East Bay park district's 'Free Park Fridays' to feature concerts, waived fees

A file photo shows Lake Temescal in Oakland. 

The East Bay Regional Park District is marking its 85th anniversary with free concerts and other events, and establishing "free park Fridays" through the end of the year.

Park entry and other fees will be waived every Friday from April to December. Park entrance and fees for day use parking, swimming, dogs, horse trailers, boat launching, and fishing permits will all be free, park officials said this week.

The park district encompasses 73 regional parks with more than 122,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The fee waiver for free park Fridays does not apply to special event permits/reservations, camping and associated fees, or state fees such as fishing licenses and watercraft inspections. The fee waiver also doesn't apply to district concessions.

Free events and concerts in the parks include:
Lake Chabot Concerts in the Park - Saturday, June 22 (Castro Valley).

Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove - Friday, July 12 (Alameda)

Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove - Alameda, Friday, August 9 (Alameda)

Contra Loma Concert in the Park - Friday, August 23 (Antioch)

Crown Beach Concerts at the Cove - Friday, September 13 (Alameda)

John Sutter Gateway Bridgeyard Festival - Saturday, September 28 (Oakland)

More information on the parks is available at https://www.ebparks.org

KTVU reported this story from Oakland.