East Bay Things To Do for October 2016

What: Pumpkin Patch Fun

A little girl trying to lift a giant pumpkin.

Photo by Julie Ziemelis

Where: Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch, Alameda. Located at 2153 Ferry Point.

When: Now through Halloween.

This is no ordinary pumpkin patch! There are many activities that kids will love: Ziplines, giant Zorb balls, ship slides, bounce houses, petting zoo, and a maze. Enjoy the food trucks while you choose your perfect carving pumpkin! Open through October 31 from 10am – 10pm. More info at: http://www.speerfamilyfarms.com/


What: Fleet Week

Where: In the skies above the East Bay and San Francisco!

When: October 7-9th  (Air Show is Friday from 12 pm- 4 pm with the Blue Angels performing from 3 pm – 4 pm.

Get full details at http://fleetweeksf.org/events/



What: 24th Annual Indigenous People’s Day, Pow Wow and Indian Market

When: Saturday October 8 – 10 am-6 pm

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Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley

Come enjoy learning about and experiencing Native American culture. There will be exhibition dancing at 10 am, gourd dancing at 11 and a grand entrance at noon showing off the pageantry of local Native Americans. Food booths, art displays and more! http://ipdpowwow.org/


What: OktoberFEST in Oakland

When: Friday, October 15 2 pm – 7 pm

Where: BRIX 581- 581 5th St., Oakland

Experience the authenticity and quality of Austrian and German Beers, an Oktoberfest Costume Contest, Beer Stein Holding Contest, and traditional German food. Tickets are $50. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-oakland-tickets-27562069893


What:  Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll

When:  Saturday October 22 – 10 am

Where: Benicia Main Street, Martinez

Kids of all ages are invited to have a great time at a Halloween costume contest where area merchants will participate in the festivities. There will also be a Canine and Critter Costume Contest on the First Street Green where they will receive awards and treats. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-costume-contest-sidewalk-stroll-tickets-24522847497


What: Halloween on Solano

When: Monday, October 31 – 5 pm-6 pm

Where: (New location this year) Church on the Corner, 1319 Solano (at Pomona)

The Solano Avenue Association is hosting a fun costume contest and relatively secret trick or treating at the businesses on Solano from 3-5 pm.

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What: 2016 Park Street Classic Show: 400+ Cars & Oldies DJ

When: Saturday, October 8 – All Day

Where: Park St. Alameda

More than 400 cars of every description will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district — Roadsters, Coupes, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, and more.


What: “Jack of All Trades” Halloween Pre-Party

When: Saturday, October 8 – All Day

Where: Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more.


What: Urban Indie Experience: Local Artisans, Craft Beer & Live Music

When: Saturday, October 8 – 12:00pm

Where: Bay Street Emeryville

The Urban Indie Experience takes over Bay Street Emeryville with a special day of festivities. Free to attend, this eclectic urban extravaganza will feature a vibrant mix of 30 local artisans, delicious craft beers, three live bands, and more.


What: The East Bay Bonsai Society’s 55th Annual Show

When: Sunday, October 9 – All Day

Where: Lakeside Park Garden Center 666 Bellevue, Oakland

The East Bay Bonsai Society’s 55th Annual Show will feature over 50 tree varieties and ages, plus a free bonsai demonstration. http://www.eastbaybonsai.org/

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What: 2016 Rockridge “Out & About” Street Festival

When: Sunday, October 9 – All Day

Where: 5660 College Ave. Oakland

From a business district to a festival, nearly a mile of College Avenue in Oakland will be transformed into the Rockridge Out & About Festival featuring gourmet food and drinks from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, wellness activities, kids’ activities, and a chef stage.


What: 2nd Annual Mexican “Celebrando Comunidad en la Placita”

When: Sunday, October 9 – 12:00 to 4:00pm

Where: MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley) | 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Live entertainment, dancing, salsa tastings, children’s games and activities, crafts vendors and food booths — everything that you might find in a town square in a Mexico or Latin American country.


Different types of pizzaWhat: Pizzafest 2016: 20+ Ovens, All-You-Can-Eat Tastings & Pizza Bake-Off

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When: Saturday, October 15 – 11:00am-3:00pm | Cost: $10

Where: 1250 9th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Pizzacraft, a line of at-home pizza-making tools and accessories, including the award-winning Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven, is excited to announce the 3rd annual all-you-can-eat pizza festival. Sample pizzas cooked on over 20 roaring pizza ovens and vote for the People’s Choice Award, as well as watch demos of pizza making tools and techniques, shop the Pizzacraft store, relax in one of the beer gardens, and let the kiddos play in the Kids’ Fun Zone.


What: Spooky Mini Zine Fest: Support Your Local Artist

When: Saturday, October 15 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Artist and Craftsman Supply 2573 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Artist & Craftsman Supply is teaming up with SFZinefest to bring you a Mini Spooky Zine Fest. Meet & support local artists, pick up some zines, prints, stickers, and buttons, and work on collaborative paintings and zines.


What: 2016 Sunday Streets Berkeley | 17-Block-Long Street Party

When: Sunday, October 16 – All Day

Where: Shattuck Ave and University Ave Berkeley

Inspired by San Francisco, Berkeley will once again throw a giant street party as Shattuck Avenue will be car-free for 17 blocks from Rose Street to Haste Street for more than a mile-long street party with dancing, skating, musical jam sessions, chess games, soccer, pedal-powered music, and more on the open streets.


Sugar SkullsWhat: 2016 Skeletonfest: Sugar Skull Making & Screenprinting

When: Sunday, October 23 – 12:00pm

Where: Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond

Families, grab your costumes and join the Richmond Art Center for Halloween and Day of the Dead art festivities on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Come create masks and movable skeletons that capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy traditional, colorful paper cutting and decorate sugar skulls. Be the coolest ghoul in school with a whimsical, screen-printed skeleton T-shirt. Come in costume. Bring a T-shirt and a treat to share.


What: Halloween Glow-In-The-Dark Black Light Art Show

When: Monday, October 31 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Studio 23 2309B Encinal Ave., Alameda

Alameda’s Studio 23 presents their annual BlackLight Art Show in October 2016 with glowing artworks and body painting by East Bay Artists.

There will be no lights. All of the artwork glows under a black light with the use of UV reactive fluorescent color paints.

Get free glow-in-the-dark stuff, enjoy good music, yummy treats and a few tricks including:

  • Body painting by Alana Dill
  • Mushroom Black Light installation by Tina Banda
  • Live Black Light Painting with Samantha Cecelia Sage
  • Live Abstract Painting Demo with Mikey Elliott
  • Interactive Black Light Painting Starring “You”
  • Monster Portraits by Monstark