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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Saturday, August 24, 2019

32nd Annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest | 2019
Saturday, August 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Chinatown

On August 24 & 25, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 32nd Annual Chinatown StreetFest. The two-day event runs from 10 am to 5:30 pm and is more...

All Day2019 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 Day9th Annual Polish Street Festival | Martinez   FREE
11:00 am2019 Concord Taco Fest | East Bay   $15
All Day2019 Egyptian King Tut Festival | East Bay   FREE
All DayCastro Valley Greek Festival: Authentic Food, Dance & Music | 2019   FREE
All DayRotten City Block Party & Dog Contest | Emeryville   FREE
All Day2019 Jazz, Blues & Funk Fest | Pittsburg   FREE

Sunday, August 25, 2019

32nd Annual Chinatown Streetfest | Oakland
Sunday, August 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Chinatown

On August 24 & 25, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) will be presenting its 32nd Annual Chinatown StreetFest. The two-day event runs from 10 am to 5:30 pm and is more...

All Day55th Annual Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market | East Bay  FREE
All DayCaltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | 2019   FREE
All Day$3 Sunday Funday Bowling Specials | Concord   $3*
*$3 Games, $3 Soda and $3 Beer for members / $5 per game for non-members
All Day2019 Egyptian King Tut Festival | East Bay   FREE
All Day2019 Greek Festival: Music, Dance & Authentic Food | Castro Valley   FREE
1:00 pmThe 3rd Annual Summer Classic Cars, Brews & Tunes | Richmond   FREE
2:00 pm“A Lord Of A Ring In A Suitcase” Theatrical Adventure | Port Costa   FREE
3:00 pmSunday Jazz, History & Jam Session “Denise Perrier” | Oakland   FREE


Monday, August 26, 2019

2019 Caltopia: Massive Free Campus Festival | UC Berkeley
Monday, August 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility

The largest college lifestyle event in the nation will be held on the UC Berkeley campus, Sunday, August 25 and Monday, August 26. Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the two-day interactive festival will more...

5:30 pm“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley   FREE
6:30 pmWin Tix: “Don’t Let Go” Sneak Preview Movie Night in Oakland | Regal Jack London   WIN
7:00 pmNerd Nite: Algorithmic Art, Punishment & Gravity Waves | Oakland   $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
7:30 pm3-D Exhibition: Andrew J. Russell & the Western Expansion | Albany   FREE*
*Donations welcome
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl
Tuesday, August 27 – All Day | Cost: $2*
*$2 Per Game, $2 Soda and $2 Beer for members / $4 per game for non-members
| Diablo Valley Bowl

Have a good time and share memories with your friends and families. Come and join Diablo Valley Bowl every Tuesday for their $2 Games, $2 Soda and $2 Beer for Members. more...

10:00 am$1 Movie Festival: Madagascar & Shrek 2 | Dublin  $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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@oaklandca.gov
10:00 amFinal $1 Family Movie Day of 2019 | Hayward  $1*
*10 movies for $5 in advance, or $1 per movie day of show
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: “Soul Mechanix” | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, August 29, 2019

6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Cajon/Zydeco Accordion Soul Music | Concord  FREE

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 CAL Football Season Kick Off Party | Berkeley
Friday, August 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley BART

Downtown Berkeley Association is excited to co-host the 2019 CAL Football Season Kick Off party in the Downtown Plaza with Cal Athletics on August 30th 5 pm-7 pm. The evening will be more...

6:00 pmFinal Day: Live On The Square | Jack London Square   FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
7:00 pm2019 Summer Concert in the Park: The Groove Doctors | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pmPicnic Flix: “Incredibles 2” | Dublin   FREE

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Crab Cove Fish Festival: Free Fishing Lessons & Fish Bicycle Parade | Alameda
Saturday, August 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Crab Cove Visitor Center

Join for a day of free fish fun with fishing lessons, games, activities, fish prints, crafts, and a Fish-on-a-Bicycle Parade. Crab Cove Fish Festival Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 10 am to 4 more...

All Day20th Annual Rail Fair: Unlimited Train Rides & Farmyard Activities | Aug. 31-Sept. 2  $12*
*$12/adults and seniors (ages 18+); $9/children (ages 4-17); ages 3 and under are free.
10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended but not required. To make a reservation for Tour 2, please call (510) 238-3234 or e-mailaallen@oaklandca.gov.
All DayApplebee’s $1 Mai Tai | Final Day   $1
11:00 amHiero “Family Day In The Park” Free Festival | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmConcord Vibe Beer Release Pop-up Party | East Bay   $5
1:00 pmTrader Vic’s 75th “Mai Tai” Day Celebration | Emeryville   $75*
*Adult: $75 Children Under 12: $30 (Advance Ticket Sales Ended on Eventbrite)
1:00 pmPlaying in the Plaza: Jazz & Gospel Vocalist | Emeryville   FREE

Sunday, September 1, 2019

All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | August 2019
Sunday, September 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Details vary for each museum and cultural institution
| All Over the Bay Area

Whether the economy is strong or sour, most of the museums in San Francisco and the Bay Area throw their doors open once a month to allow free admission to all more...

