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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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Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017
Saturday, November 18 – 7:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Livermore

Jump out of bed and grab your shopping posse to get a head start on your gift list at the Annual Earlier Than The Bird shopping day in downtown Livermore starting at more...

9:00 amAshland Cherryland FamFest Celebration | San Leandro   FREE*
*Festival is free. Cost of participating in the 5K is $10/person
10:00 amHoliday Bazaar: Start Your Holiday Shopping Right | Orinda   FREE
10:00 amWin Tix: Craft-a-Thon: 12 Hour Craft Marathon | Oakland   WIN*
*Workshops packages are available making the workshops as low as $18 each
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
All Day2017 Super Fun Outdoors Adventure Swap | Craneyway Pavilion   $5*
*Presale online tickets $5, at the door $10
All DayPizza Party: Tattoos, Free Pizza & Discounted Piercings | Oakland   FREE*
*Free pizza for clients only on the day of the event. No door charge. Tattoos and piercings are not free.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
All DayCyclocalypse 2017 “Scrap Run”: Wild Bicycle Scavenger Hunt | Oakland   $4*
*$20 per team (up to 5 members per a team)
3:30 pm“Sin Against the Race” Book Launch | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $5
7:30 pmNew Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmPunchlines At Branchline: Free Standup Comedy | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

10:00 am2017 Holiday Festival: Hand Made & Artisinal Gifts | Alameda  FREE*
*Free Admission and Free Parking.
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley  FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Tasting: Persimmons | Jack London Square  FREE
1:00 pmThe Final “Cal Sailing Club Open House” of 2017: Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley  FREE
3:00 pmSunday Film Screening & Free Popcorn: King Corn | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
6:00 pmLiberated Lens Film Night: “National Bird” with Q&A | Oakland  $4*
*for SF fun Cheap readers with a code OPTIK ALLUSIONS. No one turned away for lack of funds, free snacks and popcorn


Monday, November 20, 2017

Hit Parade: Musical Archives & Public Knowledge with Josh Kun | Berkeley
Monday, November 20 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

What does music tell people about the sustainability and precarity of publics? How can you use music—rehearsed, recorded, archived—to engage histories of erasure and displacement while imagining new forms of community more...


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

26th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner | Oakland
Tuesday, November 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Marriott Hotel

The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is an annual, free, all-volunteer community feast to feed those who need some holiday food and cheer. Seniors, low-income families and homeless citizens are warmly welcomed at more...


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Free Thanksgiving Dinner | East Bay
Thursday, November 23 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | First Lutheran Church (Concord)

The First Lutheran Church in Concord hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10:30 am to 4 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The dinner is organized by several Contra Costa churches and anybody in more...

10:15 amThanksgiving Day: Donation-Based Pilates Mat & Roller | Oakland  FREE*
*Donation-Based: $10-30. no one turned away for lack of funds
1:00 pm15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmThanksgiving Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Classical Indian Concert | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one will be turned away on the day of the event.
7:00 pmNoThanksgiving Vegan Potluck | Berkeley   FREE

Friday, November 24, 2017

2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland

Plaid Friday is the fun, indie alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holiday shopping season. 2017 Plaid Friday Friday, November 24, 2017 All Over more...

All Day“Green Friday”: Free Day Passes to California State Parks   FREE*
*Register to receive your Green Friday day-use parking pass which is valid for day-use parking admission to your selected park only. Pass valid only for one vehicle on November 24, 2017. Passes are limited in availability.
11:00 am8th Annual Small Art Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to attend. Affordable priced artwork to buy
All DayBuy Nothing Day | 2017   FREE
5:15 pm2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville   FREE
6:00 pm2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles   FREE

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Uptown Nightclub

Put down the knitting, the book & the broom, it’s time for a holiday with the Uptown Cabaret with Dr. Abacus. Join these cabaret cuties as they return to Uptown Nightclub more...

