Berkeley
California

Visit BerkeleyCome 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.

Berkeley Downtown Arts District

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.  In 2016, Downtown Berkeley welcomed the new home of the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, which joined Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater Company, California Jazz Conservatory, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, and the UC Theatre in the Arts District as well as forming a bridge to the UC Berkeley campus.

Berkeley Architecture

Berkeley’s architectural wonders build the city’s status as one of the American West’s best-designed small cities.  Starting with the University of California campus at its heart and continuing outward with architectural aplomb, Berkeley’s buildings stand not only as masterworks of design but portals into the city’s rich historic legacy.  Stop by the Berkeley Visitor Information Center at 2030 Addison Street downtown for the Berkeley Walks, 41 Berkeley Walking Tours, and Berkeley and its Pathways guides to time-travel through Berkeley.

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

The list of Berkeley artists is long, but thanks to the organization Berkeley Artisans, a festive tradition began 27 years ago when Holiday Open Studios was curated to connect shoppers and art lovers to local artists over four festive weekends at the end of the year. The event was started by painter and jewelry maker Susan Brooks and her studio mate, clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks.

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