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

Photo: Neil Mishalov
The annual Solano Stroll will be on Sunday, Sept. 13. Visit the Berkeleyside booth near Peet’s. Photo: Neil Mishalov

SOLANO STROLL The forecast is for a break in the heatwave this weekend, so it should be pleasant to amble down Solano Avenue with tens of thousands of others on Sunday at the annual Solano Stroll. As always, Berkeleyside is a media sponsor of the Stroll, and we’ll be there with our booth — conveniently located in front of iScream ice-cream shop at 1819 Solano Ave. Come by and say hello! In addition to Berkeleyside, you can enjoy the parade (which kicks it all off at 10 a.m.), plenty of live music, mechanical rides, juried hand-crafters, food and drink, and hundreds of local organizations in over 1 mile of free family fun. Sunday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Father and daughter bike through the East Bay Open Streets fest 5/30/15 Photo: Melati CitrawirejaBICYCLE PLAN TOUR Here’s a novel idea: City staff, transportation commissioners and consultants will lead a bike tour on Saturday, Sept. 12 to highlight key bicycle issues and opportunity areas in Berkeley. The tour starts with a short presentation at Sports Basement followed by the two-hour bike tour. The group will stop at points along the way for discussion. Information gathered on the tour will feed into the city’s Bicycle Plan Update. And Sports Basement is offering bike tour participants a 20% discount for any day-of purchases. Spaces on the tour are limited: RSVP to alexsweet@altaplanning.com with “Berkeley Bike Tour” in the subject line. Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St.

ShakedownSHAKEDOWN STREET FESTIVAL The second annual Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival with Special Guest Wavy Gravy, welcomes fellow Deadheads far and wide to honor the Grateful Dead and 50 years of music that has inspired generations. Find a spot in the grass, dance a little and enjoy two full days of Grateful Dead music. Lagunitas beer on tap and local wines by the glass and food vendors with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The Grateful Arts & Crafts Village will have handmade arts, apparel, glass art, jewelry, healing arts, antiques, patches, pins, batik, tie dyes and much, much more! On Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., musician David Gans will play a free solo electric set in Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave. as part of the festival. Free admission. From 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13, Civic Center Park.

YetiTEE OFF FOR TUOLUMNE The second annual golf classic to support efforts to refurbish, rejuvenate, replant and restore Berkeley Tuolumne Camp will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Tilden Park Golf Course. The event includes a miniature putting contest, golf bingo, bird watching, Bigfoot watching, frisbee golf, long drive contest, closest to the pin contest and team winners and losers prizes. And a hole-in-one wins a classic Mercedes sports car. Rumors are that Tender Tempered Tuolumne Tim, the Yosemite Yeti may be spotted. The golf tees off at 11 a.m., but for non-golfers there’s dinner, drinks, an auction and a raffle with astounding prizes starting at 6 p.m. — all to benefit the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp’s Rebuild Camp Tuolumne Campaign. Register in advance to guarantee your spot.

Chinese-National-Circus-2-credit-courtesyNATIONAL CIRCUS AND ACROBATS Cal Performances brings one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China, the National Circus and Acrobats, to Zellerbach Hall for three performances on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12. The troupe astounds with a vibrant visual spectacle combining elements of acrobatics, Chinese circus, Peking opera, and martial arts. The company’s gravity-defying acts involve a giant teeterboard, spinning plates, bicycle stunts, all kinds of juggling with hands and feet, and of course adrenaline-fueled aerial routines on the flying trapeze. Tickets start at $25 and under 16s are half price. 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, Zellerbach Hall.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

‘Mud Blue Sky’ shines at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre
Exploring the round world with Ramon and Jessica
‘Rosenwald’: An informative and moving documentary

Want to know what else is going on in Berkeley and nearby? Visit Berkeleyside’s new-look Events Calendar. Submit your own event for free if it is not there already — and give it featured status for just a few dollars a day.