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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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Day Maypole & Morris Dancers | Berkeley
Sunday, May 1 – 5:30 am | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

As is traditional, the Berkeley Morris Dancers will begin their regular season by dancing the sun up at Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley. They will gather at 5 am and begin dancing around more...

10:00 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
All DayBeltane Spring Ritual: Maypole & Chanting | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville   FREE
3:30 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, May 2, 2016

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


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Oakland A's v. Mariners | $5 Game Night
Tuesday, May 3 – 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...


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring Sidewalk Bakesale: Food Artisans, Free Wine & Goodies | Oakland
Wednesday, May 4 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Kitchener Oakland

It’s time for another sidewalk bakesale to celebrate Spring and Mother’s Day. Join Kitchener Oakland and 6 of their food artisans for the most delicious sidewalk bakesale in Oakland! Come by and more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
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, May 5, 2016

Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2016: Live Music, Spoken Word, DJ & Live Art | Oakland
Thursday, May 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) presents the 3rd Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo Event “From Defending Our Pueblos to Defending Our Hoods” on Thursday, May 5, 2016. This year they call to more...

5:30 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pm2016 “Cinco de Mustache” Sombrero Bike Ride & Party | Danville   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo   FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6 – 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.
4:00 pmFirst Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic | Lake Merritt  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.
6:30 pmFireside Lounge Educational Night: Demos, Art Show & Live Music | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmFree Taiko Drumming Class: Beat a Giant Loud Drum | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 Car-topia: Hot Rod & Custom 1920-60s Classic Car Show | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, May 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Jack London Square rolls dozens of classics, retro models and modern muscle cars onto the Oakland waterfront, for a Car-topia auto extravaganza from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 7, more...

12:00 pm2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmBicycle Career Day & Free Pizza | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, and comes with free pizza
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, May 8, 2016

Free Admission For Moms: Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden | Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 8 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*$10/adults; $8/students and seniors, children under 12 free
| Ruth Bancroft Garden

Bring Mom to the Ruth Bancroft Succulent Garden for the annual Mother’s Day outdoor celebration for the whole family:  have a picnic, take a tour, get a gift, and make crafts. Relax more...

3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville   FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Friday, May 13, 2016

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, May 13 – 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
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
8:00 pmSad Comedy & Free Soup: Music & Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP is required for free admission

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday, May 14 – 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...

8:00 pm“The Smart Culture Show” Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $5

Sunday, May 15, 2016

3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville  FREE

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
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, May 19, 2016

6:00 pmThird Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland  FREE

Friday, May 20, 2016

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, May 21, 2016

Saturday, May 21 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
| Near the Fruitvale Bridge

Celebrate the birth of the Island City of Alameda, California, with a free public art event open to all ages. Audiences will be taken on a guided journey to four sites more...

All Day2016 Oakland Veg Fest | Lake Merritt   FREE
11:00 amFree DIY Workshop: Felted Soap | East Bay   FREE*
*Workshops are free and open to ages 12 and up, but an RSVP is required; register online at , call 510-881-7975, or email heidi.ontiveros@hayward-ca.gov.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE
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, May 22, 2016

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland  FREE
3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville  FREE

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

7:40 pmDirty Old Women Reading: Literary Salon & Open Mic | Oakland  FREE

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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, May 27, 2016

Oakland A's v. Tigers | $5 Game Night
Friday, May 27 – 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...

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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

3:00 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville  FREE

Monday, May 30, 2016

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

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, 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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 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.
4:00 pmFirst Friday Cannabis Industry Social & Picnic | Lake Merritt  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.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  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

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...

8:00 pm“The Smart Culture Show” Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $5

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...


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

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...

2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland  FREE

Monday, June 20, 2016

8:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.