The festival takes place in M.L.K. Civic Center Park and 9 surrounding blocks in Downtown Berkeley. (See list of venue addresses.)
The festival area is generally safe and pleasant. As in any situation with large crowds, be sure to remain aware of your surroundings. To enhance the overall visitor experience, we partner with the Downtown Berkeley Ambassadors and supplement regular Berkeley Police Department presence with additional event security.
Port-o-lets and hand-washing stations are scattered throughout the festival. There is a fixed bathroom outside in the back of the City Hall building. Local restaurants make facilities available to paying customers. All of the festival’s indoor venues have facilities, and all are ADA accessible.
To request large print, Braille, or sign language interpreters, email [email protected] We are happy to provide ASL interpreters for our programs if given advance notice – at least 30 days – and depending upon available interpreters. Unfortunately, we do not have the technology to provide CART captioning.
Pets are allowed at the outdoor festival, but only if owners keep them on a leash and bring their own water dish and doggie bag. Pets sensitive to crowds or loud noises should be left at home. Pets are not allowed at any indoor venue.
If you need assistance, go to the event information booth in Civic Center Park, where you can receive First Aid from an EMT. If needed, additional services will be engaged.
If you lose something, please go to any of the event information booths and leave your contact information and description of what you lost. After the event you may contact the event producers at 510-550-4804 to recover your item. You might also contact the Berkeley Police Department (510-981-5900) as they have a lost and found as well. Found items and valuables should be delivered to an information booth or to BPD.
Lost children will be kept at the nearest event information booth, though if they are not picked up within a reasonable amount of time, or if it’s after 6PM, we will turn them over to the Berkeley Police Department (510-981-5900).
There are many banks in downtown Berkeley with ATMs.