The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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ViBO Simfani, playing at the Berkeley World Music Festival

BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL The 11th annual Berkeley World Music Festival is this Sunday. The free festival will feature Bay Area world musicians outdoors and in various cafés from noon to 9 p.m., and a global crafts fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Telegraph Avenue. There is also a featured concert of Motown and Latin rock in People’s Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by Amoeba Music. The crafts fair will feature homemade quilts, hula hooping and other family activities. For more information visit the festival’s website or Facebook page.

Photo: Freight & Salvage
Photo: Freight & Salvage

COWBOY JUNKIES Canadian folk rock group Cowboy Junkies will perform Saturday night at Freight & Salvage. The concert will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of their album The Trinity Session, which the Daily Mail called “their melancholy masterpiece.” Tickets are $42 advance and $46 at the door. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. More information and advance tickets available on the Freight & Salvage website.

Eats, Beats & Brews. Photo: Downtown Berkeley AssociationEATS, BEATS & BREWS There are two Sundays left for you to enjoy Eats, Beats & Brews, when  Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford is closed to traffic for a host of festivities and good noshing. Festivalgoers will enjoy live music, the many different restaurants of Center Street, an outdoor beer garden, street food vendors and food trucks. This Sunday, the music line-up will include Mojo Daises and MAD NOISE with DJ O Aces. The event, produced by the Downtown Berkeley Association, is part of Sunday Streets Berkeley.

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LA PEÑA’s 39th ANNIVERSARY La Peña Cultural Center will celebrate its 39th anniversary Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The celebration will feature fresh Mexican food by Los Cilantros and dancing to a variety of live music from diverse local musicians. The event is free and family friendly. More information is available on the La Peña website.

Photo: Cris Benton
Photo: Cris Benton

SUMMER SOLSTICE Gather to watch the sun set on the longest day of the year at the Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar at Cesar Chavez park this Saturday. The sunset is at 8:30 p.m. and Tory Brady of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute will lead a free talk beginning at 7:45 p.m.


Don’t miss these other events recently featured on Berkeleyside:

Richard Nagler: Here’s looking at you, looking at art
Ambitious Ojai North Music Festival returns to Berkeley
Movies: ‘Borgman’ and San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for many more events, and make sure to post your own community happenings.