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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Monday, February 17, 2020

Black Solidarity Week: Opening Ritual and Processional | Oakland
Monday, February 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Lake Merritt

Black Solidarity Week kicks off on Monday, February 17th with a ceremony rooted in African traditions of honoring and being in solidarity with our ancestors who came before us and paved more...


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, February 18 – 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 Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
6:00 pmForum on Bay Area Climate Action: 2020 and Beyond | SF   FREE*
*Registration Required
7:00 pmComedy Oscar: Free Stand-Up Comedy & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE
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, February 19, 2020

All Out Comedy Class: Try Improv For Free | Oakland
Wednesday, February 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| All Out Comedy Theater

Are you interested in improv but want a chance to dip your toe in the water before jumping all the way in? Take a class on us. This is a great more...

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
7:00 pm“The Good Place” Trivia Night | Emporium Oakland   FREE*
*Signups at 7 pm. Games at 8 pm. 21+
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*$21 GA, does not include access to other galleries and areas of the OMCA Campus
| Oakland Museum of California

Enjoy exclusive late-night access to OMCA’s major fall exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, along with food and drink to enjoy inside of the gallery. > Get Tickets – $21 Stay up more...

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

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during more...

7:00 pmTiny Garage Concert Night | Emeryville   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Laurel's Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dance & Free BBQ  | Oakland
Saturday, February 22 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Laurel District Association

Celebrate the Year of the Rat and join Laurel District businesses to welcome “a fruitful and prosperous year”. 2020 will be a year of progression and vitality celebrating the Rat who more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
11:00 amRun & Picnic for Hong Kong | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmPicnic, Artwork & Outreach for Hong Kong | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area   FREE
2:00 pmBernie Sanders Art Show & Phonebank | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmSafe & Brave: Sexuality in Immersive Design | Oakland   FREE*
*Some events are free, while some are ticketed.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Smart Funny & Black with Amanda Seales | Fox Theater   WIN

Sunday, February 23, 2020

2020 Black Joy Parade & Festival | Oakland
Sunday, February 23 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| 14th & Alice St.

Celebrate the black experience past, present and future. You are invited  to come be present, be creative, be open and be free. 3rd Annual Black Joy Parade & Festival Sunday, February 23, 2020 more...

3:00 pmFree San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Concerts | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
3:00 pm2020 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland   $10
3:00 pmBlack History Month at the Historical Altenheim | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations Appreciated

Monday, February 24, 2020

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

IHOP Free Pancake Day | 2020

IHOP will serve millions of free short stack of the Original Buttermilk Pancakes during its National Pancake Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite more...

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl   $2
6:00 pmOakland’s Mardi Gras & Second Line Parade | 2020   FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pmDirty Old Women Read Erotica | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as more...

7:00 pmDisney On Ice presents “Mickey’s Search Party” | Oracle Arena  $15
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

First Day to RSVP: Smithsonian's 16th Annual Free Museum Day | 2020
Thursday, February 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Museum ticket required from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2020/
| San Francisco Bay Area

Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders for the 16th Annual Free Museum Day. Museum Day more...


Friday, February 28, 2020

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during more...

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, February 29, 2020

"Art of the African Diaspora" Open Studio | Richmond
Saturday, February 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Richmond Art Center

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. This year it brings together over 150 artists of African descent, showcasing their work more...

10:00 amUPC’s Conscious Eating Conference | David Brower Center  FREE*
*FREE for students with IDs, to register email hope@upc-online.org/ $25 pre-registration for all others. $35 at the door the day of the event.
All DayApplebee’s $1 Vodka Strawberry Lemonade | Final Day   $1
1:30 pmEpic Boba Tea Crawl w/ 15+ Boba Tea Samples | Berkeley   $20*
*15+ Samples Included

Sunday, March 1, 2020

All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | March 2020
Sunday, March 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 DayUnlimited Family Bowling Pass: All Summer Long | Bay Area   FREE
11:00 am$5 First Sundays at Oakland Museum of California   $5*
*Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
2:00 pm2020 Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, March 2, 2020

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
7:00 pm2020 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10
8:00 pmFirst Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday  FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, March 4 – 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...

All DayFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries   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.
7:00 pmHalf-Assed Arts Salon: A Poem, A Dance & Photographs | Berkeley   $12*
*Sliding scale $12-20
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, March 5, 2020

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 5 – 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...

8:00 pm2020 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival: Opening Day | March 5- 7   FREE

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during more...

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
5:00 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival   FREE
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.
6:00 pmNational Day of Unplugging 2020 | No Tech Day   FREE
6:00 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
7:30 pmMoonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Dance Party | The Uptown   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
8:00 pm2020 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival | Mills College   FREE
10:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   $5*
*$5 cover

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust cardholders (credit cards and debit cards) get free admission to seven Bay Area museums, two Sacramento museums and to more 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
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area  FREE
All Day61st Annual White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE*
*There is a one-drink minimum (doesn't have to be an alcoholic drink, but bring ID, 21+ only.)
8:00 pm2020 Signal Flow Experimental Music Festival | Final Day   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland   FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, March 8, 2020

61st Annual White Elephant Sale: 96,000 Sq Ft Rummage Sale | Oakland
Sunday, March 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | White Elephant Sale Warehouse

The White Elephant Sale has been taking one person’s trash and recycling it into someone else’s treasure for more than 50 years. 61st Annual White Elephant Sale Sat-Sun, March 7-8, 2020 | 10 more...

12:30 pmDiversity Film Series: “RBG” | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Monday, March 9, 2020

"Supermoon" Night Over San Francisco | Full Worm Moon
Monday, March 9 – 5:48 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

On March 9th, the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at more...

7:00 pmIntro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday  FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, March 12, 2020

2020 "Jazz Search West" Competition | Oakland
Thursday, March 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Piedmont Piano Company

Jazz Search West 2020, the Bay Area’s Jazz talent search for adults and teens 15 and up, will offer five competitions, a Semi-Final and Grand Finale at Jazz venues in San more...