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Wednesday, October 24

The Distinguished Free Astronomy Lecture | UC Berkeley
Wednesday, October 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sibley Auditorium
The Distinguished Free Astronomy Lecture | UC Berkeley

Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to learn from observations of exploding stars that cosmic expansion is speeding up. This is an attribution to a mysterious “dark energy” that pervades the universe and makes up 70% of it. Scientists are working in many ways to …

Vajra Guru Mantra: Full Moon Chant | Berkeley
Wednesday, October 24 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Vajra Guru Mantra: Full Moon Chant | Berkeley

The full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra interspersed with periods of meditation. The chant is held in one of the classrooms and is led by a community member. 2018 ...

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Wednesday, October 24 – 7:00 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. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra ...

Friday, October 26

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, October 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. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, piano and voice, will play songs from many world religions that inspire ...Monthly

Tuesday, October 30

2018 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi Band, Craft & Street Decorating | Berkeley
Tuesday, October 30 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Farmers' Market
2018 Day of the Dead Party: Live Mariachi Band, Craft & Street Decorating | Berkeley

Honor passed loved ones and ancestors at the annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring a number of hands-on activities for the whole family on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
It’s transition time at the farmers’ markets. Stone fruit and salads of summer are giving way to soup …

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween Fest: Free Scary Hairstyling, Trick or Treating & Live Music | Berkeley
Wednesday, October 31 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
Halloween Fest: Free Scary Hairstyling, Trick or Treating & Live Music | Berkeley

Dress up the family and head to the Fourth Street shops in Berkeley for a Halloween festival.
More than 70 merchants on the street hand out treats (edibles and non-edibles). Each participating merchant has a pumpkin at their door to show participation. In 2014, more than 1500 …

Thursday, November 1

Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay
Thursday, November 1 – 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 ...Monthly

Free Rooftop Stargazing Party: Telescopes & Astronomy | UC Berkeley
Thursday, November 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Campbell Hall (UC Berkeley)
Free Rooftop Stargazing Party: Telescopes & Astronomy | UC Berkeley

Astro Night is UC Berkeley’s free stargazing and lecture event open to the public. Held typically on the first Thursday of the month (during select months, as weather permits), members of the public are invited to take part in guided stargazings using our fleet of telescopes, including ...

Friday, November 2

2018 Día de los Muertos: Community Altars & Ceramic Sugar Skull Painting | Berkeley
Friday, November 2 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Berkeley
2018 Día de los Muertos: Community Altars & Ceramic Sugar Skull Painting | Berkeley

Fall is a time of year when the veil between the living and dead is thought to be at its most diaphanous, take part in the eighth year of the Dìa de Los Muertos Celebration in Downtown Berkeley.
2018 Dia de los Muertos
Friday, November 2, 2018 …

Saturday, November 3

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, November 3 – 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 ...Monthly

Sunday, November 4

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, November 4 – 3:00 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 its 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 ...Monthly

Wednesday, November 7

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, November 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 ...Monthly

“Rainbow Family Night”: LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley
"Rainbow Family Night": LGBTQ Parents Support Group | Berkeley

LGBTQ parents are invited to join their facilitated support group to connect, share experiences, swap tips, and discuss issues relevant to their families, while kids have a great time playing in the Habitot Children’s Museum. Rainbow Family Night takes place on the first Wednesday of ...Monthly

Saturday, November 10

Awesöme Orchestra Collective: Open Session 61 | Berkeley
Saturday, November 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Awesöme Orchestra Collective: Open Session 61 | Berkeley

Come out and join Awesöme Orchestra on Saturday, November 10, 1-4pm at Sports Basement Berkeley. (This session had originally been set for 9/23 @ SFPL, but was rescheduled for 11/10.)

Sunday, November 11

The Final “Cal Sailing Club Open House” of 2018: Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley
Sunday, November 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
The Final "Cal Sailing Club Open House" of 2018: Free Sailboat Rides | Berkeley

The Cal Sailing Club offers Free Sailboat Rides for the public aboard their fleet of dinghies (which are fast and zippy) and keelboats (larger and more stable). You’ll have a spectacular voyage and might get great views of UC Berkeley, the Bay Bridge, San Francisco ...

Monday, November 12

Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley
Monday, November 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Intro to Personal Safety & Self-Defense Class | Berkeley

This one hour class provides an introduction to IMPACT Bay Area’s style of empowerment self-defense. In this class students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical ...Monthly

Wednesday, November 14

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, November 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. Updated 9/11/18 – ...Monthly

Friday, November 16

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session | Berkeley
Friday, November 16 – 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 ...Monthly

Chillarious: Free Comedy & Wine in a Mattress Shop | Berkeley
Friday, November 16 – 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, ...Monthly

Saturday, November 17

“Science@Cal”: Renowned Scientist Lecture | UC Berkeley
Saturday, November 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mulford Hall (UC Berkeley)
"Science@Cal": Renowned Scientist Lecture | 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 ...Monthly

Sunday, November 18

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Berkeley
Sunday, November 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 ...Monthly

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

Wednesday, November 21

Food First Meeting: A World Where People Have Access to Food | Berkeley
Wednesday, November 21 – 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 ...Monthly

Friday, November 23

Vajra Guru Mantra: Full Moon Chant | Berkeley
Friday, November 23 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute (Berkeley)
Vajra Guru Mantra: Full Moon Chant | Berkeley

The full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra interspersed with periods of meditation. The chant is held in one of the classrooms and is led by a community member. 2018 ...

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Friday, November 23 – 7:00 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. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra ...