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, September 29, 2016

Free Sushi Day at P.F. Chang's | Bay Area
Thursday, September 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Select Stores only.
| P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang’s is rolling out a Free Sushi Day this Thursday, Sept. 29 in select Northern California restaurants. This one-day promotion invites dine-in guests to enjoy a free Spicy Tuna Roll more...

5:00 pmSunset Scooter Ride & Sunset Watching | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmBook Reading & Discussions from Rad Women Worldwide | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pm“Temescal Street Flicks” Green Day: Heart like a Grenade | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pm41st Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition | Berkeley   $5*
*$5 General Admission; $3 with Cal ID.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, September 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square

Photo | Tony Webster via Wikipedia Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (July to October) from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay on the beautiful Commodore Pinot Noir. Learn about 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.
5:30 pmMusic On Last Fridays: Live With Mads Tolling | Oakland  FREE
6:55 pmFree Movies In The Park: Antman | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmFriday Night Movie at Willard Park: Aladdin | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Pop-Up Magazine: The Golden State Record | Greek Theatre   WIN


Saturday, October 1, 2016

1st Annual
Saturday, October 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Day is like Earth Day – for San Francisco Bay. It is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to come together and celebrate the Bay. Don’t be fooled more...

9:00 amSick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland   FREE
All Day21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival | Berkeley   FREE
All DayAnnie’s Annuals Fall Party: Funky Tunes, Free Munchies & Gardening Talks | East Bay   FREE
10:00 am14th Annual Art, Jazz & Wine Festival | Pleasant Hill   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 amLast of 2016: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | 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
All Day2016 Oaktoberfest Beer Festival | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for beer and food, or purchase advance tickets.
11:00 amNorth Richmond Shoreline Festival: Healthy Lunch & Nature Walks | Richmond   FREE
1:00 pmLittle Giant Ice Cream Block Party: Hamburgers & Live Music | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmArts Month Kick-Off Celebration: Song, Dance, Poetry & Acting | El Cerrito   FREE
2:00 pmLake Merrit Music Festival 2016: Party at the Lake | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pm“Not Everything is Black + White” Art Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pmThe East Bay Bonfire of Reflection | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required for Oakland Hills location
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, October 2, 2016

1st Annual Oakland Nature Festival | Oakland
Sunday, October 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center

Join them in the heart of Oakland for a celebration of cultural and biological diversity at Lake Merritt, the nation’s first wildlife refuge. Enjoy nature workshops, live animals, local merchants and artists, more...

8:00 amLearning Bird Language | Oakland  FREE*
*$20 Suggested Donation. Free but an RSVP is encouraged.
All DayAnnie’s Annuals Fall Party: Funky Tunes, Free Munchies & Gardening Talks | East Bay  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 amFree First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California   FREE
11:00 am‘Round the World Festival: Music, Masks & Exhibit | Alameda   FREE*
*Families can pay what they wish.
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmNyingma Institute Open House: Prayer Wheel & Meditation Tour | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmSoundWaves: Live Blues & Bluegrass at the Waterfront | Jack London Sq.   FREE
3:30 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday, October 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Landmark Shattuck Cinemas

The film is about how the Arkansas-based Titan II missile narrowly avoided an accidental nuclear explosion in 1980, an explosion that would have been 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima. They will more...

10:30 amFree Tuesday Mindfulness Meditation Yoga | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:45 pm1st Tuesday Author Reading Series | Oakland  FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night Laughtacular Opening | Oakland   FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
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
7:00 pmEast Bay Science Cafe | Albany  FREE
7:30 pmComedy Night at The Uptown | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay  FREE

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday, October 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Kasper's Plaza

Temescal Street CinemaTemescal Street Flicks, an engaging outdoor film series every Thursday evening runs September 15 – October 13, 2016 in the heart of Temescal at the weekly pop-up pedestrian plaza (Telegraph and 46th) in Oakland more...

5:30 pmAdventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pm2016 Seacology Prize Ceremony & Reception | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP through Eventbrite is required.
8:00 pmWheel of Karaoke: Comedy & Music Battle | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are accepted

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday, October 7 – 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...

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.
6:00 pm30th Annual Art Exhibition | Emeryville   FREE*
*A no-host bar will raise funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program
6:00 pmAsian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
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 pmFirst Friday Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pm$5 First Friday Hands-on Family Activities | Oakland   $5*
*Pay online or at the door.
7:00 pmSing-along Cinema & “The Sound Of Music” Costume Party | Jack London Square   FREE
7:30 pmUppers For Downers: A Comedy Show | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pm100 Foot Tall Film Night: Space & Architecture | The Great Wall of Oakland   FREE

Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow | Berkeley
Saturday, October 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)

Honor the ancestors, the present spirit, and future generations, at the 24th annual Indigenous Peoples Day featuring Native Californian dancing, an inter-tribal dance contest, foods, arts, crafts, all day raffles, drumming and singing. 2016 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow Saturday, October more...

All Day2016 Park Street Classic Show: 400+ Cars & Oldies DJ | Alameda   FREE
All DayLife is Living 2016: Hip Hop, DJs, Theatre & Graffiti Battle | Oakland   FREE
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
All Day“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmFall 2016 Free Plant Exchange | Oakland   FREE
All Day2016 El Cerrito Free Folk Festival: 9 Hours of Music & Workshops | East Bay   FREE
12:00 pmUrban Indie Experience: Local Artisans, Craft Beer & Live Music | Emeryville   FREE
12:00 pmThe Plant Exchange: Trade Plants, Tools & Supplies | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmOpening Reception: Glow-in-the-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
7:00 pmAddison Street Jazz | Oakland   FREE
All Day19th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival | Berkeley   FREE

Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Rockridge
Sunday, October 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Rockridge

From a business district to a festival, nearly a mile of College Avenue in Oakland will be transformed into the Rockridge Out & About Festival featuring gourmet food and drinks from local more...

10:00 amThe East Bay Bonsai Society’s 55th Annual Show | Oakland  FREE
3:00 pmSoundWaves: Live Afro-Latin Funk at the Waterfront | Jack London Sq.   FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10:30 amFree Tuesday Mindfulness Meditation Yoga | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmTrivia Tuesday With Free Popcorn | Oakland  FREE
6:00 pmRock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland  FREE
6:00 pmTuesday Trivia Night & Free Popcorn | Oakland  FREE
8:00 pmOaktown Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for free tickets. Otherwise $15.

Wednesday, October 12, 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
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE
7:30 pmComedy Night at The Uptown | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, October 13 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special more...

7:30 pm“Temescal Street Flicks” Oakland International Film Festival ​| Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmGrey Matter Comedy Night | Berkeley   $11.52*
*Enter code "greymat16" for $5.00 discount off the regular ticket price. Original price is $16.52

Friday, October 14, 2016

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, October 14 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Jack London Square

Photo | Tony Webster via Wikipedia Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (July to October) from the Oakland Estuary to the San Francisco Bay on the beautiful Commodore Pinot Noir. Learn about 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.
6:00 pmBerkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays  FREE
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
6:35 pmFree Movies In The Park: Goosebumps | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmGlow-in-the-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
7:00 pmHip Hop Concert: TimBo FlyLane | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmFriday Night Poetry With Rae Armantrout | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmYeti: Stand-up Comedy With Free Wine | Oakland   FREE