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La Peña is a not-for-profit cultural center and we need your support to fund our new sound system! We need your help in raising $7,800 before the end of our fiscal year August 31, 2016. Please donate online at:  Lapena.org/donate

We look forward to many more years of programming that reflects our central mission of promoting peace, social justice, cultural understanding, and community action through art. 
Come check out our new sound system at one of our upcoming events!


Bay Area Mural Festival Fundraiser Concert
August 27 @ 8:00 pm – Midnight

Come enjoy a night of live music and live painting to raise money for our upcoming Bay Area Mural Festival (BAMFest 2016). BAMFest will bring together master muralists and mural groups, and at risk youth through a series of artist residencies and workshops culminating in the painting of 5+ murals along the Berkeley- Oakland border. 

$10 – $20 Sliding Scale


Salsa Party with Orquestra La Peña
August 29 @ 9pm – 11pm

Attention Salsa Dancers (beginners encouraged): Join us for a night of salsa dancing and live music! Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, Celia Cruz and many more. SUGGESTED DONATION OF $3-$5 IS ENCOURAGED! GET HERE EARLY FOR FREE DANCE CLASS AT 8:30PM! 

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JamRoots Project
August 25 @ 10pm

Every Monday night, come be part of our open Jam. Calling all musicians in the following genres: Soul, Reggae, Rock, Root, Latin, HipHop and more… bring your instruments and join us in our diversity of sounds!
Non-musicians, come dance!


FREE/Donations Encouraged!


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 SABOR: Latin Dance Party with DJ Jose Ruiz

Friday, September 2 @ 9pm – 12:30am

Every first Friday of the month, join us for a night of eclectic latin beats: Son, Timba, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha & Salsa!

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$5 Suggested Donation!



Cuban Rumba Jam
Septmeber 4 @ 4pm – 6pm

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday, come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.



FREE/Donations Encouraged!



Soul Speaks Open Mic
September 15 @ 8pm

Our monthly open mic is usually the third Thursday of every month, but this month it will come one week early! Performers share stories, songs, comedy, and poetry.. SOUL SPEAKS is an event that brings together artists and allows them to share their soul and speak their truth! This could be you.


FREE/Donations Encouraged!



Fandango Jarocho Jam Session
September 16 @ 8pm – 11pm

Enjoy a lively evening of music, dancing, and zapateado– bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy! Son Jarocho is a lyrical and danceable music genre from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and was formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.




FREE/Donations Encouraged!