Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, May 6
All Weekend, All Ages
Dadaconf is a weekend for anyone to make art, May 6-8 in Oakland, CA.
We believe that anyone has the ability to make art.
Most art doesn’t take special talent to make. It just takes a bit of perseverance and maybe a couple friendly faces helping you figure things out along the way.
Dadaconf is a place to learn something new to make dumb things with your new knowledge.
Whether you are an artist, musician, engineer, or anything else, you can make something fun, strange, and absurd at Dadaconf.
What is Dadaconf?
Dadaconf is a weekend for you to make art.
Don’t know how? No worries, we’ll teach you.
We’re hosting a series of workshops and lectures for you to come and learn a new thing and explore new fields, with many of them requiring no prior experience.
This year, we have workshops on:
making electronic music, for non-musicians
neural nets and visual art
creating virtual reality
…and many more to be announced
(see the full list of workshops announced so far)
After attending workshops, we encourage you to put your skills to use by making a dumb thing.
Why dumb things?
We believe that absurdity is freedom.
One of the things we’ve figured out at Dadaconf is that if you try to make absurd things, then it becomes ok to fail.
If you try to make a dumb thing and you succeed, then you made a dumb thing, and that’s great! If you try to make a dumb thing and you fail, then that’s fine because it was going to be dumb anyways. But if it becomes ok to fail, then there’s no harm in trying. And if you try, then you might learn something new, and you might make something cool.
So after you’ve attended some workshops, we want you to give some of your new skills a spin. Who knows — you might surprise yourself!
More about the schedule:
Opening ceremony and workshops! Meet some new people, attend a couple workshops, and get some ideas for a weird thing you want to make.
Saturday, during the day:
More workshops throughout the day and plenty of time to work on projects and collaborate on others. Work on creative projects, attend workshops, and learn new things.
Exhibition and celebration! You’ll have an opportunity to exhibit and demonstrate your creative projects. We’ll also have performances and end the event with a celebration.
Cleanup and saying goodbye to some new friends and collaborators.
About the venue:
We are super lucky have the great folks at NIMBY as our partners in making Dadaconf happen this year. NIMBY is a 70,000 square feet warehouse with room for literally anything you can throw at it.
NIMBY has a woodshop, metalworking area, people working on art cars, their own cars, people with painting studios, programmers, and even a blacksmith all onsite.
We chatted with them for a while about what we’re about at Dadaconf — trying new things, and making weird art — and it’s exactly what they’re into too. We’re really lucky to have them on board.
For more information, check out our website at www.dadaconf.com.
Hope to see you there! We can’t wait to make dumb things with you.
Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street.
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
Saturday, May 7
Bay Area Comic Book Stores
All Day, All Ages
Free Comic Book Day is an annual tradition, held the first Saturday in May each year, where participating comic book shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.
The comics you can get vary from store to store, but highlights from 2016 include exclusive comic books such as Bob’s Burgers, Doctor Who, Pokemon, SpongeBob, Street Fighter, The Tick and more.
See the full 2016 list of free comics.
Free Comic Book Day First Saturday in May | May 7, 2016 Bay Area comic book stores FREE
> Use the Store Locator to find stores in or near your zip code.
A few Bay Area locations to get free comics in 2016:
Comic Experience — 305 Divisadero St. in NoPa
Isotope — 326 Fell St. in Hayes Valley
Mission: Comics & Art — 3520 20th St. in Inner Mission
Comix Experience – 305 Divisadero St.
Cards & Comics Central – 5424 Geary Blvd.
Amazing Fantasy – 650 Irving St, San Francisco
Two Cats Comics – 320 West Portal Ave, San Francisco
Things From Another World – 101 Fourth St, Suite 2005, San Francisco
Dr Comics and Mr Games — 4014 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
The Escapist Comics — 3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
Fantastic Comics – 2026 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Alameda Sportscards & Comics – 1515 Webster St., Alameda
Dark Carnival – 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
Stand Up Comics – 10020 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
Comic Shop – 669 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro
Crush Comics – 2869 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
Comic Cards – 1063C San Pablo Ave, Pinole
Comic and Figure Addicts – 30803 Union City Blvd, Union City
Heroes And Villains Comics – 264 Main St,