Local Events and Festivals
Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC)
2 Plaza St. (& Laguna Honda) San Francisco CA 94116.
Sponsors annual cultural festival (2006 DATE: September 17);
Arab Film Festival.
2 Plaza St. (& Laguna Honda) San Francisco CA 94116.
Annual film festival with showings in San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose, aimed at enhancing public understanding
of Arab culture. 2007 DATES: October 18-28. Also known as Cinemayaat.
Asian Pacific Islander Festival.
Berkeley High School Building G-111, 1980 Allston Way (and Milvia)
Annual festival celebrating Asian Pacific heritage. 2006 DATE: May 20th, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (MLK Jr.
Way and Center Street), Berkeley. Organized by the Asian Pacific Islander Committee of Berkeley High School;
sponsored by East Bay Asian Youth Center, City of Berkeley, and Berkeley Unified School District.
Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFOT)
2288 Fulton St. Suite 312 Berkeley CA 94704.
510-548-1271 Voice mail.
Annual events include a protest march commemorating the Tibetan Uprising (March 10, 1959), Tibet Day Celebration
(held on, or near December 10 to coincide with International Human Rights Day), special events, and celebration of
the Dalai Lama's birthday. Tibet oral history project.
Berkeley Arts Festival.
City-wide ongoing arts festival ("Every day is an arts festival in Berkeley"); maintains online calendar for
performances and exhibitions day and night in local concert halls, theaters, school yards, street corners, galleries,
Berkeley Buddhist Temple.
2121 Channing Way (& Shattuck) Berkeley CA 94704.
To propagate the teachings of the Buddha (Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism).
Sponsors annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival held on the third weekend in May. 2007 DATES: May 19-20.
Berkeley (Calif). Housing Department. Energy and Sustainable
http://www.greenhomeexpo.org (Green Home Expo Website)
To save energy in city government and in the community. Education on energy matters, and assistance with
community-wide energy planning. Responsible for establishment of nonprofit energy organization, CESC (Community
Energy Services Corporation); see separate listing in this BIN file.
Holds annual Green Home Expo and Energy Symposium last weekend in April.
Berkeley (Calif). Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department.
PURPOSE To enlighten the public about importance of Bayshore habitat, marine environment, and
Sponsors Berkeley Bay Festival.
2007 DATES: Shoreline Clean-up: September 15 (always third Saturday in September). Berkeley Bay Festival:
Berkeley Cinco de Mayo
Annual celebration recognizing the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) in which Mexican troops
defeated invading French forces. Celebrated in Bay Area with parades, festivals, dances, and speeches. Local
celebration (James Kenney Park); usually held on Sunday closest to May 5 (2006 DATE: Saturday, May 6)
Entertainment, live music, food booths, community information booths, arts and crafts sales, children's games and
Berkeley Mardi Gras
Annual collectively organized Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday (the same day as Mardi Gras in New Orleans).
All-day Mardi Gras begins at daybreak, at top of Derby Creek, includes roving costume party, free lunch, music and
performances, floats, grand party, etc. See website for details and parade route.
Chinese New Year.
The fifteen-day Chinese New Year period begins at the first new moon after the sun enters Aquarius (in the Far East).
This day may fall between January 21 and February 19.
SERVICES 2007: The Year of the Pig begins on February 18 (Year 4705). San Francisco's parade is on Saturday,
March 3 (rain or shine), starting at about 5:30pm at Market & Second streets.
Dancing Poetry Festival
PURPOSE Annual festival at California Palace of the Legion of Honor offers different ways to see poetry and
dance as a unified art form. 2006 DATE: October 7th, from noon
Dia de los Muertos Fruitvale Festival
Fruitvale District (International Blvd. between Fruitvale Ave. & 40th Ave.) Oakland.
PURPOSE Family and community celebration of Latino culture; provides an opportunity to experience the
cultural traditions and values of the Spanish-speaking community celebrating the Day of the Dead.
SERVICES Annual festival features music, dancing, food booths, art, ofrendas (elaborately decorated altars),
children's activities, etc. 2006 DATE: November 5.
CONTACT Karen Hester (http://www.hesternet.net)
PURPOSE Fair to celebrate Earth Day, celebrated annually on Saturday closest to April 22. Fair takes place at
MLK Civic Center Park (Allston Way and MLK Jr. Way) from noon-5pm, with food, crafts, live music, farmers'
market, children's events, etc. Volunteers sought; call for details. 2007 DATE: April 21.
East Bay Media Center
SERVICES Sponsors annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival.
2007 DATES: October.
PURPOSE Nonprofit community video organization offering a network among video producers, nonprofit
organizations, technicians, and others interested in making video technology accessible to the general public.
Established in 1980.
SERVICES Conferences and workshops, ongoing training, produces broadcast and cable TV programs, provides
studio rentals and equipment rentals for commercial and nonprofit groups, referral services, full production and post-
production editing facilities, duplication (includes dvd duplication), and format conversion.
Eggster Hunt and Learning Festival.
PURPOSE Nonprofit annual free egghunt and education festival ("Northern California's largest egghunt") to
encourage children to pursue higher education. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit children's agencies.
