Come celebrate the change of seasons and the arrival of spring at a family-friendly block party hosted by the Persian Center. As the sun sets, people jump over bonfires to say goodbye to the cold winter and welcome the redness, warmth, and energy of springtime. Chaharshanbeh Souri, the Persian New Year Festival of Fire, takes place on the last Tuesday night before the vernal equinox, which is the day when Persians worldwide celebrate Nowruz (New Year). Enjoy Persian foods, dancing, music, arts and crafts, and cultural vendors. This is a no-alcohol event. Free. Rain or shine. Info: here

19th Annual Chaharshanbeh Souri Celebration
Tuesday March 13, 6–10pm
2029 Durant Ave, Berkeley (in front of the Persian Center Building)

Photo: Kaia Diringer