Free or low-cost public summer activities in Oakland

Summer Nights at the Oakland Museum of California.

Summer Nights at the Oakland Museum of California.

It’s summertime in Oakland, and that means there are plenty of free or low-cost public events underway, often outdoors to take advantage of the warm weather. Here are a few regularly-scheduled ways to have fun on the cheap in Oakland throughout the summer:

Temescal Street Cinema: Free outdoor movies on Thursday nights.

Summer Sounds: Free lunchtime concerts at City Center Plaza on Wednesdays at noon.

Dancing Under the Stars: Free Friday night dance lessons, followed by a public outdoor dance, at Jack London Square.

Jack’s Night Market: A monthly bazaar for food, crafts and entertainment on First Fridays.

Bites Off Broadway: A weekly gathering of local food trucks every Friday at 45th Street and Broadway.

Summer Nights: A monthly late-night special event at the Oakland Museum of California with half-price admission and outdoor films.

Art Murmur: A monthly First Friday art walk in the Uptown area featuring open galleries, music, street food and fashion.

Bicycle Bingo: A Thursday night Bingo game at Actual Cafe where the donation fee (starting at $3) goes to a local charity.

East Bay Bike Party: A night-time themed bike ride on the second Friday of every month.

Senior dance lessons: Wednesday nights at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, lessons for $5.

FourSquare East Bay: A Thursday night game of FourSquare for adults at the Rockridge BART parking lot.

Know of any other free or low-cost regularly-occurring activities open to the Oakland public? Please add them in the comments below! (Links and information about time and cost greatly appreciated.)

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