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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, February 20, 2019

Obama in Oakland: Free Town Hall Live Stream | With Steph Curry & John Legend
Wednesday, February 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch live stream from main stage. Attendance for actual event is closed
| Oakland Scottish Rite Center

Former President Barack Obama is in Oakland with buddies Steph Curry and John Legend for the first national convention & town hall for “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance” to help improve the more...

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
6:30 pmFree Malthouse Tour: 22 Admrial Malt-Brewed Beers | Alameda   FREE
6:30 pm“F*ckup Nights”: Business Failure Stories & Free Refreshments | Oakland   FREE
7:00 pmLate Night Beauty of San Francisco: “Nightscape” SF Photo Exhibit | Martinez   FREE
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, February 21, 2019

6:30 pmMeet & Greet Author Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date) | Oakland  FREE


Friday, February 22, 2019

“But I Love the Zine!” Doc Screening & Panel Discussion | Oakland
Friday, February 22 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Classic Cars West

This video reveals the resurgent San Francisco Bay Area culture of zines – artistic publications that are self-made, accessible, intentionally tactile and NOT the Internet. Meet remarkable zine authors in their 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.
6:00 pmOpening Reception: Art/Act: Local – Sea Change | Berkeley  FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
7:00 pm“I Too Sing America” A One Man Musical about History & Healing | Oakland   FREE*
*Donations are appreciated
7:30 pmComedy Night: Laughs on Tap | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & 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, February 23, 2019

"The Art of Living Black" Art Fair: Saturday | Oakland
Saturday, February 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jingletown Art Studios

The 23rd annual “The Art of Living Black” Jingletown Art Studios feature Bay Area artists of African descent and are taking place from 10 am to 6 pm on February 23-24 & March 2-3 more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
11:00 amEast Bay Resiliency Fair & Repair Cafe | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 amClark Kerr Campus: Worm Bin Build Day | UC Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmThe Art Of Living Black 2019 Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE
1:00 pm2019 “Alleycute”: A Cute Pairs Bike Race | Oakland   $5*
*Registration price is $5 per person. You need at least one companion to race, so bring a friend.
2:00 pm“Awesöme Orchestra”: Free Concert feat. Music by Black Composers | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
5:00 pmFree Family Movie Night: “The Lego Movie” | SF   FREE*
*FREE movie but bring cash for food and drinks for sale
9:00 pmWin Tix: Uptown Cabaret: Black Arts Matter Burlesque | Oakland   WIN

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Art Of Living Black 2019 Exhibit | Berkeley
Sunday, February 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Shanice Kiel Gallery

The Shanice Kiel Gallery is excited to collaborate with The Art Of Living Black (TAOLB) to celebrate its 23rd year of presenting artworks by regional artists of African descent. The artists more...

All Day“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Sunday | Oakland  FREE
12:30 pm2019 Black Joy Parade & Festival w/ Free T-Pain Concert | Oakland   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
2:00 pmChurch of Craft: Women Artists Meet-up | Richmond   FREE*
*RSVP via Eventbrite
3:00 pmSF Chamber Orchestra Concert: “A Night at the Opera” | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
3:00 pmA Fun Mixer Game: Oscars Singles Party | Hyatt Place   $10
4:00 pmAnnual Academy Awards Party & All-You-Can-Eat Appetizers | The New Parkway   $25*
*The ticket includes the red carpet show, the main event, and all-you-can-eat appetizers
5:00 pm91st Academy Awards Viewing Party w/ Bebe Sweetbriar | Oakland   FREE

Monday, February 25, 2019

"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Monday, February 25 – 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...

10:00 amFree Drop-In Tax Help | Oakland  FREE
7:00 pmNerd Nite: AIbany Bulb, Exercise Recovery & Interstellar Objects | 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, February 26, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday, February 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Oracle Arena

Celebrate what’s possible as the adventures of five daring Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream. Discover your inner hero along with Moana, Elsa and more...

7:00 pm“Controlled Chaos” Night of Interactive Dance Music | Berkeley   $10*
*Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland   FREE

Thursday, February 28, 2019

7:00 pm2019 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10

Friday, March 1, 2019

"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival
Friday, March 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.
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 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 pmNational Day of Unplugging 2019 | No Tech Day   FREE
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, March 2, 2019

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.
9:00 amFirst Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland  FREE
10:00 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area  FREE
All Day“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Saturday | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmThe Art Of Living Black 2019 Exhibit | Berkeley   FREE
1:30 pmFirst Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland   FREE
5:00 pmBlockchain ‘n Grill: Cryptocurrency Talk, Music & Comedy Showcase | Oakland   $5*
*$5 tickets in advance otherwise it's $15 general admission.
6:30 pmSpontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland   FREE
8:00 pmCraft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland   FREE

Sunday, March 3, 2019

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, March 3 – 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...

All Day“The Art of Living Black” Art Fair: Sunday | Oakland   FREE
12:00 pmThe Art Of Living Black 2019 Exhibit | Final Day   FREE
2:00 pm2019 Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival | East Bay   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Starbucks & Sprouts: Free Coffee & Pastry Samples | Oakland
Monday, March 4 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Starbucks and Sprouts (Oakland)

Starbucks and Sprouts on the 30th block of Broadway in Oakland welcome new tenants to the neighborhood! Our neighborhood is growing with new apartments opening. The Broadway Apartments are welcoming their more...

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Applebee's $1 Hurricane Month | Final Day
Tuesday, March 5 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

Can’t make your way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year? Not to worry, because Applebee’s® has you covered with its newest Neighborhood Drink of the Month, Dollar Hurricane. The new Dollar more...

12:00 pmFree Admission Day at the Bedford Gallery | East Bay   FREE
7:30 pmHometown Free Comedy Night & Happy Hour | Emeryville   FREE*
*Free with an RSVP.
8:00 pmFirst Tuesdays Free Comedy Showcase & Happy Hour | The Layover   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, March 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
8:00 pmBowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay   FREE

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, March 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...


Friday, March 8, 2019

East Bay Bike Party
Friday, March 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: 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 pm2nd Friday Art Walk | Oakland & Alameda  FREE
7:00 pm2019 “Jazz Search West” Competition | Oakland  $10
9:00 pm“Comedy Soup”: Music, Comedy, Free Wine & 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, March 9, 2019

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF  FREE
9:00 pm“FirstClass: Departure” DJ Saturday Nights | Oakland  FREE

Sunday, March 10, 2019

11:00 amDanville Sunday Market | Railroad Center  FREE*
*1 free gift if they mention Funcheap to the organizers when they are at the event.
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland  FREE

Monday, March 11, 2019

10:00 amFree Tax Assistance | Oakland Libraries  FREE
7:00 pmIntro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
8:00 pmFree Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

8:00 pmFree Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE
7:30 pmFree AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley  FREE

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, March 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by more...


Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festival Kick Off | Dublin
Friday, March 15 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dublin Civic Center

Where else but Dublin would you want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Come out for a free, memorable and authentic Irish experience. Welcoming visitors from all over the world to celebrate. The more...

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.
7:00 pm20th Annual Bay Area Seed Swap | Berkeley   FREE*
*Bring seeds and a potluck dish and get in Free; otherwise, a $5-$20 donation is suggested.
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome

Saturday, March 16, 2019

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade | Dublin
Saturday, March 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dublin Civic Center

Where else but Dublin would you want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? Come out for a free, memorable and authentic Irish experience. Welcoming visitors from all over the world to celebrate. The more...

All DayTax Aid: Free Professional Tax Help | SF   FREE
11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley   FREE
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE