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Friday, August 3

$5 First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center | Oakland Hills
Friday, August 3 – 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 ...

“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, August 3 – 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 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 highlights ...

Free First Fridays Live Music Showcase | The Uptown
Friday, August 3 – 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 ...

Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, August 3 – 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 ...

Saturday, August 4

Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown
Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown

Learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to the history of both California and the Bay Area. Stroll along sidewalk markets filled with fresh fish as well as exotic fruits and vegetables. View changing displays in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. in ...

2018 Summer Obon & Japanese Cultural Festival | Oakland
Saturday, August 4 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Buddhist Church of Oakland
2018 Summer Obon & Japanese Cultural Festival | Oakland

Enjoy the festivities at the Buddhist Church of Oakland for the Oakland Obon Festival with Japanese Cultural Exhibits, Demonstrations & Food Bazaar.
Each year, the Buddhist Church of Oakland hosts an Obon Festival, a family-friendly Japanese cultural celebration.
The festival features Bon Odori dancing, taiko drum performances, traditional music, …

Craft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland
Saturday, August 4 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Federation Brewing
Craft Beers & Free Comedy Night | Oakland

Come celebrate the craft of comedy and beer at Federation Brewing every first Saturday in Oakland’s Jack London Square. For the low, low price of free, you can see some of the best local and nationally touring comics in a cool intimate space. Craft Beers ...

Free A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland
Saturday, August 4 – 9:05 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
| Oakland Coliseum
Free A's Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you’re near the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after the game starts, whether the A’s win or lose. Sit in awe on the ...

Sunday, August 5

$5 First Sundays | Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, August 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Museum of California
$5 First Sundays | 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 to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections ...

Concert at the Lake: Oakland Municipal Band | Final Day
Sunday, August 5 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Pergola
Concert at the Lake: Oakland Municipal Band | Final Day

The 107th concert season of free performances by the Oakland Municipal Band kicks off on with a July 4th concert and continues on Sundays throughout the summer. The 35-piece band performs music from a variety of genres, including marches, classical, pop, big band, movies, international, show ...

Monday, August 6

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, August 6 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, August 7

“Awesöme Orchestra” Epic Free Classical Concert | Oakland
Tuesday, August 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
| Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
"Awesöme Orchestra" Epic Free Classical Concert | Oakland

Awesöme Orchestra brings people together for musical adventures. Their free sessions are part performance, part open rehearsal. They provide the sheet music, and anyone is welcome to play or to listen. The Awesöme Orchestra Collective is the Bay Area’s most adventurous reading orchestra, dedicated to playing excellent orchestral ...

“My Greasy Sons” Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland
Tuesday, August 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Woods Bar and Brewery
"My Greasy Sons" Comedy Showcase & Craft Beer | Oakland

Join in on first Tuesdays at 8 pm for stand up comedy and craft beer. They’ve got some of the best comics in the Bay ready to make you laugh. My Greasy Sons is a monthly comedy showcase held at Woods Bar and Brewery in Oakland, ...

Wednesday, August 8

Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center
Free Oakland Summer Walking Tours | City Center

Turn-of-the-century landmarks alongside modern high-rises are the focus of this tour. Explore the upbeat style of the modern City Center Square and discover a thriving “there” there. Examine symbols of Oakland’s arrival as a modern 20th century metropolis: the Beaux Arts-style City hall and Rotunda ...

Thursday, August 9

Free Lunchtime Concert: Pure Ecstasy | Oakland
Thursday, August 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center (12th Street)
Free Lunchtime Concert: Pure Ecstasy | Oakland

Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station from June 6th to August 29th. The concert series give a little taste of everything, from Motown and folk to classic and jazz ...

Friday, August 10

Rooftop Garden Concert: Reggae | Oakland
Friday, August 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kaiser Center
Rooftop Garden Concert: Reggae | Oakland

Pack your lunch and come listen to local jazz, rock, and hip hop musicians at the Kaiser Center’s roof garden free concert series from noon to 1 pm, every Friday from June 15 – September 14, 2018. The three acre roof garden at Oakland’s Kaiser Center was conceived as a semi-public park by ...

2nd Friday Art Walk: “Estuary Art Attack” | Oakland & Alameda
Friday, August 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jingletown
2nd Friday Art Walk: "Estuary Art Attack" | Oakland & Alameda

Join Estuary Art Attack for their monthly art walk that spans the Park Street Bridge between Oakland and Alameda. Estuary Art Attack takes place every second Friday from 6-9 pm. Participating venues vary each week, but the community includes 21 venues in the Jingletown neighborhood ...

“Dancing Under the Stars” Vogue (Madonna Night) | Jack London Square
Friday, August 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
“Dancing Under the Stars” Vogue (Madonna Night) | Jack London Square

From 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 for free dance lessons. 2018 Dancing Under The Stars Fridays, Summer 2018 | 7:30 pm Jack ...

Saturday, August 11

Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland
Free Summer Walking Tours | Victorian-Era Oakland

A walking tour of a Victorian-era district adjacent to modern office towers. Sites include the historic First Unitarian Church, the Pardee Home Museum, and more than a dozen elegantly restored, 19th century houses — now serving as nonprofit offices, meeting rooms, and conference spaces — ...

Sunday, August 12

The Peripatetic Pick Ye Own Pirate Theatrical Adventure | Oakland
Sunday, August 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*No reservations are necessary
| Mosswood Park
The Peripatetic Pick Ye Own Pirate Theatrical Adventure | Oakland

Join and be the navigator in the “Shiver We Timbers: A Peripatetic Pick-Yer-Own Pirate Adventure.” The fifth annual summer touring production will be a pirate-themed,participatory play. Sail with the peripatetic players in search of treasure, but avoid cursed gold. What should I expect? Why, expect the ...

Tuesday, August 14

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, August 14 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
| The Layover
Free Women's Comedy Night | Oakland

Come check out a monthly comedy event at The Layover in Oakland for Women’s Comedy Night sponsored by Feelmore510 and hosted by Lydia Popovich. Get your laughs with a few funny ladies on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there ...

Wednesday, August 15

Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History
Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours | African-American History

Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California. Tour begins at 10 am in front of ...

Free Lunchtime Concert: The Party Crashers | Oakland
Wednesday, August 15 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center (12th Street)
Free Lunchtime Concert: The Party Crashers | Oakland

Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station from June 6th to August 29th. The concert series give a little taste of everything, from Motown and folk to classic and jazz ...

East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland
Wednesday, August 15 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| Lost & Found
East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland

East Bay Green Drinks, started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more. Free, but RSVP is ...