Best Things to Do in the East Bay This April

Best Things to Do in the East Bay This April

Looking for the coolest things to do in the East Bay as spring rolls in? From the best hiking trails to fairs and events celebrating this blooming time of year, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the East Bay including museums, cultural events food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the East Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay.

Featured photo by Andrew Jorgensen, courtesy of OMCA. 

Woman holds two potted succulents at the San Francisco Bay Flower and Garden Show at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
Photo courtesy of SF Bay Flower and Garden Show.

Flower and Garden Show

April 4–7

Gardeners, grab your trowels. The Alameda County Fairgrounds is blooming with floral arrangements and the knowledge of countless skilled planters. Not just a pleasing event on the eyes, the San Francisco Bay Flower and Garden Show is informative, with dozens of free seminars teaching topics from a range of disciplines. 

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Lawn filled with people watching a concert at Oakland Museum of California's Friday Nights in Oakland, California
Photo by Andrew Jorgensen.

Friday Nights at OMCA

April 5

Welcome back this summertime tradition at the Oakland Museum of California. Attendees get late-night access to the museum’s garden, gallery and special exhibitions, while enjoying food and drink from Off the Grid’s fleet of food trucks. Steps away from Lake Merritt, this party promises family-friendly activities and fun in the warm spring air.  

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Intersection filled with people for First Fridays in Oakland
Photo courtesy of Oakland First Fridays.

Oakland First Fridays

April 5

Looking for a second location after hitting the OMCA’s food trucks? Oakland’s First Fridays are a monthly street party with great food and local vendors making Telegraph Ave. the place to be. April’s First Friday block party will be the first after a brief hiatus, so show up to support this community gathering that represents the heart and culture of Oakland — and is totally free! 

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Tables of silverware at Alameda Point Antique Sale
Photo courtesy of Laurie Jo Miller Farr.

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

April 7

Over 800 dealer booths stock the best products from years past at this faire. Claiming the title of largest antique show in Northern California, this faire lights up the waterfront of Alameda Island every first Sunday of the month. April’s fair should fall on a beautiful day, so celebrate spring with new/old clothing, jewelry, books, home goods or whatever you like. Be sure to bring cash to cover admission, and get in before they shut the entry at 3 p.m. 

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Sheep being sheared at Sheep Shearing Day.
Photo courtesy of San Ramon Historic Foundation.

Sheep Shearing Day

April 13

Walk through history with the San Ramon Historical Foundation’s annual sheep shearing day. This event is the foundation’s largest annual shindig, and East Bay residents get the opportunity to see sheep sporting chic summer hairdos. The day promises more than shearing too, with an onsite tractor museum, sheepdog demonstrations and wool spinning. Order before April 1 to get the Early Bird ticket price. 

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Boats docked in the Berkeley Marina at sunset in Berkeley, California. Berkeley Bay Festival at Shoreline Park coming in April
Photo by Heidi Kaden via Unsplash.

Berkeley Bay Festival

April 27

The Shorebird Nature Center along Berkeley’s waterfront hosts its yearly celebration of the bay and Earth Day with family-focused fun and music. Take a free boat ride, or enjoy an ice cream cone from Brown Cap Organic Soft Serve. Stay through the afternoon to see circus performers twirl and hear music from steel drums!

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Looking for more things to do in the area?
Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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