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Berkeley Festivals & Annual Events

Berkeley’s always known how to throw a bash. From fun arts activities for the kids, to cooking demonstrations to top notch performing artists, there’s always something lively and festive right around the corner.

  • Bark (& Meow) Around the Block

    Golden Gate Fields

    Berkeley CA

    (510)) 845-7735

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    When September 21, 2014

    Neighborhood Ashby Arts District

    Annual fundraiser supports care and adoptions for homeless pets. As event date nears, please visit website for more information.

  • Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

    West Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 845-2612

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    When November 29-30 through December 24, 2014

    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    100+ Artists and Craftspeople open their studios and galleries to the public. Saturday & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A list of participants and a map are available on-line. Maps are also available for pick up at 2547 Eights Street #24a in Berkeley.

  • Berkeley Half Marathon

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (415) 326-4624

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    When November 2014. Check back later for more information.

    Neighborhood Downtown

    The Berkeley Half Marathon is a new, point-to-point race created to show off Berkeley’s favorite spots, from downtown Berkeley's Civic Center Park to UC Berkeley and the beautiful Berkeley Marina waterfront. Events include a 1/2 marathon, 10 mile, and 10K race.

  • Berkeley International Kite Festival

    Cesar Chavez Park - Berkeley Marina

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 235-5483

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    When July 26 & 27, 2014

    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Kite making, contests, exhibitions and kite dancing. Festival hours: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

    Downtown, West Berkeley, UC campus

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 848-5108

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    When September 17-21, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, jamming, concerts, and illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley. Visit our website for concert locations.

  • Berkeley Spark

    2151 Martin Luther King Way

    Berkeley, CA 94704

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    When August 2014 - Check back later for more information.

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Berkeley Spark is a local event connecting the greater Berkeley community with its ever-evolving arts community. Calling all creative types! Burning Man Playa-inspired sculptors, dancers, performing artists, sideshow, burlesque, musicians, DJs, clothing and jewelry designers are invited to participate. For more information, contact info@berkeleyspark.com. After the festival, head east to downtown Berkeley for entertainment and dining venues to continue the celebration.

  • Berkeley World Music

    2454 Telegraph Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 540-5990

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    When June 21 & 22, 2014

    Neighborhood Telegraph Ave

    Telegraph Avenue. Music all day outdoors and in area cafes. Plus, People's Park Concert finale with crafts fair.

  • Cal Day

    UC Berkeley Campus

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-5215

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    When April 12, 2014

    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    UC Berkeley campus opens its doors to the community. Performers, sports events, exhibits & tours. Event hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Caltopia

    UC Berkeley Campus

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 643-8036

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    When August 24 & 25, 2014

    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    A festival of fun, music and Cal spirit. Open to students of U.C. Berkeley, faculty, staff and the community.Recognized as the largest experimental college lifestyle festival in the nation! 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival

    North Shattuck Avenue (Delaware Street to Rose Street)

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 548-5335

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    When May 31, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto are the canvas of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival. With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create their own fanciful chalk drawings. And, artisan gourmet chocolates, too. From 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

  • Cider Summit Berkeley

    MLK Jr. Civic Center Park

    Berkeley, CA 94704

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    When April 26, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Cider Summit features approximately 90 ciders from throughout the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain and others. Specialty selected food pairings. This event is for over 21 only.

  • Crab Feed

    1919 Fourth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 549-7000

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    When February 6, 2014

    Neighborhood Fourth Street

    Annual fundraiser for the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Dinner (salad, pasta, tons of delicious crab, and a scrumptious dessert table). Always a raffle with great prizes. Being held at Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto in the Fourth Street Area of Berkeley.

  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration & Contest

    Near 1450 Shattuck Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 548-5335

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    When November 2, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Day of the Dead is a Mexican/Aztec celebration, of reuniting the living with their deceased relatives. A parade through the streets, a community altar, candle light procession, costume contest and face painting.

  • Family Fun Festival

    Civic Center Park (btwn Center St. & Allston Way at Milivia

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 548-3333

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    When June 7, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    A day of free fun for the whole family. Hands-on activities, games, contests, performances. A bouncy house, petting zoo, face painting hula hoop and skating competitions and more.

  • Halloween on Solano

    1245 Solano Avenue @ Masonic

    Berkeley-Albany CA

    (510) 527-5358

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    When October 31, 2014

    Neighborhood Solano Ave

    Tricks and treats, and costume contest.

  • Himalayan Fair

    Live Oak Park

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 869-3995

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    When May 17 & 18, 2014

    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Authentic Himalayan arts, antiques, modern crafts, live music and dance. Festival Hours: Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. .

  • Holiday Crafts Fair

    MLK Jr. Civic Center Park

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 548-3333

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    When Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    The Holiday Craft Fair takes place adjacent to the Berkeley Farmers' Market three Saturdays in December. For more detailed information visit the Ecology Center website. Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Indigenous Peoples Day Festival

    MLK Jr. Civic Center Park

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 595-5520

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    When October 11, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Held along side the Downtown Farmers Market. Native American PowWow & Indian Market, Inter-tribal dancing, Native American foods, culture, arts & crafts. Festival hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Jazz on Fourth

    Fourth Street @ Hearst Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 644-3002

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    When May 18, 2014

    Neighborhood Fourth Street

    An annual, free outdoor music festival in support of the Berkeley High School Jazz Program! Merchants of Fourth Street donate to a gigantic raffle and line the street with their own activities and merchandise. Food booths offer specialty menus just for this day. And, face painting for the kids! From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Jewish Music Festival

    1414 Walnut Street

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 848-0237

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    When March 20-30, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    The Jewish Music Festival presents music that celebrates the Jewish experience and explores what it means to be Jewish in a multicultural world. The Festival produces creative and entertaining programs, challenges stereotypes, and fosters engagement with the broader community. Leading artists from Poland, the Netherlands, Bosnia, Israel, Canada, the Bay Area and more.

