training” Open Reception | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  FREE*
*Free with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Oakland Restaurant Week: First Day | East Bay

Oakland Restaurant Week is your opportunity to experience the trendy culinary scene everyone is talking about from January 19—29, 2017. For 10 days, top Oakland restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at more...

All DayOpening Day of Berkeley Restaurant Week 2017 | January 19-29   $20*
*$20 per person for lunch, and $25 or $35 per person for dinner (tax and gratuity are generally not included).
6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmLive StorySlam Show: “Emergency Exit” True Tales & Open-Mic | Oakland   $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
7:00 pmRAD Recces: Open Gym Dodgeball | Oakland   $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm
7:00 pmCultivating A Deeper Understanding of the 2016 Presidential Election | Pleasant Hill   FREE
7:00 pmTrump Gets Inaugurated: Poetry & Open Mic | Oakland   $3*
*The original price is $5 but mention Funcheap and you get $2 off.


Friday, January 20, 2017

General Strike Against Trump | Oakland
Friday, January 20 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building

The election of Donald Trump is dangerous for all working people, especially immigrants, people of color, women, and LGBTQI people. A Trump administration, coupled with Republican control of the House and Senate, more...

12:00 pmStudent Walkout on Trump’s Inauguration | Berkeley   FREE
All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
5:00 pm2017 Opening Night of Friday Nights at OMCA | Oakland   $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:30 pm“Zoovie” Movie Night: “Finding Dory” | Oakland Zoo   $7*
*Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. $6 per person for groups of 4 or more.
7:00 pmEast Bay Burner Social | Oakland   FREE
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.
7:00 pm“100 Days Action” Absurd Inaugural Ball | Oakland   FREE*
*Please note, we believe this event is free, but we have not been able to confirm. Bring cash along, just in case.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March: Diversity, Freedom & Human Rights | Oakland
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Madison Park

Photo | via exatspost.com Join them in Oakland for the Women’s March on January 21st. The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, more...

10:00 amReal Estate Running Club “Resolution Run” | Oakland  $1*
*$1 for the general public, $10 for real estate professionals
10:30 amWomen’s March: Showing Compassion for Shared Humanity | Walnut Creek   FREE
12:00 pm“Resist Trump” #OccupyInauguration Protest | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmConcord “Vibe” Launch Party & Free Ale | The Hop Grenade   FREE
1:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: “Porgy & The Wolf” Classical Children’s Tales | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
2:00 pmAs If: A 90’s Cult Classic Double Feature Film Screening | Danville   FREE
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmCanada by Bike with Michael Woods | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmCat People: A Show, A Society, A Saturday | Oakland   $5*
*Free pizza at the show.
8:00 pmUbuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland   $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Sunday, January 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...


Monday, January 23, 2017

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Monday, January 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How To Stop Fake News: Interactive Workshop | Oakland
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)

The Information Age seems to be turning into the Misinformation Age, as you see increasing numbers of deliberately misleading stories passed along and received as news. Many online news outlets and social more...


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Listen for a Change: Social Justice Storytelling | Oakland

In 2015, a small group of friends came together one evening over a novel idea: to have a fancy “fundraiser” where the goal was to raise awareness instead of money. They listened more...

7:00 pmAdult Recess: All-You-Can-Throw Dodgeball for $5 | Oakland  $5*
*$5 for all-you-can-throw open gym dodgeball between 7-9pm

Friday, January 27, 2017

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.
7:00 pmAn Insiders Guide For Film Makers & Film Lovers | Albany  FREE

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Oakland A's FanFest 2017 | Oakland
Saturday, January 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Save the date. The Oakland A’s will host the annual FanFest, presented by CSN California, on Saturday, January 28 from 11 am to 2 pm at Jack London Square. A’s FanFest 2017 Saturday, January more...


Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Oakland Restaurant Week: Final Day | East Bay

Oakland Restaurant Week is your opportunity to experience the trendy culinary scene everyone is talking about from January 19—29, 2017. For 10 days, top Oakland restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at more...

All DayBerkeley Restaurant Week 2017 | Final Day   $20*
*$20 per person for lunch, and $25 or $35 per person for dinner (tax and gratuity are generally not included).

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Monday, January 30 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
9:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley   FREE

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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, February 1, 2017

Oakland Magazine Release Party | Jack London Square
Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| Lungomare

Happy hour celebrates the publication of Oakland and Alameda magazines’ January/February Person of the Year and 2017 Faces of the East Bay issue. Please join them at Lungomare in Jack London Square for a mix and mingle more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
6:00 pmParanormal Look at the Meek Mansion & McConaghy House | Hayward   FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany   FREE
8:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3 – 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 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 pm$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills   $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, February 4, 2017

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 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
All DayArtist Talk & Opening Reception: 21st Annual “The Art of Living Black” | Richmond   FREE
2:00 pmBlack History Month Talk: “The Crisis in Black Education” | East Bay   $5*
*Free talk, but admission to the museum is $5.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, February 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum 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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Monday, February 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...

8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:30 pmFree Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday, February 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring money for food and beverages.
| The Overlook Lounge

Kick off the holiday season in Oakland with a new monthly rooftop night market: Town Social. Every second Thursday they’ll have a rotating group of food, craft, and arts vendors while local more...

6:00 pmWomen Bike Book Club | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, February 10, 2017

Comedy Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland
Friday, February 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission
| Sycamore Co-Op

Please note, they have changed the show name to Comedy Soup from Sad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night. Comedy Soup is Oakland’s DIY comedy show that features a lineup of some of the Bay Area’s best more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
8:00 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy With Free Wine | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday, February 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Photo | Jack of All Trades MarketBrought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie more...

6:30 pmPenumbral Lunar Eclipse | 2017   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, February 12, 2017

12:30 pmFree Second Sunday Community Workout Class | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but advance registration may be required
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Monday, February 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across more...

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Delicious Tacos | Oakland  FREE*
*Sliding scale donation requested.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6:00 pmRock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley  FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  FREE*
*Free with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Polar Obsession Opening Reception & Free Wine | Berkeley
Thursday, February 16 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | David Brower Center

The Brower Center is excited to present Polar Obsession, the first National Geographic show in the Bay Area since 2009. This exhibition will feature nearly 40 striking images of the world’s more...

6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmLive StorySlam Show: Open-Mic True Tales | Oakland   $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20

Friday, February 17, 2017

East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, February 17 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios

Photo | Nico Aguilera via Flickr East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, more...

All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.