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Jazz Lunch
Wednesdays March - May 12PM-1PM
The Plaza in Downtown Berkeley

The California Jazz Conservatory in partnership with Downtown Berkeley Association is hard at work getting ready for this special lunchtime showcase featuring amazing Jazz musicians from the California Jazz Conservatory. Grab your lunch and come to the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza to hear great music every Wednesday in March through April 5th.

March 15 
CJC Latin Jazz Ensemble Directed Saúl Sierra
March 22
The Sheldon Alexander Quartet
March 29
CJC Advanced Jazz Repertoire Ensemble Directed by Liberty Ellman
April 5
CJC Advanced Jazz Repertoire Ensemble Directed by Matt Clark

Bioneers Conference
April 6-8, 2023
Brower Center, Downtown Berkeley

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

In the Plaza 11am - 4pm, The DBA will host a community welcome booth each day on the conference.

More info Here


Earth Day On The Plaza
Saturday, April 22, 2023  11AM-4PM
Downtown Berkeley Plaza

This event will showcase a diverse range of local businesses and musicians, providing attendees with an engaging and entertaining experience. There will be several live performances throughout the day, featuring talented artists from the local music scene and a fashion show.

In addition to music, the event will feature eco-friendly vendors, offering a wide range of sustainable products and services. Visitors will be able to purchase handmade crafts. There will also be a variety of informative booths, highlighting eco-friendly practices and initiatives, such as composting, recycling, and reducing waste.


Asian Cultural Festival
Sunday, April 23, 2023  11AM-6PM
Civic Center Park, Downtown Berkeley

We are very excited to announce the 2nd Annual celebration of Asian diversity and culture will be held in Civic Center Park right in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. Communities from all over the Bay Area and the world will be participating showcasing food, crafts, and performances all day long!
This year the festival will be spread out over three days!
> Fri, Apr 21, 6:00 PM International Tipitka, Dharma College
> Sat, Apr 22, 9:00 AM Mind & Meditation Dharma College
> Sun, Apr 23, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Asian Cultural Festival

Bay Area Book Festival
May 6-7, 2023
Civic Center Park, Downtown Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Plaza

We’re a world-class literary extravaganza taking place each year over two days in Downtown Berkeley. All our programming—250-300 authors on 15 stages—is accessible with one $15 pass, and our Outdoor Fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free. Over the years, we’ve showcased more than 1,250 speakers who come from the Bay Area, the state of California, the nation, and world; our international contingent is one of the largest among U.S. book festivals. Since our founding, we’ve thrilled more than 125,000 book-lovers of all ages.

But the magic of BABF isn’t confined to a weekend.

We also have two year-round series: Women Lit, featuring groundbreaking female-identified authors such as Gloria Steinem and Eve Ensler; and Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND, the virtual branch of our celebrated programming, amplifying bestselling and emerging voices across all genres (such as Jericho Brown, Michael Pollan, Anthony Doerr, and many more). #UNBOUND explores compelling topics such as voter suppression, parenting in a time of anxiety, racism, health and wellness, and more — along with brilliant literary discussions. Our children’s and young adult programs present top authors who are interviewed by youth!

In the Plaza 11am - 4pm, The DBA will co-host a two day slam poetry event celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Berkeley Poetry Slam, Northern California's longest running poetry slam!

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Taste Of Downtown Berkeley
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Stroll, sip and taste at some amazing Downtown Berkeley eateries!
Tickets and more information soon!

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Pride on Plaza
Saturday, June 24, 2023 11am-4pm
Downtown Berkeley Plaza

The Downtown Berkeley Association is thrilled to announce the annual fun-filled Pride event in Downtown Berkeley on June 24, 2023, from 11am to 4pm. The event is family-friendly and features a roller skating drag show, along with a range of other entertainment and vendors.

Love Wins! This exciting event will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and its rich history and culture. The roller skating drag show is a must-see performance that will showcase some of the most talented and fabulous drag performers in the Bay Area. Attendees will be able to enjoy an immersive experience with live music, colorful costumes, and exciting choreography.

The Downtown Berkeley Association is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the community and fostering a welcoming environment for all. This event is just one of many initiatives aimed at celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.