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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Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 Summer Festival of Knowledge: Fitness, Gardening, Cooking & Jazz | Oakland
Friday, July 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | African American Museum & Library (Oakland)

Photo | YogaLove Come out for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland’s summer session of the Festival of Knowledge. The two day event will include workshops and a meet and greet with more...

5:30 pmAfro-Brazilian Music On Last Friday | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmFree Moonlight Movies: Ant Man | Danville   FREE
6:30 pm2016 Free Summer Concert: Mixed Nuts | Alamo   FREE
6:30 pm“Super-Sized” Game Night: Life Sized Monopoly & Jenga Family Night | Albany   FREE
6:30 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with RSVP
7:00 pmSmooth R&B Music With My Blue Soul | SF   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: The Pretenders & Joan Jett Tribute Concert | Historic BAL Theatre   WIN
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Night Club Dance Lessons & Party | Jack London Square   FREE
9:00 pm22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $12
9:00 pmMovies Under the Stars: “Inside Out” | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*There is a $2 suggested donation.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Photo | sparlingkite.comKites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 31st Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for more...

All Day2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda   FREE
11:00 am2016 Kidsfest “Under the Sea” Art Party: Crafts, Live Music & Fun Games | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amMake Something Saturdays: “Summer Wreath” Upcycled T-shirts | Hayward   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. For children ages 12 and up.
12:00 pmTheater Tours & Minions Outdoor Movie Night | San Lorenzo   FREE
12:00 pmLaborFest 2016: Oakland General Strike Walk | Oakland   FREE
All Day2016 Summer Festival of Knowledge: Fitness, Gardening, Cooking & Jazz | Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmSPF 30: Interactive Elements, Color & Music | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
4:00 pmPokémon Go Bar Crawl | Downtown Berkeley   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pm“Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis” Opening Reception | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pmFree Summer Acoustic Show | Point Richmond   FREE
7:30 pmLive Release Hip Hop & Rap Concert | Pleasanton   FREE*
*Tickets are free and seating is limited.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Rising Local Indie Rock “EagleWolfSnake” | Starry Plough   WIN
8:30 pmFree Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley   FREE
9:00 pmFinal Night: 22nd Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $12


Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Photo | sparlingkite.comKites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 31st Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for more...

All Day2016 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Sunday | Alameda  FREE
11:00 amBraunch Party: Free Family-Friendly Activities, Food and Drinks | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Bring cash for special deals.
12:30 pmPokemon Go Toy Drive & Crawl | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmSummer Land-escapes Haiku Workshop | Berkeley   FREE*
*Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5
1:00 pmOakland Municipal Band Concerts at the Lake | 2016 Season   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pmFree Talk: The Awakened Heart | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, August 1, 2016

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 12th Annual Free Museum Day | 2016
Monday, August 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
| San Francisco Bay Area

Photo | iNeTours Participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day. Register for a free Museum Day tickets starting more...

7:00 pmBiohacking Academy: Plasmid Design & Online Database | Oakland   $5*
*No one is turned away for lack of funds.
9:30 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway   FREE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

36th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival: Free Movie Day | Berkeley
Tuesday, August 2 – 2:40 pm | Cost: FREE | Roda Theatre

Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream Photo | sfjff.orgJust as its iconic pink box has graced the Passover seder tables of generations of American Jews, so, too, Streit’s matzo factory has stood more...

12:00 pmWin: “Mother’s Day” All-Star Family Comedy DVD  WIN*
*Win a free DVD
5:00 pmBike Library’s National Bike Night Out | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmNational Night Out At The Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm | Martinez   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmLive Music: National Night Out | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmFree Summer Soul/R&B Concert in the Park | Orinda   FREE
6:45 pm1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland   FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday, August 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Fox Theater

Photo | F. Schwichtenberg via Wikipedia Flogging Molly is a rollicking Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from LA and led by Irish vocalist Dave King. > Get Tickets – $39.50 First, last, and always more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
10:00 am$1 Summer Family Movie Festival | Dublin  $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Party Band | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, August 4, 2016

5:30 pmAdventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:30 pmThursday Summer Night Concert: Tom Petty Tribute | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:30 pmMoraga Summer Concert: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac | East Bay  FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: All-Female Zeppelin Powerhouse | Concord  FREE
7:00 pm“Catch the Fever” Free Latin Dance Class & Party | Bay Street Emeryville  FREE
7:00 pmMovie in the Park: “Inside Out” | Orinda  FREE
7:00 pmMedicine Ball Swing Ensemble | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmOutdoor Waterfront Movie Night: “East Side Sushi” | Jack London Sq.  FREE
8:30 pmFree Movies in the Park: “Ant Man” | Pleasanton  FREE

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday, August 5 – 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.
12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Pop | Oakland  FREE
5:00 pmFirst Fridays Fun For The Community | SF   FREE
6:00 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pm2016 Fiestas Fridas: Poetry Slam & Conga Drumming | Oakland   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 pmTemescal First Fridays | Oakland   FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
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 pmSummer Nights at Donkey & Goat Winery | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free Admission with food and drink available for purchase.
7:30 pmUppers For Downers: A Comedy Show | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pmFree Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks
8:00 pmThe UC Berkeley 2-day Summer Symphony   FREE
8:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Outdoor Swing Dance Lessons | Jack London Square   FREE

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1906 Edwardian Picnic & Dance In The Park | Alameda
Saturday, August 6 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Donations are appreciated.
| Lincoln Park

Pack a picnic basket and join them for a lovely Edwardian picnic dance among the roses at Alameda’s beautiful Lincoln Park. Enjoy a day of leisurely picnicking and Victorian/Edwardian dancing to 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 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
10:00 am7th Annual Rib Cook Off | Clayton   FREE*
*Free to watch the event, but bring money for the BBQ ribs for sale to the public, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks.
11:00 amFamily Fun Fest: Rock Climbing, Zoo & Bounce Houses | Hayward   FREE
3:00 pm2016 Summer Obon & Japanese Cultural Festival | Oakland   FREE
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pm2016 Peace Lantern Ceremony: 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pm2016 Free Movies in the Park: Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 | Newark   FREE*
*Food and beverage for purchase.
8:00 pmThe UC Berkeley 2-day Summer Symphony   FREE

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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...

10:00 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
1:00 pmConcert at the Lake: Oakland Municipal Band | Oakland   FREE
3:30 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
4:00 pmShakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Park | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, August 8, 2016

7:00 pmBiohacking Academy: In Silco Plasmid Design | Oakland  $5*
*No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Free 18-Piece Big Band Jazz Summer Concert in the Park | Orinda
Tuesday, August 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park

Photo | Andy Scheck via Lamorinda Weekly Bring your family and friends down to Orinda Community Park for Summer Concerts in the Park. This event is free and open to the community. Families are more...

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, August 10, 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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Traditional Creole French | Oakland  FREE