Best Things to Do in the East Bay This May

“M” is for May, and this month means Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend to mark the unofficial start of summer. And there’s more… movie festivals, too. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the East Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes 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.

Weather in the East Bay typically stays between 65 and high 70s this month.

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Family Day at Berkeley Public Library

May 4

The Bay Area Book Festival is in its tenth year, and this year’s festivities include a day dedicated to kids and teenage readers and writers. Themed around “Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with You” plus “Free Comic Book Day,” come and enjoy a day of writing showcases, author book signings and family reading activities. Admission is FREE! 

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Oakland Athletics

Various Dates

With the Athletics approved for a move to Las Vegas, 2024 will likely be the team’s final season in Oakland while a Nevada stadium is built. Fourteen home games are scheduled for this May, including a doubleheader on May 8 against reigning World Series-champions, the Texas Rangers. Other competitors at home include the Pittsburg Pirates, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros. 

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Chabot Space & Science Center

Various Dates

Seeing the planets and stars. Free telescope viewings every Friday and Saturday night at the Chabot Space & Science Center. Join astronomers at the three large historic telescopes on the Observatory Deck 1,500 feet above the bay.

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Berkeley Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park

Dates TBD

Join the community this month as the Himalayan Fair festival returns to Live Oak Park in Berkeley to celebrate 40 years. A weekend full of delicious food, amazing vendors, and artisans sharing unique handcrafted items, music, and dance.

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Mother's Day

May 12
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Memorial Day

May 27

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in the East Bay? Our comprehensive list of venues below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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