Berkeley Events Guide

Whether you are just visiting or are a Berkeley local, there are plenty of things to keep you happily entertained! Each of the different neighborhoods in Berkeley is packed with culture, great food, and fun activities. We have created a list of our favorite things to do in the city so that you can experience all the great things Berkeley has to offer!

Local Area Sports

Golden Gate Fields- Golden Gate Fields is Northern California’s premier horse racing track. Spend your day at the track with fast horses, good food, and free music!

Golden Gate Fields

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Oakland Raiders Football

Enjoy some Oakland Raiders football while you are in town! Watch Oakland’s team strive to hit the playoffs this year with new talent, new plays, and a new attitude.
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Alumni & Family Weekend

Celebrate Homecoming week at the Berkeley University with 3 full days of events! This year’s Homecoming Weekend will take place October 2nd-4th, 2015.

UC Berkeley Homecoming Game

Make sure to get to the stadium early to hang out with fellow UC Berkeley Alum and Family before heading into the Golden Bears vs. Washington football game!

When: TBA
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UC Berkeley Commencements

Congratulate the graduates for all their hard work and dedication!

Spring Graduation Dates

Spring: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
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Family Fun

Berkeley Bay Festival- Berkeley Bay Festival is dedicated to educating individuals about the Earth and the environment and how we can make it greener! Celebrate with fun activities, food, and music by the Bay.

Price: Free
When: Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 11am-4pm

Jazz on Fourth

19th annual free outdoor music festival that supports the Berkeley High School Jazz Program. Giant raffles, food booths, and face paintings are some of the fun activities to partake in!
Price: Free to the public

Kite Festival

Annual Berkeley Kite Festival that exhibits the excitement from modern kite flying. The festival is home to the worlds largest octopus kite, kites bigger than house, and the West Coast Kite Championship Competition. Arts & crafts, food, and music are all part of the big event!
When: Occurs on the last weekend of July each year
Price: Free event to attend
Other Information: Free shuttles from Golden Gate Fields, otherwise $15 to park in the Marina

Music Festivals

Outside Lands

Outside lands is a three-day Music Festival with some of the biggest names in music. The food and cocktail options are endless and have been raved about by the Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, and the Wall Street Journal.
Ticket Prices: Vary, on day/number of days in attendance
Other Information: Taking the shuttle is recommended, as parking is limited in the area

Downtown Berkeley MusicFest

A festival with many different music cultures intertwined so guests can see all that Berkeley has to offer. The festival provides four days of music throughout ten venues in Berkeley’s art district.
Price: Free to attend

LGBT Events

San Francisco Pride- San Francisco Pride is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation with over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors and more than 20 stages and venues.
Price: Donation suggested for admission

Food and Wine

Ghoulish Gastronomique

Tastefully located in the Gourmet Ghetto, this is your chance to taste Berkeley’s food culture from over 25 different venues. Aztec Dancers, face painting, and DIY projects are all a part of the fun!