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

Festivals and more

Find info on Bay Area Summer Festivals, Fairs, and Block Parties on eventbrite and everfest.

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
This year, as part of the Stand for the Redwoods celebration of 100 years of redwood forest protection, the Save the Redwoods League is partnering in the presentation of the summer concert series. The concerts are held every Thursday and on certain Tuesdays, June through August, in the Botanical Garden’s outdoor amphitheater under towering redwoods.

Point Richmond Summer Concert Series
June 8 – September 14, 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 8, 2018
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Entertainment, concerts, contests, agriculture, horse racing, carnival, food, and more.

Stern Grove Festival
June 17 – August 19, 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
Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2018
Two days of community engagement and entertainment. On Sunday, the annual Parade kicks off at 10:30 am along Market Street at Beale and ends at Market & 8th Streets in downtown San Francisco [MAP]. This year, one of the Grand Marshals is our own Billy Curtis, director of UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center.

Fillmore Jazz Festival
June 30 – July 1, 10 am – 6 pm
Fillmore Street — Jackson to Eddy Streets, San Francisco
Bay Area talent, food and cultural presentations. Free.

Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27 – 29, 10 am – 7 pm
Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy
Great food, chef demos, competitions and tips on cooking with garlic.

July 28, 11 am – 6 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland
Pedalfest is a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun! In collaboration with Bike East Bay, enjoy pedal-powered food, a pedal-powered sound stage featuring live music, daredevil stunts, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and the most amazing collection of bicycles to be seen from vintage and hand built bikes to high-end customs, sturdy commuters, and creative art bikes. All Pedalfest proceeds benefit Bike East Bay. Free.

Berkeley Kite Festival
July 28 – 29, 10 am – 6 pm
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You’ll find something for everyone, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses to the free Kite Making and Candy Drops for kids.

Art + Soul Oakland
July 28 – 29, noon – 6 pm
Downtown Oakland adjacent to the 12th Street/City Center BART station
Listen to great music, dance, buy original arts and crafts. Youth can enjoy hands-on arts activities organized by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and the Museum of Children’s Art.

family fare at BAM/PFAFamily Fun

Families at BAM/PFA
Check out BAMPFA, 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
Bring your family, friends, and students to our maker events, special exhibit happenings, holiday science parties, trips to other UC Berkeley locales and much more.

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences hosts “NightLife” on Thursday nights from 6 – 10 pm. You can even sleepover a few times a year!

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

Places to Celebrate Independence Day

East Bay Fourth of July Celebrations
Various Fourth of July celebrations, parades and festivals will take place throughout the East Bay. They range from the Annual Parade in Vallejo to the worldOne Live Music Festival in El Cerrito.

Fourth of July San Francisco Top Activities & Events
Fourth of July in San Francisco is always a busy holiday. You can enjoy fireworks along the waterfront, activities all day at Pier 39 and a ferry ride around the Bay.


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 Nature Event Calendar features guided hikes, learn about Bay Area wildlife, enjoy nature festivals, and more!

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
Marin Headlands: Gerbode Valley Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park: Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop
Point Reyes National Seashore: Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Tomales Bay State Park

East Bay
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Huckleberry Regional Botanic Reserve
Redwood Regional Park
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Mount Diablo State Park: Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop

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

Bay Hills

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About Andy Sohn

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