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

Festivals & Annual Events

May

Farmers' Market Salsa Festival

Saturday, May 21

The spirited annual Farmers' Market Festival features music, dancing, food and drink, all in downtown Berkeley. Free admission.

Himalayan Fair

May 21-22

Live music, dance, arts & crafts, Himalayan food court and more. Saturday from 10-7, Sunday 10-5:30.

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.

Berkeley Kite Festival attendees, mostly children, run in the grass beneath blue skies as multicolored kites fly overhead.