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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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Friday, August 17, 2018

Lake Merritt Hosts US Rowing National Championships | Oakland
Friday, August 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| Lake Merritt

Visit Oakland The city of Oakland and USRowing are excited to host the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt this week, from August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday, racing each 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 it's Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pm2018 Greek Festival: Live Music, Performances & Dance Lessons | East Bay   FREE
7:00 pm2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Max Cruise | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pm‘Picnic Flix’ Outdoor Movie Night: “Sing” | Dublin   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.
7:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” Block Party & Free Dance Lessons | Jack London Square   FREE
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome
8:00 pmMovies Under the Stars “Moana” | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*Admission is free, but you can help support the program with a $2 donation per person.
8:00 pmChillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley   FREE

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lake Merritt's US Rowing National Championships | Oakland
Saturday, August 18 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt

Visit Oakland The city of Oakland and USRowing are excited to host the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt this week, from August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday, racing each more...

All Day2018 Peddlers Fair: Vintage, Antiques & Collectibles | Martinez   FREE
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours   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
All Day2018 Fremont’s Festival of India | August 18-19   FREE
10:00 am2018 “Bark & Meow” Free Adopt-A-Thon & Block Party | Berkeley   FREE
10:00 amOutdoor Nature Yoga & Short Hike | Fremont   FREE
10:00 am“Red Bull Conquest” Video Game Battle | Oakland   FREE
10:00 amWalnut Creek Area Community Harvest | Pleasant Hill   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
All Day2018 Umoja African Festival | Oakland   FREE
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
All Day2018 Greek Festival: Live Music, Performances & Dance Lessons | East Bay   FREE
All DayTown Fair Plaza Grand Opening | Fremont   FREE
11:00 amOakland Yard Artisan Market | 420 Flea   FREE
12:00 pmSecond Saturday: Family Festive Gathering | Jack London Square   FREE
12:00 pmJazz, Blues & Funk Fest: Food Trucks & Free Entertainment | Pittsburg   FREE
1:00 pm2018 “AugustFest” Beer Festival | 21st Amendment   FREE*
*Admission is free but food and drinks are for purchase.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour: The Artist’s Impulse | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmSummer Beats Free Concert Kick Off: Pride and Joy | Alameda   FREE
7:00 pm“Cat People” Comedy Show & Free Pizza | Oakland   $10
7:30 pmWin Tix: Iconic ’70s Megastars: Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton | Concord Pavilion   WIN
8:00 pm2018 Montclair Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Black Panther” | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmRetro Junkie 80’s Dance Party | Walnut Creek   FREE*
*$10 cover at door if you do not RSVP on the guest list. Early arrival suggested.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

US Rowing National Championships at Lake Merritt: Final Day | Oakland
Sunday, August 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
| Lake Merritt

Visit Oakland The city of Oakland and USRowing are excited to host the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships at Lake Merritt this week, from August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday, racing each more...

All DayConcord Antique & Collectibles Faire | East Bay   FREE
All Day2018 Caltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | August 19-20   FREE
All Day2018 Festival of India & Grand Parade | Fremont   FREE
All Day2018 Hot Summer Sundays: Hot Rod & Classic Car Show | Danville   FREE
11:00 amHead West Marketplace: Local Artisans & Live Music | Emeryville   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 am9th Annual Pacific Bus Museum Open House | Free Admission Day   FREE*
*Food and beverage for purchase.
11:30 am2018 Greek Festival: Live Music, Performances & Dance Lessons | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmJazz in the Park: Music, History & Jam “Junius Courtney Big Band” | Emeryville   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Country Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill   FREE

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 Caltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | UC Berkeley
Monday, August 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility

Cal Rec SportsThe largest college lifestyle event in the nation will be held on the UC Berkeley campus, Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20. Celebrating it’s 16th Anniversary, the two-day interactive more...

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Kingsbourough | Concord  FREE

Friday, August 24, 2018

Artist "August Vilella" Surreal Painting Exhibition & Reception Kick Off | Berkeley
Friday, August 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP requested
| Berkeley City Club

Paintings by artist August Vilella will be exhibited noon to 5:30 pm on two successive days Friday & Saturday, Aug 24-25 with artist in person. Artist August Vilella Friday & Saturday, August more...

12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Latin Band | Oakland  FREE
1:00 pm2018 “Brickshow”: Large Lego City Exhibit & Playroom | San Leandro   $5
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 it's Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:30 pmHarmony Project Bay Area Recital w/ SF Symphony’s Violinist | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations appreciated; RSVPs requested
6:00 pm2018 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Friday | East Bay   FREE
6:30 pmCity-wide Scavenger Hunt For The Family | Albany   FREE
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
7:00 pm2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Magic Moments | Pleasanton   FREE
7:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars” The Jackson Legacy (Glow Motion Dance) | Jack London Square   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, August 25, 2018

RSVPs Open for September: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays
Saturday, August 25 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with the promotional pass. Passes can be downloaded at FreeRedwoodsDays.org
| California Redwood State Parks

California 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 more...

9:00 amA’s “Play Ball” Sandlot-Style Baseball Festival | Oakland   FREE
10:00 amFree Oakland Walking Tours | Oakland’s Churches & Temples   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
All Day31st Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Saturday | Oakland   FREE
All Day2018 Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free festival, but bring money to buy chalk and chocolate. Chocolate tickets are $1 each, Box of Chalk is $10.
All Day8th Annual Polish Street Festival | Martinez   FREE
All Day2018 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Saturday | East Bay   FREE
All DayThe Crucible’s Open House: Ocean Cleanup Project & Demonstrations | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food & drinks.
12:00 pmArtist “August Vilella” Surreal Painting Exhibition & Reception Final Day | Berkeley   FREE*
*RSVP requested
1:00 pm2018 “Brickshow”: Large Lego City Exhibit & Playroom | San Leandro   $5
9:00 pmWin Tix: Hubba Hubba Revue’s Uptown Cabaret | The Uptown Nightclub   WIN

Sunday, August 26, 2018

31st Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Sunday | Oakland
Sunday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Chinatown

Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce‎ Come to the 31st annual Chinatown StreetFest, spanning eight blocks of Chinatown, with more than 200 booths showcasing a myriad of delicious foods and unique Asian products, to experience the traditions more...

All Day54th Annual Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market | East Bay  FREE
All Day2018 Egyptian King Tut Festival: Sunday | East Bay   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
1:00 pm2018 “Brickshow” Final Day: Large Lego City Exhibit & Playroom | San Leandro   $5
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session “Denise Perrier” | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley   FREE

Monday, August 27, 2018

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dirty Old Women Read Erotica | Oakland
Tuesday, August 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Octopus Literary Salon

Older women: Wise enough to tell the truth about sex – what they want, what they’ve done, what makes them hot. Dirty Old Women celebrates erotic writing by self-identified older women more...

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Hella Fitzgerald Speakeasy | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, August 30, 2018

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Foreverland | Concord  FREE
8:00 pmOutdoor Waterfront Flicks: “Black Panther” | Jack London Square  FREE

Friday, August 31, 2018

"Dancing Under the Stars" Black Panther "Dance the Power in You” | Jack London Square
Friday, August 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Jack London SquareFrom experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars. Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square more...

7:00 pm2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Public Eye | Pleasanton   FREE

Saturday, September 1, 2018

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.
10:00 amJack London Square Waterfront | Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours  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 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
All Day“Festac” Labor Day Weekend Art & Culture Block Party | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
5:00 pmSummer Beats Free Concert Final Day: Sun Kings | Alameda   FREE
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

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...

All Day2018 Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.