Días de los Muertos Celebrations
Commemorating the dead is something of a festive cultural rite of passage in the East Bay, where there are major events marking Días de los Muertos, or the Days of the Dead. It’s a big holiday in Mexico, where spirits of deceased ancestors are believed to visit their live relatives, arriving Oct. 31 and departing Nov. 2, and so specially honored. To observe the tradition, the Oakland Museum of California schedules an annual exhibit of exquisite altars (Evolution of a Sacred Space, Oct. 8–Dec. 17), artists talks (Oct. 19) and a free outdoor party (15th Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead, Oct. 25) at the museum. Meanwhile, the Fruitvale near Fruitvale Village comes to life Oct. 26 with the free annual Dia de los Muertos Festival that attracts some 90,000 revelers. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org; Dia de los Muertos Festival, Fruitvale Village at International Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 436-6672, www.unitycouncil.org/ddlm.
—By Patsy K. Eagan
The Stars Come out for Seva. Berkeley’s own Wavy Gravy, the original Woodstock emcee/clown-prince, hosts an all-star concert to celebrate the Seva Foundation’s 30th anniversary. The Berkeley-based nonprofit sends volunteers into communities all over the globe to develop culturally sensitive and sustainable grassroots efforts to combat poverty and disease. “With Seva,” says Wavy Gravy, “there’s a neat, clean line of trust from the heart, to the wallet, to the field.” On Sept. 27, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and several surprise guests perform to raise the funds that stoke Seva’s good works. A limited number of VIP tickets (including a dinner reception and special seating) are available directly from Seva at (510) 845-7382, ext. 332. 8 p.m., $75, $100, $125, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, (510) 465-6400, www.ticketmaster.com, www.seva.org.
Thursday Night Live (Sept. 4, 18; Oct. 2, 16) Every fortnight through October, you can watch the moon rise in Old Oakland to the tune of live music at a Thursday night street party with restaurants open late, beverage vendors offering specialty cocktails and brew and artisans and merchants holding sidewalk sales. 5 p.m.–
9 p.m., Ninth and Washington streets, (510) 645-1034, http://oaklandevents.net.
The Crucible’s Fall Open House (Sept. 6) Curious about the fire and industrial arts projects and classes going on at The Crucible, the West Oakland nonprofit arts education center that celebrates fire and industrial arts? Here’s a good chance to meet the principals and view the work of the students and instructors who delve into glass working, metal casting, blacksmithing, welding and more. The day includes an expo, refreshments, fire performances, demonstrations and an art show. 12 p.m.–6 p.m., free, 1260 Seventh St., (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.
Montclair Jazz & Wine Festival (Sept. 7) Montclair Village becomes a microcosm of Napa Valley for its sixth annual Jazz & Wine Festival. In the Wine Village, 30 wineries present their best Cabernet, Zin, Chardonnay and more; the Beer Garden offers hoppy alternatives; Artisan Lane houses arts and crafts; Kids Town is a zone of activities and games; and the Wellness Village hosts holistic professionals and nutrition consultants. Enjoy music from Latin-jazz giant Pete Escovedo, saxophonist Vincent Herring, the Brass Monkey Brass Band, vocalist Clairdee and organist David K. Mathews. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free admission, $30 for commemorative glass and wine tasting 1 p.m.–6 p.m., $50 couples package (two glasses and tasting), additional $4 for all-day sampling of brews in the Beer Garden. Enter at Mountain Boulevard and LaSalle Avenue, (510) 339-1000, www.montclairjazzandwine.org.
Winery Open House (Sept. 13) Catch a sneak preview of new releases from four Berkeley wineries—Broc Cellars, Eno Wines, dept. C winery and A Donkey and Goat—that have organized their first-ever open house, offering tastings, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Admission is $25 (cash only) and includes a souvenir glass; $15 for those who bring their own glasses. EBMUD will be on hand to celebrate the wineries’ ban on bottled water by serving water—neat or on the rocks. 1 p.m.–5 p.m., 805 Camelia St. and 2323 B Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 868-9174, www.adonkeyandgoat.com/OpenHouse.html.
O-Trek (Sept. 27) Race on foot for cash at this Oakland scavenger hunt. The games begin at 11:30 a.m., when teams of two to four players receive the clue to their first site. The clues lead racers from site to site, past city landmarks and businesses, from Downtown to Uptown and Lake Merritt neighborhoods. Bring good shoes, water and snacks to keep you fueled, a digital camera and the contact number for the team. 10 a.m. check-in, $10 in advance, $15 at event, check Web site for starting lovcation, http://raceotrek.googlepages.com.
