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Farmers’ Market Salsa Festival

Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park | 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

The Farmers Market Salsa Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in downtown Berkeley has become an annual go-to event for our East Bay community and beyond. Join us for a day of environmental and cultural experiences with music, dance, and food and beverages being offered all day long.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE

D.J. Chuy Varela from KCSM Radio

Salsa Lessons and dancing with Rebecca Bertram all day long! 

10:45 – 11:45   LATIN JAZZ YOUTH ENSEMBLE SAN FRANCISCO 

12:15 -1:15   BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

1:15  – 1:45   D.J. Music & Dance Lessons & dance with Rebecca Bertram

1:45  – 2:45   ERICK PERALTA Y EL CONJUNTO ALTA

2:45  – 3:00   Dance Lessons & Crowd Dancing

3:00  – 4:00   CHRISTIAN PEPIN Y SU ORQUESTA BEMBE

4:00  – 4:15   Dance Lessons & Crowd Dancing

4:15  – 5:00   CHRISTIAN PEPIN Y SU ORQUESTA BEMBE

SALSA DEMONSTRATIONS

Chef Maria from Chica Oakland

Chef Sid from Kitchen on Fire

10:00- 2:00    CHEF MARIA Chica Oakland 

2:00 – 3:45     CHEF SID Kitchen on Fire

4:00 – 5:00 CHEF MARIA Chica Oakland

KID’S ECO-ZONE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

11:00 – 11:00     MARIELA’S BI-LINGUAL MUSIC TIME AND DANCE

11:30 -12:00     COMPTON THE COMPOST PILE & PUPPETEER TONI “TUNE”

12:30 –  1:00     COMPTON THE COMPOST PILE & PUPPETEER TONI “TUNE”

1:00 –    1:30     STORYTIME WITH ARMIN (BERKELEY LIBRARY)

2:00 –    2:30     FAMILY DRUM CIRCLE WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNER CHRISTIAN PEPIN

3:00 –    3:30     STORYTIME WITH SHEILA (BERKELEY LIBRARY)

All Day Long Kid’s Eco-Zone Crafts & Activities

Play With Clay Masks

Pollinator Posse Monarch Butterfly Finger Puppets, Butterfly Masks, Bee Houses

Bubble Blowing Eco-Friendly Bubbles and Wands

Face Painting Eco-Friendly Paints (FREE)

Berkeley Public Library Book Cart

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Live Music and Dance All Day Long!

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble San Francisco 

Berkeley High School Youth Ensemble

Afro-Cuban Afro Peruvian jazz keyboardist Erick Peralta with his band

Grammy Award Winner Christian Pepin y su Orquesta Bembe 

In between live music sets, Professional Latin Dancer Rebecca Galindo will perform as well as demonstrate step-by-step how to navigate basic Salsa steps for “crowd” dancing. It won’t be long before you will be moving to the Latin rhythms on your own!

Kids Eco-Zone 

For the young and young at heart, the Kids Eco-Zone will be filled with fun activities and creative crafts to take home.


Puppet show with Compton the Compost Pile Ever wonder what it’d be like to talk to a compost pile? Kids had a chance to chat with Compton and learn why composting is important. Bubble Blowing with environmentally friendly bubbles and wands and Face Painting with earth friendly paint and designs. Take Home Bee Houses with Pollinator Posse and Clay Mask Making with artist Roberta Almerez and Sing-Alongs and Dancing with Mariella’s Bi-lingual Music Time and Storytime with the Berkeley Public Library.

Enjoy a variety of locally-sourced, sustainably-made food and beverages in tandem with the adjacent Farmers’ Market. Freshly made Mojitos and Nojitos will be for sale from female-founded, female-owned Montanya Distillers, with fresh mint and limes sourced from the adjacent Farmers Market. Craft beer and wine will be poured by local sustainable wineries and breweries. 

Salsa Demonstrations by local Chefs who will sample out their favorite Salsa recipes using fresh ingredients from the Farmers Market. . 

Family Fun Activities     

The Fashion Trashion Selfie Booth is a crowd favorite!  Haute Trash coming all the way from Nevada City with a host of “haute couture” made of upcycled fashion. Meet Haute Trash owner Kathi Griffis and try on a selection from her amazing fashion collection and take a selfie to send to friends!  Drum Circle with headliner Grammy Award winning percussionist Christian Pepin as he demonstrates Latin drumming technique and shares the origins of Salsa music from Africa to Cuba and Puerto Rico to the United States. People Powered Smoothies by using fruit from the Farmers Market and pedaling a bike!              

Arts & Crafts Throughout the Festival.  Stroll the park and shop for sustainable jewelry, pottery, textiles and more from local artisans. Watch as artist Judith Schonebaum demonstrates how to make beautiful household items from upcycled materials.     

Here’s a quick peek of the last Berkeley Farmers Market Salsa Festival!

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   Don’t forget to mark your calendars, grab your market bag and pull your dancing shoes!

We are deeply grateful to our sponsors for their support of this community event: KCSM Radio, Berkeleyside, BARTable, Visit Berkeley, Montanya Distillery, Drakes Beer, DeNovo Winery, Trader Joes, Kitchen on Fire, Chica Oakland, City of Berkeley, Berkeley Public Library, and Pollinator Posse.

With Thanks to our Sponsors 

       

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Cost: FREE
Event Phone: 9254219574
Event Email: cynthia@ecologycenter.org
This event is wheelchair accessible.

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