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OCTOBER 20, 2017

October 20th-22nd (aka homecoming weekend) is fast approaching. There’s a ton going on, so we’ve decided to help you out by revealing the most essential of events. Make sure to be a part of the festivities, whether you yearn to sneak a peak of Ecocity Berkeley or hunger to take a trip to Cal Café. This homecoming weekend, there’s something for everyone.


On the first day homecoming weekend, check out Ecocity Berkeley, located at 210 Wurster Hall. From 9am to 5pm, check out the exhibit displaying Richard Register’s environmentally friendly urban planning work inspired by his groundbreaking 1985 publication.

After you’re done with Ecocity Berkeley, journey over to Cal Café, located at the Alumni House. From 9am to 5pm, complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served and multiple giveaways will transpire.


From 9am to 10am, the presentation entitled “Going Down the Up Escalator of Climate Change” will educate you on the most innovative climate change solutions. The exhibition, located at Anthony Hall, is an excellent forum to learn about UC Berkeley’s commitment to the environment.

If books are your thing, head over to the University Library Book Sale, located at 303 Doe Library. From 9am to 3pm, you can pick among thousands of titles for sale at $1 each.

Hit up the Summer of Love from 10am to 4pm. Located at the Bancroft Corridor, the exhibition explores the Bancroft Library’s exclusive collections. You’ll be able to engage with rarely seen psychedelic rock posters, photographic documentation of the Haight-Ashbury scene, and the personal papers of author Joan Didion.

If you liked the play Hamilton, then you’ll love the lecture “How to Think with Hamilton, Then and Now.” From 3pm to 4pm at the Alumni House, speaker Mark Peterson will explore the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, assessing his relevance to contemporary contexts.

The Cal vs. Arizona homecoming football game is a definite must-do on Saturday. Get your tickets, arrive at Memorial Stadium by 5pm, and cheer on Cal Football with friends and family.


Go on a walking tour of the UC Botanical Gardens. At 11am, 12:30pm, or 1:30pm, explore the orchids and carnivorous plants, the Garden of Old Roses, and other diverse plant life the botanical garden has to offer.

Take a trip up the Campanile from 3pm to 4:45pm to get a striking view of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco.

From 11am to 5pm, explore the Hearst Museum Open House at Kroeber Hall’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Be sure to take a guided tour or check out the inaugural exhibit, “People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World.”

Before homecoming weekend comes to close, make the most of all the activities Berkeley has to offer. Whether your heart is set on dining at Cal Café, attending the Cal vs. Arizona game, or touring the UC Botanical Gardens, homecoming weekend will be filled with excitement and entertainment.  

Contact Melany Dillon at [email protected]

OCTOBER 20, 2017