Berkeley's Growing Arts and Entertainment District

 The City and Its People by Romare Bearden

The Arts exist within different spheres of our community: education, civic life, economic development and entertainment.

The City of Berkeley houses a diverse set of artistic and cultural programs.

To explore Berkeley’s Art and Culture scene, visit Berkeley’s Convention and Visitors Bureau where you will find a variety of fun things to experience in Berkeley.  

Breaking News: City of Berkeley, Wareham Development, The Saul Zaentz Company and Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau Establish a $100,000 Fund for Local Independent Filmmakers

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Berkeley local filmmakers have a new funding source- The Berkeley FILM Foundation.  Eligibility requirements include filmmakers who live or work in Berkeley and who are in the production, post-production, and distributions stages of feature-length or short-form narratives or documentaries. 

The deadline for grant applications was April 14, 2009.    The complete guidelines and application may be found at  For more information on the grant guidelines contact Barbara Hillman at (510) 549-7040.

Please stay tuned for funding in 2010.

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse Breaks Ground on New Location!

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The Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on April 1st, for their 18,000 square foot green performing arts and teaching facility.  The new facility will be ready soon.

Arts Programs

Addison Street Art Walk

Berkeley Video and Film Festival 

Civic Arts Program

The Berkeley Arts and Cultural Plan

International Directory of Arts Access Resource Centers

West Berkeley Arts Field Study
The Civic Arts Commission's survey of artists in West Berkeley focuses on the area's large artist population and may be the first step in expanding property protections for artistic space. In fall 2007, the commission began developing a report, called the West Berkeley Artists/Artisans Inventory, to identify the number of artists working in West Berkeley and the amount of space they use to create and sell their goods.

36 Hours in Berkeley
March 30, 2008
The New York Times turned their spotlight on the treasures of Berkeley with a full page spread in the March 30, 2008 Travel section. Joshua Kurlantzick takes readers on a tour with photos and eloquent descriptions of Berkeley's diverse attractions including
 Telegraph Avenue, Fourth Street, Indian Rock and the Farmers' Market. Read the article 36 Hours in Berkeley.

Mayor Bates to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Brew Pubs
September 6, 2007
On September 13, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will join brew pub owners to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the signing of the California law that legalized brewpubs.  The bill – AB 3610, authored by then-Assemblyman Tom Bates – was soon replicated around the country, creating the national brewpub industry and introducing millions of people to good beer.