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 19, 2019

Free Swimming Fridays: East Bay's Lagoons, Beaches & Pools | Summer 2019

Celebrate the East Bay Regional Park District’s 85th Anniversary. The Park District has planned a number of special events and programs including free swimming at all of their regional parks. Park entry more...

All DayContra Costa County Library’s Annual Book Giveaway | Pleasant Hill   FREE
12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Gypsy Jazz | Oakland   FREE
All DayWin: Fandango Movie Ticket Giveaway to “The Lion King” | Bay Area   WIN*
*You'll get an exclusive Fandango movie ticket with a secret code to be used online for any screening of The Lion King up to $15 total value. Pass expires October 31, 2019. Pass can only be used with Fandango. If cost of movie tickets with convenience fee is more than $15, then you must pay the difference.
5:00 pmParties in the Park at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmOakland Unite Summer Nights at Willie Wilkins Park | East Bay   FREE
6:00 pmBlues & Brews Festival Friday Pre-Party | Pleasant Hill   FREE
All Day$10 Unlimited Pinball Party & DJs at Pacific Pinball Museum | Alameda   $10
6:30 pmFree Dive-In Movie Night in the Pool: “Lilo & Stitch” | Emeryville   FREE*
*Regular pool admission fee waved on dive-in movie night. Reservation is required.
7:00 pm2019 Summer Concert in the Park: Michael Beck Band | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pmBicycle Art Salon | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com or phone at 510-230-8270.
7:00 pmTiny Garage Concert Night | Emeryville   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
7:30 pmLive On The Square: Swing | Jack London Square   FREE
7:30 pmFree Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins Returns | Walnut Creek   FREE
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome
8:45 pm2019 Kick Off: Movie Under the Stars: “The Pink Panther” | Alamo   FREE
9:00 pm25th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $10*
*$10 at Universe with a Tweet. $12 festival pass; $15 admission per show at the door and $45 for all four shows.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Contra Costa County Library’s Annual Book Giveaway | Final Day
Saturday, July 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pleasant Hill Public Library

Come to Contra Costa County’s Annual Book Giveaway from Tuesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 20, 9 am – 4:30 pm while supplies last. Tens of thousands of paperback and hardcover fiction, more...

All DayMoon Landing 50th Anniversary at Chabot Space Center | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with Admission
10:00 am2019 Niles Dog Show: Family Dogs & Family Fun | East Bay   FREE*
*There is a charge for registering dogs in competition. See website.
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 Day2019 Family Theatre Festival: Magic & Live Theater | East Bay   FREE*
*Free activities and performances outside; performances inside are $5 each.
10:00 amLaborFest 2019: WPA Berkeley Walk | East Bay   FREE
All DayUSS Hornet’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing | Alameda   $20*
*Receive $5 off one ticket when you bring a donation for the Oakland animal shelter Feral Change. Limit of 1 donation per family. Otherwise, General Admission is $25 for Adults , $15 for Youth .
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
All Day40th Street Summer Block Party | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmPlaying in the Plaza at the Bay Street “Dana Salzman” | Emeryville   FREE
1:00 pm2019 Free Lake Merritt Boat Rental Day | Oakland   FREE*
*No experience necessary for most rentals except for sailboats. Rentals are for 1/2 hour.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pm10th Annual Blues & Brews Festival | Pleasant Hill   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food & drinks, or buy tasting tickets in advance.
3:00 pmFree Outdoor Movie & Classic Car Show | San Lorenzo   FREE
5:00 pmSummer Beats Free Concert: Pure Ecstasy | Alameda   FREE
6:00 pmApollo 11 After Party: Cocktails, Dance & Live Music | Oakland   $14*
*21+ event.
6:00 pmMusic in the Park | Danville   FREE
6:00 pmFree Outdoor Movie Night: Smallfoot | San Lorenzo   FREE*
*Event begins at 6 pm. Movie begins after dark between 8-8:15 pm.
7:00 pmWin Tix: SOLD OUT: Electronic Dance Trio “Rüfüs Du Sol” | Greek Theatre   WIN
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $10
7:56 pm50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing | 7:56 pm   FREE*
*Free to look up in the sky and wonder how the f*ck we pulled it off
9:00 pmFinal Night: 25th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival | Oakland   $10*
*$10 at Universe with a Tweet. $12 festival pass; $15 admission per show at the door and $45 for all four shows.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

$3 Sunday Funday Bowling Specials | Concord
Sunday, July 21 – All Day | Cost: $3*
*$3 Games, $3 Soda and $3 Beer for members / $5 per game for non-members
| Diablo Valley Bowl

Have a good time and share memories with your friends and families. Come and join Diablo Valley Bowl every Sunday for their $3 Games, $3 Soda and $3 Beer for Members. more...

