What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend – June 16-18

It’s all about dad this weekend, as Father’s Day rolls around this Sunday. Treat your special guy to some comedy or great local theater, fun at the Juneteenth Festival or a day of dancing in the streets as Berkeley’s “Salsa Sundays” breaks open for a new season this weekend. There are plenty of free events around town, and you know papa likes that! Whatever you do, enjoy and celebrate!

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #1: Gay Pride Comedy Night

8 pm / Friday, June 16
Admission: Starting at $15
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley 94710

View Website: Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy fame) brings together a hysteria multicultural gaggle of East Bay-based queer comedians for Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz! Featuring: Karen Ripley, Mimi Gonzalez, Sampson McCormick, Nate Blanchard, and Lisa Geduldig.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #2: Brownsville Song

8 pm / Fri & Sat, June 16 & 17
Admission: See Website for ticket info
Shotgun Players
1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley 94703

View Website: Moving fluidly between past and present, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a story about loss and renewal, grief and healing. When tragedy strikes, how do we come together? brownsville song is a raw, visceral tale of the ties that bind. Every record has a b-side, and so do the stories of our lives. While not every person is a hit single, every life is a rich, beautiful song that deserves to be heard. Running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #3: Jazzschool Community Music Performance

Saturday, June 17
Admission: Free
Location: California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley  94704

See website for times and ticket info

View Website: JCMS Adult Program students take the stage for this end-of-quarter performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our instrumental and vocal ensembles, including jazz, Brazilian, salsa, R&B and much more. Please note this is a free event, tickets are not required. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #4: 30th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

11 a.m / Sunday, June 18

FREE Admission

Adeline @ Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley 94703

View Website: The 30th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival is on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 11am to 7pm, on Alcatraz @ Adeline in Berkeley. This year’s theme is “SANKOFA- RESTORING THE VILLAGE”.  Admission is free and open to the public. For easy access, festival-goers: take BART- Ashby Station, walk south on MLK to Alcatraz Ave. The Festival will offer crafts, ethnic arts and great food, health screenings, and historical exhibits. Activities in the KIDS ZONE are free, with new attractions such as STEM activities, science activities by BAYER, slides and a bouncy house, a rock wall, face painting by LADYBUG CLOWN, slime and bubble activities, and Home Depot will return offering children hands-on woodworking activities.


What To Do In Berkeley This Weekend #5: Salsa Sundays

Noon to 6 pm / Sunday, June 18
Admission: Free
Downtown Berkeley
Center St and Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 94704


View Website: The Salsa Sunday returns! The best block party around is happening June 18th! Free live music and dancing in the street! Center Street @ Shattuck in beautiful Downtown Berkeley! Salsa Sundays is a series of five block parties held every third Sunday from June through October in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. Each free event is held on a tree lined stretch of Center Street that is home to the Berkeley Art Museum, a half block from the Downtown BART station, a half block from Cal Campus, and just steps away from some of the best food and drinks in Berkeley! Now in its 4th year Salsa Sundays has become a highly anticipated summer event that brings together over 2000 people of all ages from across the Bay including San Francisco and Oakland each month. The afternoon starts at noon with free dance lessons then some of the best DJs and salsa bands from the Bay Area hit the stage and play to all afternoon until 6pm.


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
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