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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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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2019 Persian New Year & Fire Jumping Festival | Berkeley
Tuesday, March 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Persian Center

Jump over a bonfire for “Chaharshanbeh Souri: Festival of Fire” to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the brightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian more...

7:30 pm2019 Albany FilmFest: Humanity on the Big Screen | East Bay   $12*
*$12 per movie or you can buy a week long valid Festival pass for $80
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, March 20, 2019

Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone Day | 79th Anniversary

Dairy Queen is celebrating their 79th anniversary on the first day of spring by hooking up everyone with a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top. There’s not more...

1:30 pmKQED Community Conversation: Higher Education & Attainability | Oakland   FREE
5:30 pmFood First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley   FREE
5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
7:13 pmThe Final “Supermoon” of 2019: First Day of Spring | March 20-21   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $1*
*$1 with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Brand New Monthly Outdoor Movie Night: "Sorry to Bother You" | Oakland
Thursday, March 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE with your rsvp or $6 at the door
| Forage Kitchen

Join in for a brand new outdoor movie night, happening every third Thursday at Forage Kitchen in Oakland. For the first night, they’re screening a short film, Town Spirit, all about the more...

7:00 pmDiversity Film Series: “The Pushouts” | Piedmont  FREE
7:30 pm2019 Albany FilmFest: Music of the Streets Films | East Bay   $12*
*$12 per movie or you can buy a week long valid Festival pass for $80

Friday, March 22, 2019

14th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition: Opening Day | Oakland
Friday, March 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

The 14th Annual Tulip Exhibition will showcase spectacular floral arrangements that feature tulips, created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes at the Mountain View Cemetery. Visit anytime more...

5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Persian New Year & Night Market | Oakland   FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
7:00 pm2019 Albany FilmFest: Noirs & Noir Films | East Bay   FREE*
*Free with $5 suggested donation at the door.
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, March 23, 2019

14th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition & Demonstration | Oakland
Saturday, March 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

The 14th Annual Tulip Exhibition will showcase spectacular floral arrangements that feature tulips, created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes at the Mountain View Cemetery. Visit anytime more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
10:00 amWin Tix: CarrierCon 2019 | USS Hornet Museum   WIN*
*$25 GA - $15 Youth / $35 VIP - $25 VIP Youth
10:00 amEarth Action Initiative: Free Art, Food & Drink | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Free. Welcome to donate at the door.
All DayNational Puppy Day | March 23rd   FREE
All Day2019 FOG Holi Color Festival: Massive Color Fight | Fremont   $6*
*$6 Online Special until 3/22; $7 at the door
All Day2019 Holi Festival: The Biggest Color Party in The Bay Area | Fremont   $5*
*$5 Until February 28 (Sold Out), $6 March 1-22, $7 At the gate.
11:00 amPlay Ball: Tribute to American Sports | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amBay Street Free Art & Diversity Wall | Emeryville   FREE
11:00 am2019 Tata Yuva Holi Color Festival: Free Lunch & Colors | Fremont   FREE
11:30 amFree Family Day: Kinetic Art Installation & Sound Sculptures | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pm2019 Barrel Tasting Weekend: Wines & Beers | Livermore   $45*
*One ticket gets you two days of tasting in the Valley at over 30 wineries, and a commemorative tasting glass. Ticket will increase to $55 day of at the wineries.
12:00 pmSpring 2019 Free Plant Exchange | Oakland   FREE
2:30 pm“Sustainable” Free Movie Night + Food Competition | Berkeley   FREE*
*Everything is free from the movie screening to the food and the free blood pressure screenings
3:00 pmWin Tix: “Holi” Daytime Festival of Colors 2019 | Oakland   WIN
3:00 pmBerkeley, America’s First Sanctuary City: Panel & Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcomed
5:00 pmMad Max 2: Free Movie Screening & Video Game Play | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmWin Tix: Kev Choice with Awesöme Orchestra | Oakland   WIN*
*Suggested donation of $30–$40 to reserve a seat
9:00 pmWin Tix: Hubba Hubba Revue “Uptown Cabaret” | Oakland   WIN

Sunday, March 24, 2019

2019 Albany FilmFest: All Day Sunday Short (Really Short) Films | East Bay

Cozy, quirky and creative, Albany FilmFest, is back welcoming experienced and amateur filmmakers of all ages and across the country. Albany FilmFest is a national juried festival of short films (and really short more...

