If the “largest experiential college lifestyle festival in the nation” was happening on your doorstep, you might want to check it out, right?

Well it is. Student festival Caltopia takes place on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 August at the UC Berkeley campus and, although it may not live up to its promise of being “the two greatest days on Planet Earth”, it should be more than diverting.

There are a host of exhibitors, a food court and a plethora of demonstrations. More than 30,000 Cal students and locals are likely to attend what, apparently has become a rite of passage for the campus community.

Admission is free. For complete information on what’s going on, visit the online event guide.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...