510 Fun and Free Blog

Thank you, free spirits

August 17, 2010
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I want to thank the 10 of you who checked in every day to see what was fun and free in the 510!  It has been a great ride, but alas it is over.  I’ve become very busy with trying to start a small business doing social media marketing for small business, so if you’re looking to release yourself from the time suck that is social media, get at me!  I recommend that if you are interested in maintaining the knowledge of what is free and fun in the 510 you visit and follow the Oakland Visitors and Convention Bureau, East Bay Loop and MyBart.org.  These websites have it going on and are always updating me with the information I passed along to you.  So goodbye my cyber friends, TTYL.

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Home Grown Blues Series

August 12, 2010
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Thursday, August 12th
Frank Ogawa Plaza
5:30p-7:00p
Free Music Series featuring the Bay Area Blues Society
www.bayareabluessociety.net


El Cerrito Cinema in the Park

August 11, 2010
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Cinema in the Park: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Saturday, August 14, 2010 8:00 pm
Bring your own picnic dinner. Movie begins at dusk.
Cerrito Vista Park 950 Pamona Ave El Cerrito, CA

Laurel Street Fair, see you there

August 9, 2010
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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

All Along MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th Avenues

This Year We Proudly Present a World-Class,
ALL-LAUREL Lineup,
Made Up of Amazing Artists Who All Live in the Laurel!

THE JOHN SANTOS SEXTET!

THE ACME All-Stars

VALERIE TROUTT

St. Valentines
feat. Will Randolph and the BRS


DJs AD and AGANA on the Turntables To Make You Dance!

A HUGE KIDS ZONE
Carnival Rides, Drumming Circle, Bumper Cars, Recycleable Art Making, Science Booths and Lots of Games

GREEN ZONE
Farmers Market, Info Booths, Innovative Gardening and Food Demonstrations

FOOD, DRINK AND VENDORS
Over 80 booths of great cuisine, products, information and more!

 


This Sunday’s best kept secret

July 31, 2010
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This Sunday the Oakland Museum it Free and they’ve opened up the Pixar installation!  Tickets are timed so everyone will have a pleasant experience ie. not too crowded and tickets will be given away on a first come first serve basis, so get in line!  Let Oakland Museum know what you think by tweeting your experience @oaklandmuseumca!  Hours on Sunday are 11am-5pm.


Free First Tuesday

July 30, 2010
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It appears that the first Tuesday of the month is a cultural mecca.  Many Many museums and places of culture are Free, my favorite price.  Places are listed below and provided with the closest bart station thanks to www.mybart.org.  Enjoy!
  
SF MOMA – free first Tuesday
8/3/10
Montgomery St. BART
Cartoon Art Museum – free first Tuesday
8/3/10
Montgomery St. BART
de Young museum: free first Tuesdays
8/3/10
Civic Center BART
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Gallery – free first Tuesdays
8/3/10
Montgomery St. BART
Museum of Craft and Folk Art – Free First Tuesdays
8/3/10
Powell St. BART
Conservatory of Flowers – Free First Tuesday
8/3/10
Civic Center BART

First Sunday at Oakland Museum is Free

July 28, 2010
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The Pixar exhibit hasn’t started yet but there is still plenty to see this Sunday for 1st Sunday and the price can’t be beat, Free! 

8/1/10

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @ 10th Street
Oakland, CA
Phone: 510 238 2200
www.museumca.org

First Sundays are FREE days at the 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.

Hours:
11am – 5pm

Getting There:
One block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.


Free Zumba

July 27, 2010
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Special Event-FREE ZUMBA class this Wed. 7/28 at 6:30pm
Joaquin Miller Park-CASCADES  3450 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, CA
we will ZUMBA in beautiful Cascade park area as part of The Hidden Jewels of Oakland Splendor Tour bring friends and family, all kinds of activities. 6-8pm. www.zumba.com Teacher Nanette Vides
 

My Bart- great for fun and free

July 26, 2010
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I Heart My Bart.  I found this website when if first appeared on the internet and have been getting the weekly emails ever since.  It’s a great resource for Fun and Free things to do in the 510 and everywhere else and they tell you how to get there, how great is that?  They even have free contests and i’ve won a couple of things so follow them on twitter or sign up for their email.  www.mybart.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival
7/30/10

Pavilion Theater, Jack London Square
98 Broadway
Oakland, CA
www.oakuff.org

The Oakland Underground Film Festival in partnership with Jack London Square presents an exciting spring and summer series of films, performances, and art installations. Join them in the 33,000 square-foot waterfront Pavilion Theater (formerly a bookstore) to enjoy some of the very best local filmmakers, projection and installation artists, musicians, and surprise guest speakers:

Friday July 30, 2010 � Tracey Snelling
Hours:
7:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Closest BART Station: Fremont

7/31/10 – 8/1/10
Paseo Padre Parkway, between Mowry and Walnut Avenues
Fremont, CA
www.fremontfestival.net

The Fremont Festival of the Arts features much to see and do. Enjoy a meal from one of the different food booths, or shop in the ever popular Gourmet Marketplace.

You will find over 700 artists exhibiting upscale arts and crafts pieces, including photography, paintings, jewelry, wood carvings, clothing, sculptures and more.

The ever popular Kid City is back! Kids will be delighted with live entertainers such as magicians, jugglers, and dance troupes as well as traditional carnival rides.

For those who just want to sit back, relax, and listen to music, the Festival features three stages with musical acts that span from rock to blues to soul to country. Enjoy free music on two stages at the Fremont Festival of the Arts. Don’t miss The Rising, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, and Zoo Station, a U2 tribute band!

Hours:
10 am – 6 pm

Getting There:
Take BART to the Fremont station and exit, walking west (away from the hills). You’ll pass through the Gateway Plaza (with the NAZ Cinema and the Army recruiting office. Follow the signs that will be posted.

Asian Art Museum Free First Sundays

Closest BART Station: Civic Center

8/1/10

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94102
http://www.asianart.org/hoursandadmission.htm#target

“Target First Free Sundays”�free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day�is made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed.

Admission to Shanghai is only $5 on Target First Free Sundays; Children, Youths, and Asian Art Museum members enjoy free admission.

Hours:
10:00am – 5:00pm

Getting There:
The museum is located 1 block west of the Civic Center station. Leave the station by the Grove Street exit. Proceed upstairs to street level. Walk one block north on Hyde to Fulton. Make a left on Fulton. Walk one block west (toward City Hall) on Fulton to Larkin. Make a right on Larkin. Enter the museum at 200 Larkin Street.

Oakland Museum of California – First Sundays FREE

Closest BART Station: Lake Merritt

8/1/10

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @ 10th Street
Oakland, CA
Phone: 510 238 2200
www.museumca.org

First Sundays are FREE days at the 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.

Hours:
11am – 5pm

Getting There:
One block from the Lake Merritt BART Station.


Park St Art and Wine Faire

July 22, 2010
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Fun for the whole family.   Art • Crafts • Food • Beer, Wine and Mimosas • 2 Music Stages • Kids’ Area Pony Rides • Petting Zoo • Shuttle Trolleys Rides*
In Alameda on Central and Santa Clara, between Broadway and Grand Street, from 11AM to 6PM http://www.shopparkstreet.com/artwine.html


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