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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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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Berkeley BART Plaza Opening Celebration & Family Day
Saturday, October 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley BART

The new BART Plaza will be having its grand opening celebration at 4 pm on Thursday, October 18. Kick off the weekend with a celebration and ongoing programming in at the more...

All DayPaddleSplash Festival: Free Paddleboard Demos | Alameda  FREE*
*Free to join and demo a paddleboard. Other activities require paid tickets
All Day2018 Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Saturday | East Bay  FREE
All Day2018 Cowboy Hootenanny Folk Festival | East Bay   FREE*
*Free admission, but parking is $5 (cash only)
All Day4th Annual Walnut Creek Oktoberfest | Civic Park   FREE
All DayOktoberfest: Beer Garden, Micro Brews & Live Music | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Free admission, bring money for food and drinks.
6:00 pmWin Tix: 7th Annual “Autumn Lights” Festival | Lake Merritt   WIN*
*$20 Adv / $25 Door. Youth (ages 6-17) - $7 Adv /$10 Door. Free for children below 5.
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $10*
*Admission is free when you donate $20 to Cat Town, The SPCA, or Fix Our Ferals. Don't forget to show a proof of your donation.
7:00 pmEpic Star Wars vs. Beatles Symphony with Awesöme Orchestra | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Event is free, but all donations go to support Awesome Orchestra
7:00 pmWin Tix: “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” Live w/ Orchestra | UC Berkeley   WIN
7:00 pmHi-Fructose Magazine’s “The Art of The Mushroom” Opening Reception | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sports Basement's 2018 Yoga Fest | Walnut Creek
Sunday, October 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are accepted.
| Sports Basement (Walnut Creek)

Sports Basement is thrilled to partner with local yoga studios & instructors to bring you the 2018 Yoga Fest. There will be 4 yoga/pilates classes. After each class, there will be a more...

All DayPaddleSplash Festival: Free Paddleboard Demos | Alameda  FREE*
*Free to join and demo a paddleboard. Other activities require paid tickets
All DayConcord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay  FREE
All Day2018 Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Sunday | East Bay  FREE
All Day2018 East Bay Mini Maker Faire | Oakland   $19*
*Tickets are for advanced purchase and will increase on the day of the event.
10:00 amMusic Carnival: Instrument Petting Zoo & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE
All Day3rd Annual Free Bay Area Kids’ Book Fair | East Bay   FREE
11:00 amBerkeley BART Plaza Opening Celebration: Free Yoga + Live Music | Final Day   FREE
11:00 amHead West Marketplace: Local Artisans & Live Music | Emeryville   FREE
11:00 amDancing Saved My Life: Free Outdoor Zumba | Bay Street Emeryville   FREE*
*$20 suggested donation
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pm24th Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration | Oakland Museum of California   $19.95*
*Free for OMCA members. $19.95 adult admission / $10.95 students & seniors / $6.95 youth
1:00 pm2018 Halloween Psychic Fair | Berkeley   FREE*
*Admission is free but psychic readings are $20 for 15 mins.
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
5:30 pmOtsukimi 2018: Harvest Moon Telescope Viewing Party & Japanese Music | Oakland   FREE*
*Free party and moon viewing; pre-reserved dinner is $15 ($10 for members of OFSCA)


Monday, October 22, 2018

$1 Bowling All Day Monday | Concord
Monday, October 22 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1 | Diablo Valley Bowl

Come and join Diablo Alley Bowl every Monday for their $1 All-day Games.  $1 Games All Day Monday Every Monday | 10 am Diablo Valley Bowl, 1500 Monument Blvd, building G, Concord

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dirty Old Women Read Erotica | Oakland
Tuesday, October 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon

Treat yourself to original erotica written by self-identified older women of all flavors. Kristen Caven dances with sexuality and comedy, writing circles around squares and drawing lines with dangerous curves. Her tender, more...

7:00 pmSlamdunk Homerun: Free Stand Up Comedy & Cookies | Oakland  FREE

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Distinguished Free Astronomy Lecture | UC Berkeley
Wednesday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sibley Auditorium

Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to learn from observations of exploding stars that cosmic expansion is speeding up. This is an attribution to a mysterious “dark energy” that pervades the more...

10:00 amOakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown  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
6:15 pmVajra Guru Mantra: Full Moon Chant | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Oakland Ballet Company's "Luna Mexicana" Dia de los Muertos Special | Oakland
Thursday, October 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with an excerpt from Oakland Ballet Company’s Luna Mexicana. This 15-minute performance is filled with the exuberant dancing, joyful music, colorful costumes, and the celebration of more...


Friday, October 26, 2018

"Spooktacular" Halloween Twilight Hike | Fremont
Friday, October 26 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Advanced registration is required
| Coyote Hills Regional Park

Spend a SPOOKtacular evening hiking the hills looking for hobgoblins, witches and ghosts during sunset. Find out the ancient origins and modern traditions of Halloween. Don your costume to seek out wandering souls more...

