Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


CHILEXICO: Fiestas Patrias en La Peña - Live Cumbia & Folklore!

$16 Advance / $20 Door ($22 Credit)
La Peña Cultural Center proudly presents CHILEXICO – a celebration of Chile & Mexico’s Independence Days, featuring an incredible lineup of Bay Area talent and special guests!
The evening starts off with folklore by: Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano, Mariela Herrera and Grupo Araucaria Danzas de Chile! Following the folklore, we bring you a full-on FIESTAS PATRIAS PARTY till 1am with: Discos Resaca Collective, Los Chicos Buenos and DJ Gabriel Lautaro.
So bring your Cumbia dancing shoes & cash for the TEQUILA & PISCO BAR, and come hungry for the delicious MEXICAN AND CHILEAN FOOD stands by Los Cilantros restaurant and El Mesón de Violeta!
Don’t miss this unique night and secure your tickets before they sell out at!
8:30pm DJ Lautaro
9:15pm Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano
9:35pm DJ Lautaro
10pm Mariela Herrera & Grupo Araucaria Danzas de Chile
10:20pm Los Ch (View Full Event Description Here:

Sep 16, 12 midnight to 1am, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

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."

Sep 16, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Captured! By Robots/Chaki/BlackWater Birth/Reptoid/Dead Pressure

$10 +$2 Membership

Doors at 5 PM
Music at 6 PM

Sep 16, 11am to 12 noon, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Sep 16, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Israeli Oldies Folk Dance Party

Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of classic Israeli folkdances. Bring friends, potluck snacks and drinks, and your requests. This semi-regular event carries on the long folkdancing tradition at Ashkenaz, led by one of the longtime masters of Israeli music and dance, Allen King.

Doors at 1 pm; Event at 1:30 pm
Tickets are $10 / Under 18 Admitted Free

Sep 16, 1:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, 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.

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Sep 16, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Thomas Schultz

Sep 16, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, with the Luis Manuel Quartet opening at 4:30 on September 16th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

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Doors Open: 3:30 PM     Starts: 4:30 PM     Ends: 7:00 PM

Sep 16, 4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Greenwood News

Sep 16, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers stand out among Scotland's premier traditional bands, weaving the beauty of classic melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The group features founding member Roy Gullane on guitar and lead vocals, founding member Phil Smillie on flute and bodhran, John Martin on fiddle, and Colin Melville on bagpipes

Sep 16, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Trainwreck, Van Goat

American rock band

Van Goat takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands like The Pixies and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fast, crass, and extremely catchy, Van Goat's music is defined by constant hooks and changes.

Sep 16, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley