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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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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

$1 Summer Family Movie Festival:  Storks & Mr. Peabody & Sherman | Dublin
Wednesday, June 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: $1*
*Family movie are $1 on Tues-Weds at 10 am.
| Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX

Regal Theaters across the Bay Area have once again planned a fun-filled Summer Movie Express of select family movies for $1 for kids and parents from June to August. Watch select G or PG more...

10:00 amFree Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History   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
11:00 amFree Admission & $1 Rides: Foster Kids Clothing Drive Day | 2018 Alameda County Fair   FREE*
*Free admission when you donate one clothing item
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.
6:00 pm1951’s “World Refugee Day”: Art Activities & Refreshments | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP Required
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmJokelandish: Stand-up Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $1*
*$1 with code "funcheapbaby" on Eventbrite; otherwise, it's $5.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Free Admission Day for Kids & $2 Bites of the Fair | Alameda County Fair
Thursday, June 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Kids must be 12 and under.
| Alameda County Fair

The county fair offers a Kids free day & $2 sample Bites of the Fair on selected Thursdays, until 5 pm.

5:30 pm2018 Summer Street Party Kickoff: Live Music & 100+ Hot Rods | Downtown Hayward   FREE
5:30 pm2018 “Summer Sounds” Kickoff: Mariachi Mestizo | Walnut Creek   FREE
6:00 pmAdventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Concord   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
6:30 pm2018 Moraga Summer Concert Series Kick Off: Classic Rock Night | June 21-Aug. 16   FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: Lumberyard | Concord   FREE
7:00 pmStorySlam’s “Awkward” Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland   $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20. It may be standing room only inside.
8:00 pm2018 Waterfront Flicks Kickoff & A’s Night: “The Sandlot” | Jack London Square   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: Pioneers of Ska-Punk: The Specials | Fox Theater   WIN


Friday, June 22, 2018

Free Admission Day for Seniors | Alameda County Fair
Friday, June 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Seniors must be 62 and better.
| Alameda County Fair

The county fair offers a free day for our beloved seniors on selected Fridays, until 5 pm.

All DayMontclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival | Oakland  FREE
12:00 pmFree Lunchtime Concert: Zydeco Flames | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: 10 Pc Variety Dance Band | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland   $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:30 pm2018 Alamo’s Summer Concert Series Kick Off: Tom Petty Tribute | June 22-July 27   FREE
6:30 pm2018 Starlight Movie Night Season Opener: “Despicable Me 3” | Alameda   FREE
6:45 pmFree Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland   FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
7:00 pm2018 Summer Concert in the Park: The Groove Doctors | Pleasanton   FREE
7:00 pmFree Community Movie Night “Rent Sing-Along” | Berkeley   FREE*
*None. Nada. Zilch. Zero.
7:30 pm“Dancing Under the Stars”: Bollywood Night | 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, June 23, 2018

Pride Celebration: Drag Queen & King Story Hour & Book Giveaway | Oakland
Saturday, June 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dimond Park Recreation Center

Celebrate Pride weekend at the Oakland’s Drag Queen and King Story Hour, with face painting, lawn games, craft and science projects, a book giveaway and more. Pride Celebration: Drag Queen & King Story more...

10:00 amMontclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival | Oakland  FREE
10:00 amFree Oakland Summer Walking Tours | 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
10:00 am2018 Kiteboarding Competition: Big Air, Freestyle & Poker Run | East Bay   FREE
11:00 am2018 Summer Sailstice: Free Sailboat Rides, Boat Building & Live Music | Alameda   FREE
All Day1st Annual Lake Fest Oakland | Lake Merritt   FREE
3:00 pmWin Tix: Godzilla X Fest 2018 | Historic BAL Theatre   WIN*
*$10 adult, $5 kids
6:00 pm2018 “Music in the Park” Opening Concert | Danville   FREE
6:00 pmVegan Summer Solstice Potluck & Springroll Making Party | Berkeley   FREE*
* Free, but please being a vegan dish to share for the potluck
8:30 pmLa Peña 43rd Anniversary Party: “La Chamba Concert” | Berkeley   FREE
9:00 pmWin Tix: Hubba Hubba Revue’s Uptown Cabaret | The Uptown Nightclub   WIN

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Free Summer Yoga Sundays | Emeryville
Sunday, June 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville

Prepare for the upcoming week with an exhilarating Free Yoga session sponsored by Athleta at Bay Street.  Yoga will take place every Sunday morning from June through the end of August. Free Summer more...

10:00 amMontclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival | Oakland  FREE
10:00 am2018 Kiteboarding Competition: Big Air, Freestyle & Poker Run | East Bay   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
All DaySolstice Sunday: Free Local Artist Showcase | Richmond   FREE*
*Come check out local a showcasing of local artists. Free admission. Beverages and Food available for purchase.
2:30 pmSalsa Sundays: Live Band & Outdoor Dance Party | Emeryville   FREE
6:00 pmWin Tix: Short Film Festival: “I Hella Love Shorts” | Oakland   WIN*
*Includes glass of wine, popcorn and entry fee
6:00 pm“Sunset by the Lake” Steeley Dan Tribute Summer Concert | Pleasant Hill   FREE

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday, June 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Fox Theater

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Belle and Sebastian released their first two albums in 1996 at the peak of the chamber pop movement. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released 9 more...

5:30 pmPopping the ​Science ​Bubble: Conversation w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley  FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland  $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6:30 pmSummertime Outdoor Blues Concert | Orinda  FREE
8:00 pmLast Tuesdays Comedy at The Layover | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.

Wednesday, June 27, 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
11:00 amFree Admission & $1 Rides: Feed the Need Food Drive | 2018 Alameda County Fair  FREE*
*Just 4 non-perishables will get you FREE Admission
6:00 pmDrinkering & Tinkering Happy Hour | Oakland  FREE*
*Admission is free. Drinks are not.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE

Thursday, June 28, 2018

All DayFree Admission Day for Kids & $2 Bites of the Fair | Alameda County Fair  FREE*
*Kids must be 12 and under.
5:30 pmSummer Sounds Outside: The Sons of the Soul Revivers | Walnut Creek  FREE
6:30 pmMoraga Summer Concert: Beatles Tribute Band | East Bay  FREE
6:30 pmMusic & Market Summer Concerts: The Highway Poets | Concord  FREE
7:00 pmFull Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley  FREE
8:30 pmSummer Movie in the Park: “Despicable Me” | Orinda  FREE

Friday, June 29, 2018

"Dancing Under the Stars" Bachata, Salsa & Merengue | Jack London Square
Friday, June 29 – 7:30 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...

11:00 amFree Admission Day for Seniors | Alameda County Fair  FREE*
*Seniors must be 62 and better.
12:00 pmRooftop Garden Concert: Soul & Funk Band | Oakland  FREE
5:00 pmFriday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland  $7.50*
*Half-price gallery admission for adults; ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
6:00 pmFree Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | Oakland  FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
6:30 pmFree Moonlight Movies: The Little Mermaid | Danville  FREE
6:30 pmBeatles Tribute Concert in the Park: “Sun Kings” | Alamo  FREE
7:00 pm2018 Summer Concert in the Park: Crawdad Republic | Pleasanton  FREE
8:30 pmSummer Outdoor Movies Season Opening: “Sing” | San Ramon   FREE

Saturday, June 30, 2018

RSVPs Open for July: Free Redwood State Park Days | Second Saturdays
Saturday, June 30 – 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...

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
7:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park Kick Off: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | June 30 – Sept 23   FREE

Sunday, July 1, 2018

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, July 1 – 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...

10:00 amFree Summer Yoga Sundays | Emeryville   FREE
10:30 amLafayette | Buddhist Pre-4th of July Mountain Pilgrimage | 2018   FREE
11:30 amFree Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Jack London Square   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
7:00 pmFree Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Pleasanton   FREE

Monday, July 2, 2018

8:45 pmLate Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway  FREE

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WorldOne Festival Pre-Party | El Cerrito
Tuesday, July 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cerrito Vista Park

El Cerrito hosts the 20th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live world music, Hawaiian Mele, Hula plus circus performers on July 3-4, 2018. July 3, 2018 – (Mainstage) Hula Halau O’ Nalau Te Orama + Otea Api- more...

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay  FREE
5:30 pmRichmond | Waterfront Family Festival, Concert & Fireworks | 2018   FREE*
*There are fees for the interactive children's games and food.
9:05 pmFree A’s Post-Game Patriotic Themed Fireworks Show | Oakland   FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

El Cerrito | WorldOne Festival: World Music & Circus Festival | 2018
Wednesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Cerrito Vista Park

El Cerrito hosts the 20th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live world music, Hawaiian Mele, Hula plus circus performers on July 3-4, 2018. July 3, 2018 – (Mainstage) Hula Halau O’ Nalau Te Orama + Otea Api- more...

7:00 am4th of July Festival, Parade & Dynamite Run | Hercules  FREE*
*Free expo and parade. $25 to register in advance for the 5K Run/Walk.
All DayMartinez | Hometown 4th of July Parade & Pancake Breakfast | 2018  FREE
8:00 amMoraga | Dog Parade, Magic Show & July 4th Fireworks | 2018  FREE
8:00 amAlameda | Mayor’s 4th of July Parade | 2018  FREE
All DayConcord | 4th of July Parade & Fireworks | 2018  FREE*
*Parade is free but if you're going to join the Fun Run, Entry fee is $37.00 Online by June 4th or from June 5th until July 3rd for a fee of 42.00, please see the website for more details.
9:00 amDanville | 4th of July Parade | 2018  FREE
All DayFree First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden  FREE
9:00 amBrentwood | Classic 4th of July Parade & Celebration | 2018  FREE
All DayPleasant Hill | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2018  FREE
All DayFremont | Watermelon Seed Spitting & Tug Of War 4th of July | 2018   $8*
*$8/adults* (18+ years), $6/seniors* (62+ year), $5/children* (4-17 years)
10:00 amClayton | Independence Day Parade | 2018   FREE