LIVE OAK PARK FAIR Creativity and community are at the heart of the annual Live Oak Park Fair among the North Berkeley park’s heritage oaks and redwoods and alongside the charming Codornices Creek (above). The fair runs 10am-6pm this weekend, June 8-9. Expect to find affordable contemporary art, fine crafts, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, couture adult and kids’ clothing, handmade quilts and baskets, plus sculptural and functional objects in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. Plus: kid-friendly entertainment all day including live music, magic shows, puppets, and face painting. This year for the first time, Edible East Bay Magazine and Oakland Kitchener will present Edible Tastings — samples of edibles and sample body products at no cost. Proceeds from Edible Tastings sales benefit People’s Grocery in Oakland. Details at Live Oak Park Fair online.
SUNDAYS ON TELEGRAPH Telegraph Avenue is going pedestrian, from Durant to Dwight, every Sunday, 11am-6pm from June 9 through September 27. The initiative, which will feature live music, al fresco dining, and crafts on that stretch of the street — is part of the concerted efforts by Mayor Tom Bates among others, to help Telegraph get its mojo back. Blues group This Old Band will be there this Sunday and there’s a chance to get creative with an invitation to help make a giant, crowd-sourced mural on a 30 ft wall near Annapurna Berkeley between 2pm and 4pm. Paint provided. Check out SoTelegraph on Facebook for details (Twitter @sotelegraph).
EAST BAY OPEN STUDIOS Saturday and Sunday are your last chance this year to take in the creativity of the local artists, photographers, crafters and jewelry makers who participate in East Bay Open Studios in Berkeley and Oakland (above). Get inside artists’ studios, glimpse the creative process, and buy work directly from artists. This year, over 400 hundred artists will participate. This year, the event, which has been running since 1979, is estimated to draw more than 60,000 people. Visit Pro Arts for full details. Read or download the Directory of Artists and Calendar of Events.
SOLANO ART WALK The very first Solano Art Walk happens on the evening of Saturday June 8, 5:30-9:00pm. Described as a “grassroots artwalk movement,” the event will feature 15 exhibitions at Thousand Oaks Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Sacred Rose Tattoo, Casa Oaxaca, and Nielsen Arts, among others. Check out the directory and map of galleries and Solano Art Walk on Facebook.
SPICE OF TIBETAN LIFE The Tibetan Association of Northern California’s (TANC) Tibetan School’s Anniversary takes place on Saturday June 8. The day will be filled with fun free programs for children and families. There will be “tantalizing Tibetan delicacies” available for purchase, along with games for children, Tambola for parents, and a raffle drawing at the end. Also, don’t miss the students’ cultural performances that display the beauty and artistry of Tibetan music, dance, clothing, and culture. The Tibetan community is working to create a permanent cultural community center where Tibetan youth can learn about and take part in their culture. This event gives students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned and promote their culture. Berkeley Adult School, 1710 San Pablo Ave. 10am-5pm.
And don’t forget other happenings we have featured previously on Berkeleyside:
Pat Mullan: Bad to the Bone, and other recommended gigs
Big Screen Berkeley: Wish you were Here, Waterwalk
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Still searching for things to do this weekend in Berkeley? Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar is chock full of music, theater, dance, talks and community happenings. We also encourage you to submit your own events.