Best Things to Do in the East Bay This June

June is a special time when Gay Pride Month, Fathers Day, Juneteenth, street festivals and country fairs fill the outdoor events calendar. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the East Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the North Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay

The East Bay is sunny and warm this month, with average temperatures from high 60s to high 70s.

Featured Photo: Fairmont Pride, courtesy of @ClaremontHotel
The literary lane at the Bay Area Book Fesitval. Photo: Courtesy of SF Chronicle Datebook.

Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley

June 1–2

See top authors speak at the 10th Annual Bay Area Book Festival. You can expect two days of events around Downtown Berkeley, with authors giving talks, readings and an opening night gala. In partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle.

More info: https://www.baybookfest.org/

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Photo: Courtesy of Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

June 14–July 7

Experience thrilling new events, rides and food at this year’s Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. You can expect a full lineup of concerts and movies on the lawn, along with the typical carnival rides, games, fireworks and drone shows. Loop through the Ring of Fire or whirl around in the Cyclone before making your way to the Grandstand for classic horse racing or the enticingly-named Extreme Medieval Jousting. 

 

More info: annual.alamedacountyfair.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Berkeley Juneteenth

37th Annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival

Dates TBD

Commemorate emancipation and celebrate Black culture at South Berkeleys historic Juneteenth Festival. The festival will cover the five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor and include musical stages for performances of jazz, R&B, reggae and many more styles. Festivities will also include exhibits, health screenings, a two-on-two basketball tourney, a kids STEM zone and vendor booths, plus a week of workshops and community events leading up to the festival. 

More info: https://berkeleyjuneteenth.org/

People celebrate at a public concert during Pablo's Alley summer concert series. Consult localgetaways.com to find things to do in the East Bay during June.
Photo: Courtesy of Oaklandside via Skyler Greene

Pablo's Alley Summer Series

Every Third Wednesday from May to October

Enjoy live music by local DJs and musicians, shop from local vendors, indulge in delicious food and drinks, play games, and soak in the community vibes. Afterward, keep the party going by exploring nearby bars and restaurants. Stay tuned for announcements about 2024 lineups. 

More info: https://www.oaklandcentral.com/pablos-alley/

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Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

Father's Day

June 16
Events in Oakland during June include Oakland Arena concerts
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Oakland

Performances at the Oakland Arena

Shows and Dates TBD

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in the East Bay? Our comprehensive list of venues below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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