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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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Free Humphry Slocombe Scoops: Ginger-Lemon Sorbet | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
| Humphry Slocombe (Berkeley)

Join us on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 to 6 PM at our Berkeley shop to get hang out and get a free scoop of our exclusive collab flavor with The Rare more...

8:00 pmWin Tix: Indie Rock Multi-instrumentalist: Andrew Bird | Fox Theater   WIN
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Underground: Stand-Up Comedy at Oakstop | Oakland

From the Basement of Oakstop, in the heart of downtown, comes The Underground every Thursday from October. See some of the best comics from the Bay Area and beyond in an more...

6:30 pm“F*ckUp Nights” Epic Business Failure Stories | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pm‘Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came to America’ | OMCA  FREE*
*Free, reservations required 510-434-3988.
7:30 pmNightmares 2019: Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv | Oct. 24-26   $10*
*General $10 / Students $5
7:30 pmMartin-themed Trivia & Chill | Oakland   FREE

Friday, October 25, 2019

Bay Area Science Festival 2019 | Oct. 25 - Nov. 2
Friday, October 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the Bay Area Science Festival returns to San Francisco for two weeks of science and technology lectures, games, art exhibits, workshops, hands-on activities and more more...

10:00 amAlhambra Cemetery Halloween Tour | Martinez   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
3:00 pmBay Area Science Festival: Community Creek Zoo Adventure | Oakland   FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
4:30 pmCivic Park’s First Ever Halloween Trunk or Treat | Walnut Creek   FREE
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Halloween Festive Dance Party & Live Music | Oakland   FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
5:00 pmThe 2019 Affordable Art Show | Danville   FREE*
*Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
5:00 pmHalloween Hootenanny at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza   FREE
5:00 pmFeathered Outlaw’s Magickal Market | Alameda   FREE
5:00 pm28th Annual Berkeley Video & Film Festival | East Bay   $10
5:30 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*RSVP Required
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmAnnual Halloween Carnival: Games & Cookie Decorating | Albany   FREE
6:30 pmAlbany Annual Halloween Carnival | 2019   FREE
7:00 pmWin Tix: “Fear Overload” Scream Park Haunted House | East Bay   10% Off*
*Exclusive ticket discount: Use code FUNCHEAP10 for 10% off tickets. General Admission: $25.99 on Sun-Fri, $30.99 on Sat & Oct 31. Fast Pass: $35.99 on Sun-Fri, $40.99 on Sat & Oct 31.
7:00 pm“Frightmare” Free Home Haunted House | Oct. 25-31   FREE*
*Accepted canned food donations.
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks
8:00 pmEast Bay Huge Halloween Party 2019 | San Ramon   $20*
*$20 early bird tickets, otherwise $30 at the door.
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

2019 DogFest Bay Area: Halloween Doggy Festival | Oakland
Saturday, October 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Join for DogFest Bay Area and Boo on Saturday, October 26th at 11 am. Bark, Brews + Bites, a family- and dog-friendly festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. The Halloween-themed, dog-centric more...

10:00 amLast of 2019: 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
All Day2019 Halloween ComicFest | Free Comic Book Day   FREE
All Day2019 East Bay Science Discovery Day | Hayward   FREE
11:00 amHalloween Boo Bash: Costume Parade & Pumpkin Carving Contest | Emeryville   FREE
All Day14th Annual Pumpkin Festival w/ Free Pumpkins | Mountain View   FREE
12:00 pm2019 Pumpkin Jubilee Festival: Carving Demo, Carriage Rides & Live Music | Danville   FREE
All Day1st Annual Alameda Harvest Celebration | 2019   FREE
2:00 pm2019 Trunk or Treat Halloween Fest: Pumpkin Painting, Hay Rides & Games | Oakland   FREE
5:30 pm“Spooktacular” Halloween Twilight Hike | Fremont   FREE*
*No registration required.
7:00 pm“Frightmare” Free Home Haunted House | Livermore   FREE*
*Accepted canned food donations.
7:00 pmVegan Halloween Party & Costume Contest | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pmHalloween Historical Bar Crawl: Drink Deals, Games, & Costume Contest | Oakland   FREE*
*FREE Tickets (Sold Out), then $5 after (Donations are accepted, it comes w/ a Halloween gift)
7:30 pmNightmares 2019: Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv | Final Day   $10*
*General $10 / Students $5
9:00 pmFree Tix: Thrash-Metal Legends “Mordid” + Halloween Ball | Ivy Room   FREE*
*RSVP Required on RushTix. Comp tickets are limited

