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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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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Market & Art Demos: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Crucible

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 16-17, they’ll have music, food, and drinks more...

All Day77th Annual Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but registration is required, however, registration for the Oakland event is now closed.
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2017 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amEight Nights of Hanukkah: Hanukkah Carnival | San Leandro   FREE
11:00 amBay Street Holiday Pop-Up Market | Emeryville   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pm3rd Annual Dimond Lights Artisan Market | SF   FREE
1:00 pmSF Etsy’s Winter Pop Up Shop: Final Day | 2017   FREE
2:00 pmTry Improv For Free: Intro Class | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmSunday Film Screening & Free Popcorn: Wall-E | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
5:00 pm7th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:30 pmNew Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, December 18, 2017

6:30 pmEight Nights of Hanukkah: DIY Menorah Clinic | San Leandro  FREE
7:00 pmFree Sneak Preview Movie: “All The Money In The World” | AMC Bay Street  FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

$5
Tuesday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: $5 | Grand Lake Theater

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9:00 amEight Nights of Hanukkah: Hanukkah Presents Drive | San Leandro  FREE
7:00 pmMagical Evening with Storyteller Emily Butterfly | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  $1*
*$1 with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017
Thursday, December 21 – 6:50 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot more...

3:00 pm2017 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site   FREE
3:00 pmWinter Solstice Campfire: Crafts & Games for the Family | Martinez   FREE
4:30 pmHoliday Caroling in Downtown Berkeley | 2017   FREE
5:00 pmWeekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville   FREE
6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pmFree Movie Night: The Polar Express | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, December 22, 2017

$5 Movie Day: The New Parkway's 5th Anniversary | Oakland
Friday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: $5*
*$5 per movie
| The New Parkway

The New Parkway Theater, a cool community theater in Oakland with couches and quirky seating, a beer and wine license, and a full food menu, is celebrating their anniversary by opening the theater early for $5 movies more...

5:00 pmWeekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville   FREE
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.
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy & 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 23, 2017

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland more...

10:00 amWinter Crafts Fair | Berkeley   FREE
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmWin Tix: Oakland Ballet Company: Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” | Paramount Theater   WIN*
*Discounts available for seniors (62+) and children.
3:00 pmWeekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville   FREE
4:00 pmChristmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
4:00 pmRenaissance Voices’ Christmas Festival of Lessons & Carols | SF   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is enocuraged.
8:00 pmChristmas Swing Dance Party | Fremont   FREE

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Sunday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)

Telegraph Fair Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handicrafts by some of Northern California’s more...

All DayFinal Day: 2017 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley  FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
3:00 pmWeekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville   FREE
6:00 pm2017 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   FREE

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Monday, December 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away
| Badarikashrama

Enjoy a Christmas concert and a complimentary vegetarian international dinner on Christmas Day at Badarikashrama in San Leandro at 3 pm on December 25, 2017. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call for reservations at 510-278-2444; space is more...

6:00 pm2017 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   FREE
8:00 pmSalsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley   $5

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pmTown Business Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code HELLAFUNNY for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Friday, December 29, 2017

$5 Classic Movie Night: “Mary Poppins” | Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 29 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Paramount Theatre

George Banks (David Tomlinson) and Winifred Banks (Glynis Johns) need a new nanny after their “difficult” children drive off their last one (Elsa Lanchester). Their classified ad makes its way to more...

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.
9:00 pmSweat Haus Holiday Hellabration | Oakland   FREE

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland more...


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square
Sunday, December 31 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Photo | CUESA With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated more...

11:00 amAround the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland  $5*
*Members: $5 per child Guests: $5 per child + General Admission fees to the museum. Registration is required
11:00 amNew Year’s Eve Day Party & Three Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science  $12*
*$12 Adults $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+. Free for members. If you're a member you can bring guests with paid admission.
6:00 pmNYE Potluck, Bell Ringing & Meditation | East Bay Meditation Center   FREE*
*Donations are accepted. This is a potluck event. Please bring a vegetarian dish and/or non-alcoholic beverage to share.
6:00 pm2017 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   FREE
7:30 pmFree NYE San Francisco Chamber Orchestra | Berkeley   FREE*
*Admission-free and tickets will handled on a first-come/first-served basis.
8:00 pmAnnual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash | Berkeley   $25
8:00 pmPacific Pinball Museum New Year’s Eve | Alameda   $20*
*Adult tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students, military and seniors, and $10 for kids
8:00 pmNew Year’s Eve Carnival, Pinball Party & Treasure Hunt | East Bay   $30
8:00 pmNew Year’s Eve Buddhist Service | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations not required but gratefully accepted
8:30 pmIndie Rock Live Band NYE Dance Party | Berkeley   $10*
*Please note, Jupiter's cover for New Year's Eve was $10 in 2015; we don't know the cover for 2016 yet. We'll update this when the price is confirmed.
9:00 pmHubba Hubba New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash | Oakland   $20*
*$20 in advance and $25 at the door
10:30 pmNYE Comedy Mega Show at Grand Lake Theater | Oakland   $35

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue | Free Face Painting
Saturday, December 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lakeshore Drive

Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and face painting, holiday specials, refreshments and fun for everyone. The line for carriage rides will form in front of 18/8 Men’s Salon. Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue December 8-9, more...


Monday, January 1, 2018

Final Day: 11th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights | Oakland
Monday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

Enjoy a month-long holiday light exhibition featuring scenes from Santa’s workshop and other holiday-inspired themes starting December 1st until New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018. A giant Nutcracker soldier awaits your arrival, more...

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery  FREE
6:30 pmFree 1st Tuesday Clay Workshop & Potluck | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but bring along a dish to share or a donation
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland  $5

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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, January 4, 2018

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, January 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected more...


Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays 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, 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 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“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
6:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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
9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, January 7, 2018

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 7 – 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...

11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ellen Driscoll Playhouse

In January ADFS will screen The House We Live In and Arc of Justice, two films that explore the family wealth gap between white and black Americans arising from deliberate and more...

6:30 pmFree Movie Night | Orinda Theatre   FREE

Friday, January 12, 2018

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE