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Things To Do In Berkeley

Things to Do in Beautiful Berkeley

Welcoming, relaxing, and thoroughly stunning, Berkeley, California, encapsulates the Bay Area lifestyle. At the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, you can experience it all, without the Bay Area price tag. Hike through regional parks, tour one of the nation’s preeminent public universities, or lose yourself in the city’s wonder — take a break from work and get to know this special place.

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Berkeley Restaurant Week

Tour the foundations of “California Cuisine,” and dig into prix fixe meals at eateries across town.

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Lunar New Year Festival

Fourth Street
Martial arts demos, lion dances, arts, and crafts take over Berkeley’s streets on this important Chinese holiday.

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Persian New Year Festival

The Persian Center: 2029 Durant Avenue
Welcome the impending spring in true Persian fashion — with food, dance, and the rituals of the Chaharshanbe Suri.

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Bay Area Book Festival

Downtown Berkeley
Meet your favorite authors, discover upcoming writers, and sit in on literary sessions at this acclaimed two-day festival.

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Himalayan Fair

Live Oak Park: 1301 Shattuck Avenue
Celebrate and support the Himalayan tradition with Odissi dance, Nepalese music, international vendors, and more.

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Berkeley World Music Festival

Shattuck, Telegraph, and Durant Avenues
Move and groove along to the sounds of world music, and browse a crafts fair in People’s Park — all for free.

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Fourth of July at Berkeley Marina

Berkeley Marina: 201 University Avenue
Whether you want to catch a free concert or try your hand at Dragon Boat rowing, you’ll have plenty to do before a Bayside fireworks show.

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Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival

Gourmet Ghetto: Shattuck Avenue
Beautify your own piece of sidewalk, pick at gourmet chocolate, and wander among a string of festival booths.

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Solano Avenue Stroll

Solano Avenue
The East Bay’s largest street festival features over a mile of vendors, food booths, and amusement rides, and includes a 75-entry parade.

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Berkeley Indigenous People’s Day Pow Wow

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Join in on round dances, listen to traditional drumming, and come face-to-face with hundreds of years of Native American civilization.

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Día de los Muertos

Kittredge Street and Harold Way
Don traditional skeletal face paint, contribute to a community ofrenda, join a candlelit procession, and celebrate the memories of your ancestors.

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Telegraph Holiday Fair

Telegraph Avenue, between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way
Get in the Christmas spirit at this streetside festival, complete with original artwork, artisanal crafts, and jovial light displays.