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

Festivals & Annual Events

Events in Berkeley, California offer a window into the unique culture, style and Berkeley vibe. Berkeley is host to a spectrum of annual events you won't want to miss.

Bay Area Book Festival

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. One of the premier literary events in the nation!

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.

Berkeley World Music Festival

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.

Uncharted - The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

Uncharted involves a two-day festival of ideas featuring a mix of conversations and ideas you'll encounter nowhere else. Unscripted. Unpredictable. Uncharted. Produced by Berkeleyside, since 2013.

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 & 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 & Chalk Art Festival. Artist registration is free, with contest and prizes. And chocolate tasting tickets keep the antioxidant buzz strong.

Solano Avenue Stroll

Solano Avenue Stroll is the East Bay’s largest street festival, with over 500 vendors, entertainment, parades and food.

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's annual festivals and events are held around the calendar and all across town, many with long legacies, others new but sure to earn their own fans.

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