What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – April 7-9

Full speed ahead into Spring in Berkeley this weekend! Kick things off at Donkey & Goat for a First Friday event or finish off the weekend at the International Beer Festival in San Francisco. There are lots of great things to do in between for another fun-filled weekend in Berkeley!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

8:00 PM / Friday, April 7
Admission: $45-$97
Berkeley Repertory, Peet’s Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2925

View Website: Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder wowed Berkeley Rep audiences in recent seasons with his soaring portraits of composers like Bernstein, Chopin, and Gershwin. Now he’s back with the inspiring story of “America’s Composer” in a tour-de-force performance. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes the American Dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs, including “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more, Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey. April 28, 2017.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: First Friday at Donkey & Goat

6:00 – 9:00 PM / Friday, April 7

Donkey & Goat Winery

1340 5th Street
Berkeley, 510-868-9174

View Website: First Fridays at Donkey & Goat Winery: A Celebration of Local Makers, The First Friday of each Month. We are bringing in rotating acts of local music, setting up an incredible art gallery and showcasing our handmade natural wines by the glass and the bottle. Local food purveyors will have a selection of food to purchase and enjoy. Bring your friends out and meet your East Bay neighbors over a competitive (or not!) game of corn hole or Bocce Ball! Entry is free, and you will have the chance to purchase wines and food.

This month’s lineup:  Music: Brother Spell Binder   and  Art Gallery: Barbara Maricle

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Watercolor Workshop

10:00 AM / Saturday, April 8

Price: $100

UC Botanical Garden

200 Centennial Dr.
Berkeley, CA 94720


View Website: Have you ever noticed that each place has its own distinct set of colors? This hands-on watercolor workshop helps us explore the colors of the unique flora and fauna that make up The UC Botanical Garden. Through classroom and field studies we will develop personal and collective color palettes that reflect this remarkable place. You may also discover what is surprising and unexpected along the way. Learn and refine your color mixing skills, and how “limited palettes” can create a wide range of subtle color. The workshop is intended to appeal to both the experienced artist and the complete novice, as well as travelers looking for a unique and memorable way to capture impressions of places.

Instructor: Mimi Robinson
Artist, designer, and educator Mimi Robinson began creating color palettes inspired by place for her own paintings. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Robinson has worked extensively in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and The Carribbean. She partners with artisan communities to promote and honor the use of traditional skills and local materials to build small businesses that incorporate their artistic legacies.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: The SF International Beer Festival

7:00 PM / Saturday, April 8

Price: $75 – $150

Fort Mason Festival Pavilion

2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123
 View Website: The San Francisco International Beer Festival returns for its 34th year! Experience SF’s oldest and best beer festival with 100+ brewers, complimentary bites, live music, games, and more fun than ever before!  And don’t miss this year’s cornhole tournament where we will crown the “Cornhole Champion of San Francisco”. This is the sole fundraiser for the Telegraph Hill Co-operative Nursery School. Only in SF can you drink beer for a good cause. Do it for the kids! Thanks you for your support.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Takacs Quartet

3:00 PM / April 9
Admission: Starts at $72
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus
College Ave. & Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, (510) 642-9988

View Website: Takács violinist Edward Dusinberre on the Beethoven Quartets: “Playing the works is a thrilling and daunting experience. We feel like tennis players forced out of position, obliged to draw on our physical and mental resources to raise our game. We have rehearsed this music for many years, but performing a Beethoven quartet still inspires an exhilarating sense of danger” (The Guardian, London).


Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin is a writer and artist who has lived in Berkeley for 32 years. She is always amazed with finding something new around the next corner while out on a walk, biking in the hills, or chatting with locals about food or fun events around town. Visit her cycling blog at MommaWheelie.com and drop her a line. And view her work as an artist at marycorbinart.blogspot.com
Mary Corbin