KITE FESTIVAL This family-friendly event will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in César Chavez Park. Every year, hundreds of people flock to the Berkeley Kite Festival to watch masters fly kites or to fly their own. The free festival will feature kite making and flying lessons, as well as food and craft activities. The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day and continues until 6 p.m. Parking in the Berkeley Marina and at Golden Gate Fields costs $15, although the shuttles to the festival are free. Parking space is limited and the Berkeley Police Department encourages you to take public transit to the event. There will be free valet bike parking. (more…)
KITE FESTIVAL The 29th annual Berkeley Kite Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday in César Chavez Park. The free festival will feature kite making and flying lessons, as well as food and craft activities. A traditional Japanese kite-flying team will also be there to showcase their technique. The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day and continues until 6 p.m. Parking in the Berkeley Marina will cost $15. Parking space is limited and the Berkeley Police Department encourages you to take public transit to the event. (more…)
BERKELEY KITE FESTIVAL The 28th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships is this weekend, July 27 and 28, at the Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Sponsored by Highline Kites of Berkeley, the festival includes activities like kite making, kite flying lessons, and a rokkaku kite battle. The Bay Area Sport Kite League will be at the festival, as well as the Sode Cho Kite Team, all the way from Hamamatsu, Japan. Also featured at the event will be the world’s largest octopus kite, as well as kites that are “bigger than a house and longer than a train.” The event finishes off with a Sunday evening dinner cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining Yacht. July 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way. Free. More information at the Berkeley Kite Festival website. (more…)
SOUTH AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DONE RIGHT On July 28, 1821, Peru became independent from Spain. Ever since, that day has been an occasion to party. It’s no different thousands of miles north in Berkeley. Brasa: A Peruvian Joint at 1960 University Avenue will throw open its doors for a special celebration on today, July 27 at 6 p.m. Owners Christopher and Veronica Laramie will be serving heaps of their split roast chicken and famous sides and encouraging patrons to eat in the Rose Garden and dance to the sounds of a Peruvian Criollo trio. Tickets are $10-$20.
This weekend sees the return of one of the most popular summer dates on our city’s calendar: the Berkeley Kite Fest, held at Cesar Chavez Park since 1986.