Berkeley's festivals and special events fill the calendar with a variety of unique, fun and memorable experiences.

Festivals & Annual Events

2020 Annual Events

(Subject to Change, Please Contact Us for Updates)


Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention

The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention will be held online from September 22-27, 2020.


Himalayan Fair

Founded in 1983, Berkeley's Himalayan Fair is a colorful, open-air festival of all things Himalayan including arts, crafts, food, dance and a very "kush" vibe.

Grateful Day Fest

Grateful Day Fest Celebrating the legacy of the Grateful Dead, the Grateful Day Fest features artists & vendors, kid’s zone and stilt walkers with live bands all day. Telegraph Berkeley hosts the annual event.

Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow

In 1992 Berkeley, California became the first city in the world to officially celebrate October 12th as Indigenous Peoples Day. Celebrate with dancing, Native American foods, arts & crafts, and more at the Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow.

Global Homecoming, International House

Global Homecoming at International House features engaging experiences, community building, networking, and delicious international cuisines. Held annually on the Sunday over Cal homecoming weekend. Get the full schedule, admission pricing, and more from the official website. For a preview of the event, check out the video!


Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

Over 100 handpicked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops, creative spaces and galleries in and around Berkeley, California open their doors for the annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. Weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and additional open hours per studio and artist availability.

Berkeley Half Marathon

Experience a running tour of our exceptional city starting with iconic Telegraph Avenue and Shattuck Avenue, winding through the serene residential streets of North Berkeley, cruising along the waterfront near the Berkeley Marina and much more. The Berkeley Half Marathon returns each November.


Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

Over 100 handpicked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops, creative spaces and galleries in and around Berkeley, California will open their doors to the public for the annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, Saturdays and Sundays between Thanskgiving and Christmas.

Santa on Solano

Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to appear on Solano Avenue for the first three weekends in December for Santa on Solano. Take pictures with Santa, enjoy snacks, and more!

Snow Day in Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto

Take a Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto! Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on Shattuck Avenue between Rose and Vine Streets in Berkeley.

Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair

Holiday shoppers are treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, with unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California's finest artists at the Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair.

2021 Annual Events


Berkeley Restaurant Week

The Annual Berkeley Restaurant Week features restaurants across Berkeley that offer special-value prix fixe menus. Discover new places, or revisit favorites from more than 30 restaurants that share Berkeley's Cali-cuisine legacy.


Caltopia is the largest college lifestyle event in the nation, held on the UC Berkeley campus every August. The two-day interactive festival introduces 30,000+ Cal students to brands of all sizes aligned with the Cal lifestyle. Usually held at the beginning of the fall semester, this year Caltopia is rescheduled to January 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Pizza Lovers Month

February is Pizza Lovers Month in downtown Berkeley, celebrating locally owned and operated pizza restaurants. Get a slice or whole pie at participating establishments, and ask for the Pizza Month Special.


Persian New Year Festival

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.


Cal Day is Now Cal Week!

Cal Day is UC Berkeley's annual open house, welcoming prospective & admitted students, current students, kids and families and the community to explore the beautiful campus and enjoy hundreds of exciting free events. This year's Cal Day will be held Online with Week Long Events.


Bay Area Book Festival

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. The Bay Area Book Festival is one of the premier literary events in the nation!


Berkeley World Music Weekend

Berkeley World Music Festival is a free world music and cultural weekend that features musical genres from every corner of the world. Some of the finest musicians in the world who call the Bay Area home perform at this Festival. Best starting place is the main information booth at Telegraph and Haste.

Berkeley Festival & Exhibition

The Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is a biennial festival founded in 1990, and alternating with the Boston Early Music Festival in even-numbered years. BFX has become one of the world’s largest and most important early music conclaves, deemed “a remarkable institution on the American musical scene” by The New York Times.

Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth in Berkeley is held annually in south Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor. Communities nationwide have adopted JUNETEENTH as an occasion to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of America.

Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets (also called “Open Streets”) closes streets to automobile traffic for a day so that people may use the space for other physical and social activities. The streets become parks as people replace car traffic. People walk, bike, skate and dance and play.


Berkeley Kite Festival

Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids. Held at the picturesque Berkeley Marina, perhaps the finest kite flying location in the world directly across from the Golden Gate Bridge.


Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival

The sidewalks of North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto are the "canvas" of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival. Artist registration is free, with contests and prizes. And chocolate tasting tickets keep the antioxidant buzz strong.

Solano Avenue Stroll

The Solano Avenue Stroll is the East Bay’s largest street festival, with over 500 vendors, entertainment, parades and food. The 2020 stroll was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.