All Day14th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition: Final Day | Oakland   FREE
11:00 am“Splash 2019”: Holi Celebration of Colors | Dublin   $10*
*Food is available for purchase.
11:00 am1st Bike Ride & Day Party | Oakland   FREE*
*Free community ride; $15 after party sliding scale at the door that also gets you a burrito, drink, and raffle ticket.
12:00 pm2019 Barrel Tasting Weekend: Wines & Beers | Livermore   $45*
*One ticket gets you two days of tasting in the Valley at over 30 wineries, and a commemorative tasting glass. Ticket will increase to $55 day of at the wineries.
12:30 pmDiversity Film Series: “The Pushouts” | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmFree Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep   FREE
3:00 pm2019 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Berkeley   $10
6:00 pm2019 Spring Equinox Drum Circle | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are appreciated.

Monday, March 25, 2019

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, March 25 – 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...

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, March 26, 2019

"Town Business" Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday
Tuesday, March 26 – 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...

8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Friday, March 29, 2019

5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland  FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

ACLU's 100th Anniversary Tour & Civil Rights Festival | Oakland
Saturday, March 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

As the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) gets ready to turn 100, join them on the road including a two-day stop at Jack London Square in Oakland. Engage with the biggest fights more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF   FREE
10:00 am2019 Ching Ming Festival: Chinese Day of Ancestor Worship | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amBay Street Free Art & Diversity Wall | Emeryville   FREE
All Day2019 The Science of Art Spring Open House | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pm2019 The Crucible’s Spring Open House: Glass Blowing & Live Fire Demo | Oakland   FREE*
*This event is free and open to the general public. All are welcome.
8:30 pmEarth Hour 2019: The City Turns Off Its Lights for One Hour | SF   FREE

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Free Lyft Rides for Women's History Month: Final Day | SF, Oakland & San Jose

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Lyft is offering free* rides to places that honor women’s contribution to our nation’s history, and select women-owned businesses through the end of March. Get $10 off* more...

All DayACLU’s 100th Anniversary Tour & Civil Rights Festival | Oakland   FREE
All DayApplebee’s $2 Absolut Rainbow Punch Month | March 2019   $2
8:00 pmWin Tix: “The Joe Budden Podcast” Live | Fox Theater   WIN*
*Tickets start at $45

Monday, April 1, 2019

7:00 pm2019 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
7:00 pmDouble Standard Comedy: Free Standup & Cookies | Oakland  FREE*
*Free to enter, $5 for reserved seating
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.
8:00 pmThe Act Out: Free Comedy Show | SF  FREE*
*Free with RSVP

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, April 3 – 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...

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”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, April 4 – 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...

7:30 pmFree Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley   FREE

Friday, April 5, 2019

Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape Show | April 5-7
Friday, April 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Concord Pavilion

Improving your home is easy, when you visit the 34th Annual Contra Costa Spring Home Show, April 5th, 6th & 7th at the Concord Pavilion. Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape  Show -Friday, 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 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland   FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival   FREE
5:00 pm2019 Holi Festival: The Bay’s Massive Free Color Fight | East Bay   FREE
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 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 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape Show | Concord
Saturday, April 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free tickets via Eventbrite
| Concord Pavilion

Improving your home is easy, when you visit the 34th Annual Contra Costa Spring Home Show, April 5th, 6th & 7th at the Concord Pavilion. Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape  Show -Friday, 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 amFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries  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 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmNoodles on Noodles Festival | Fremont   $1*
*Pre-sale $1 - $10, $10 at the gate, Free for kids 10 under
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