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parking tips

For all locations:  DO NOT leave anything valuable in your car!!!

For downtown venues (Freight, Civic Center Park, Berkeley Public Library):  Metered street parking until 6pm (enforced right up to 6pm).  

Note that the Center St Garage (whose Addison St entrance is next to the Freight) is undergoing reconstruction, hopefully to be completed in time for the 2018 BOTMC. Click HERE for a map of other downtown Berkeley parking lots. You can also find free on-street parking (2 hour limit Monday-Friday until 6pm) in residential areas below Martin Luther King and north of University.

Also please note that the block on which the Freight is located is now ONE-WAY.  You enter from east (Shattuck) side.

At Ashkenaz:  free parking across the street in the REI lot. See

At Marxist library:  on street parking

At Elmwood Theater:  on street parking

At UC Berkeley:  Parking very very difficult to find — look for on-street parking, or try one of the garages, or park in residential areas (south of Dwight) and have a pleasant short walk.  Note:  residential areas near UC all have 2 hour parking restriction on weekdays, which should be sufficient for attending the panel discussion.

For additional downtown parking and transit information, see:


Need a place to stay? The Rodeway Inn 1461 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, US  94702 Phone: (510) 848
3840 is conveniently located to most BOTMC events and offers reasonable rates.

There is also a Holiday Inn Express a few blocks further west (closer to San Pablo Ave, but further from downtown)v1175 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 Phone: (510) 548-1700

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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association


Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!


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