SERVICES Egghunt, arts and crafts, learning booths, entertainment. 2007
DATE: April 7, from 10am-3pm; see website for details.
Festival of Greece
4700 Lincoln Ave. (near Warren Freeway), Oakland CA 94602.
PURPOSE Annual Greek festival sponsored by Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension; held on the weekend
in May after Mother's Day. 2006 DATES: May 19, 20, and 21 (Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-
SERVICES Food, vendors, folk dancing, performances, arts, crafts, church tours, etc.
Himalayan Fair Committee
PURPOSE Sponsors annual fair of arts, crafts, and food from the Himalayan region, to promote friendship,
understanding, and cultural exchange with people of the Himalayan region (India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan,
Pakistan, and Tibet). Benefit for educational, medical, and environmental grassroots projects in these regions.
SERVICES Fair is held in Berkeley's Live Oak Park (Shattuck and Berryman) generally 3rd weekend in May (2007
DATES: May 19-20).
"How Berkeley Can You Be" Parade and Festival.
PURPOSE Annual parade and festival celebrating Berkeley's uniqueness. 2006 DATE: Sunday, September 17;
parade 11am-1pm (along University above Sacramento, then south along Shattuck, then west on Center Street).
Festival is held 12:30pm-5pm at Civic Center Park (Center and Milvia). Due to construction, 2006 location may be at a
different downtown Berkeley location. (Call for information.)
SERVICES Parade features floats, cars, and marchers. Festival features music and dance stages, crafts, children's
activities, informational booths, etc.
Indigenous Peoples Day Committee
PURPOSE Working with the local city government, school system, public library, community organizations, and
the community to organize and promote the causes of indigenous peoples.
SERVICES Sponsors annual pow wow and Indian market celebrating indigenous peoples on Saturday closest to
October 12; also supports special events revolving around indigenous peoples issues and viewpoints. 2006 DATE:
October 14; due to construction at MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, The Indigenous Peoples Pow Wow & Indian Market
does not yet have a location.
Irish Arts Foundation
PURPOSE Works to provide access to Irish, Celtic, and Irish-American culture and heritage in the Bay Area.
SERVICES Concerts, plays, readings, art exhibitions, seminars, etc. Sponsors the Irish Film Festival in March
(2007 DATES: March 1-4) at the Roxie Cinema, 16th St. and Valencia, San Francisco.
PURPOSE Nonprofit performance and educational venue promoting jazz and experimental music in the Bay Area.
SERVICES Co-sponsoring with the Berkeley Arts Festival, the Zipper Fest three-day festival. 2007 Dates: May
11,12,13 at 2323 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
PURPOSE Music school specializing in the study and performance of jazz and related music from around the
SERVICES Classes, workshops, seminars, lectures, and performances. Small bookstore focusing on new books and
recordings; photo gallery; cafe. Produces the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival (2006 DATE: August 23-27). Summer
youth programs. One-week long "Rhythm Rocks!" summer day camp sessions (in mid-June and early August) for ages
Jewish Music Festival (Jewish Community Center of the East Bay)
1414 Walnut St. (& Vine) Berkeley CA 94709.
PURPOSE Serves the East Bay community from two-year-olds to senior citizens, celebrating Jewish culture and
SERVICES Sponsors annual Jewish Music Festival (2007 DATES: March 8-25; call or visit for more information).
Also accepts car donations; call for details.
Junior Bach Festival
http://www.juniorbach.org (Web site)
PURPOSE To interest people, particularly young people, in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Principal activity
is annual Festival consisting solely of music written by, or attributed to, J.S. Bach, performed by young musicians.
Festival is held annually around March 21 (Bach's birthday).
SERVICES Concerts. Auditions in February; educational seminar on baroque music is held in the Fall. Library.
KPFA Crafts & Music Fair.
PURPOSE Juried fundraising crafts fair, held annually in December, in San Francisco at the Concourse Exhibition
Center at 8th & Brannan.
2007 DATES: December 8-9, 10am-6pm.
SERVICES Crafts by more than 200 artists, live performances by Bay Area entertainers and musicians, food, etc.
Free shuttles from San Francisco Civic Center BART station.
PURPOSE Volunteer-run annual month-long festival in San Francisco and the East Bay seeking to bring greater
solidarity and labor consciousness for all working people; also other events during the year.
SERVICES LaborFest: Art and photo exhibits; International Working Class Film and Video Festival; presentations;
labor walks (both historical and present-day); music; boat tours, etc. (2006 Date: Month of July.) Year-round films and
Live Oak Park Fair
Live Oak Park 1301 Shattuck Ave. (& Berryman) Berkeley 94709.
PURPOSE Annual arts and fine crafts fair, held in North Berkeley's Live Oak Park in June (2007 DATES: June 9-
10, from 11am to 6pm)
SERVICES Juried marketplace of original crafts, foods, children's entertainment and Jazzschool stage. Free shuttle
from North Berkeley BART.
