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Lake Anza is a popular place in Berkeley, mostly used by locals in the warm months. There is a swimming area and a fishing area that is open all year round.
The lake area contains sandy beaches and picnic lots. It's a beautiful place to spend a warm summer day with the family.
For a more cultural experience, art lovers can visit Berkeley Art Museum, situated on Bancroft Avenue. The museum has an impressive art collection, bringing culture to Berkeley since 1970.
There are displays of masterpieces from the 18th century, as well as post-modernist art works.
The Regional Park's Botanic Garden at Tilden is home to almost every plant and flower species that are native to California.
The 10-acre garden is divided into sections by labels, representing regions in CA, starting from the Southern desserts to the Pacific Rain Forests.
There are lectures and slide shows offered in the Visitor Center, every Saturday, from November to February.
The California Golden Bears bring excitement in Berkeley every time they play. The Berkeley teams have won a total of 24 rugby games in the past seasons, including 2 baseball championships, 3 football championships, 13 water polo championships and 15 crew championships.
The most anticipated event between 2 universities is the Big Game. California University scored the winning touchdown in the final seconds on November 20, 1982, making history, their game being known as ''the band play'' or simply as The Play.
The teams are competing in numerous collegiate championships, including Division I-A, as member of the Pacific-10 Conference.
The Sports Shooter Academy VI was held in 2009, between the 8th and 12th April. It is a 5-day event, featuring a large variety of college sports, including track&field, baseball, volleyball, softball, water polo, tennis and rowing.
The Sports Shooter Academy VI is sponsored by Nikon that provides hands-on loan equipment.
The Solano Avenue Stroll is an annual event, held in Berkeley, in September, consisting in 26 blocks of free fun, being the largest free festival in California. There is a theme parade, plenty of local music, as well as carnival games, jugglers, face painters, magicians, even wizards and elves.
Another fun festival held in Berkley, is the Berkley kite Festival, happening in July, with highlight activities such as free kite making, shows provided by the Kite team of Japan, giant kite-creatures and Taiko drummers.
The center `piece` of the festival is the Berkeley Kite Wrangler's trademark `Octopile`, offering 30 000 square feet of kite-show, being the top giant creature kite team in the world.
Among the most popular nightspots in Berkeley, there are:
Jupiter (2181 Shattuck Avenue) is a unique modern bar with a Gothic ambiance. It's a popular place, often visited by students, great to have a drink with friends or a slice of pizza.
The Albatros Pub is the oldest pub in Berkeley where people come to relax or socialize while they enjoy a glass of cold beer. There are pool tables, darts and board games to entertain customers and Sunday night is quiz night here.
The Shattuck Down Low is the perfect place to go for dancing. It has hardwood floors, 2 full bars and live music performances. There are also professional DJs, offering customers only the best in music, including funk, hip-hop, soul, salsa, reggae and rock.
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