Come for the Culture, Stay for the Food

Set between Pacific foothills and the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a vibrant and spirited city that has grown and evolved from its counterculture roots to become a hub of intellectual and cultural diversity, with a thriving arts scene and outsized culinary influence. Berkeley offers a comprehensive array of year-round cultural attractions. Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District is a hub, with the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater Company, California Jazz Conservatory, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, and the UC Theatre.  The Sawtooth Building in West Berkeley is a haven for working artist studios, and venues like the Berkeley Art Center, ACCI Gallery, Expressions Gallery and TRAX Ceramics keep Berkeley’s creative scene vibrant, engaging and always on.

Once filled with auto body shops, Addison Street now rolls as the engine of Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District, with award-winning live theatre, live music, and performing arts education.  

Berkeley’s architectural wonders build the city’s status as one of the American West’s best-designed small cities.  

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios has been an annual tradition since 1991. For four festive weekends each November and December, local artists and craftspeople open their workshops and galleries to art lovers and aficionados from around the world.