  • July 4th - Fireworks at the Berkeley Marina

    Berkeley Marina & Pier

    Berkeley, CA 94010

    (510) 548-5335

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    When July 4, 2014

    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Fireworks off the Pier at 9:30pm. Alcohol-Free Event. Free Admission. Free Valet Bike Parking by East Bay Bicycle Coalition. No Personal Fireworks allowed. Crafts, food, kids' stuff, music. Cars in by 7:00 p.m., out after 10:30 p.m. Free handicapped parking available in Marina lots.

  • Juneteenth Festival

    Alcatraz & Adeline Streets

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 655-5990

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    When June 15, 2014

    Neighborhood South Berkeley

    A celebration of major African American culture and traditions. Live music""blues, jazz, raggae, R/B, dancing and more.

  • Live Oak Park Fair

    Live Oak Park

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 227-1110

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    When June 14 & 15, 2014

    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Art and handmade crafts from local artisans, plus food & live music.

  • Lunar New Year Festival & Parade

    Solano Avenue

    Albany - Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 527-5358

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    When February 2, 2014

    Neighborhood Solano Ave

    Drums by Emeryville Taiko, Costume Parade, Dance by the Chinese Arts Program, Chinese Acrobatics, Gong Fu by Golden Lion, Chinese Instrumental Music, Chinese Opera, Asian Food

  • Lunar New Year's Performance

    Fourth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 644-3002

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    When February 1, 2014

    Neighborhood Fourth Street

    Lion dancing and martial arts street performances.

  • People's Park Annual Street Fair & Concert

    People\'s Park (Haste & Bowditch)

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 642-3255

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    When April 27, 2014

    Neighborhood Telegraph Ave

    An afternoon of music, memories and magic.

  • Persian New Year

    2029 Durant Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 848-0264

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    When March 18, 2014

    Neighborhood South Berkeley

    The Persian New Year Festival is called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, which literally means 'Eve of Wednesday' because the festival is always held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox, or first moment of spring. .Shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zorastrian times. To be held at the Persian Center.

  • ProArts East Bay Open Studios

    Berkeley Citywide

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 763-4361

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    When June 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2014

    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    The ProArts East Bay Open Studios connects the public with 400+ artists in 14 cities in the East bay. Art exhibitions & self guided tours of artists and artisan studios. Open 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Visit website to locations of studios.

  • Santa on Solano

    Solano Avenue

    Berkeley to Albany CA

    (510) 527-5358

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    When November 29, 30 & December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

    Neighborhood Solano Ave

    Christmas carolers and wonderful gift ideas. From 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • SF Jewish Film Festival

    2025 Addison Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (415) 621-0556

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    When July 30 to August 6, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Largest Jewish Film Festival in the world. The Film Festival will take place at Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre.

  • Snow Day

    Gourmet Ghetto

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 548-5335

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    When December 7, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Children can play in snow, meet the Snow Queen, make holiday crafts and ride decorated ponies.

  • Solano Avenue Stroll

    Solano Avenue (Berkeley to Albany)

    Berkeley, CA 94707

    (510) 527-5358

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    When September 14, 2014

    Neighborhood Solano Ave

    26 blocks of free fun! Over 500 vendors, non-profit organizations, juried hand crafters, mechanical rides, food booths and entertainers. Theme parade. This is a family event. Festival hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • String Band Contest

    Civic Center Park (btwn Center St. & Allston Way at Milivia

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 548-3333

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    When September 20, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Held next to Berkeley's Saturday Farmers' Market. Performances and crafts fair.

  • Sunday Streets Berkeley

    Shattuck Ave. to Vine St.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    When October 12, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Walk, bike, skate, dance, play in the open streets, from Downtown Berkeley through the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley. Explore community-led fun throughout an exciting open public space. Showcasing independent shops, eateries, as well as local community organizations.

  • Taste of North Berkeley, Fall

    Gourmet Ghetto (North Shattuck)

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 540-6444

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    When November 2014 - Check back for more info.

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Restaurant walk with wine and food tastings. 20 fine restaurants and shops.

  • Taste of North Berkeley, Spring

    Gourmet Ghetto (North Shattuck)

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 540-6444

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    When May 6, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Restaurant walk with wine and food tastings. 20 fine restaurants and shops.

  • Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair

    Telegraph Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 234-1013

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    When December 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2014

    Neighborhood Telegraph Ave

    Over 200+ street artists, handmade items, music, food and arts & crafts and much more!

  • Uncharted

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 516-1866

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    When October 24 & 25, 2014

    Neighborhood Downtown

    Uncharted is the Bay Area’s first ideas festival: two days of extraordinary thinking in the heart of Berkeley. Uncharted aims to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals, along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

  • Valentine's Wine Walk

    Shattuck Ave (Hearst to Rose/Vine to Walnut Sq.)

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 540-6444

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    When February 12, 2014

    Neighborhood Gourmet Ghetto

    Stroll, sip and shop. Benefit for Berkeley's Homeless Youth Shelter.

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