The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I’ve ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are Jul 27 and 28th.
The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is family friendly with jumpy houses, kite-making stations, and a kite “ballet” performance in the sky. My daughter’s highlight is the pony rides.
Study the transportation and parking options before embarking on this trip.
There are plenty of food stands and kids activities, but bringing a picnic is also a great option.