Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio

Oct 18, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Free Live Jazz

Oct 18, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

Oct 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour

Graduate Hotels® Presents Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour: Creating a Braver Connection with Yourself and Your Community.

Join poet and activist Cleo Wade for community-building events centered around connecting more deeply with yourself and the people around you. All events are open to the public. Please bring a notebook and pen, we will also have notebooks available for purchase on site.

Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.

Register here.

Oct 18, 6pm to 8pm, Graduate Berkeley 2600 Durant Ave Berkeley

Holloway Series in Poetry: Tom Pickard

Tom Pickard

Oct 18, 6:30pm to 10pm, 315, Maude Fife Wheeler Hall

Post Bop Praise

Oct 18, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

Donation based entry: $5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away for lack of funds.)
All proceeds will go towards covering the costs of hosting this series.
La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiativepresent: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC FALL SERIES!
Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!
Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform! September sign ups are now CLOSED! October sign ups will open on Monday, October 1st!
Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.

Oct 18, 7:30pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Sad Animal Babies with Brooke Barber

Baby animals don't play with toys. They don't have favorite colors. And they don't learn songs unless it's for self-defense.

Come learn about the adorably sad lives of newborn animals with New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Brooke Barker as she talks about her second book, Sad Animal Babies. You'll laugh until you cry, and you'll take home an autographed drawing of your favorite animal.

No one ever said it was easy being young, and it's especially true if you're a little creature out in the jungles, forests, deserts, and oceans of the big, bad world. Following on the success of her Instagram feed and first book, Sad Animal Facts, Brooke Barker continues her examination of the various foibles and pitfalls of the zoological world, but with its fledgling members this time around. Featuring more than 100 entries, the book is organized into the categories of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects & Miscellaneous Invertebrates, Marsupials, Fish, and Aquatic Mammals. Every animal gets a hand-drawn image, an informative caption, and a wry quotation, and in the back, there's an appendix with further zoological details and humor to flesh out each entry. Between a great track record, a consistently engaged and growing following, and the universal appeal of cute little baby animals, Barker's next book could be her biggest.

Brooke Barker is an American writer and illustrator living in Amsterdam. She has been obsessed with animals ever since she learned she wasn't one. Her first book, Sad Animal Facts, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller, and has been published in countless languages if you can't count higher than five. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, and Lenny Letter, and she has illustrated for Coca-Cola and Nike. She and her husband Boaz are the creators of the It's Different Every Day calendar.

Free and no tickets required, seats are first come first served.

Oct 18, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley

Misner & Smith

Freight favorites Misner & Smith return with their full band for a night of soaring vocal harmonies, story-filled, poetic songwriting, and some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band's sound harkens back to the bedrock of american rock & folk, paying tribute to strong influences like Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and Buffalo Springfield, and at the same time they invent a new sound all their own. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan produce a sound that is one voice, seducing listeners with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Joined by Josh Yenne (Mazzy Star, Greg Loiacono) on pedal steel and electric guitar and Joe Shotwell (Incendio, Eric Idle) on drums, the music remains rooted in vocal harmonies and lyrics, but with the additional instrumentation the songs take on an even deeper life, showcasing the wide and diverse spectrum of sound and genres that Misner & Smith have been exploring all along. Audiences who have seen Misner & Smith will tell you that experiencing one of their live shows will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.

Oct 18, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tracy Grammer

Called "one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom" (Boston Globe) and "a musician and singer of dazzling versatility" (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists.

Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists, both solo and in a duo with the late Dave Carter. She is on tour celebrating the release of Low Tide, her highly-anticipated eleventh album and the first to showcase her original songs. "Hole," the album opener, was the #1 most-played song on folk radio in February.

Though she currently lives in Greenfield, Mass., Grammer is still a West Coast girl at heart, having grown up in Southern California and earned her degree from UC Berkeley (English '94). The Back Room is pleased to welcome her "home" to the Bay Area.

"[Tracy Grammer's] pure voice conveys the simple truths of these songs; her gifts as a musician are like that of a painter who is a master of chiaroscuro, offering light and shadow at every turn.... A treasured part of my music collection." - Mary Chapin Carpenter, liner notes for Flower of Avalon.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. and $15 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Oct 18, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kizomba Nightz

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at

Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students
Buy Tickets Here

Oct 18, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Borgore, GG Magree

BorgoreDubstep producer/DJ from Tel Aviv, Israel. He's also drummer of Israeli metal band Shabira and alongside Tomba he's one half of dubstep producer duo Alphamale Primates.

GG Magree

Oct 18, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music, 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley