Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Ska Reggae Night

WeR Back and this time with a unique night! We have an awesome line up ready to make you all dance for the whole night. Shark Punch The Millards GrooView Share to win 2 free tickets for this awesome show.

Jun 17, 12 midnight to 2am, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Temescal Farmers' Market

Jun 17, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jun 17, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids - Father's Day Celebration

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series, allows kids to "move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon" (NY Times). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child's lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll.

Jun 17, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jun 17, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Father's Day at the Freight with Steve Seskin, Keith Greeninger, & John Lester

Father's Day at the Freight with Steve Seskin, Keith Greeninger, & John Lester

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 17, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Jun 17, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

The Telegraph Callers

Urgent STOP Those seemingly random dots and dashes you hear aren't just noise-it's the Telegraph Callers STOP Seasoned veterans of the crackling Bay Area Bluegrass scene Rob Hansen, Niki Savage, and Kirby Cool have masterfully multiplexed styles from Nashville, Appalachia, and beyond, and are patching their innovative but familiar sound straight to your ears STOP Ask the operator to connect you to some of the best ID3#99 in the 510 today END

Jun 17, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

Jun 17, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Greenwood News

Jun 17, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Charles McNeal

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Soulful Sax Sounds," featuring the virtuosic saxophone of Charles McNeal.

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors.

Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

Charles McNeal is known as a world-class saxophonist whose powerful style crosses genres and has afforded him collaborations with giants of music such as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Boz Scaggs, Little Jimmy Scott, and countless more. This unique musical pairing is sure to thrill and delight audiences with straight ahead swingin', luscious ballads, funky grooves & down home blues.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun 17, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Heart of Rock and Roll Series: Watkins Glen

Jun 17, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Barrio Manouche: Gypsy Jazz & Flamenco Fusion Celebrating La Peña's 43rd Anniversary

La Peña Cultural Center, Barrio Manouche

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$30 VIP / $15 ADV / $19 DOOR (plus fees)
VIP Tickets guarantee seating in the first 3 rows of the front, center section.  Seating within the VIP section is on a first-come, first-served basis.
General Admission tickets are for first-come, first-served seating in all other seating sections.
 All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 17, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Barrio Manouche at the Freight and Salvage: Celebrating La Peña's 43rd Anniversary

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (All ages)
General Admission: $15 Advance / $19 Door (plus fees)
Premium seating: $30 VIP / Special Discounts for Seniors & Youth!

Please note: This event will be held at The Freight & Salvage: 2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704
The Freight and Salvage presents Barrio Manouche in honor of La Peña Cultural Center’s 43rd Birthday!
Barrio Manouche is a gypsy jazz & flamenco fusion ensemble based in San Francisco, with musicians from Spain, France, Brazil, California and Quebec.
They are known for curating their concerts with special guests from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and beyond!
The band performs a repertoire of original musical compositions deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions: from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the flamenco & rumb (View Full Event Description Here:

Jun 17, 7pm to 9pm, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States