Summer is swiftly approaching, and if you can hear the sounds of bouncy houses and farm animals, it's not just your imagination. The Berkeley Farmers' Market's seventh-annual Family Fun Festival comes to Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park (Center St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way) on Saturday, June 4, bringing with it a colossal variety of free, kid-centric activities: an all-day bouncy house, face painting, a craft booth, a petting zoo, and more. Grammy-nominated Caribbean artist Asheba performs at noon, followed by a family dance, a skateboard contest, and the obligatory cakewalk. Brace yourself. 10 a.m., free. 510-548-3333 or EcologyCenter.orgfree
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