Cal Day: Life, the universe and everything

Sather Gate is the heart of Cal Day. There will be crowds, but there is a wealth of activity. Photo: Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill

Tomorrow is Cal Day, the University of California Berkeley’s annual open house, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to a closing concert at 4:00 p.m. Honestly, if you can’t find something to interest you among the 370-odd events, consult your doctor. As the university’s Twitter account declared the other day, “Like the universe, Cal Day continues to expand.”

That expanding universe is itself one of the features of this year’s Cal Day, with Berkeley’s 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter interviewed by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at 11 a.m. at Pimentel Hall. If your interests are more grounded in the here-and-now, perhaps you’d prefer Robert Reich’s 1 p.m. talk on Political Civility Should Not Be An Oxymoron, at Dwinelle Hall.

Don’t want to be stuck inside on what promises to be a beautiful, sunny day? Wander down to the Cal Golden Bears football scrimmage at Edwards Stadium — apparently the first time the team has ever played in the stadium, which opened in 1932. Coach Jeff Tedford has promised appearances by some of the Cal alumni who are in the NFL, as well as an autograph session. 

There are plenty of demonstrations of the science and engineering occurring at the university — including the laundry-folding robot (remember this video?) — as well as plenty of art and music. On the Cal Day site, events that are suitable for children are labeled with a bear icon.


The closing concert, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Glade, features Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog:

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, visit Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.