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, November 15, 2019

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during more...

5:00 pmKristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink Grand Opening | San Ramon   FREE*
*$12 Regular admission prices begin at 6 pm.
7:00 pmTiny Garage Concert Night | Emeryville   FREE*
*$5 Suggested Donation
8:00 pmFandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley   FREE*
*Donations welcome
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, November 16, 2019

"Eat McMufffin on BART Protest" | Pleasant Hill
Saturday, November 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | BART - Pleasant Hill

We’ve all seen the video of the man getting harassed and detained for eating a McMuffin at the Pleasant Hill BART Station. Bring along McMuffins and participate in this protest scheduled on more...

11:00 am“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley  FREE
12:00 pmSnowFest 2019: Gear Raffles, Vendors & Beer | Walnut Creek  FREE*
*Free but RSVP is required.
2:00 pm3rd Saturday Guided Gallery District Tour | Oakland   FREE
6:00 pmFree Concert at Up The Creek: Save The Whale | Walnut Creek   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, November 17, 2019

UC Gill Tract Community Farming Party | Albany
Sunday, November 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | UC Gill Tract Community Farm

Join the Farm for the monthly (3rd Sunday) gathering to work together growing organic vegetables and herbs. Harvest for the weekly Sunday farm stand, prepare beds, plant seedlings, weed, mulch and more...

11:00 amSunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley   FREE
12:00 pmThe Art Of Burning Man: Playa Pop-Up | Oakland   FREE
1:00 pmThe Final “Cal Sailing Club Open House” of 2019: Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley   FREE
3:30 pmRumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
8:00 pmWin Tix: Iconic Riot Grrrl Trio: Sleater-Kinney | Fox Theater   WIN

Monday, November 18, 2019

Leonids Meteor Shower | 2019
Monday, November 18 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

November’s wonderful Leonid meteor shower happens every year around November 17 or 18, as the world crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. In 2019, the peak of the shower is more...

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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, November 20, 2019

5:30 pmEast Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland  FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Free Monthly Outdoor Movie Night | Oakland
Thursday, November 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE with RSVP or $6 at the door
| Forage Kitchen

Hang out under the stars, watch a movie, have a drink, and eat some snacks. You can’t ask for much more on a weeknight. Third Thursdays Outdoor Movie Nights Every 3rd Thursday | more...

7:00 pmOakland Art Library Open House | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, with an RSVP

Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Friday, November 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

It’s time to light up Jack London Square for the Holidays. Jack London Square will celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday. 2019 Jack London 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.
5:00 pm2019 Holidays on 4th Street Opening: Twinkling Lights & Free Hot Drinks | Berkeley   FREE
5:00 pm2019 Bishop Ranch 50 Ft. Tree Lighting Celebration & Hot Cocoa | East Bay   FREE
5:30 pm3rd San Francisco Premium Outlets Holiday Tree Lighting | SF   FREE
7:00 pm2019 “Big Game” Bonfire Rally | UC Berkeley   FREE*
*Gates open at 6 pm.
7:30 pmLaughs on Tap Free Comedy Night | Ocean View Brew Works   FREE*
*Free but bring cash for food & drinks

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2019 Bay Area Record Fair | Oakland
Saturday, November 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Entry is first-come, first-served & subject to capacity. 21+
| 7th West

The 2019 Bay Area Record Fair, a celebration of the unique music scene in the Bay Area, will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7th West in Oakland. Featuring 6 Live Acts, more...

11:00 am2019 CCA Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair | Oakland  FREE*
*Admission is Free

Sunday, November 24, 2019

SF Chamber Orchestra "Nutcracker Sweet" Family Concert | Berkeley
Sunday, November 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but seating is first come, first served
| Freight & Salvage

Back by popular demand. Oakland Fairyland’s beloved puppeteers team up with the SFCO for a delightful version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. Designed for young audiences, this production features the acrobatic antics of more...


Monday, November 25, 2019

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

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, November 26, 2019

28th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner | Oakland
Tuesday, November 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Marriott City Center

The 28th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is an annual, free, all-volunteer community feast to feed those who need some holiday food and cheer. Seniors, low-income families and homeless citizens are warmly welcomed at more...

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, November 27, 2019

7:30 pm“Moonlight Comedy”: Stand Up Under the Stars | Oakland  FREE*
*Donation of $10-20 per audience member is recommended and appreciated.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Free Thanksgiving Dinner | East Bay
Thursday, November 28 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | First Lutheran Church (Concord)

The First Lutheran Church in Concord hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 am to 2 pm on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Come join for a home-style meal served with love. All more...

1:00 pm17th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration | Oakland   FREE
3:00 pmThanksgiving Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Classical Indian Concert | East Bay   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one will be turned away on the day of the event.

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Best of Winter in The Bay: Snow Days, Holiday Lights & Ice Rinks
Friday, November 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over the Bay Area

Winter is coming. Get into the holiday spirit by embracing the best of winter by gazing at dazzling holiday lighting displays, twirling around a pop-up outdoor ice rink, indulging in seasonal more...

All Day#OptOutside: Visit 100+ Bay Area Parks Instead of Black Friday Shopping | 2019   FREE
All Day2019 Black Friday Holiday Fest: Santa Claus, Carolers & Free Hot Cocoa | Alameda   FREE*
*Free, but bring money for photos with Santa.
All DayFree Photos & Holiday Tree Lighting W/ Santa | Alameda   FREE
All Day2019 “Plaid Friday” Oakland Local Shopping Day | 100+ Stores   FREE
All DayBuy Nothing Day | 2019   FREE
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.
5:15 pm2019 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville   FREE
6:00 pm2019 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60 Unique Floats & Santa Claus | Niles   FREE
6:00 pmCandle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Applebee's $1 Vodka Cranberry Lemonade | Final Day
Saturday, November 30 – All Day | Cost: $1 | Applebee's (Participating Locations)

Starting today, and for the rest of November, participating Applebee’s locations across the country are serving up the $1 Vodka Cranberry Lemonade to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Served in a 10-ounce mug, the more...

All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Nov. 30-Dec. 22   FREE
1:00 pmRBHworks Brewery Takeover Tour: Good Beer & Free Art Show | Bay Area   FREE
5:00 pm2019 Winter Blast: Holiday Tree Lighting, Free Glow Item & Santa | Brentwood   FREE

Sunday, December 1, 2019

All of SF's Free Monthly Museum Days | December 2019
Sunday, December 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 Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
3:00 pmCuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.

Monday, December 2, 2019

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

Tuesday, December 3, 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, December 4, 2019

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, December 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...

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, December 5, 2019

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


Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland

Get your Oakland groove on at Friday Nights @ OMCA – a weekly free outdoor experience with food trucks and music. This is a great community gathering that is most vibrant during 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 pm“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival   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 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, December 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 am“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area  FREE
All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
11:00 am2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   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.)
8:00 pmCraft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland   FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

2019 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)

Bring boots and mittens to play in the snow at the annual Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto. Visit with the Snow Queen as she listens to all of your holiday wishes, ride the more...

10:00 amOakland’s “Pizzailo” Holiday Craft Fair | 2019   FREE
All Day2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley   FREE
All Day2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley   FREE
7:00 pmAwesöme Orchestra Collective: 5th Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley   FREE*
*Free on the day of the event, but if you want a guaranteed seat you can buy tickets.
8:00 pmShapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland   FREE

Monday, December 9, 2019

7:00 pmIntro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.