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04/12/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/12/2024 16:52

Celebrate, learn about the Bay at Berkeley festival

Join us on April 27 to explore local wildlife on bird walks, observe bay fish in a tank, and learn about sharks. Experience boat rides, food, and live music at the Berkeley Bay Festival.

April 12, 2024
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April 12, 2024

Celebrate and learn about the Bay and its wildlife out on the Berkeley waterfront as part of a family-focused festival.

Challenge your preconceptions about pigeons by holding one and learning from Palomacy Pigeon, a pigeon rescue organization. Observe the Bay's fish up close in a 1,500-gallon tank hosted by East Bay Regional Parks District staff. Or go for a free boat ride on a sailboat with Cal Sailing Club or on a Chinese-style dragon boat with DragonMax.

These are just a few of the activities you can take part in at exhibits hosted by more than 30 environmental nonprofits, wildlife conservation organizations, and city staff.

We'll also have live music, youth circus performers, and a variety of food vendors for you to enjoy.

Come join us on April 27 at Shorebird Park.

Enjoy food, live entertainment, and educational activities

The Bay Festival's core goal is to teach people about the Bay's ecosystem.

Learn about native wildlife and the Bay's biome with booths from Shark Stewards, River Otter Ecology, International Bird Rescue, and other organizations.

Go bird watching on a walk with Golden Gate Bird Alliance. Gain insights on marine research and the conservation efforts of native wildlife from organizations such as American Cetacean Society, and Call of the Sea.

Practice your scientific skills by viewing marine organisms under high-quality microscopes at the Shorebird Park Nature Center.

Berkeley Bay Festival
Saturday, April 27
11:00am - 4:00pm
Shorebird Park, 160 University Ave

There will be food and beverages from Brown Cap Organic Ice Cream, Curbside Kitchen, King's Delectables, Roaming Bean Coffee, Royal Egyptian, and Southern Jazz Kitchen. The music and entertainment includes:

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies (progressive funk-rock for all ages)
  • 12:50 pm - 1:50 pm
    West Grand Brass Band
  • 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
    Pan Extasy Caribbean and Reggae dance band

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, come see interactive circus arts from Prescott Circus Theatre, whose mission is to empower and engage youth to develop confidence, teamwork, perseverance, artistic talent, and a dedication to working for success.

Families can also come out just to explore. Adventure Playground will be open for children to build with hammers, nails, saws, and paint (with parental supervision).

Plan your transportation to the waterfront

Please consider taking a car-free route to the waterfront. Ride your bike along the Bay Trail and use free bike valet parking, located behind Adventure Playground. Alternatively, use a shared bike or scooter, take AC Transit line 51B, or carpool with friends.

If you drive, please park in the dirt lot behind Adventure Playground, the South Cove lot east of the Cal Adventures Sailing, or the lot at the former HS Lordships Restaurant. Please do not park in the nearby L & M lots which require permits on weekends.

These events are organized by the City's Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department, which offers a variety of camps, classes, and activities catering to diverse age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn more and sign up via our online recreation portal. See more opportunities on our events calendar.

For more information, contact the Shorebird Park Nature Center at (510) 981-6720 or [email protected]. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, call Samantha at (510) 981-6720.

Come out April 27. Help celebrate the Bay by learning more at the Bay Festival and explore all that is offered at our Berkeley Waterfront.


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