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. From 5pm to 10pm, there's half-priced gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pmAlameda South Shore Center Halloween Festival | 2018  FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:00 pmHappy Hour Movie Night | Richmond   FREE*
*Please bring drinks and snacks to share.
6:30 pmAnnual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany   FREE
7:00 pm“Frightmare” Free Home Haunted House | Livermore   FREE*
*Accepted canned food donations.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Radical French Pop Star: Christine and the Queens | Fox Theater   WIN
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Beer & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $5-$10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

RSVPs Open for November: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays
Saturday, October 27 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks

To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forest, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are offering more than 16,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more than 40 more...

10:00 amLast of 2018: Free Oakland Summer Walking Tour | 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
10:00 am2018 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Concord   FREE
11:00 amDogFest Walk ‘n Roll: Costume Contest & Games | Oakland   FREE
All Day2018 Halloween ComicFest | Free Comic Book Day   FREE
11:00 amBay Street Halloween Boo Bash: Dog Costume Parade, Haunted Carriages & Magic Shows | Emeryville   FREE
12:00 pm13th Annual Pumpkin Festival | Mountain View   FREE
12:00 pm2018 Pumpkin Jubilee Festival: Carving Demo, Carriage Rides & Live Music | Danville   FREE
1:00 pm2018 Downtown Halloween Hay Day | Livermore   FREE*
*Free admission. To participate in downtown trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat children will need to purchase a downtown Halloween treat bag for $5.
1:00 pm2018 Special Halloween & Day of the Dead Art Making | Richmond   FREE
3:00 pmAlameda South Shore Center Halloween Festival | 2018   FREE
3:00 pmFree Halloween Family Carnival | Union City   FREE
7:00 pmOakland Halloween Bar Crawl: Drink Deals, Games, & Costume Contest | Beer Revolution   FREE*
*Free until Oct 25. RSVP Required on Eventbrite. Exclusive for FunCheap Readers: Get two discount drink tickets and a free costume photo from the photographer.
7:00 pmGlow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show & Night Market | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested. Donations are appreciated.
9:00 pm2018 Freaky Halloween ’80s Party: Costume Contest, Horror Flicks & Live DJ | East Bay   FREE
9:00 pm2018 Slasher Summer Camp Halloween Party | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, October 28, 2018

32nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition | Final Day
Sunday, October 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | 5700 Horton St

The 32nd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition celebrtaes its month-long celebration of the arts on the gala opening day of the exhibition. There will be a gala public reception with the artists in more...

10:00 am2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular | Martinez  FREE
11:00 amDancing Saved My Life: Free Outdoor Zumba | Bay Street Emeryville  FREE*
*$20 suggested donation
2:00 pmARF’s Annual Children Howl-O-Ween Party: Witchy Crafts & Ghoulish Games | Walnut Creek   FREE
3:00 pmAlameda South Shore Center Halloween Festival | 2018   FREE
4:00 pm2018 Chevere Halloween Party: Afro-Latino Music + Live DJ | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Arrive early for guaranteed entry.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Costume Swap | Hayward
Monday, October 29 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*1st hour free with costume; 2nd hour free with or without costume.
| Hayward Public Library (Main Library)

Do you have a lot of Halloween costumes lying around the house because you don’t want to reuse them? Don’t fret, Hayward Public Library has a solution. Bring your clean, gently-used costumes more...

6:00 pmDriveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay   FREE
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, October 30, 2018

2018 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi Band, Craft & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 30 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Farmers' Market

Honor passed loved ones and ancestors at the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring a number of hands-on activities for the whole family on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. It’s transition time at more...

6:00 pmOakland’s Epic Halloween Yard Haunt & DIY Puppet Show | East Bay   FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Applebee's $1 Zombie Cocktail Month | Final Day
Wednesday, October 31 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

There’s a zombie outbreak – just in time for Halloween. The Dollar Zombie is their new Neighborhood Drink of the Month and it’s invading Applebee’s nationwide. It’s a mixture of rum, 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@oaklandnet.com
2:00 pmHalloween Fest: Free Scary Hairstyling, Trick or Treating & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE
4:00 pmPirates of the Caribbean Ship Tours: Final Day in the Bay | Antioch   FREE*
*Dockside tours are technically free, but a donation of $5 is appreciated. Sailing tickets start at $39
5:00 pm2018 Halloween at the Hub: Trick-or-Treating | Fremont   FREE
6:00 pmDriveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay   FREE
7:00 pmHalloween Night: Glow-in-the-Dark Black Light Art Show | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pm2018 Hulaween Party: Live DJ Music, Horror Flicks & Costume Bash | Alameda   FREE
9:00 pmHeart & Dagger’s 8th Annual Halloween Bash: Spooky Playlist, Drinks & Horror Movies | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pay-Your-Age Birthday Bear | Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear is treating birthday boys and girls to a special treat. Bring in your little ones to a Build-A-Bear Workshop anytime during their birthday month for a special Count Your Candles ceremony more...

11:00 amFree First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay   FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
7:00 pmFree Rooftop Stargazing Party: Telescopes & Astronomy | UC Berkeley   FREE

Friday, November 2, 2018

"Oakland First Fridays" Block Party
Friday, November 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO 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. From 5pm to 10pm, there's half-priced gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pm2018 Día de los Muertos: Community Altars & Ceramic Sugar Skull Painting | Berkeley   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
7:30 pmWin Tix: Oakland Ballet Company’s “Luna Mexicana” | Paramount Theater   WIN
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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