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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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ghirardelli Chocolate's Annual Warehouse Sale | East Bay
Saturday, December 14 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Store

Go chocolate crazy at Ghirardelli’s Annual Warehouse Sale, now three days, December 13-15, 2019. This year, the sales floor has been expanded to offer additional discounted gifts just in time for more...

All DayJulbord Festival: Holiday Crafts, Food, Games & Children’s Choir | Emeryville   FREE*
*Registration Required
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amBay Area Record Fest: 6 Live Acts, Live DJs, Drink Specials | Oakland   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
All DayGirl Gang Crafty Holiday Market: 120+ Female Makers w/ DJ | Oakland   FREE
All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland   $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
2:00 pmWinter on the Waterfront: Fireworks, Lighted Boat Parade & Snow | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pmLive Nativity: A Stroll Through Bethlehem | Martinez   FREE

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The North Face Exploration Challenge | Berkeley
Sunday, December 15 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | The North Face (Berkeley)

We are having our End of the Year Exploration Challenge. It’s a 5 mile loop to the Albany Bulb and back to the outlet. All levels. All are welcome. Do as more...

All Day2019 Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but registration is required, however, registration for the Oakland event is now closed.
All DayGhirardelli Chocolate’s Annual Warehouse Sale | East Bay   FREE
10:00 am2019 Family Chanukah & Shadow Puppets w/ Daniel Barash | Berkeley   $15*
*$15 general admission; $8 kids
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amUC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amToy for Tats: Free Tattoo w/ Toy Donation | Oakland   FREE*
*Free Tattoo with Donation of Toy ($40 value or more w/receipt)
All DayGhosts of Christmas Holiday Market: Dark Art, Oddities & Krampus | Alameda   FREE*
*Admission is Free but bring cash for purchase.
All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland   $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
1:00 pm1876 Victorian Holiday Open House | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmFamily Pictures w/ Black Santa | Oakland   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
5:00 pm2019 “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:00 pmUgly Christmas Sweater Party: Contest, Themed Drinks & Movies | Oakland   FREE*
*Registration Required


Monday, December 16, 2019

Final Show for 2019: Free Nerd Nite Party, Trivia, Prizes & Fun | Oakland
Monday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required. The event is for 21+
| Club 21

Nerd Nite had a good 2019, with great crowds and excellent speakers. They are taking December off from their regular show format but they will be back with regular events in more...

8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland  FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday  FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free but we will gladly accept your end of year donations.
| The Marsh (Berkeley)

Glowing holidays. Tinsel. Lights. Candles. Zawadi. It’s a wonderful time of the year. Join the Annual Holiday Party at The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7 pm. There will more...

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Free Monthly Outdoor Movie Night | Oakland
Thursday, December 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE with RSVP or $6 at the door
| Forage Kitchen

Hang out under the stars, watch a movie, have a drink, and eat some snacks. You can’t ask for much more on a weeknight. Third Thursdays Outdoor Movie Nights Every 3rd Thursday | more...

7:00 pmOakland Art Library Open House | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP

Friday, December 20, 2019

SF Etsy's Winter Pop Up Shop | 2019
Friday, December 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Makers WorkSpace

Join for three Weekends of Handmade Holiday Shopping beginning December 6, 2019. Come get all your holiday shopping done at this amazing pop-up shop featuring goods from the SF Etsy Team and more...

All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland  $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
7:00 pmTiny Garage Concert Night | Emeryville   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, December 21, 2019

2019 Solstice Sun Hike | Tilden Nature Area
Saturday, December 21 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Nature Area

Rise with the sun, on this early morning hike. Meet at the Nature Center (600 Canon Dr, Berkeley, CA 94708) and hike to the peak in hopes of greeting the solstice more...

All Day2019 KPFA Holiday Crafts Fair | Craneway Pavilion   $12*
*Admission is $12 ages 18-64, $10 Seniors & Disabled, Youth Free.
All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland   $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pm2019 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site   FREE
4:00 pmChristmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $10
7:30 pmYeah Buddy Awesome Time: Comedy Show   $5
8:00 pmCraft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland   FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 KPFA Holiday Crafts Fair | Craneway Pavilion
Sunday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: $12*
*Admission is $12 ages 18-64, $10 Seniors & Disabled, Youth Free.
| Craneway Pavilion

The 2019 Craneway Craft Fair will take place December 21 & 22, 10 am – 5 pm both days. The Fair takes place in the gorgeous Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA more...

All DayTelegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland   $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
12:00 pmSF Etsy’s Winter Pop Up Shop: Final Day | 2019   FREE
4:00 pm7th Grand Chanukah Lighting: Donuts & Latkes | Fremont   FREE

Monday, December 23, 2019

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Monday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)

Join this December to celebrate the 36th Annual Telegraph Holiday Street Fair. Holiday shoppers will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, with unique and unusual handcrafts more...

All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Free Peet's Coffee Day | Christmas Eve 2019
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*One free complimentary brewed coffee or tea per person. Donations are encouraged.
| Peet's (Bay Area)

The annual Peet’s Holiday Donation Program is entering its 34th year, supporting No Kid Hungry, a national non-profit that works to end child hunger in America. To celebrate the program’s success and more...

All DayChristmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley   FREE
All DayFinal Day: 2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
5:30 pm“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pmAAA Tipsy Tow: Free Car Tow Home | Christmas Eve 2019   FREE*
*If you need a safe ride home, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO. Typically they will provide a tow for up to 10 miles within the Bay Area. Please note availability is subject to change without notice.
6:00 pmFinal Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland   $8*
*$8/person for the 6 pm tour
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season, from New Year’s Day to Christmas Day. The city of Oakland will offer free more...

3:00 pmChristmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away

Friday, December 27, 2019

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works  FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, December 28, 2019

All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade | Children’s Fairyland  $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area  FREE

Monday, December 30, 2019

All DayFairy Winterland: Crafts, Stories & Lights Parade Final Day | Children’s Fairyland  $12*
*$12 general admission. Fairyland members: You're invited to play at Fairy Winterland for free on Friday, December 13. Come back another day for just $6.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Applebee's $1 Merry Dollarita | Final Day
Tuesday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

You put in the time getting everyone else the perfect gift, but you deserve one too. Something low-stress. Something with a delicious blend of tequila, triple sec, pomegranate, and margarita mix. more...

All DayAround the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland   $18*
*Non-member Children: Balloon Drop ticket ($5) and a general admission ticket ($14). Chabot Member Children: Balloon Drop ticket only ($5).Registration is required
6:00 pmAAA “Safe Ride” Home | New Year’s Eve   FREE*
*If you need a safe ride home, call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO. Typically they will provide a tow for up to 10 miles within the Bay Area. Please note availability is subject to change without notice.
7:00 pmJapanese Bell-Ringing New Year’s Eve | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pmPacific Pinball Museum “2 Tix for $20” New Year’s Eve | Alameda   $20*
*NYE Adult tickets are 2 for $20 all day
8:00 pmRetro Junkie 80’s Prom NYE Bash & Complimentary Champagne Toast | Walnut Creek   $15*
*15 Early Bird Admission
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.
9:00 pmNew Wave’s Eve: NYE Dance Party at Stork Club | Oakland   $8
9:00 pmFree NYE Bash: Vintage Tunes & Drink Specials | Oakland   FREE
10:00 pmThe Function: NYE Dance Party w/ Missy Elliot, Rhianna + B.I.G. | Oakland   $10*
*Use promo code FUNCHEAP for $5 off tickets. Tickets range from $10 to $35 (reg. $15 to $40)
10:30 pmNYE Comedy Mega Show at Grand Lake Theater | Oakland   $35*
*10:30 pm Show / 9:45 pm Doors

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | January 2020
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Details vary for each museum and cultural institution
| All Over the Bay Area

Whether the economy is strong or sour, most of the museums in San Francisco and the Bay Area throw their doors open once a month to allow free admission to all more...

All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   FREE
All DayOakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019   FREE*
*Free parking at off-street garages and lots but stated time limits will still be enforced. Please note that street meters are still enforced.
3:00 pmFinal Day: 14th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights at the Cemetery | Oakland   FREE
5:30 pm“Rainbow Family Night”: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. There is also a suggested donation of $10 per adult however no one is turned away for lack of funds.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, January 2 – 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 3, 2020

10:00 amFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland  $5*
*$5 cover
All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.