What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – June 2-4

It’s nearly June! Time to shift into summer mode. Kick things off by shakin’ your booty at Ashkenaz with long-time favorite Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s. And it’s time once again for the fabulous Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, this Saturday and Sunday, with an amazing roster of booths and events at various venues around downtown Berkeley. Whatever you do, enjoy!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s


9 PM / Friday, June 2


1317 San Pablo Ave (at Gilman), Berkeley  94706

Admission: $15

View Website: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three
decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the ate ’40s and early ’50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Bay Area Book Festival

10 AM / Sat. & Sun., June 3 & 4
See website for admission fees for some events
Downtown Berkeley

View Website: The Bay Area Book Festival returns to downtown Berkeley over the weekend of June 3 and 4, 2017 with a focus on “literary activism.” The two-day, indoor/outdoor Festival will welcome 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown, and will emphasize writers and books that promote social justice, sanctuary, inclusion, freedom of expression, and environmental sustainability. Organizers expect 50,000 attendees.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Pints for Paws

2-5 PM / Saturday,June 3
Admission: Starting at $45
Berkeley Humane Society
2700 9th Street, Berkeley 94710

View Website: Come to the 4th Annual Pints for Paws event and sample a selection of nearly 100 craft beers from 20+ craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Meet small, local craft brewers, cider makers and artisanal wine makers and sample a wide mix of unique brews. Don’t miss a great range of food from local food trucks and vendors. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (harnessed of course!).

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: Flowers and Gardens

Sat & Sun, June 3 & 4
Admission: Free
Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley 94703, 510-644-4930

See website for hours

View Website: Expressions Gallery presents “Flowers and Gardens”. With over 70 Exhibiting Artists, there are many pieces showcasing nature’s beauty. Ends August 1.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Sympathy for a Slacker

8 PM / Sunday, June 4

The Finnish Hall

1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley 94702
View Website: “Sympathy for a Slacker” is a new evening length piece from emerging Oakland choreographer, Andrew Merrell. Join us for a post-post-modern wild ride that takes a stab at cathartic betterment by pairing modern dance with song, megaphones, glitter curtains, denim, and the Sound of Music. The result is an unabashed self-indulgent work created by a self-proclaimed slacker that speaks to the modern dissonance between heart and mind.


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