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

Festivals & Annual Events

2022

September

Solano Avenue Stroll

Sunday, Sept. 11

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

2023

May

Farmers' Market Salsa Festival

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

Himalayan Fair

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

June

Berkeley Festival & Exhibition

The Berkeley Early Music 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.

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.

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