You worked hard last semester; now it is time to relax and explore the exciting activities our Bay Area has to offer. Whether you like festivals, hiking, or are looking to have fun with your family, a lot is happening this summer. Get out there and enjoy!

Festivals and more

Redwood Grove Summer Concert Series
June – August, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Ticket includes Garden admission before 5 pm – picnics welcome!
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden outdoor amphitheater
Dubbed “the Stern Grove of the East Bay,” this year’s line-up includes music of every genre, from innovative jazz to rollicking bluegrass, gypsy swing, to indie rock, folk, and a classical string ensemble. Enjoy the fresh air, bring a picnic dinner and delight in the one-of-a-kind experience you’ll get from this unique outdoor music venue. Ticket sales benefit the UC Botanical Garden, a living museum of plants, including over 2,000 rare and endangered species.

Point Richmond Summer Concert Series
June 10 – September 23, 2nd Friday of the month at 5:30 pm
Washington Avenue & Park Place, Point Richmond
Featuring a diverse range of top-notch musicians. Free.

Alameda County Fair
June 15 – July 4
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Entertainment, contests and food.

Stern Grove Festival
June 19 – August 21, Sundays at 2 pm
19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
The Stern Grove festival has a great concert line-up. Free.

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade
Sunday, June 25 – 26, 2016
The Parade kicks off at 10:30 am along Market Street at Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco [MAP].

Fillmore Jazz Festival
July 2 – 3, 10 am – 6 pm
Fillmore Street between and Jackson & Eddy Streets, San Francisco
Bay Area talent, food and cultural presentations. Free.

Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 29 – 31, 10 am – 7 pm
Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy, CA
Great food, chef demos, competitions and tips on cooking with garlic.

July 23, 11 am – 7 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland
Bikes of all shapes and sizes are the highlight of this festival. Kids can decorate their bikes and participate in the kids’ bicycle parade to kick off the festival. Cycling daredevils will please the crowds with their stunts. Or check out Whymcycles — an eclectic collection of bicycles made from recycled car parts, trampolines and more! The Exploratorium will offer a hands-on exhibit where families can learn the science behind all things bicycle. Free.

Berkeley Kite Festival
July 30 – 31, 10 am – 5 pm
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the north end of the Berkeley Marina
Kite-flying demonstrations and competitions, kite-flying ballet, arts and crafts, food and live music. Free.

Art + Soul Oakland
August 20 – 21, noon – 6 pm
Downtown Oakland adjacent to the 12th Street/City Center BART station
Listen to great music, dance, buy original arts and crafts. Art + Soul will also feature the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Youth can enjoy hands-on arts activities organized by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and the Museum of Children’s Art. Learn science from the Chabot Space & Science Center instructors.

family fare at BAM/PFAFamily Fun

Family Fare at BAM/PFA
Summer vacation is almost here! Check out the new BAMPFA in the coming months, in the galleries, theater, Art Lab, and Reading Room, or at one of the family workshops. There are summer events designed to engage the entire family.

The Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
Lawrence Hall of Science offers fun and learning every day. Bring your family, friends, and students to our maker events, special exhibit happenings, holiday science parties, and more.

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences hosts “NightLife” on Thursday nights.

Free or Cheap Family Fun in the Bay Area
Bay Area Kid Fun
Red Tricycle
Bay Area Parent
510 Families

Places to Celebrate Independence Day

8th Annual Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration
July 3, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
For the past seven years, the Oakland East Bay Symphony has joined forces with the City of Richmond to present a free Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion, located inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond. This free event is fun for the whole family, with live music, food, an instrument petting zoo and spectacular fireworks over the bay!

Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina
July 4, noon to 10 pm
University Avenue Marina
Food, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, dragon boat Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. University Avenue. Free admission.

San Francisco Fourth of July Celebration at the Pier
July 4, noon to 9:30 pm
Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm at Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero
Music and fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. Free admission.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Oakland A's Baseball
Oakland A’s Baseball

Oakland Athletics, an American League professional baseball team; schedule can be found here.

San Francisco Giants, a National League professional baseball team; schedule can be found here.

Get Outdoors

The Bay Area Hiker website offers a guide loaded with suggestions for great places to visit. Here are just a few to begin to inspire you:

North Bay / Marin
Angel Island State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park: Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop
Point Reyes National Seashore: Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Tomales Bay State Park

East Bay
Huckleberry Regional Botanic Reserve
Redwood Regional Park
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Mount Diablo State Park: Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop

Peninsula and South Bay:
Castle Rock State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
San Bruno Mountain County Park


For more local summer fun see the Daily Cal article “Summer 2016 is here: Berkeley day trips.”

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About Andy Sohn

Andy is the Assistant Director of Communications and Events for the Berkeley Graduate Division.