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 19, 2019

CANCELED: 2019 Himalayan Fair | Berkeley

The Himalayan Fair warmly invites you to Berkeley’s Live Oak Park on May 18th & 19th, 2019 for the 36th annual Himalayan Fair. Please note the 2019 Himalayan Festival has been canceled more...

9:00 amConcord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay  FREE
All Day2019 Oakland Greek Festival: Final Day | Sunday   FREE*
*Free Admission on Sunday from 5 pm to closing. Otherwise, Adults $5 adv ($6 at the door); Children 12 & under are free.
11:00 amUC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 am39th Annual “Celebration of Old Roses” | Albany   FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for purchase.
All DayFiesta Day Sunday at the Contra Costa County Fair | Final Day   $8*
*Adults, $10 at the Fair, $8 presale, Seniors 62 & Over, $7 at the Fair, $5 presale, Youth 6 – 12, $7 at the Fair, $5 presale, Kids 5 and under FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmBerkeley Bluegrass Festival: Free Workshops & Jams | Freight & Salvage   FREE*
*Free workshops, panels, and jams during the day. Tickets available for evening concerts.
1:00 pmBookstore & Chocolate Crawl Free Casual Stroll | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free with RSVP (Sales Ended)
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
4:30 pmBlack Diaspora Free Short Films, Food & Forum | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmGame of Thrones Finale Special: Watch Party, Trivia & Drink Specials | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but must have Eventbrite RSVP for drink specials.

Monday, May 20, 2019

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


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Oakland's Free "AMP" Street Music Festival | May-October
Tuesday, May 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland's Public Plazas

Oakland Central debuts a brand new free outdoor music festival for 2019, AMP (Arts, Music, Performance) Oakland, a curated street performance series, throughout Downtown Oakland from May until October. Over 300 local more...

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, May 22, 2019

2019 Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours Kick Off | African-American History

Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others more...

6:30 pmQueer Movie Night Series “The Death & Life of Martha P Johnson” | Oakland   $5*
*Tickets available online or at the door. Tickets include movie and popcorn and all proceeds go toward Oakland Pride 2019
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Oakland's Free Carnival: Free Games, Popcorn & Churros | 2019

Come one, come all to this free carnival event for kids and adults on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 19th and Broadway. Enjoy crafts, carnival games, popcorn, cotton candy, churros, fun house mirrors more...

7:00 pmFree Monthly Outdoor Movie Night: The Never Ending Story | Oakland   FREE*
*FREE with RSVP or $6 at the door

Friday, May 24, 2019

7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works  FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & Popcorn | Oakland  FREE*
*Free with an RSVP. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

2019 Burger & Brew Fest | Fremont
Saturday, May 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*This event is free and open to the public.
| Downtown Fremont

Celebrating the vibrant craft brew scene in Northern California, the Fifth Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest returns to Downtown Fremont on Saturday, May 26, 2019 from 11 am to 5:00 more...

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
All DayDowntown Concord Bay Area KidFest | May 25 – 27  $6*
*Admission is $6 per person with the donation of a can of food to the Food Bank. Or $7 without a can donation. Babies under 24 months and Seniors 65+ are FREE.
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Concord   FREE
2:00 pmAuthor Book Talk & Signing: Ghosts of Gold Mountain | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City
Sunday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Kennedy Park (Union City)

Join the Bay Area Burmese Community for the annual Burmese New Year Water Festival at Kennedy Park in Union City from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, May 26, 2019. There will be more...

All DayDowntown Concord Bay Area KidFest | 2019   $6*
*Admission is $6 per person with the donation of a can of food to the Food Bank. Or $7 without a can donation. Babies under 24 months and Seniors 65+ are FREE.
All Day2019 San Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival | May 26-27   FREE
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Foreigner & Journey Tribute Band Summer Concert Kick Off | Pleasant Hill   FREE

Monday, May 27, 2019

San Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival | 2019
Monday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Ramon Central Park

The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival blows into town on Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend in San Ramon Central Park. Kites are one of the main attractions of the event. more...

10:00 am2019 Memorial Day Commemoration & Tour | Oakland  FREE
All DayDowntown Concord Bay Area KidFest | 2019  $6*
*Admission is $6 per person with the donation of a can of food to the Food Bank. Or $7 without a can donation. Babies under 24 months and Seniors 65+ are FREE.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Town Business" Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday
Tuesday, May 28 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.
| Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen

SF may get most of the press, but Oakland has its own rich comedy scene, so “Town Business” is your weekly Tuesday showcase of some of the town’s best comics from around the Bay in a more...

