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East Bay Family Events This Weekend: May 17-19

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Dive into a weekend of excitement with our guide to family-friendly events in the East Bay! From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Friday, May 17

Friday Nights at OMCA – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: Every Friday, 5:00 PM 
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE with Museum ticket for special exhibitions
  • 📍 Location: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), Oakland
  • 📝 Description: Kick off your weekend at the vibrant ‘Friday Nights at OMCA‘ featuring a block party vibe with Off the Grid food trucks, live music, gallery access, and fun activities for all ages.

Alameda Point “Night Market” + Karaoke Battle w/ Malaya Botanicals – Alameda

  • Time: Friday, May 17, 2024 – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Storehouse Lofts, 2350 Saratoga St, Alameda, CA 94501
  • 📝 Description: Join the fun at Alameda Point Night Market with a unique Karaoke Battle stage, live DJ, and delicious food and drinks. Enjoy an evening of music, prizes, and great company!

2024 Contra Costa County Fair – Antioch

  • Time: May 16 – 19, 2024
  • 🆓 Cost: Varies
  • 📍 Location: Contra Costa Event Park, Antioch, CA
  • 📝 Description: Experience the best of Contra Costa County with exciting attractions, exhibits, and entertainment. Celebrate the community’s rich agricultural heritage at this long-standing event!

Historic Days Drop-In Program – Fremont

  • Time: May 17, 2024 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Ardenwood admission fee applies
  • 📍 Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a day of historic fun with train rides, museum tours, and period activities. Conclude the day with animal feeding at 3 PM. No registration required; accessible for all.

Saturday, May 18

Rhonda Benin and Friends at Woodstock Park – Alameda

  • Time: Saturday, May 18, 2024 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Woodstock Park, 355 Cypress Street, Alameda, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a celebration of Black music and history with Rhonda Benin & Friends. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy live music and dance in the park. Bike and ACTransit friendly!

Event by Natalie's Auctions–San Leandro

  • ⏰ Time: May 18-21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: 563 Harlan St., San Leandro, CA 94577
  • 📝 Explore a spectacular collection of items from 30 years of business in this Natalie’s auction, including handmade carpets, furniture, chandeliers, garden items, and fine art. Everything must go, and no reasonable offer will be refused.  

Family Farm Days – Sausalito

  • Time: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • 🆓 Cost: Varies
  • 📍 Location: Slide Ranch, Sausalito, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a day of nature exploration, crafts, and farm activities with the whole family. Meet the ranch’s feathered, furry, and wooly friends while engaging in themed activities. Registration required.

Brunch for the Wild Bunch – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Food Spreads); 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, & 3:00 PM (Giraffe Feedings)
  • 🆓 Cost: Members: $20 for food spreads, $25 for giraffe feedings; Non-members: $40 for food spreads, $45 for giraffe feedings (includes zoo admission)
  • 📍 Location: Oakland Zoo, Oakland
  • 📝 Description: Go behind-the-scenes to participate in food spreads for various animals, or feed a giraffe. Enjoy this unique opportunity to support animal care and conservation efforts. 

14th Annual Skyjam Family Festival – Richmond

  • ⏰ Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Free to enter and all activities included, suggested donation of $10 per child.
  • 📍 Location: 5714 Solano Ave, Richmond, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a day of family fun with live performances, gourmet food, children’s activities, a curated garage sale, and a silent auction. Celebrate community spirit and support a great cause at Skyjam! Register here.

Fun on the Farm – San Ramon

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Forest Home Farms Historic Park, San Ramon
  • 📝 Enjoy free crafts and activities that highlight farm life and the late Victorian era. Sample fresh veggies from the organic garden and learn about harvesting salad staples like lettuce and edible flowers. 

Free “Int’l Museum Day” at Museum of History Benicia – Benicia

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Museum of History Benicia, 2060 Camel Rd, Benicia
  • 📝 Description: Celebrate International Museum Day with family-friendly programs, kids activities, and cultural enrichment. Visit both MoHB locations for a fun-filled day learning about our historic past. No tickets or reservations are required.

The Himalayan Fair 2024 – Berkeley

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
  • 📝 Description: Enjoy a weekend of delicious food, unique handcrafted items, and music and dance performances celebrating Himalayan culture. Join the community in supporting charities working in the Himalayas

Oakland Greek Festival 2024 – Oakland

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: $5
  • 📍 Location: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
  • 📝 Experience Greek culture with food, music, dance, and art. Skip the lines by purchasing tickets in advance and enjoy discounted offers. Celebrate the rich history and vibrant traditions of the Greek community.

Badarikashrama’s 40th Anniversary – San Leandro

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert Ave, San Leandro, CA
  • 📝 Celebrate with free food and cultural performances, including Odissi and Bharatanatyam dances, and Hindustani and Carnatic concerts. Enjoy a day of rich cultural heritage and community spirit.

Cal Shakes Community Picnic – Orinda

  • ⏰ Time: May 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: $5
  • 📍 Location: Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
  • 📝 Celebrate Cal Shakes’ 50th anniversary with performances, activities, and a preview of “As You Like It.” Enjoy student performances and kids’ activities by the Junior Center of Art & Science. No outside food or alcohol allowed.

Sunday, May 19

The Bay’s Huge “626 Night Market” – Pleasanton

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, May 19, 2024 – 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: $5 (Children 3 and under are free)
  • 📍 Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds, 2100 Valley Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
  • 📝 Experience a vibrant night market with over 200 food, shopping, and entertainment stalls. Inspired by Asian nighttime bazaars, the 626 Night Market offers a unique, family-friendly outing.

Open House: Introductory Sails at the Cal Sailing Club – Berkeley

  • ⏰ Time: Sunday, May 19, 2024, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: FREE
  • 📍 Location: 124 University Avenue, Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • 📝  Enjoy a free sail at the Cal Sailing Club’s monthly Open House, exploring the Bay aboard keelboats and dinghies. This event is perfect for both beginners and experienced sailors, offering stunning views and boating safety education.

Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek

  • ⏰ Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • 🆓 Cost: Check website for ticket prices
  • 📍 Location: Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society, Buena Vista Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 📝 Enjoy a fascinating display of model railroads and intricate train layouts. Fun for train enthusiasts of all ages.

🚨 Disclaimer: Please ensure to verify event details like exact timings and costs with the respective venues before making plans, as details may change.

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