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William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre

Music Venue, College Theater, and Historic Site · University of California-Berkeley
2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
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    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
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    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
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  • Tue
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
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For alums and friends of the University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s preeminent public research university. A wellspring of innovation, the school occupies a 1,232-acre campus near downtown Berkeley. UC Berkeley was established in 1868 as the flagship of today’s 10-campus University of California. Foursquare users can follow Cal and learn more about our beautiful and historic campus. Please contribute your tips, too!


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    Fahd B.
    "The lawn is more comfy than the concrete seats."(6 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "Enchanting venue for live music."(8 Tips)
    "Awesome outdoor concert venue on the UC Berkeley campus!"(2 Tips)
    Jennifer O.
    "... lawn tickets, don't bring blankets with a plastic back, they'll just slide..."(2 Tips)
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  • intimate
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  • Tania M.

    Great place for concerts. You can take your blankets because it's chilly at night.

    Tania Martinez · October 20, 2015
  • Justin L.

    Great venue. Every seat is a good one.

    Justin Leu · October 12, 2015
  • Bennett W.

    An excellent venue in Berkeley for concerts and graduation ceremonies

    Bennett Wong · September 29, 2015
  • Ally M.

    Great concert venue! Beautiful design.

    Ally M · September 12, 2015
  • Ian K.

    One of my favorite places to see a concert. Sunset views of the Golden Gate, excellent sound.

    Ian Kennedy · August 10, 2015
  • Brodie O.

    If you want to get close to the stage, get here early. Otherwise, bring a blanket and kick back on the lawn with some wine.

    Brodie Olmstead · July 24, 2015
  • Ally M.

    Beautiful architecture and lots of seating. It's a small hike to get up here!

    Ally M · July 22, 2015
  • Kylie F.

    One of the best music venues in the bay... But bring a jacket if Karl is around!

    Kylie F · June 2, 2015
  • Chris W.

    Enchanting venue for live music. Lovely scenery and great sound quality.

    Chris Wren · April 13, 2015
  • Maddie Mae

    Bring something to sit on, both for the sake of your butt bones and to insulate against the cold stone seats.

    Maddie Mae · December 11, 2014
  • This G.

    not a good place to check out EDM shows. their sound system is woefully inadequate. great visibility of the stage from almost anywhere in the venue though.

    This Guy · September 20, 2014
  • Cameron M.

    Problem: sore butt and chilly outdoor ocean air. Solution: Dancing.

    Cameron Maddux · September 6, 2014
  • Bela P.

    Bring blankets or cushioned seats. The place is great but it does hurt after a while. Arrive early and bring shades and sunscreen. Enjoy it!

    Bela Pulgar · August 25, 2014
  • Andy B.

    Show #98 #DMB

    Andy Benedetto · August 25, 2014
  • Ned H.

    Make a day of it, great lunch spots all over, warehouse club get 1st dibs but we still got good seats arriving at 4pm

    Ned Hogan · August 25, 2014
  • Kay

    Amazing sound quality.

    Kay · August 22, 2014
  • David G.

    The lawn seats have an awesome view! One of those venues where every seat has a good view really.

    David Gamboa · August 22, 2014
  • James T.

    Perfect size and very chill.

    James T · August 15, 2014
  • Jennifer O.

    If you have lawn tickets, don't bring blankets with a plastic back, they'll just slide off!

    Jennifer Orr · August 13, 2014
  • Julie L.

    Berkeley Campus East

    Julie Lachapelle · May 23, 2014
  • Rohan T.

    Bring warm clothing for an evening show and something comfortable to sit on, if you're sitting on the concrete steps.

    Rohan Talip · September 22, 2013
  • Laurie V.

    Arrive early, bring something soft to sit on. This is more important than you would imagine.

    Laurie V · July 27, 2013
  • Kate B.

    Bring a stadium seat. This crap's uncomfortable.

    Kate Bryant · June 23, 2013
  • Maxwell M.


    Maxwell Monroe · June 3, 2013
  • Nicole P.

    If you have a crazy creek, bring it. Your back will thank you. Or sit in the back row so you can lean against the wall.

    Nicole Peggs · June 2, 2013
  • Angel G.

    Get here early or else be prepared to leave with a sore ass and rocks in your underwear.

    Angel Garcia · June 1, 2013
  • Greg M.

    Come an hour early for good seats. Parking is horrendous.

    Greg Melcher · June 1, 2013
  • Alissa M.

    Bring cash if you don't want to wait in line forever

    Alissa Menicucci · May 30, 2013
  • Bob C.

    Be sure to bring a cushion for your tush - the concrete is hard!! And a blanket for when the sun goes down.

    Bob Campbell · May 30, 2013
  • Fahd B.

    The lawn is more comfy than the concrete seats. And you get an awesome view.

    Fahd Butt · April 20, 2013
  • San Jose Mercury News

    Which Bay Area-grown band chose the Greek for its homecoming concert after its lead singer returned from a stint in rehab? Read more

    San Jose Mercury News · April 17, 2013
  • Aaron D.

    Show up early if you're hoping to get a centrally located seat. Bring a jacket and something soft to sit on, the concrete hurts your butt after a while.

    Aaron Draczynski · October 11, 2012
  • Amy M.

    Bring a blanket to sit on since it's all outside and concrete. Hands down the best music venue I've been to in the Bay Area. Beautiful setup, great acoustics, and performers can see the entire crowd.

    Amy Matsuno · October 5, 2012
  • Venture F.


    Venture Fanatic · August 13, 2012
  • Amanda V.

    Come early to try and snag one of the stone thrones, and feel like a greek god/goddess

    Amanda Van West · June 30, 2012
  • melissa f.

    Take BART.Bring grub,a blanket, jacket, and seat cushions. Beers on tap are at View Cafe at the top of the lawn. Don't be the Ahole taking up two seats by sitting with ur back against the seat behind

    melissa fong · June 30, 2012
  • Jack W.

    Parking close is only available if you're super early.

    Jack Whalen · June 24, 2012
  • Cal

    Although the Greek Theater opened in 1903, it had been a favorite outdoor spot since 1894. The name? Ben Weed's Amphitheater.

    Cal · April 10, 2012
  • Sam K.

    Magical summer venue. Not a bad seat in the house. Don't forget to star gaze.

    Sam Kaufman · November 15, 2011
  • adam r.

    Sneak in a flask

    adam rugel · October 22, 2011
  • Jay G.

    $20 parking structure at Hearst & Gayley.

    Jay Gibb · October 22, 2011
  • Bob C.

    Always bring a cushion! The concrete benches are hard!

    Bob Campbell · October 21, 2011
  • Eric Y.

    DON'T DRIVE! Total pain to get through campus and find parking. Lovely venue though.

    Eric Yandell · October 6, 2011
  • Stephanie C.

    Wear flat shoes!!

    Stephanie C · September 23, 2011
  • Tivon


    Tivon · August 19, 2011
  • ScottySauce

    This is by far one of the sexiest places to see a show in the Bay Area. The sound, lighting and crowd make it all a very enjoyable and intimate experience.

    ScottySauce · August 15, 2011
  • Daniel S.

    A premier outdoor concert venue that seats nearly 5000. Don't forget to bring your sweater, it can get quite chilly by the end of the night.

    Daniel Salinas · August 15, 2011
  • Gary B.

    Beautful music venue Read more

    Gary Baker · August 15, 2011
  • Heat B.

    Wear comfy shoes the walk from parking to theatre is brutal in heels

    Heat Bishop · August 15, 2011
  • Victoria

    Don't wear heels to the greek theatre!

    Victoria · June 13, 2011

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