9:00 amConcord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay  FREE
All DayMeet & Greet w/ Apollo 11 USS Hornet Crew | Alameda  $20*
*General Admission for Adults is $20, Youth is $10. Many of these events are included in the Museum’s General Admission unless indicated below.
All DayFenton’s $1.25 Ice Cream Sundae Day | Oakland   $1.25*
*Classic Black & Tan Jr. Sundaes for $1.25 all day (one per customer visit). Celebration is from 11am to 2pm.
All Day2019 Hot Summer Sundays: Hot Rod & Classic Car Show | Danville   FREE
11:00 amUC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
All DaySummer 2019 “Urban Air Market” 100+ Local, Sustainable Vendors | Oakland   FREE*
*Free Admission, register on Eventbrite and check-in at the info booth for a free tote bag while supplies last.
11:00 am2019 Sugar Town Festival & Street Fair | Crockett   FREE
12:00 pmBoundary Oak’s 50th: Free Ice Cream Social Party | Walnut Creek   FREE
1:00 pmFree Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmFree Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmConcert at the Lake: Oakland Municipal Band | Lake Merritt   FREE
1:00 pmBandaloop’s Free “Test Flight” Aerial Dance Workshop | Oakland   FREE*
*Registration is Required
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session “Mary Lou’s Apartment” | Oakland   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
6:00 pm25th Brainwash Silver Anniversary Party | Oakland   $10*
*$10 at Universe with a Tweet. $12 festival pass; $15 admission per show at the door and $45 for all four shows.
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Folk Rock Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill   FREE

Monday, July 22, 2019

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, July 22 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)

Join in for a conversation with scientists from Cal. Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of more...

All DayMoon Landing 50th Anniversary: Hornet Space Movies Festival | Alameda  $20*
*This event is included with regular Admission, all films will be screened in Hangar Bay 3. Hornet Museum Members are always free.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

USS Hornet: Free Admission Day For Teachers | Alameda
Tuesday, July 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free for Bay Area teachers with RSVP. Bring a school ID and receive complimentary admission for 2.
| USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

Calling all Bay Area Teachers – On July 23rd at 10 am, be a guest and learn all about the exciting education programs available at the USS Hornet. To celebrate the more...

10:00 am$1 Movie Festival: Lego Movie & Captain Underpants | Dublin  $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl   $2*
*$2 Per Game, $2 Soda and $2 Beer for members / $4 per game for non-members
5:00 pmFoster Fest Yappy Hour w/ Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs | San Leandro   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market: Tuesday Night Blues in the Square | Concord   FREE
6:30 pmSummertime Outdoor Blues Concert | Orinda   FREE
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

10:00 amFree Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples  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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: “The 415s” | Oakland  FREE
6:30 pmQueer Movie Night & Free Popcorn | Oakland  $5*
*$5 tickets available at the door, includes free popcorn. Candy and drinks available behind bar.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Oakland's Free Outdoor Movie Night: "Bohemian Rhapsody" | Jack London Square
Thursday, July 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer with free outdoor screenings of Hollywood blockbuster favorites every other Thursday evening on the Jack London Square Ferry Lawn. The movie will begin at sundown. more...

5:00 pmSummer “Truth Thursdays”: Arts & Culture | San Leandro  FREE
5:30 pmSummer Sounds Outside: Cajun/Zydeco | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:30 pmMoraga Summer Concert: Hits from the 40’s to Present | East Bay   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: Michael Jackson Tribute | Concord   FREE
8:30 pmSummer Movie in the Park: “Incredibles 2” | Orinda   FREE
8:30 pmFree Movies in the Park: “Bumblebee” | Pleasanton   FREE

Friday, July 26, 2019

NorCal Night Market: 200+ Food & Shopping Stalls | July 26-28
Friday, July 26 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Tickets are sold at the door. Children 3 and under are free. Parking is $10. Both admission and parking are cash only.
| Alameda County Fairgrounds (Pleasanton Ave.)

NorCal Night Market, back for its second year, aims to bring the electric spirit of night markets and taste of international cuisines to Northern California. Suitable for all ages, the festival more...

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Variety | Oakland  FREE
5:00 pmParties in the Park at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmOakland Unite Summer Nights at Willie Wilkins Park | East Bay   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 “Mary Poppins” | Danville   FREE
6:30 pmBeach Boys Tribute Concert in the Park | Alamo   FREE
6:30 pmStarlight Movie Night: “Zootopia” | Alameda   FREE
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
7:00 pm2019 Summer Concert in the Park: The Apes | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pmAlbany Special Trivia Night | East Bay   FREE
7:00 pmPicnic Flix: “Coco” | Dublin   FREE
7:30 pmLive On The Square: Hip Hop | Jack London Square   FREE
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks
7:30 pmFree Family Movie Night: Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse | Walnut Creek   FREE
8:00 pmSummer Symphony: Bernstein | UC Berkeley   FREE

Saturday, July 27, 2019

2019 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships | July 27-28

You are invited to become part of the Berkeley Kite Festival where the earth, wind, and sky combine to create an unequaled festival experience. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at more...

All Day2019 Park Street Art & Wine Faire: Saturday | Alameda   FREE
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 Day“Billion-Year Walk” Journey Through Evolution | Oakland   FREE
10:00 am“Java & Jazz”: Coffee, Pasties & Concord Jazz History | Concord   $5*
*$5 per session; $12 for all 3 sessions. Attendees will receive a free logo coffee tumbler with each ticket. Proceeds benefit the Concord Historical Society.
11:00 am2019 Kidsfest “A Land Before Time” Art Party | Oakland   FREE