Sunday, October 27, 2019

1st Annual Alameda Harvest Celebration | Final Day
Sunday, October 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Almanac Barrel House, Brewery & Taproom

Join us on October 26 and 27 from noon to 9 pm for the inaugural Alameda Harvest Celebration hosted by Almanac Beer Co and Admiral Maltings! We’ll be celebrating the bounty more...

2:00 pmARF’s Howl-O-Ween Party: Cute Pets, Witchy Crafts & Ghoulish Games | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pm“The Most Famous Symphony Ever Written” Free Main Stage Concert | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
3:00 pmRockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour | Final Day   $20*
*$15 for children 12 and younger, $20 for adults

Monday, October 28, 2019

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, October 28 – 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...

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 29, 2019

2019 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi, Costumes & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 29 – 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 October 29, 2019, from 2:30-6:30 pm. Bring your more...

5:00 pmBay Area Science Festival: Coding Club w/ CoderDojo & Raspberry Pi | Oakland   FREE*
*Some events may require an RSVP or have other restrictions.
7:00 pmDriveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | Oct. 29-31   FREE
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, October 30, 2019

Oakland's Epic Halloween Yard Haunt & DIY Puppet Show | East Bay
Wednesday, October 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Haunted Yard

Driveway Follies offers a rare opportunity to see the nearly lost art of marionette puppetry in an intimate setting. Driveway Follies is recognized for providing professionally staged family-friendly Halloween marionette performances 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
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Free Krispy Kreme Day on Halloween | 2019

These scary delicious doughnuts are here to satisfy your need for tricks and treats. You’ll catch them in participating shops through Halloween, sneaking around and creating mischief. This collection of monsters is more...

2:00 pmHalloween Fest: Pet Parade, Free Scary Hairstyling & Trick or Treating | Berkeley   FREE
All DayApplebee’s $1 Vampire Cocktails | Final Day   $1
7:00 pmDriveway Follies: Oakland’s Epic Halloween DIY Puppet Show | East Bay   FREE
7:00 pmThe Underground: Stand-Up Comedy at Oakstop | Oakland   $10*
*The show is $10 online or $15 Cash, Venmo or Square at the door. Complimentary pizza & wine will be served. Feel free to also BYOB or bring dinner. Show is 21+.
7:00 pm“Frightmare” Free Home Haunted House | Final Night   FREE*
*Accepted canned food donations.
7:30 pm2019 Hulaween Party: Spooky Theremin, Horror Flicks & Costume Bash | Alameda   FREE
9:00 pm2019 Undead Diner Halloween Party | Oakland   FREE

Friday, November 1, 2019

"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival
Friday, November 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month from 5-9p. for five huge blocks on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th 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, November 2, 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 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area   FREE
All Day24th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Fest: Altars, Dance & Traditional Artisans | Oakland   FREE
11:00 am2019 Day of the Dead Celebration: Folkloric Dancing & Live DJ | Hayward   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.)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, November 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: $5*
* Suggested donation of $5 for GA/ additional $5 fee for access to special exhibitions
| 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...

3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, November 4, 2019

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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, November 6, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, November 6 – 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
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, November 7 – 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...

7:00 pmFree Rooftop Stargazing Party “Astro Night” | UC Berkeley   FREE

Friday, November 8, 2019

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, November 8 – 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...

5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Burning Man Block Party | Oakland  FREE*
*Most outdoor activities and entertainment is free and open to the public from 5-9pm. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pm2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
7:00 pmBig Mood Comedy: Free Stand-Up Comedy Show | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, November 9, 2019

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