7:00 pm#HikingMyFeelings: Healing Your Mind & Body on Trail | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, RSVP for tickets
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Oakland A's $1 Game vs. Los Angeles Angels | 2019
Wednesday, May 29 – 12:37 pm | Cost: $1*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum

Make an impact in the community during every Wednesday A’s home game with Community Impact Wednesdays in section 322. Pick your price and all tickets proceeds benefit the Oakland A’s charitable arm, more...

10:00 am2019 Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours Kick Off | Chinatown  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandca.gov

Thursday, May 30, 2019

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts 2019 Kick Off “Jazz & Marching Bands” | Concord  FREE

Friday, May 31, 2019

Applebee's $1 Dollarita | Final Day
Friday, May 31 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

The iconic $1 Neighborhood Drink of the Month that started it all is back and nope, that’s not the tequila talking, it’s still only one dollar. Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar more...

6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019 Free Rowing Lesson Day on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Saturday, June 1 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Boathouse

Come to Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland and learn about rowing – an invigorating, intense, fun, and bonding sport which hosts a National Learn To Row Day every year in June. 2019 more...

9:00 amNational Trails Day 2019: Volunteer Outdoors | Bay Area   FREE*
*Free, but registration is required for each event.
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
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   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 Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland   FREE*
*Tours are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are recommended but not required.
All DayCobra Car Show Day | Martinez   FREE*
*Free for spectators. A sliding scale of $20 Donation will have an opportunity to ride in the "Final Cruise Lap".
All Day38th Annual Art & Wine Festival | Walnut Creek   FREE
12:00 pmOakland Carnival 2019: Global Music, Dance Pavillion & African Market | Mosswood Park   FREE
All Day2019 Berkeley World Music Festival & Crafts Bazaar | People’s Park   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmBlockchain ‘n Grill: Cryptocurrency Talk, Music & Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $5*
*$5 tickets in advance otherwise it's $15 general admission.
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, June 2, 2019

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, June 2 – 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...

All Day20th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival | Fremont   FREE
All Day38th Annual Art & Wine Festival | Walnut Creek   FREE
All DayBerkeley World Music Festival & Bazaar | Downtown Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
3:00 pmRockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Kick-Off Tour | June 2-Oct. 27   $20*
*$15 for children 12 and younger, $20 for adults
10:00 pm“Play Like a Girl” Sports Interactive Expo | Albany   FREE

Monday, June 3, 2019

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"Town Business" Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday
Tuesday, June 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.
| Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen

SF may get most of the press, but Oakland has its own rich comedy scene, so “Town Business” is your weekly Tuesday showcase of some of the town’s best comics from around the Bay in a more...

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville  FREE*
*Free with an RSVP.
8:00 pmFirst Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, June 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open more...

10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours   FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandca.gov
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.
5:30 pmFirst Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, June 6 – 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...

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: West Coast Swing | Concord   FREE
8:00 pmFree Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley   FREE

Friday, June 7, 2019

"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival
Friday, June 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 from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th 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 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
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.
7:00 pmPleasanton’s 2019 “Concert in the Park” Season Kick Off | June 7-Aug. 30   FREE
7:30 pmMoonlight Comedy: Free First Friday Comedy Showcase | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, June 8, 2019

53rd Annual Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest | Alameda
Saturday, June 8 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free; registration to participate is from 9-11 am.
| Robert Crown Memorial State Beach Park

Come with your family and friends to this free event to either participate in or just stroll down the beach and watch all the budding sand artists hard at work. Start your more...

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown, 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@oaklandca.gov
11:00 amSecond Saturday: Family Festive Gathering | Jack London Square   FREE
All DayEast Bay Open Studios 2019 | Opening Day   FREE
9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, June 9, 2019

East Bay Open Studios 2019 | June 9
Sunday, June 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over East Bay

Visit artists’ studios, glimpse the creative process, and purchase work directly from local artists on its new format, now over three weekends in June during East Bay Open Studios. The event is more...

11:00 amDanville Sunday Market | Railroad Center   FREE*
*1 free gift if they mention Funcheap to the organizers when they are at the event.
3:00 pmRockridge Father’s Day Ice Cream & Gelato Tour | Oakland   $20*
*$15 for children 12 and younger, $20 for adults
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Rolling Stones Tribute Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill   FREE