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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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Night Light's 4 Year Anniversary Weekend: Live Music & DJs | Oakland
Thursday, May 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*21+ only
| The Night Light

The Night Light thanks you for 4 years of excellence in downtown Oakland. Come by and celebrate with them over four days of excellent music, inspired conversation and plentiful libations. Oh more...


Friday, May 27, 2016

2016 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont
Friday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch.
| Sharks Ice

Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sharks Ice in Fremont from May 27-29, 2016. The 2016 event more...

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
7:05 pmOakland A’s v. Tigers | $5 Game Night   $5*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
8:00 pm“Bowl So Hard” Free Bowling, Beer & DJs | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:30 pmThe Night Light’s 4 Year Anniversary Weekend: Live Music & DJs | Oakland   FREE*
*21+ only


Saturday, May 28, 2016

2016 Eastlake Music Festival: Free All-Day Live Music, DJ & Dance Party | Oakland
Saturday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Lake Merritt Amphitheater

Photo | Eastlake Music FesivalBoogie down at The Eastlake Music Festival at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland which features local music, dance, indie arts and crafts, micro-brews and food trucks. 2016 Eastlake more...

All Day2016 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont  FREE*
*Free to watch.
9:00 am2016 Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale  FREE
10:00 am2016 Family Fun Festival: Skateboard Contest, Science Demos & Puppet DIY | Berkeley  FREE
10:00 amSeason Launch: Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History  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
9:00 pmThe Night Light’s 4 Year Anniversary Weekend: Live Music & DJs | Oakland   FREE*
*21+ only

Sunday, May 29, 2016

2016 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont
Sunday, May 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch.
| Sharks Ice

Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sharks Ice in Fremont from May 27-29, 2016. The 2016 event more...

10:00 am2016 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City   FREE
3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville   FREE
9:00 pmThe Night Light’s 4 Year Anniversary Weekend: Live Music & DJs | Oakland   FREE*
*21+ only

Monday, May 30, 2016

10:00 am2016 Memorial Day Commemoration & Tour | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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, June 2, 2016

5:30 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmFirst Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo  FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
8:00 pm“The Smart Culture Show” Comedy Showcase | Oakland  $5

Friday, June 3, 2016

Free Krispy Kreme Day 2016 | National Doughnut Day
Friday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Krispy Kreme (Daly City)

Friday, June 3, 2016 is National Doughnut Day, supposedly a real holiday created in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. In celebration, 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
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, June 4, 2016

10:00 amFree Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era 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
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland  $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, June 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...

3:00 pmLounge Rumba: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | 1st & 3rd Sundays   FREE*
*The evening is free, but they highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that they keep this community participatory event alive.

Monday, June 6, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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
6:45 pm1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, California Independent Film Festival Association in association with Diablo Magazine present a free movie in Orinda Theatre’s classic movie series. The free films are sponsored more...

7:00 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE
8:30 pmOutdoor Waterfront Movie Night: “Jurassic World” | Jack London Square   FREE

Friday, June 10, 2016

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, June 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 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
8:00 pmSad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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

Brought 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 designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more...

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oakland A's v. Rangers | $5 Game Night
Monday, June 13 – 7:05 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and there are $5 tickets to select home games available thanks to BARTable. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy seats in the Plaza Reserved sections, but more...


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center  FREE*
*Free, but reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  FREE*
*Suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away
8:30 pmOakland Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, June 16, 2016

6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland  FREE
6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pm“The Smart Culture Show” Comedy Showcase | Oakland  $5

Friday, June 17, 2016

Baseball Movie Fireworks: Free A's Post-Game Light Spectacular | Oakland
Friday, June 17 – 9:35 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after more...

All DayFree Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
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 pmSeduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland  $5*
*$5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy
| It's Your Move Game Store

The boys of Critical Hit bring stand-up comedy to Oakland’s It’s Your Move game store for monthly shows happening every first Saturday and third of the month. Admission is $5, and you’ll 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
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland  FREE

Sunday, June 19, 2016

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland  FREE

Monday, June 20, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10:00 amFree Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History  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
8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Outdoor Waterfront Movie Night:
Thursday, June 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer with free outdoor screenings of hit movies, as part of Jack London Square’s hit Waterfront Flicks series. From date night to family flick night, moviegoers more...

8:00 pmPlanet Mirth: Free Comedy & Astrological Hilarity | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but donations of $10 are greatly appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, June 24, 2016

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8
9:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley  FREE

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday, July 1 – 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...

6:00 pmFirst Friday Shorts | The New Parkway   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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
8:00 pm“Critical Hit” Comedy Show, Free Pizza & Free Candy | Oakland  $5*
*Admission is $5, and you'll enjoy some free pizza, free candy, and of course, comedy
10:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland  FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, July 3 – 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...

5:00 pmWorldOne Festival Pre-Party & StoneSoul Picnic | El Cerrito   FREE

Monday, July 4, 2016

El Cerrito | WorldOne Festival: World Music & Circus Festival | 2016
Monday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cerrito Vista Park

El Cerrito hosts the 18th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live reggae, dub and world music, plus circus performers on July 3-4, 2016. July 3, 2016 – WorldOne Stone Soul Picnic from 5-7 pm July 4, 2016 more...

All DayBerkeley Marina | 4th of July Fireworks & All Day Festival | 2016   FREE
8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
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
6:45 pm1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, July 7, 2016

8:00 pmOutdoor Waterfront Movie Night: “Ghostbusters” | Jack London Sq.  FREE
8:00 pm“The Smart Culture Show” Comedy Showcase | Oakland  $5

Friday, July 8, 2016

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE