Best Annual Events in the East Bay

Looking for something to do in the East Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the annual events you can’t miss. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Visit Berkeley
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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Where else but in Dublin — California, that is? One of the most colorful St. Patricks Day events outside Ireland has bagpipers, Celtic dancers in kilts, Irish bangers and mash, corned beef sliders, people sporting green hair and drinking green beer. Theres an Irish marketplace, too.

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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Since 1996, the largest community event in Contra Costa County, the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is a well-loved, sociable downtown fixture. Food and drink, kids zones, family fun, live music and lots more. Upcoming dates are Sept. 17-18, 2022 and Sept. 23-24, 2023.

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Berkeley Kite Festival

The good fun and artistry of modern kite flying are on full display as the skies fill with fabulous, soaring kites of all shapes and sizes. At the picturesque Berkeley Marina across from the Golden Gate Bridge, the location cannot be beat. Kids love the free kite-making classes, too.

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Art + Soul Oakland

In late July, tens of thousands head for the popular two-day event packed with sensational music, food, fun, dance, art, and family fun in downtown Oakland. Grammy-winner caliber performances from the worlds of blues, R&B, soul, funk, gospel, rock, Latin, turf and urban/world dance take place on four stages. 

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Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is spread over 525 acres, with a gondola and an express train, even a tropical rainforest and an African savannah. Glowfari is a wildly illuminating lantern festival” featuring hundreds of larger-than-life animal shapes along a mile-long path. From mid-November through the end of January (except holidays).

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