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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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Monday, December 17, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland  FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Marsh Holiday Party: Entertainment & Free Desserts | Berkeley
Wednesday, December 19 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The event is free but we will gladly accept your end of year donations.
| The Marsh (Berkeley)

Join at The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret for the annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 19. There will be plenty of time to just hang out with Marshians and enjoy a night more...

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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

7:00 pmStorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland  $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Solstice Sun Hike | Tilden Park
Friday, December 21 – 6:15 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park

Rise with the sun, on this early morning hike. Meet at the Nature Center and hike to the peak in hopes of greeting the solstice sun. BYOC. Bring your own Coffee! And more...

5:00 pmFriday Food Truck Throwdown: Luchador Wrestling + Food Trucks | Fremont   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.
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, December 22, 2018

SF's $60 Luxury "Tahoe Ski & Snowboard Bus" | Sports Basement

Spend a breathtaking day skiing and snowboarding at the world famous Squaw Valley Resort or Alpine Meadows, without the hassle of planning, driving or purchasing all that gear and gas. As part more...

All DayOakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018   FREE*
*Free parking at off-street garages and lots but stated time limits will still be enforced. Please note that street meters are still enforced.
All Day2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmWin Tix: Oakland Ballet Company: Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” | Paramount Theater   WIN*
*Discounts available for seniors (62+) and children.
4:00 pmChristmas Carols Sing-along & Reception | SF   FREE*
*Free Admission. Donations Requested.
6:15 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Sunday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handicrafts by some of Northern California’s finest more...

10:00 amWinter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo  $6*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; $6 /vehicle park entrance fee ($5 for seniors; exact change required)
All DayFinal Day: 2018 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2018 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
4:00 pmFinal Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland   $8*
*$8/person for the 6 pm tour

Monday, December 24, 2018

Applebee's $1 Jolly Rancher Vodka Month | December 2018
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

Enjoyeth a crisp, refreshing Jolly Rancher Vodka Drink. Loyal followers of the kingdom of Applebee’s, the new December Neighborhood Drink of the Month is the $1 Jolly Rancher. The Dollar Jolly will be more...

All Day2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day   FREE
All DayChristmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley   FREE
5:30 pm“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley   FREE
6:00 pm2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   FREE

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Tuesday, December 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away
| Badarikashrama

Enjoy a Christmas concert and a complimentary vegetarian international dinner on Christmas Day at Badarikashrama in San Leandro at 3 pm on December 25, 2018. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call for reservations at 510-278-2444; space is more...

6:00 pm2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pmDouble Standard Comedy: Free Standup & Cookies | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
9:00 pmFree Pool Tuesdays | Lafayette   FREE

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

$5 Classic Movie Night: "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" | Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 28 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $8 | Paramount Theatre

Experience the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Era in one of America’s finest Art Deco movie palaces. With over 3,000 seats and a meticulously-restored interior, the Paramount offers a true “Movie Palace” experience straight more...

6:00 pmHappy Hour Movie Night | Richmond   FREE*
*Please bring drinks and snacks to share.
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & 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, December 29, 2018

Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2018

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland more...


Monday, December 31, 2018

Applebee's $1 Jolly Rancher Vodka Month | Final Day
Monday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

Enjoyeth a crisp, refreshing Jolly Rancher Vodka Drink. Loyal followers of the kingdom of Applebee’s, the new December Neighborhood Drink of the Month is the $1 Jolly Rancher. The Dollar Jolly will be more...

11:00 amAround the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland   $23*
*Members: $5 per child / Guests: $5 per child + General Admission fees to the museum. Registration is required
6:00 pm2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton   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
7:00 pmJapanese Bell-Ringing New Year’s Eve | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome.
8:00 pmFree NYE Show with Lil Elephant | Berkeley   $10
8:00 pm2018 Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash | Berkeley   $25
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
9:00 pm“Critical Hit” NYE Comedy Special: Free Champagne Toast | Oakland   $10
10:30 pmNYE Comedy Mega Show at Grand Lake Theater | Oakland   $35*
*10:30 pm Show / 9:45 pm Doors
11:00 pmTaoist Midnight Meditation w/ Tea & Cookies | Oakland   FREE

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Final Day: 12th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights at the Cemetery | Oakland
Tuesday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

Enjoy a month-long holiday light exhibition featuring scenes from Santa’s workshop and other holiday-inspired themes starting December 1st until New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. 12th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights December 1, more...

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
8:00 pmFirst Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pm“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland   $5
9:00 pmFree Pool Tuesdays | Lafayette   FREE

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, January 2 – 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, January 3, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, January 3 – 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...


Friday, January 4, 2019

"Oakland First Fridays" Block Party
Friday, January 4 – 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.
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, January 5, 2019

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first full weekend each 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
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, January 6, 2019

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 6 – 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...

1:00 pmFree Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, January 7, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, January 10 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by more...


Friday, January 11, 2019

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, January 11 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (East Bay)

The East Bay Bike Party is a monthly mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and bike types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets on the more...

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
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, January 12, 2019

11:00 amSecond Saturday: Family Festive Gathering | Jack London Square  FREE
9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland  FREE

Sunday, January 13, 2019

11:00 amDanville Sunday Market | Railroad Center  FREE*
*1 free gift if they mention Funcheap to the organizers when they are at the event.
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Monday, January 14, 2019

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, January 15, 2019

8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland  FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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.
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville  FREE*
*Free with an RSVP.
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland  $1*
*$1 with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

7:00 pmStorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland  $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20

Friday, January 18, 2019

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.
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley  FREE*
*Donations welcome