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William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre

Music Venue, College Theater, and Historic Site
University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley
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9.5/10
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  • Fahd B.
    "The lawn is more comfy than the concrete seats."(6 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "Enchanting venue for live music."(9 Tips)
    Liz
    "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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  • Marta T.
    Marta TapperoSeptember 2
    Fantastic. Unique views, plenty of space, great sound. So special to see a concert there!
  • Jed C.
    Beautiful venue; the views are incredible.
  • Rich Y.
    One of my faves. Expensive
  • Tania M.
    Tania MartinezOctober 20, 2015
    Great place for concerts. You can take your blankets because it's chilly at night.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LeuOctober 12, 2015
    Great venue. Every seat is a good one.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongSeptember 29, 2015
    An excellent venue in Berkeley for concerts and graduation ceremonies
  • Ally M.
    Ally MSeptember 12, 2015
    Great concert venue! Beautiful design.
  • Ian K.
    Ian KennedyAugust 10, 2015
    One of my favorite places to see a concert. Sunset views of the Golden Gate, excellent sound.
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadJuly 24, 2015
    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.
  • Ally M.
    Ally MJuly 22, 2015
    Beautiful architecture and lots of seating. It's a small hike to get up here!
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FJune 2, 2015
    One of the best music venues in the bay... But bring a jacket if Karl is around!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenApril 13, 2015
    Enchanting venue for live music. Lovely scenery and great sound quality.
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeDecember 11, 2014
    Bring something to sit on, both for the sake of your butt bones and to insulate against the cold stone seats.
  • This G.
    This GuySeptember 20, 2014
    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.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxSeptember 6, 2014
    Problem: sore butt and chilly outdoor ocean air. Solution: Dancing.
  • Bela P.
    Bela PulgarAugust 25, 2014
    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!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BenedettoAugust 25, 2014
    Show #98 #DMB
  • Ned H.
    Ned HoganAugust 25, 2014
    Make a day of it, great lunch spots all over, warehouse club get 1st dibs but we still got good seats arriving at 4pm
  • Kay
    KayAugust 22, 2014
    Amazing sound quality.
  • David G.
    David GamboaAugust 22, 2014
    The lawn seats have an awesome view! One of those venues where every seat has a good view really.
  • James T.
    James TAugust 15, 2014
    Perfect size and very chill.
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrAugust 13, 2014
    If you have lawn tickets, don't bring blankets with a plastic back, they'll just slide off!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LachapelleMay 23, 2014
    Berkeley Campus East
  • Rohan T.
    Rohan TalipSeptember 22, 2013
    Bring warm clothing for an evening show and something comfortable to sit on, if you're sitting on the concrete steps.
  • Laurie V.
    Laurie VJuly 27, 2013
    Arrive early, bring something soft to sit on. This is more important than you would imagine.
  • Kate B.
    Kate BryantJune 23, 2013
    Bring a stadium seat. This crap's uncomfortable.
  • Maxwell M.
    Maxwell MonroeJune 3, 2013
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  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PeggsJune 2, 2013
    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.
  • Angel G.
    Angel GarciaJune 1, 2013
    Get here early or else be prepared to leave with a sore ass and rocks in your underwear.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MelcherJune 1, 2013
    Come an hour early for good seats. Parking is horrendous.
  • Alissa M.
    Alissa MenicucciMay 30, 2013
    Bring cash if you don't want to wait in line forever
  • Bob C.
    Bob CampbellMay 30, 2013
    Be sure to bring a cushion for your tush - the concrete is hard!! And a blanket for when the sun goes down.
  • Fahd B.
    Fahd ButtApril 20, 2013
    The lawn is more comfy than the concrete seats. And you get an awesome view.
  • San Jose Mercury News
    San Jose Mercury NewsApril 17, 2013
    Which Bay Area-grown band chose the Greek for its homecoming concert after its lead singer returned from a stint in rehab? Read more
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiOctober 11, 2012
    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.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoOctober 5, 2012
    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.
  • Venture F.
    Venture FanaticAugust 13, 2012
    Firsties!!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestJune 30, 2012
    Come early to try and snag one of the stone thrones, and feel like a greek god/goddess
  • melissa f.
    melissa fongJune 30, 2012
    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
  • Jack W.
    Jack WhalenJune 24, 2012
    Parking close is only available if you're super early.
  • Cal
    CalApril 10, 2012
    Although the Greek Theater opened in 1903, it had been a favorite outdoor spot since 1894. The name? Ben Weed's Amphitheater.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KaufmanNovember 15, 2011
    Magical summer venue. Not a bad seat in the house. Don't forget to star gaze.
  • adam r.
    adam rugelOctober 22, 2011
    Sneak in a flask
  • Jay G.
    Jay GibbOctober 22, 2011
    $20 parking structure at Hearst & Gayley.
  • Bob C.
    Bob CampbellOctober 21, 2011
    Always bring a cushion! The concrete benches are hard!
  • Eric Y.
    Eric YandellOctober 6, 2011
    DON'T DRIVE! Total pain to get through campus and find parking. Lovely venue though.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CSeptember 23, 2011
    Wear flat shoes!!
  • Tivon
    TivonAugust 19, 2011
    #GOBEARS!!!
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 15, 2011
    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.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasAugust 15, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 30
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