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

Festivals & Annual Events

2021 Annual Events

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May

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!

June

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 (BFX) is a biennial festival that started in 1990 and alternates 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.

July

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.

August

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.

2022 Annual Events

January

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.

February

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.

March

Persian New Year Festival

The 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.

April

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.

Berkeley Kite Festival