San Franciscos Palace of Fine Arts Theater is an elegant and posh setting for catching some of the most happening events in arts and entertainment in the city, including comedy, music, dance, fashion shows, and lectures. Housed in the historic Palace of Fine Arts which was built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exposition by Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck the theater, which was built in 1970, seats about 1,000 and provides an engaging environment for the entertainment onstage.
A large park in the Berkeley hills featuring many attractions including large nature areas, Lake Anza, a merry-go-round, a steam train, Little Farm, botanic garden and more.
Founded in 1968, the Freight & Salvage may be one of the most reliable venues for music in the East Bay. The venue is all ages, nonprofit, non-smoking, and alcohol-free. Here’s what you can count on from this Berkeley institution: a variety of traditional acoustic music played by accomplished musicians, an excellent sound system, and a crowd that deeply appreciates the music. Somewhere between a glorified barn and a church, the Freight’s atmosphere ensures that the attention is focused on the stage, where a range of folk, bluegrass, swing, country, Cajun, and world music can be heard. While shows here aren’t cheap, this venue is also a nonprofit, so you can feel better about where your money is going.