Cal Day

Cal Day, U.C. Berkeley’s annual open house extravaganza is on Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-5pm. Every year, the university opens its lecture halls, research labs, museums, sports fields, libraries, galleries and gardens FREE to the public. Students and faculty showcase the many departments and clubs with a wide range of AWESOME kid-friendly activities.

Helpful Tips:

  • With over 300 unique events scheduled and large crowds, Cal Day can be overwhelming. Advance planning will save your time and sanity and make the day really special. There are so many great options but do not expect to do it all. Think about your child’s interests, attention span and mobility; then check out the Cal Day website to plan your day.
  • Parking is free for the day at the lots on campus. Metered street parking is enforced and there are privately owned lots near campus.
  • U.C. Berkeley is a big campus so take advantage of the free transportation. There are free Cable Car Campus Tours (also available in Mandarin and Spanish), Campus Perimeter Buses and Hill Shuttles (to the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden, Samuel L. Silver Space Sciences Laboratory, and Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area which leaves every 15 minutes from Evans Hall.) They are worth waiting in line for and a fun way to see the area.
  • Avoid the row of booths as you enter the university through Sather Gate. It is very crowded and geared for incoming and current students.
  • It can get quite hot so don’t forget the sunscreen and water.
  • Food trucks will be available on campus and serve delicious food.

Introduce your family to the wide world of Berkeley. Watch dancers move and groove, hear the boom of the Cal band, hug a robot and get some hands-on science experience. Cal Day will light up their minds. No advance registration is required to attend Cal Day – just show up!


ASUC Art Studio, Lower Sproul Plaza

Bechtel Engineering Center

California Memorial Stadium

Campbell Hall

College Building

Cory Hall

Davis Hall

Doe Library

Dwinelle Hall

Etcheverry Hall

Evans Hall

Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn

    Hearst Gymnasium

    Hearst Memorial Mining Building

    Hearst Mining Circle

    Hildebrand Hall

    Jacobs Hall

    Latimer Hall-Pimentel Hall

    Lawrence Hall of Science

    LeConte Hall

    McCone Hall

    Moffitt Library

    Mulford Hal

    North Field

    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

        Pimentel Hall

        Recreational Sports Facility

        Soda Hall

        Sproul Plaza

        Stanley Hall Atrium

        Stephens Hall

        Sutardja Dai Hall

        Wurster Hall

        Valley Life Sciences Building

        UC Botanical Garden

        Cal Day is on Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-5pm, at the University of California at Berkeley and perfect for all ages. Get there early to take advantage to the wonderful kid-friendly opportunities to experience anything from archaeology to zoology. There is really something for everyone on Cal Day.