10:00 am$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California   $5*
* Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
All Day20th Annual Rail Fair: Unlimited Train Rides & Farmyard Activities | Fremont   $12*
*$12/adults and seniors (ages 18+); $9/children (ages 4-17); ages 3 and under are free.
All Day2019 Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
All Day$3 Sunday Funday Bowling Specials | Concord   $3*
*$3 Games, $3 Soda and $3 Beer for members / $5 per game for non-members
All Day2019 Pan-African Festival in the Park | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
6:00 pmFree Summer Drive-In Movie Night | East Bay   FREE*
*Free admission, but arrive early as the drive-in fills up quickly on free nights
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Alternative/Indie Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill   FREE

Monday, September 2, 2019

Hiero Day 2019: Hip Hop Music Fest & Block Party | Oakland
Monday, September 2 – All Day | Cost: $19.93*
*$19.93 General Admission; $199.93 VIP
| 3rd Street & MLK Jr. Street

Rock out on your Labor Day holiday during the 8th Annual Hiero Day by celebrating at Hieroglyphics‘ Hip Hop Music Festival and Block Party in Oakland. Hiero Day, voted “Best Hip-Hop Festival of the East more...

All Day20th Annual Rail Fair: Unlimited Train Rides & Farmyard Activities | Labor Day  $12*
*$12/adults and seniors (ages 18+); $9/children (ages 4-17); ages 3 and under are free.
11:00 amWin Tix: 8th Annual Hiero Day Music Block Party | Oakland   WIN
11:30 am2019 “Abbots Bromliad” Largest Antler Dance & Meadow Picnic | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmWonder Women of UC Berkeley Walking Tour | East Bay   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated
2:00 pm2019 Salsa Block Party: Dancing, Live Music & DJs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but a suggested $10 donation will help pay for expenses and a portion goes to charity.
5:00 pmFree Cab & Uber/Lyft Rides on Labor Day | Bay Area   FREE*
*Free up to $20.00 - pre-registration required
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl
Tuesday, September 3 – All Day | Cost: $2*
*$2 Per Game, $2 Soda and $2 Beer for members / $4 per game for non-members
| Diablo Valley Bowl

Have a good time and share memories with your friends and families. Come and join Diablo Valley Bowl every Tuesday for their $2 Games, $2 Soda and $2 Beer for Members. more...

10:00 am$1 Movie Festival: How To Train Your Dragon & Storks | Dublin  $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, September 4 – 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...

10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | Uptown & 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@oaklandca.gov
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.
5:30 pmFirst Wednesday Street Fest: Live Music, Food Trucks & Fun | Walnut Creek   FREE
6:30 pm2019 Music in the Park Kick Off: “The KTO Project” | Albany   FREE
7:07 pmOakland A’s $1 Game vs. Los Angeles Angels | 2019   $1*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, September 5 – 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...

6:00 pmOakland’s Free Outdoor Movie Night: “Mary Poppins Returns” | Jack London Square   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concert: 7-band Tribute to Steve Sage | Concord   FREE
7:30 pmFree Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley   FREE

Friday, September 6, 2019

2019 Art Break Day | SF Bay Area
Friday, September 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Imagine a world where every person took a daily break to make art. That is the world that Art is Moving is here to create. Join a committed group of volunteers in more...

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Funk/New Orleans Blues | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival   FREE
5:30 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
6:00 pmOakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk   FREE
6:00 pmFree Outdoor Movie Night: Wreck It Ralph 2 | Hayward   FREE*
*Event begins at 6 pm. Movie begins after dark between 8-8:15 pm.
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
6:30 pmStarlight Movie Night: “Ralph Breaks the Intenet” | Alameda   FREE
7:30 pmMoonlight Comedy: Free First Friday Comedy Showcase | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmFree First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown   FREE
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or U. S. Trust cardholders (credit cards and debit cards) get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for 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
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@oaklandca.gov
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
11:30 am1st Trans March “Black Trans Lives & the Pride in the Park Ball” | Oakland   FREE
All DayThe Crucible’s Fall Open House | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food & drinks. RSVP on Facebook.