With the fall semester around the corner, you may be wondering what some of the most popular Berkeley activities are. The Daily Cal has you covered — we’ve compiled a bucket list for you to complete!
Hike the Big C and the Fire Trails
If you’re looking for a short 15-minute hike with amazing views of the Berkeley campus and the Bay Area, we recommend the Big C. With its iconic giant “C” concrete block and picturesque swing, the Big C is a must. If you are lucky enough, you might even get to see some goats and turkeys at the top of the hike.
The Berkeley Fire Trails are a great way to get away into the woods. This hike consists of two different versions — one being a 1.5-mile trail and the other being 6.8 miles long. Both trails boast some of the best views in Berkeley, looking out over Oakland and the San Francisco skyline in the distance.
Go to a concert at the Greek Theatre
Tame Impala, Lana del Rey, Chance the Rapper and Twenty One Pilots are just some of the many artists that have performed at the Greek Theatre. This fall, upcoming shows include Carly Rae Jepsen and the Chainsmokers.
Visit the Bowles Hall Haunted House
Every year around Halloweekend, Bowles Hall hosts an annual Haunted House, free for all Cal students. With a new theme each year, the Hogwarts-esque building will surely scare your socks off!
Attend a Cal Football game
Nothing beats dressing up in Cal gear and being surrounded by people screaming and cheering on the Cal football team — it’s an essential part of the college experience. If you only plan to attend one game, attend the Big Game, where Berkeley plays its rival school, Stanford. Plus, as a home game this fall, you do not want to miss it!
Study at every library
With more than 20 libraries to choose from, why limit yourself to just one? Moffitt Library, Main Stacks and Doe Memorial Library are some of the most well known, but there are countless others that are worth checking out such as the East Asian Library and the Music Library. You may find yourself preferring these hidden gems over the libraries you normally frequent.
See a performance at Zellerbach Hall
Located in Lower Sproul, Zellerbach Hall is Cal’s performing arts theater. Performances are hosted every semester and include live music, dance and theater. If you are interested in attending a performance, this semester’s tickets will be on sale Aug. 27.
Destress at Llamapalooza
Hosted every semester during dead week, Llamapalooza is one of Berkeley’s most wholesome activities. Several llamas are brought to the glade for students to pet, take pictures with, comb and feed. While studying for finals, destressing with llamas on the glade is something you won’t want to miss and will never forget.
Go to Cal Day
Cal Day is a great way to show off your school pride and hangout with friends. It occurs towards the end of Spring semester, and includes presentations from student organizations, parties on Greek Row and a live concert on the glade. Previous performances include pop band the Marias and singer Raveena.
With the start of the fall semester, you have your Berkeley bucket list ready to complete!