Out and About Rockridge (Sept. 28) Rock out in Rockridge when the neighborhood throws a big block party. Craft and community booths line the streets, local restaurants offer food and drinks, and a climbing wall challenges festival-goers who want to test their skills. Three stages feature live music, and at the kids’ stage, children can get their faces painted and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. The festival extends from College Avenue at Alcatraz Avenue to Broadway, and a car-free span runs from Claremont Avenue to Lawton Street. Parking is limited, so consider BART; if you come by bike, leave your two-wheeler with the East Bay Bike Coalition’s valet service next to BART. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free, (510) 645-1034, www.rockridgeoutandabout.com.
So You Think You Can Dance (Sept. 30) The top 10 finalists from Fox-TV’s hit reality show take their hoofing-idol acts to live audiences on a 40-city tour. 7:30 p.m., $33.25–$52, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
Oktoberfest in the Dimond (Oct. 4) Raise a glass of lager at a new festival brewing in the Dimond district, which boasted a huge German population in the early 20th century. Now the Dimond revisits its roots with traditional beer gardens, German dishes and neighborhood tours. Visits to the kids’ carnival area, artisan booths and a green living expo will help you walk off the bounty of German brews and sausages. Learn German folk dance and listen to modern jazz. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free (purchased beer packages include a commemorative stein and beer tickets), MacArthur Boulevard at Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 645-1034, http://oaklandevents.net.
Yard Party! (Oct. 4) Do you have extra plants in your yard you’d like to trade? If so, bring them to the Lakeshore Neighborhood Plant Exchange and switch them for a new addition to your garden. Hundreds come to this seasonal event, perhaps because the only price of admission is your plant, mulch, tool, or lawn troll—anything from your yard. Be sure to download the plant information form online and describe your trade item to its future owners. When you go, take along something to carry your new plants home. Noon–4 p.m., free, 3811 Lakeshore Ave., (510) 866-8482, www.plantexchange.wordpress.com.
Artful Architecture (Sept. 5–Oct. 18) Chaos and order are the forces at work in a new exhibition at Johansson Projects. Kimberly Johansson curates Outpost, a project that explores the properties of architecture. A 3-D installation by David Hammill dangles from the ceiling and seemingly runs through walls. His accompanying drawings similarly twist and turn against conventional notions of structure. Jeff Konigsberg’s intricate illustrations allude to the hidden structures beneath the surface. Opening reception 5 p.m.–8 p.m., Sept. 5; gallery open 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free, 2300 Telegraph Ave., (510) 444-9140, www.johanssonprojects.com.
Banned Books (Sept. 5–Dec. 31) The result of a collaboration between the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the San Francisco Center for the Book, the exhibit Banned & Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship, curated by Hanna Regev, features the work of more than 50 multimedia artists interpreting censored texts. 12 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Tue.–Sat., free, AAMLO, 659 14th St., (510) 637-0200, www.oaklandlibrary.org/AAMLO.
Imaginative Boundaries (Oct. 29–Nov. 21) Guided by the stories of Chilean immigrants, artist and anthropologist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod maps their migration to the Bay Area. In the multimedia collage-and-film exhibit, Geographies of the Imagination, each piece introduces an individual’s journey across physical and emotional boundaries, and dwells in a transitional space between here and there. Opening reception 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 8:30 a.m.–noon, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Mon., Tue., Thu.; 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Wed. Free. California College of the Arts’ Oliver Art Center, 5212 Broadway, (510) 594-3757, www.center.cca.edu.
Backyard Beekeeping. Berkeley Repertory Theatre opened its season Aug. 29 with the world premiere of Yellowjackets. Playwright Itamar Moses sets his play at Berkeley High and bases it on the school newspaper’s publishing of an inflammatory story, putting students and teachers in the midst of a stinging controversy. Like Moses, the cast is from the Bay Area. Artistic Director Tony Taccone collaborated with Moses and says the play addresses the tensions between multiple ethnicities and an increasing class divide. Through Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Tue., Thu.; 7 p.m. Wed., Sun.; 2 p.m. Thu., Sat., Sun. $13.50–$71, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org.