All DaySmall Business Saturday 2017  FREE*
*Shopping is never free of course, but we encourage you to shop small and shop local on this day, and all the days of the year.

Monday, November 27, 2017

8:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley  $5

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

7:40 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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm“Captivity, Confinement & Resistance in Mudejar & Morisco Literature” | Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting | Walnut Creek
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway Plaza

Music and festivity will fill the shopping center at Broadway Plaza’s annual Open House and Community Tree Lighting, from 6-9 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The tree lighting will be at more...

5:30 pm2017 Holiday Stroll | Oakland  FREE

Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Jack London Square is set to ring in the holiday season with an annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront – plus there’s the crazy fun Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees. Oakland’s favorite 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
5:30 pm2017 “It’s A Wonderful Night” Annual Holiday & Tree Lighting Celebration | San Leandro   FREE
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
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 pm$5 First Friday: Winter Celebration & Concert | Oakland   $5
6:00 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
6:30 pmMake Your Own Holiday Gift | Oakland   $10*
*$10 online
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, December 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 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  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.
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
5:30 pm2017 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.   FREE

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)

Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on the frontage road between Rose and Vine on Shattuck Ave at the annual Snow Day in 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 DayUrban Air Market Holiday Show | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmDuende’s Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
8:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: 3rd Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free on the day of the event, but if you want a guaranteed seat you can buy tickets at $30 for Tier 1 General Admission Seating and $20 for Tier 2 General Admission Seating
All Day“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco | December 3   FREE

Monday, December 4, 2017

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery  FREE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley
Thursday, December 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Come have a fabulous time finding beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at their special holiday shopping party in the Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a unique selection of more...

11:00 amFree First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay   FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
6:30 pm“Growing Up Trans” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Piedmont   FREE

Friday, December 8, 2017

UC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley
Friday, December 8 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Come have a fabulous time finding beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at their special holiday shopping party in the Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a unique selection of more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda   FREE
7:30 pmEast Bay Bike Party   FREE
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy with Free Hotdogs | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ghirardelli Chocolate's Annual Warehouse Sale | San Leandro
Saturday, December 9 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Receive a GIFT when you attend between 12-2 PM
| Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Store

The Annual Ghirardelli Warehouse Sale will be taking place on December 9th and 10th, at both their San Leandro and Lathrop Factory Stores. This year will be no exception, the event more...

11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley   FREE
All Day“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square   FREE
3:00 pm“Growing Up Trans” Diversity Film Series Free Screening | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ghirardelli Chocolate's Annual Warehouse Sale | San Leandro
Sunday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Receive a GIFT when you attend between 12-2 PM
| Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Store

The Annual Ghirardelli Warehouse Sale will be taking place on December 9th and 10th, at both their San Leandro and Lathrop Factory Stores. This year will be no exception, the event more...

11:00 amUC Botanical Garden Holiday Pop-up Shop | Berkeley   FREE
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

Tuesday, December 12, 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, December 13, 2017

2017 Geminids Meteor Shower | Bright Fireballs & Dark Sky
Wednesday, December 13 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Stargazers can look directly up (away from city lights) to see a spectacular meteor light show originating from the Comet 3200 Phaethon in the constellation Gemini (looking south, almost overhead).  The peak more...

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, December 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom

Chillarious is the only comedy showcase where you can enjoy the Bay Area’s best comedic talent while lounging luxuriously on the Bay Area’s most comfortable organic mattresses and pillows. Admission is free 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.
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Art Trax: Free Monthly Pop-Up Art Galleries | Pittsburg
Saturday, December 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring money if you want to take home awesome local art.
| Old Town Pittsburg

Pittsburg’s creative community brings artisans and Old Town merchants together via free monthly pop-up art galleries. Pittsburg and neighboring community residents are invited to attend the monthly ArtTrax event, and walk historic more...

11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $5
8:00 pmPunchlines At Branchline: Free Standup Comedy | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley  FREE
3:00 pmSunday Film Screening & Free Popcorn: Wall-E | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.