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, April 3, 2020

CANCELED: Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape Show | April 3-5
Friday, April 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Concord Pavilion

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled.

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
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
10:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   $5*
*$5 cover

Saturday, April 4, 2020

POSTPONED: 2020 Cambodian Khmer New Year Festival | Oakland
Saturday, April 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted and an RSVP is requested.
| Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been postponed. Join the Oakland’s 9th Annual Khmer Cambodian New Year Celebration. The Khmer community, friends, and allies of Oakland gather to celebrate the 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
All DayFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries   FREE
All DayCANCELED: Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape Show | Concord   FREE*
*Free tickets via Eventbrite
All DayCANCELED: Smithsonian’s 16th Annual Free Museum Day | 2020   FREE*
*Free, but you must signup and download your free ticket
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
All DayCANCELED: Bank 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 am2020 Ching Ming Festival: Chinese Day of Ancestor Worship | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmTreasure Hunt For Golden Eggs & $25 Gift Prize Card | Alamo   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 pmCANCELED: Craft 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, April 5, 2020

CANCELED: Contra Costa Spring Home & Landscape Show | Final Day
Sunday, April 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Concord Pavilion

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled.

8:30 am2020 NorCal Powerlifting Competition | East Bay  $10*
*$10 for spectators; 10 and under free
11:00 amCANCELED: Oakland Museum of California’s $5 First Sundays | OMCA   $5*
*Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
1:00 pmEggster’s 26th Annual Egg Hunt & Learning Festival | UC Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, April 6, 2020

7:00 pmJazz Search West 2020: Semi-Finals | Berkeley  $20
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"Intro to Urban Biking" Free Online Class
Tuesday, April 7 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Everywhere

Riding a bike remains a great way to get around for essential travel and to get fresh air and exercise (all while remaining socially distant, of course). Join us for our Intro more...

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
12:00 pmCANCELED: Free Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
6:00 pmThe Biggest “Supermoon” of 2020 | Pink Moon   FREE
8:00 pmFirst Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

CANCELED: Roving Pinball Tournament | Alameda
Wednesday, April 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 entry plus coin drop for machines. Entry fee returned in prize money for winners.
| Pacific Pinball Museum

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been canceled.

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

Friday, April 10, 2020

6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda   FREE
7:30 pmEast Bay Bike Party   FREE
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Smoakland Sesh: Oakland's First Cannabis Marketplace | Oakland
Saturday, April 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Smoakland

Come join for this historical event on Oakland’s First ever Legal Cannabis Sesh. Come be part of Oakland history. Smoakland is hosting the first ever legal sesh in Oakland, which is a more...

10:00 am2020 Spring Carnival & Community Expo | Emeryville  FREE
5:00 pmPOSTPONED: 2020 Insane Chase Game “Journey to The End Of The Night” | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but advanced registration is required.
9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Smoakland Sesh: Oakland's First Cannabis Marketplace | Oakland
Sunday, April 12 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Smoakland

Come join for this historical event on Oakland’s First ever Legal Cannabis Sesh. Come be part of Oakland history. Smoakland is hosting the first ever legal sesh in Oakland, which is a more...


Monday, April 13, 2020

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, April 14, 2020

POSTPONED: 2020 Ben & Jerry's Free Ice Cream Cone Day
Tuesday, April 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ben & Jerry's (Participating Locations)

2020 Update – We have made the difficult decision to postpone Free Cone Day this year. We hope to reschedule our global Free Cone Day event for later in the year. Mmmm… more...

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
All DayCANCELED: “Splash 2020”: Holi Celebration of Colors | Dublin  $10*
*Food is available for purchase.
8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tax Day Freebies & Deals | 2020
Wednesday, April 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

UPDATE: As of 3/17 at 7 pm it “appears” this event is still taking place, but there have been no recent updates by the promoter, so we can’t 100% confirm it. more...

All DayFinal Drop-In Tax Help Day | Oakland   FREE
12:37 pmOakland A’s $1 Game vs. Boston Red Sox | 2020   $1*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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

Friday, April 17, 2020

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

Saturday, April 18, 2020

CANCELED: Cal Day 2020: Free Concerts, Museums, Hands-On Exhibits & Lectures | UC Berkeley
Saturday, April 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley - Sproul Plaza

UPDATE: Due to coronavirus concerns, this event has been cancelled for 2020. On Cal Day, the entire UC Berkeley campus once again throws open its doors to the public and presents a full day more...

9:00 amOakland Earth Day 2020 | Volunteering Day   FREE
10:00 am2020 Earth Day Cleanup | Oakland   FREE
All DayCANCELED: John Muir Birthday & Earth Day 2020 Celebration | East Bay   FREE*
*Admission and parking are free.
All DayFree National Parks Day for “National Park Week” | 2020   FREE*
*The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. Although the entrance fee is waved, paid parking/shuttle reservations required for Muir Woods even on free days.
All Day50th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration | Berkeley   FREE*
*General Admission: FREE, Kids Zone: FREE
11:00 am2020 Earth Day Festival | Danville   FREE
All DayCANCELED: 2020 Berkeley Bay Festival & Free Boat Ride Day | East Bay   FREE
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pmCal Sailing Club Open House & Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley   FREE*
*This event is first come first served. Event can get very crowded.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $10
8:00 pmCraft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland   FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, April 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Gill Tract Community Farm

Join the Farm for the monthly (3rd Sunday) gathering to work together growing organic vegetables and herbs. Harvest for the weekly Sunday farm stand, prepare beds, plant seedlings, weed, mulch and more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
All DayPOSTPONED: Orinda Olive & Wildlife Festival | 2020   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, April 20, 2020

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, April 21 – 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
8:00 pmTokens: Stand-Up Comedy for Everyone | Oakland   FREE*
*$5 suggested donation, not required
10:00 pmLyrid Meteor Shower | 2020   FREE

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Friday, April 24, 2020

CANCELED: 2020 Bay Area Dance Week Kick-Off | April 24 - May 3
Friday, April 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| All Over the Bay Area

UPDATE: Due to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been cancelled for 2020. You may still check the website to see if  there are any artists and organizations will offer a virtual more...

5:00 pmCANCELLED: Friday 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 8 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.
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, April 25, 2020

24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland
Saturday, April 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Omni Commons

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is more...

9:00 amEarth Day 2020: Richmond Greenway Cleanup & Snacks | East Bay  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
All DayPOSTPONED: Grand Opening Celebration Visitor Center | Concord   FREE
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area   FREE

Monday, April 27, 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, April 28, 2020

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
8:00 pmJazz Search West 2020: Grand Finale | Oakland  $20
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Friday, May 1, 2020

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 pm“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF   FREE