Moon Viewing Festival
PURPOSE Takes place at Lake Merritt, at the Lakeside Garden Center; cultural performances, Japanese box dinner
2007 DATE: October 21.
PURPOSE Moon viewing festival during October's full moon.
Spice of Life Festival (North Shattuck Association)
PURPOSE Property-based business improvement district (formed 2001) working to improve and promote the North
Shattuck commercial area [along Shattuck Ave. from Delaware to Rose, and along Vine from Shattuck to Walnut].
SERVICES District maintenance services, public improvements; assists area merchants; marketing and special
events, including annual
2007 DATE: Sunday, October 14.
Oakland Black Cowboy Association.
PURPOSE Cultural and educational organization designed to inform Americans about the role of black cowboys
and their contributions to the building of the American West.
SERVICES Members ride in Oakland's annual Black Cowboy Parade and Festival, usually the first Saturday in
October (2007 DATE: October 6 from 11am-6pm in Oakland's deFremery Park at 18th Street & Adeline; parade is to
Oakland City Hall and back). Black Cowboy Parade is the only one of its kind in the country. Also working towards
re-opening Piedmont Stables for a riding program. Volunteer opportunities.
African American Celebration Through Poetry (Oakland (Calif). Public Library. West Oakland Branch)
1801 Adeline St. (& 18th St.) Oakland 94607
SERVICES Branch library services; also sponsors annual African American Celebration Through Poetry on first
Saturday in February, featuring community members of all ages reading their poetry, performing, dancing, or
displaying works of art.
Oakland Chinatown StreetFest (Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce)
PURPOSE Sponsors annual Oakland Chinatown StreetFest street fair on fourth weekend in August in Oakland
Chinatown area, on Franklin Street from 7th to 11th Streets. 2007 DATES: August 25-26, 10am-6pm. Also sponsors
annual Lunar New Year Festival.
Haste and Telegraph Berkeley CA 94704.
http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu (website with link to People's Park information)
PURPOSE Local park area maintained by the University of California, Berkeley, and the community at large. An
important plot of ground; for information on People's Park as a Berkeley landmark and institution, contact the
Berkeley Public Library Reference Desk.
SERVICES Annual People's Park Anniversary Celebration is usually on the last Sunday in April (2007 DATE:
Persian New Year Festival (Persian Center)
2029 Durant Ave. (& Shattuck) Berkeley CA 94704.
PURPOSE Cultural and educational nonprofit promoting Persian heritage and culture; serves as a center for Persian
people and others to share Persian (Iranian) heritage and to contribute to the Persian community.
SERVICES Sponsors annual Persian New Year Festival, usually held the Tuesday night before the Spring Equinox.
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
Poetry Flash: A Poetry Review and Literary Calendar for the West.
PURPOSE Nonprofit literary arts publication and literary clearinghouse for the Bay Area and California.
SERVICES Publishes Poetry Flash newspaper (a poetry review and literary calendar of readings, interviews,
workshops, festivals, submission information, etc.). Sponsors a weekly poetry reading series (at Berkeley City College
and other venues) and annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival (2007 DATE: See website).
San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco Film Society.
PURPOSE Nonprofit community cultural organization seeking to increase film appreciation and cultural
understanding by showing films from around the world.
SERVICES Film screenings; retrospective and other film events throughout the year. Presents San Francisco
International Film Festival, held annually in the spring in various locations around the Bay, including Pacific Film
2007 DATES: April 26-May 10.
World Vegetarian Day
San Francisco Vegetarian Society.
PURPOSE To educate the public on the health, ecological, ethical, spiritual, and humane reasons for being a
vegetarian; to provide a meeting place for vegetarians; to act as a resource for food and ecology issues.
SERVICES Meetings, lectures, special events, cooking classes, etc. Co-sponsors annual World Vegetarian Day
(2006 DATES: September 30-October 1) in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Solano Avenue Association.
PURPOSE To promote and preserve the Solano Avenue community in Berkeley and Albany via unification of the
Albany-Berkeley community of businesses and residences along Solano Avenue, and to represent their interests; to act
as a liaison between Solano Avenue merchants and the City and the neighborhood.
SERVICES Sponsors annual Solano Stroll (parade and street fair), usually second Sunday in September (2007
DATE: September 9). Also sponsors other community events and services, including the springtime Chocolate and
Chalk Art Festival
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair.
PURPOSE Annual holiday crafts fair, featuring over 300 vendors; held on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue between
Dwight Way and Bancroft, usually the 3 weekends just before Christmas.
Welsh American Society of Northern California.
PURPOSE Parent organization of the Welsh Heritage Fund of California, an educational charity. To preserve and
prosper the heritage of Welsh-Americans, foster cultural exchanges with Wales, and promote public awareness of the
Welsh race and nation.
SERVICES Sponsors St. David's Day Gymanfa Ganu, Welsh Arts and Film Festival, and Twelfth Night Festivities.
Youth Arts Festival.
PURPOSE Month-long celebration of Berkeley youth talent in the arts.
SERVICES Workshops, performances, literary events, and visual art exhibitions (2007 DATES: March 21-April
15). Performing Arts Showcase (2007 Date: March 25).