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Thursday, December 5

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
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

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 and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...Monthly

Friday, December 6

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, December 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...Monthly

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market, DJs & Off the Grid | Oakland
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 March-November when the garden and terraces are open as well as during certain ...Every Friday

“Oakland First Fridays” Street Festival
Friday, December 6 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th
"Oakland First Fridays" Street Festival

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 Street. Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, ...Monthly

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Over 30 Oakland Art Murmur affiliate venues have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, Every first Friday of the month, affiliate venues are open to the public from 6-9 ...Monthly

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...Monthly

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills

Enjoy $5 admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center in the Oakland Hills every First Friday of the month from 6-10 pm. $5 admission includes unlimited access to everything from laser and planetarium shows to Night Hikes and Star Stories. Regular admission is $18 ...Monthly

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen
"Batch Made Market" Artisan Food | SF

This is your monthly chance to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs are in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market ...Monthly

Free First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown
Friday, December 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Uptown Nightclub
Free First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown

On the first Friday of every month, The Uptown presents a free live music showcase that celebrates Bay Area artist and musicians. This 10-year-old event highlights bands who they believe deserve your attention. First Fridays Live Music Showcase Every First Friday | 8 pm The ...Monthly

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, December 6 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...Monthly

Saturday, December 7

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, December 7 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...Monthly

First Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland
Saturday, December 7 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue Elementary School Playground
First Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland

Featuring a full body cardio, core and strength workout. Classes are free every first Saturday of the month and start promptly at 9 am. All other Saturdays are free for Flex Circuit Gym members. Non member attendees of the boot camps will receive a free ...Monthly

“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, December 7 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
"Healthy Parks Healthy People": Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...Monthly

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
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 first full weekend each month. This includes the de Young, Legion of Honor and Oakland ...Monthly

2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Saturday, December 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 29th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

First Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland
Saturday, December 7 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lakeside Park
First Caturday at Lake Merritt: Outdoor Cat-napping & Socializing | Oakland

First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends. It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing.  It is where you can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make our cats happy and healthy. ...Monthly

Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland
Spontaneous Storytelling & Free Drinks Night | Oakland

It’s a storytelling event where the point is to meet each other. At this one-of-a-kind, participatory event, you’ll have a chance to meet cool people as well as listen to real-life stories without notes or scripts. Tell your friends, bring a girlfriend or a wingman, ...Monthly

Craft Comedy Night: “Best of the East Bay” | Oakland
Saturday, December 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Tickets are general admission. Seating is limited. Arrive early.
| Federation Brewing
Craft Comedy Night: "Best of the East Bay" | Oakland

Check out one of Oakland’s hottest free standup shows. Craft Comedy features some of the best comedians in The Bay as well as touring guests from Comedy Central, Vice, Sketchfest, Conan, Netflix and more. All in a cool and intimate space. It’s always an exciting ...Monthly

Sunday, December 8

2019 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)
2019 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | 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 live ponies, make free DIY crafts for kids, and shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts ...
Oakland’s “Pizzailo” Holiday Craft Fair | 2019
Sunday, December 8 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Pizzaiolo
Oakland's "Pizzailo" Holiday Craft Fair | 2019
Feast your eyes and everything else on some local craft, Verve Coffee and fresh pastries, then find a gift for someone special (perhaps yourself). We heard there might be bread.
2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley
Sunday, December 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Berkeley
2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 100+ Artists & Craftspeople | Berkeley

Looking for interesting hand-crafted gifts and goodies for holidays?  Over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studio buildings in Berkeley will open their doors to the public during the 29th annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 2019 Artisans Holiday Open Studios | Berkeley Saturday-Sunday, November ...

Awesöme Orchestra Collective: 5th Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley
Awesöme Orchestra Collective: 5th Annual End-of-Year Concert | Berkeley
Come join Awesöme Orchestra for their 5th Annual End-Of-Year Concert on Sunday, December 8, 2019. They will be playing a diverse selection of highlights from the 2019 Open Sessions. 2019 Repertoire TBA
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, December 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...Monthly

Monday, December 9

Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley
Monday, December 9 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley

This one hour class provides an introduction to IMPACT Bay Area’s style of empowerment self-defense. In this class students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical ...Monthly

Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland
Monday, December 9 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but sliding scale donations are requested.
| Starline Social Club
Free Standup Comedy Night & Pop Up Food | Oakland

Comedians Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo bring you the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians to Starline Social Club’s intimate comedy room. Rotating pop up food vendors will be selling delicious food before every show. Past surprise guests include: Michael Che (SNL), Hannibal Buress, ...Every Monday