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, January 17, 2020

2020 Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week | Jan 17-26
Friday, January 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Concord

Concord is excited to present the 3rd Annual Comfort Food Week, January 17-26, 2020. With 30+ participating restaurants, this event brings the unbridled joy of eating to the city. Comfort Food Week more...

8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & Popcorn | Oakland   FREE*
*Door opens at 8:30 pm. Free with an RSVP to soupcomedyrsvp@gmail.com, Suggested donation of $10 per person at the end of the night.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Women's March Oakland | 2020
Saturday, January 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Women’s March Oakland 2020 has a single goal: getting all of us counted in 2020. At this nonpartisan, peaceful event on the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, they will more...

10:00 amWomen’s March & Rally Contra Costa 2020 | Walnut Creek   FREE
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
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, January 19, 2020

"Balsa Man" Tiny Art 1/16th Version of Burning Man | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, January 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Workshop and art event is free and open to the public. Optional admission to OMCA is $21
| Oakland Museum of California

Join us for an afternoon of building tiny art in conjunction with special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The Balsa Man Organization will set up space in Oak more...

11:00 amUC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany   FREE
11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra “World of Woodwinds” Family Concert | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
12:00 pmFree San Francisco “Bellavente Woodwind Quintet” Family Concerts | Oakland   FREE
12:30 pmDiversity Film Series: “The Long Shadow” | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmDaniel Levitin Presents “Successful Aging” | Orinda   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, January 20, 2020

2020 MLK Day of Service & Celebration | East Bay
Monday, January 20 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. If you have your own pair of gloves please bring them.
| Unity Park Community Plaza

2020 MLK Day Richmond is a day of service, community, gardening and celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 MLK Jr. Day of Service & Celebration Monday, January more...

All DayFree Entrance Days in the National Parks | MLK Jr. Day 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 DayMLK Service Day Event: Volunteer & Project | Oakland   FREE
All Day14th Annual MLK Jr. Day | Oakland   FREE
All Day2020 Oakland Restaurant Week: Final Day | East Bay   $10*
*Prix fixe meal at $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70 and $80 per person. Menus and prices varies by restaurant.
12:00 pm2020 MLK Jr. Day Celebration: Jazz, Spoken Word & Choir Performances | East Bay   FREE*
*Door opens at 11:30 am. Free with RSVP.
All Day6th Annual Reclaim MLK Day: The People’s March | SF   FREE
4:00 pmKrispy Kreme’s “Free Mini Doughnut Days” | Every Monday   FREE*
*Free every Monday in January 2020 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
4:30 pmDr. Martin Luther King Jr. 91st Birthday Celebration | Hayward   FREE
8:00 pmWin Tix: British Rock Quintet: Elbow | Fox Theater   WIN
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Berkeley Restaurant Week 2020 | January 21-31

The 8th Annual Berkeley Restaurant Week is right around the corner. Starting Tuesday, January 21 and running through Friday, January 31, 2020, restaurants across Berkeley will offer special-value prix fixe menus 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
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, January 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, January 24, 2020

Dunkin’s Free Oatmilk Latte | Every Friday in January
Friday, January 24 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dunkin Donuts (Bay Area)

Calling all oatmilk lovers: Dunkin’ is bringing a whole new way to add a little creamy to your day. This spring Dunkin’s new Oatmilk Latte is comin’ in hot (or iced!) to restaurants 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. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
7:30 pmFree Opening Night: “Downtown Oakland Comedy Night” | Every Friday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP (otherwise it's $10 at door) - Donations greatly appreciated.
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Oakland A's FanFest 2020 | Jack London Square
Saturday, January 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is requested but not required.
| Jack London Square

The Oakland A’s will host their annual FanFest on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Jack London Square. A’s FanFest 2020 Saturday, January 25, 2020 Jack London Square, Broadway, Oakland FREE for all fans; an RSVP is more...

All Day“Art of the African Diaspora” Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk | Richmond   FREE
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area   FREE
2:00 pm“Art of the African Diaspora” Winter Exhibitions Reception | Richmond   FREE

Sunday, January 26, 2020

2020 Alameda Restaurant Week | Final Day

Alameda packs dozens of family-owned restaurants into six square miles of land. Alameda Restaurant Week is returning to the island January 16-26 with more than 35 participating restaurants. New this year, more...

All DayConcord Comfort Food Restaurant Week | Final Day   FREE
1:00 pmBookstore & Chocolate Crawl | Oakland   FREE*
*Everyone is welcome. Optional last stop is 21+.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Krispy Kreme's Final "Free Mini Doughnut Monday" of 2020 | Bay Area
Monday, January 27 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free every Monday in January 2020 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
| San Francisco Bay Area

Did you know a small cheat is proven to help keep your New Year’s resolutions on track? Krispy Kreme’s New Minis are the tastiest solution for your resolution. Four of your favorites more...

7:00 pmNerd Nite East Bay: Digital Immortality & New Synthetic Biology | Oakland   $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door. Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
8:00 pmJohn Hanrahan Quartet Plays Wayne Shorter’s JuJu | Oakland   $19
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, January 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...

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
7:00 pmComedy Oscar: Free Stand-Up Comedy & Popcorn | Oakland   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, January 29, 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, January 31, 2020

Final Day: Dunkin’s Free Oatmilk Latte | Bay Area
Friday, January 31 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Dunkin Donuts (Bay Area)

Calling all oatmilk lovers: Dunkin’ is bringing a whole new way to add a little creamy to your day. This spring Dunkin’s new Oatmilk Latte is comin’ in hot (or iced!) to restaurants more...

All DayApplebee’s $1 Vodka Rum Frostbite | Final Day   $1
All DayBerkeley Restaurant Week 2020 | Final Day   $25*
*Special-value prix fixe menus for $25, $30 or $40 per person for dinner (tax and gratuity are generally not included).
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. Ages 18 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 pmDowntown Oakland Comedy Night | Every Friday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP (otherwise it's $10 at door) - Donations greatly appreciated.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | February 2020
Saturday, February 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...

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 DayBank 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.
12:00 pm2020 Lunar New Year Celebration: Martial Arts & Lion Dance Show | Berkeley   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland   FREE
2:00 pmImmersive Audiovisual Presentation on Popular Music Genres | Alameda   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 pmCraft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland   FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, February 2 – 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...

All DayBank of America’s “Free Museum Day” | SF & Bay Area   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.
All Day2020 Lunar New Year Festival | Oakland   FREE
11:00 amAwesöme Orchestra: Groundhog Day | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
5:00 pmFinal Day: LumiNight Lantern Festival | Pleasanton   $18*
*Early bird tickets is $18 from 10/17 until 11/10. Afterwards, tickets go back to regular admission at $26.

Monday, February 3, 2020

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

All Day$2 Tuesday Bowling Specials | Diablo Valley Bowl  $2
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.
8:00 pm“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday  FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, February 5 – 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: No Cover Comedy & Karaoke Night | Oakland   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, February 6 – 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...


Friday, February 7, 2020

SF Beer Week 2020 | February 7-16
Friday, February 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

SF Beer Week is a ten day celebration that showcases the Bay Area’s brewing heritage and contemporary craft beer scene. Have a pint, or a few at over 600 events in San more...

All DayFirst Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
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. Ages 18 and under are free. Admission for members is always free.
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
7:30 pmMoonlight Comedy: No Cover Comedy & Dance Party | The Uptown   FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated
7:30 pmDowntown Oakland Comedy Night | Every Friday   FREE*
*Free with RSVP (otherwise it's $10 at door) - Donations greatly appreciated.
8:00 pmOakland Critical Mass | First Friday   FREE
10:00 pmFirst Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland   $5*
*$5 cover

Saturday, February 8, 2020

9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland  FREE

Sunday, February 9, 2020

8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE