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Friday, August 25

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, August 25 – 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 26

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Berkeley
Saturday, August 26 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, August 26 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” was written by the accomplished Jacobean playwright Francis Beaumont and first performed around 1607. In the play, the audience interrupts the (apparently rather dull) Elizabethan drama “The London Gentleman” and insist the players perform a different play (made up ...

Sunday, August 27

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, August 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

Please note that for the August Salsa Sunday Block Party, the event is scheduled on August 27, 2017, the fourth Sunday of the month  and not on August 20, 2017. 

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, August 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

On the following Sundays, the club is offering Introductory Sails for a taste of the club’s safe boating education programs. These can be extremely wet – you may end up practicing how to self-rescue from a capsize – so bring a change of clothes, strap ...

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Walls” | Berkeley
Sunday, August 27 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 58th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2017 production “Walls.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2017 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Monday, August 28

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, August 28 – 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 ...

Saturday, September 2

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, September 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Berkeley

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” was written by the accomplished Jacobean playwright Francis Beaumont and first performed around 1607. In the play, the audience interrupts the (apparently rather dull) Elizabethan drama “The London Gentleman” and insist the players perform a different play (made up ...

Sunday, September 3

2017 Brazilian Day Street Party | Berkeley
Sunday, September 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Casa de Cultura
2017 Brazilian Day Street Party | Berkeley

Casa de Cultura in Berkeley once again throws a day-long party and ritual celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with an annual lavagem (blessing) and procession for world peace, live Brazilian music and DJs, dancing, food, drinks, and lots of folks dressed in white.
2017 Brazilian Day Party
Sunday, September 3, 2017 …

The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Final Day
Sunday, September 3 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Final Day

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” was written by the accomplished Jacobean playwright Francis Beaumont and first performed around 1607. In the play, the audience interrupts the (apparently rather dull) Elizabethan drama “The London Gentleman” and insist the players perform a different play (made up ...

Monday, September 4

The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Labor Day Special
Monday, September 4 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Hinkel Park
The Knight of the Burning Pestle: Very-nearly-Shakespeare in the Park | Labor Day Special

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” was written by the accomplished Jacobean playwright Francis Beaumont and first performed around 1607. In the play, the audience interrupts the (apparently rather dull) Elizabethan drama “The London Gentleman” and insist the players perform a different play (made up ...

Wednesday, September 6

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, September 6 – 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 ...

Thursday, September 7

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, September 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
| Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay

The UC Berkeley Art Museum is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. Through art and film programs, collections, and research resources, the University aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant, engaging audiences from the campus, community, and beyond. Through art and ...

Friday, September 8

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, September 8 – 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 ...

Saturday, September 9

Luna Dance Institute Fall Open House 2017 | Berkeley
Saturday, September 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Luna Dance Institute
Luna Dance Institute Fall Open House 2017 | Berkeley

Dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute’s free event. Their fall open house features Luna’s nationally reputable developmentally appropriate approach to teaching creative dance and improvisation classes for all ages. Join them for family dance, free kids classes, and student …

Sunday, September 10

43rd Annual Solano Stroll & Parade: 500+ Vendors, Performers & Artists | Berkeley & Albany
Sunday, September 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Solano Avenue
43rd Annual Solano Stroll & Parade: 500+ Vendors, Performers & Artists | Berkeley & Albany

Since 1974 Solano Avenue and the twin-cities of Albany and Berkeley have hosted the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival.
The mile-long festival features over 500 vendors including 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry …

Friday, September 15

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley
Friday, September 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations welcome
| La Peña Cultural Center
Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley

Enjoy a lively evening of music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance. Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the ...

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, September 15 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom
Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley

Chillarious is the only comedy showcase where you can enjoy the Bay Area’s best comedic talent while lounging luxuriously on the Bay Area’s most comfortable organic mattresses and pillows. Admission is free and some free drinks will be provided, but you can also BYOB. Please, ...

Saturday, September 16

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, September 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)

Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences. Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11 am. Doors ...

Sunday, September 17

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, September 17 – 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 ...

Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
Salsa Sunday Block Party, Live Music & Dancing | Berkeley

Salsa Sundays is back for summer 2017 with a series of five block parties held every third Sunday of the month from June through October in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. Come and join in the fun at the best block party around. Expect free live ...

Rumba Party: Afro-Cuban Drums, Dances & Songs | Berkeley
Sunday, September 17 – 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 ...

Wednesday, September 20

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, September 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley

Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Their work—including action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours—gives you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global ...

Sunday, September 24

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, September 24 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

On the following Sundays, the club is offering Introductory Sails for a taste of the club’s safe boating education programs. These can be extremely wet – you may end up practicing how to self-rescue from a capsize – so bring a change of clothes, strap ...