- The list below includes 744 free or cheap things to do in or near Oakland, California, including 130 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Parks, Sports Facilities/Fields and Maze.
- From Redwood Regional Park to Lake Merritt, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Oakland and in nearby cities within 25 miles like San Francisco, Pacifica, Berkeley and San Ramon.
Slow Burn Glass 2690 Union St., Oakland, CA MoreLess Info
In a hands-on workshop led by practiced artists, students create beer or wine glasses
A mid-1800s logging site, Redwood Regional Park is situated on 1,830 acres of coast redwoods, evergreens and grasslands that is home to wildlife. It provides picnic and camping areas, a playground and trails suitable for hiking and biking.
Lake Merrit is an expansive Californian lake circumscribed by a jogging trail. It is popular among early-morning joggers and power-walkers, and has a convenient boat launch. .The shores of Lake Merrit are frequented by birds; due to the volume of droppings, visitors should not sit on the bare grass.
Named for the 'Poet of the Sierras', Joaquin Miller Park is situated on 500 acres of redwood groves, oak woodlands, meadows and hillsides. The park provides an area suitable for hiking, biking, picnicking, dog walking and wildlife viewing.
Oakland's Chinatown is the second largest such district in California. Only the San Francisco Chinatown is larger. Visitors and locals to Chinatown to buy fresh produce, seafood, culinary appliances, clothing, baked goods and works of art.
Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre is a Bauhaus-inspired performance space. Its event schedule includes orchestra concerts, plays, musicals, operas and other large-scale artistic events. The venue also screens classic films and is available for convention rentals.
A historic theater with striking architecture, the Grand Lake Theater shows select first-run movies in vintage 1920s ambiance. The theater also hosts festivals, special events, and film competitions, and welcomes student groups.
The Fox Theater is a performing arts center that offers Orchestra seating, Mezzanine seating, and seating available on the Balcony. The theater can accommodate a variety of events including film screenings, holiday parties, and birthdays.
Oakland's Chabot Science Center is a museum and planetarium dedicated to scientific education and enrichment. It features a large planetarium and a film theater that shows educational programming related to space exploration and astronomy.