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Friday, August 26

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, August 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Saturday, August 27

Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley
Saturday, August 27 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pappy's
Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley

This month’s headliner is Mark Smalls:
Mark Smalls is a hard hitting comic out of the SF Bay Area. Whether it’s a tough bar room or a nice comedy club Mark pulls no punches with his comedy. Performed in SF Sketchfest 2016 and placed 3rd place …

Sunday, August 28

Meditate & Hydrate At The Nyingma Open House | Berkeley
Sunday, August 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Meditate & Hydrate At The Nyingma Open House | Berkeley

Open houses introduce Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, and meditation, and provide the opportunity to meet Institute faculty and staff. The open house program runs from 3–5 PM with light refreshments, followed by our regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. Come …

Monday, August 29

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, August 29 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 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 ...

Tuesday, August 30

English Morris Dancing Workshop | Berkeley
Tuesday, August 30 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Morris Dance Practice Hall
English Morris Dancing Workshop | Berkeley

Feeling a little sluggish? Need to get that blood pumping? Secretly enjoy live fiddle and accordion music? Come join the basics of Morris dancing at the annual free workshop series in Berkeley starting on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 and continuing for four weeks (with a two-week break ...

Wednesday, August 31

Folk-Rock Mini Concert: Dawes | Amoeba Berkeley
Wednesday, August 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Limited seats, to ensure guaranteed admission, pre-order the album.
| Amoeba Music (Berkeley)
Folk-Rock Mini Concert: Dawes | Amoeba Berkeley

Starting Friday, August 19th, fans can pre-order the album (on CD, LP or exclusive yellow vinyl) in-store only at Amoeba Berkeley to receive guaranteed admission to their Amoeba Berkeley in-store performance and a poster pre-signed by the band.
One admission/signed poster per album purchased. Limit 4 per person. …

Thursday, September 1

Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, September 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)
Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden happening on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Berkeley Road Runner store. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your Adventure ...

“Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” Book Discussion & Signing | Berkeley
Thursday, September 1 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Shattuck)

It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is a comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon …

Friday, September 2

Fat Fury, Fat Love: Claiming Fat Space in Activist Communities | Berkeley
Friday, September 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pegasus Books (Shattuck)
Fat Fury, Fat Love: Claiming Fat Space in Activist Communities | Berkeley

How do we navigate our anti-oppression spaces that actually marginalize us and our bodies?
Often self-avowed anti-oppression spaces will never mention body size, or worse will be actively fatphobic, and fat people (particularly those who hold multiple oppressed identities and who are already constantly battling …

Sunday, September 4

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, September 4 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | 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 ...

Tuesday, September 6

Wilco Listening Party, Giveaways, Cherry Pie & Coffee | Amoeba Berkeley
Tuesday, September 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amoeba Music (Berkeley)
Wilco Listening Party, Giveaways, Cherry Pie & Coffee | Amoeba Berkeley

Two very special new albums come out on Friday, September 9th. Come to Amoeba on Tuesday, September 6th to celebrate the vinyl vibes with an early listening party, treats, and prizes.
Angelo Badalamenti’s original Twin Peaks soundtrack will be released on limited edition 180 gram damn …

Wednesday, September 7

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, September 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

Session 45: Awesome New Works Orchestra | Berkeley
Wednesday, September 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Fantasy Studios
Session 45: Awesome New Works Orchestra | Berkeley

Awesöme Orchestra will be reading through four short works by Bay Area composers in an all world premiere session. This session promises to be truly awesöme, where they’ll tackle three new orchestral pieces and even excerpts from an upcoming opera.
They’ll be in Studio D with …

Friday, September 9

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, September 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ashby BART
Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays

Berkeley Critical Mass is group bike ride that begins at the Ashby BART Station, where riders meet at 6 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month. A local rider frequently brings a powerful bicycle sound system to the rides making this into a rolling bike ...

“Modern Still Life Exhibition” Open Bar & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, September 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | uBe Art

The Opening Reception for the juried exhibition, Still Life: Past, Present and Future, taking place on Friday, September 9, from 6-9PM, showcases 39 still life works covering a wide spectrum of medium and genre from artists across the country.
The mold was broken with creations like …

Wednesday, September 14

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, September 14 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed.

Friday, September 16

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Friday, September 16 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights from 8-9:30 pm. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra ...

Sunday, September 18

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, September 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

“Eats, Beats & Brews” Block Party: Salsa Dancing, Games & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Sunday, September 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Shattuck & Center (Berkeley)

Downtown Berkeley’s Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music, along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden every third Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm from June through October. Also, Games of Berkeley will be taking over part ...

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, September 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides aboard a fleet of keelboats and dinghies with Cal Sailing Club, a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. Please try to arrive early as possible – depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may ...

Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, September 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 ...

Tuesday, September 20

English Morris Dancing Workshop | Berkeley
Tuesday, September 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Morris Dance Practice Hall
English Morris Dancing Workshop | Berkeley

Feeling a little sluggish? Need to get that blood pumping? Secretly enjoy live fiddle and accordion music? Come join the basics of Morris dancing at the annual free workshop series in Berkeley starting on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 and continuing for four weeks (with a two-week break ...

Saturday, September 24

Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley
Saturday, September 24 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pappy's
Free Comedy Showcase & Dance Party | Berkeley

Comedians Adrian McNair and Irene Tu present a Saturday Night Comedy Showcase on the last Saturday of the month at Pappy’s Bar in Berkeley. This free stand-up comedy showcase features comedians from across the Bay Area at 8:30 pm followed by a DJ dance party. Doors open at 8 ...

Monday, September 26

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, September 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 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 ...

Sunday, October 2

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, October 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides aboard a fleet of keelboats and dinghies with Cal Sailing Club, a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. Please try to arrive early as possible – depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may ...