CalDay: Quirkeley things to do

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Cal Band has two performances at Cal Day. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

It’s CalDay! – one of our favorite days of the year in Berkeley when the University opens its doors to the public with hundreds of activities, free tours and admission to museums, campus labs and classrooms.

Tweet and Instagram #sharecalday and see your posts appear on the”live” Cal Day site.

Here’s our top picks for Cal Day fun.


Virtual Reality at Cal!

calday16-map-previewThere’s four different places to experience virtual reality from the University’s virtual reality student group!

Sproul Plaza: AR Pop-up Textbooks

Bechtel Engineering Center: Landships! (VR Tank Game), HTC Vive Demos (TBD)

Engineering Student Services (ESS) Patio: Virtual Campanile

Jacobs Hall Open House (12-3pm): T1-M’s Collection (VR Animated Short), Immersive Storytelling


Doe Library $1 Book Sale 9:00 am-3:00 pm
303 Doe Library


T. rex and Friends 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Wallace Atrium, 1st floor Valley Life Sciences Building

Say hello to our resident T. rex and Pteranodon in Wallace Atrium in front of the Museum of Paleontology. Get your picture taken, pick up a T-shirt or tote bag, and score a highly coveted ticket for our museum tour! Get your Science@Cal Passport stamped here.


The Babylonian Night Sky 10:00-10:30 am

126 Barrows Hall

This talk explores the roles of science and magic in order to understand the various ways in which Babylonians of ancient Iraq examined the night sky.
Eduardo Escobar, Ph.D. Candidate in Cuneiform Studies


What Does the Internet Know About You? An Interactive Lab 10:00 am-12:00 pm

380 Soda Hall

Find out what the Internet knows about you, how it knows it, and why it all matters! Then learn some techniques to protect yourself–and your friends–from sharing more than you want to. Gerald Friedland, Lecturer


Robot Learning Lab: A Robot that Folds Laundry, Gives a High Five, and Hugs! 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall

The Robot Learning Lab conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. Come meet the first general-purpose robot able to fold laundry and give you a hug, as well!


Cal Band Performances

10:00-11:00 am Sather Gate 

12:00-1:00 pm Rally! Sproul Plaza, Mario Savio Steps 


Strawberry Creek and Natural Landscape Campus Tree Tour 12:00-1:00 pm

Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn 

Learn more about UC Berkeley’s natural landscape with a tour of Strawberry Creek and campus trees! The Forestry Club and the Strawberry Creek Restoration Project lead this guided one-hour tour beginning at noon. To take the tour on your own, the College of Natural Resources offers a smartphone audio tour (see instructions for downloading at http://goo.gl/CNYQzf).


PiE Robotics Demonstration 12:00-2:00 pm

247 Cory Hall

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a non-profit organization that provides a quality STEM learning experience for students in underserved Bay Area high schools. We run a year-long intensive mentoring program and an annual eight-week robotics competition.


Explore the Universe  12:00-4:00 pm

Lawrence Hall of Science (take Hill Shuttle from Evans Hall east entrance) 


BAMPFA Building Tour  12:30-1:15 pm

2155 Center St., BAMPFA

Architecture of Life Tour  1:00-2:00 pm


Traffic in the Sky: Smart Drones 1:30-3:00 pm
Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace


Berkeley Talks: Jaron Lanier in Conversation with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks 3:00-4:30 pm

Wheeler Auditorium

Composer, philosopher and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality, discusses what is was like to be on the leading edge of breakthrough technology and the experience of shaping the future on a global scale. In an ever-advancing world reliant on technology, he’ll also help us answer the question, What will be the direction of our digital future?

Tickets for this event will be available for pick up on April 16 beginning at 1 pm at Wheeler Auditorium. First-come, first served, subject to availability. One ticket per person only.


Getting around campus

See the campus map for routes and stops.

Cable Cars
Make a 30-minute loop around campus on a motorized cable car, running 8 am–4 pm. Hop on or off at any stop.

Campus Perimeter Buses
Catch a ride around the campus, with routes past the residence halls and Clark Kerr Campus. Buses run 8 am–6 pm.

Hill Shuttle 
Zip into the hills above campus—to see the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden, Space Sciences Laboratory, and Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area. The shuttle leaves every 15 minutes, 8:30 am–6 pm, from the east entrance of Evans Hall. Buses and shuttles are wheelchair-accessible; cable cars are not.

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