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Monday, May 29

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, May 29 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Friday, June 2

Alphabet Rockers: Hip-Hop For Children | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Alphabet Rockers: Hip-Hop For Children | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs and dances. This children’s program repeats at ...

Saturday, June 3

Mission Street Dances: Life & Art Interplay | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Joe Goode Annex
Mission Street Dances: Life & Art Interplay | SF
ODC invites you on a walking tour of the Mission District as local dance makers set their works on the streets and sites of their own city in a true interplay of life and art. Mission Street Dances Now in its sixth year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival ...
Afro-Cuban Dance Party with Cuban Salsa Ensemble | SF
Saturday, June 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Community Music Center
Afro-Cuban Dance Party with Cuban Salsa Ensemble | SF
Come dance, listen, hang out and experience smoking Cuban charanga music at Community Music Center – it’s free. CMC’s own Cuban Salsa Ensemble will be performing as part of the Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP). There will be two sets of swinging Cuban dance music, from ...

Friday, June 9

“Chelle! & Friends” Mardi Gras Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, “Chelle! & Friends” bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music. Chelle! & Friends is made up of some of the ...
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies ...

Saturday, June 10

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, June 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies ...

Sunday, June 11

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Sunday, June 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies ...

Sunday, June 18

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, June 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

The Salsa Sunday returns. Come and join in the fun at best block party around. Expect free live music and dancing in the street. Now in its 4th year Salsa Sundays has become a highly anticipated summer event that brings together over 2000 people of all ...

Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, June 18 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Monday, June 26

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, June 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Friday, July 7

Body Percussion Performance With The Crosspulse Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Body Percussion Performance With The Crosspulse Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Using finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse performances are designed to enchant children with an international array of rhythms, instruments and obscure musical practices. With five extraordinary artists versed in body percussion and a diverse array of ...

Sunday, July 16

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, July 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

The Salsa Sunday returns. Come and join in the fun at best block party around. Expect free live music and dancing in the street. Now in its 4th year Salsa Sundays has become a highly anticipated summer event that brings together over 2000 people of all ...

Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, July 16 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Thursday, July 20

Traditional Japanese Folk Songs with Bachido & Awakko Ren | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 20 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Traditional Japanese Folk Songs with Bachido & Awakko Ren | Yerba Buena Gardens
A three-string lute plucked and strummed with a plectrum, the shamisen has played an important role in Japanese culture for some five centuries. Santa Cruz’s Kyle Abbott became obsessed with the banjo-like instrument about 13 years ago, and created Bachido, an international organization that champions ...

Monday, July 31

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, July 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Thursday, August 10

LINES Dance Center: Global Dance Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
LINES Dance Center: Global Dance Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens
LINES Dance Center presents a program of Contemporary and Global Dance featuring students from their adult Choreography and Performance Workshops – classical Chinese dance taught by HaiYan Jackson, contemporary taught by Victor Talledos, Afro-Cuban taught by Natailia Aceves and hip-hop taught by Kyle Limin. See talented ...

Saturday, August 12

23rd Annual Pistahan Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 12 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
23rd Annual Pistahan Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Celebrating Filipino and Filipino-American arts and culture, the 23rd annual Pistahan features 2 days of art pavilions and stages highlighting contemporary and traditional music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, and artifacts. A trade expo offers products unique to the Philippines, including foods, books, jewelry, clothes and products ...

Sunday, August 13

Second Day of Pistahan: A Peek At Filipino Culture | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, August 13 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Second Day of Pistahan: A Peek At Filipino Culture | Yerba Buena Gardens
Celebrating Filipino and Filipino-American arts and culture, the 23rd annual Pistahan features 2 days of art pavilions and stages highlighting contemporary and traditional music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, and artifacts. A trade expo offers products unique to the Philippines, including foods, books, jewelry, clothes and products ...

Sunday, August 20

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, August 20 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

The Salsa Sunday returns. Come and join in the fun at best block party around. Expect free live music and dancing in the street. Now in its 4th year Salsa Sundays has become a highly anticipated summer event that brings together over 2000 people of all ...