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The Greek Theater, Berkeley | World-Class Shows on Campus
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The Greek Theater, Berkeley | World-Class Shows on Campus

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Updated: 25 April 2017
Locally known as the Greek Theater, this amphitheater is not only home to UC Berkeley students and events, but home to world-famous artists, coming to Berkeley to perform shows. It’s placed on the campus of Cal Berkeley, which makes it a perfect location for activities and food before or after your show. The venue is ideal for any concert goer, as the easy-to-access theater has everything one would love.
Lorde at The Greek | © Joseph Samson
Lorde at The Greek | Courtesy Joseph Samson

Some of the biggest names in music are quickly making the ancient theater, commonly known to locals as the Greek Theater, number one outdoor theater in the area. Not only have Lorde, Mumford & Sons, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, and Foster the People been on stage this year, but the Greek is used by students to host various events and achievements including The Berkeley Jazz Festival, pop, rock, and world music concerts, UC Berkeley graduation ceremonies, and occasional addresses by noted speakers.

This ancient amphitheater, formally known as the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater, holds 8,500 people and was created in 1903. Since then, it has been the home of thousands of shows, and provides a great experience to those of all ages.

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The Greek Theatre, empty and rare | © Sanfranman59/WikiCommons

The venue is easy to get to from anywhere, and is just a short walk from BART and Telegraph Avenue. It is recommended to leave early if you are driving because parking can get a little cramped on campus and along the streets. Along with that, you should get there early if you are attending a general admission show and want a good spot in the pit unless you do not mind getting a seat on the concrete steps or further out on the lawn. The stone seating sections can be a little rough on the backside, so bring a small seat cushion to make your experience more comfortable!

Outside of the Greek | © Jade Alcantara
Outside of The Greek | Courtesy Jade Alcantara

The venue is also a completely smoke-free facility, which is extremely attractive to non-smokers because many times it’s hard to escape the smoke in a sold-out show. Bring your rain gear or sunscreen because all shows are rain or shine too! One of the most incredible things about how the venue plans their events is that most of the shows are afternoon or night shows, and there is usually always a breeze with the sun setting while the artist is coming on to perform. Eating and drinking are welcome, and The Greek Theater itself offers different foods and drinks (including alcohol if of age). In addition to the amazing food sold at the theatre, there are many restaurants and quick, easy food places just within the blocks surrounding the campus. Pizza and burger joints, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Japanese, and bar & grills – take your pick and enjoy.

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Dispatch at The Greek | © Edward Betts/WikiCommons

Music lovers will enjoy the upcoming shows of Ed Sheeran, Death Cab for Cutie, Willie Nelson, and Ben Howard. Finding and purchasing tickets to The Greek Theater events is simple and offered through websites including Ticketmaster or Ticket Monster.

The unique history, pure music, love, inspiring ambiance, atmosphere and the overall experience is part of what makes The Greek Theater an amazing place to be.

The Greek Theater, 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1-510-642-9988

By Aimee Rose

‘A girl with an old soul and a child’s heart, suffering from a bad case of wanderlust.’