Downtown Berkeley Arts District

Berkeley Arts District BrochureDowntown Berkeley's award winning arts district offers a rich diversity of cultural arts and entertainment. With the Berkeley Repertory Theatre as an anchor, the district has blossomed into a hub for live theatre and music and performing arts education. Movie theatres offer a variety of independent and popular films as well as special film festivals.

Click here to download our Arts brochure.
Click here to find links for performing arts, entertainment, and events in our Events Section.

 

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Live Theatre

Enjoy a special night out at the Tony-award winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other hip and intimate theatres include the Aurora Theatre Company.

Live Music

Listen to live jazz performances and take workshops with some of the nation's leading jazz musicians at the Jazzschool. Hot spots like Revival Bar + KitchenJupiterBerkeley Arts Festival, Sliver Pizzeria, and the state-of-the-art new home of the much loved Freight and Salvage also offer live music throughout the week.

Poetry and Literature

Follow the Berkeley Poetry Walk, a first-of-its-kind public art project that features 128 cast-iron panels of poetry embedded into the sidewalk of Addison Street. Near by, bookstores on University and Shattuck Avenues feature all types of literature, graphic novels, and art books.

Cinema

Nearby, Landmark Theatres and United Artists Cinema combine for 19 screens at five movie theatres to offer the best in independent, foreign, documentary, and Hollywood films. The East Bay Media Center offers workshops on video production and post production, and produce the annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival.

Family Activities

Families can spend time together at Habitot Children's Museum, the Berkeley Farmers' MarketBerkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Downtown Berkeley YMCA. The Central Public Library offers free programs, including concerts, readings, and children's events.

Events Calendar

For performances & events throughout the downtown, check out our Events Section.