Before the Dream: The Mysterious Death (and Life) of Richard Wright (Sept. 4–Oct. 5) Oakland Public Theater presents a collaboration between playwright Richard Talavera and director Norman Gee at The Noodle Factory, a new performing arts center in West Oakland and the first of its kind in the city—a sustainable, mixed-use facility for the arts. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. $9–$20 sliding scale, 1266 26th St., (510) 534-9529, www.noodlefactory.org.
Ubu for President (Through Sept. 14) This election drama plays between the lines of pandering and leadership. When playwright Alfred Jarry originally presented his Ubu Roi play in 1896, a riot closed the theater. Now Josh Costello adapts it for the Shotgun Players, and Patrick Dooley directs. See if you’d cast your ballot for Ubu. 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Ave. between Southampton Avenue and San Diego Road, Berkeley. (510) 841-6500, www.shotgunplayers.org.
Night/Out (Sept. 4) Berkeley Repertory Theatre hosts a monthly play-and-mingle event for its LGBT audience members; night/OUT starts with a performance and ends with a post-show party. This month it’s the Rep’s production of Yellowjackets by Itamar Moses followed by hors d’oeuvres, drinks and DJ music. 8 p.m, $18.50–$55 (discounts available for persons under 30 and all groups of 10 or more), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org.
Candide (Through Sept. 21) Once banned for its religious blasphemy, Voltaire’s Enlightenment-era play resurfaces in irreverent Berkeley. Rough & Tumble re-interprets this fast-moving plot through Candide’s disillusionment; as he transitions out of a sheltered life into the real world, philosophies of optimism, religion, politics and romance come into play. Founding artistic director Cliff Mayotte directs, with original music by Oakland jazz composer Phillip Greenlief. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., $22 general, $16 for students, The City Club Theater, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 499-0356, www.randt.org, www.brownpapertickets.com.
Best Man (Through Sept. 28) Gore Vidal wrote this play when he ran for Congress in 1960. But it’s not a seat on Capitol Hill at stake in Best Man; it’s the White House. Presidential candidates get into mud slinging and must decide just how dirty they’ll play the game. 8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., $28–$50, Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., (510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.
Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace XXXth WoodTennial: Into The Maelstrom (Oct. 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31) Three decades into an experiment in living-room theater that has irregularly enthralled and enraged unwitting and informed audiences alike, absurdist impresario Woodman hosts seven weekends of music, exhibitions, demonstrations and performance art. Artists Joseph Slusky and Katie Hawkinson kick off the WoodTennial celebration, 3 p.m., Oct. 12, free; Berkeley pianist Greg Goodman and British saxophonist Evan Parker improvise together, 8 p.m., Oct. 17-18; Deb Gwinn performs the world premiere of The Dilemma of Omelets & Hamlet, and trumpet Liz Allbee performs “An Improvised Knife,” 8 p.m., Oct. 24-25; and Woody Woodman and Igor Finger debut The Unauthorized Biography of Woody Woodman, 8 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 1. 903 Cedar St., Berkeley. For ticket prices and reservations (required), call (510) 510-528-1023.
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Oct. 31–Dec. 14) The Berkeley Repertory Theatre produces the late August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, a tale set, like most of Wilson’s plays, in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Penn. It follows the journey of Harold Loomis from his spot on a chain gang to a boarding house in quest of his family during the Great Migration, when many African Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North in search of a better life. Directed by Delroy Lindo. $13.50–$71, Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org.
Holla Back (Ongoing) Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance welcomes all poets, songwriters and theater artists for its weekly open mic. Every Thursday night the spotlight turns on from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Donations requested. Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., (510) 533-6629, www.eastsideartsalliance.com.
9 @ Night (Sept. 4, 7) A series of stand-alone improvised films that portray some 50 marginalized characters living in the inner city, Rob Nilsson’s 9 @ Night, showing at the El Cerrito and Parkway theatres, includes some familiar faces: Parkway owners Kyle and Catherine Fisher play penny-pinching investors in Go Together, in which Will “The Thrill” Viharo plays the emcee for a late-night burlesque show in the last attempt to fill the seats in a movie theater; Will’s wife, Monica Cortes Viharo, plays the savagely sensual girlfriend in Scheme C6; and Will’s father, Robert Viharo, is an ex-con in Stroke. Scheme C6 screens at 9:15 p.m. Sept. 4, $7, Cerrito Speakeasy Theater, 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito; Stroke screens at 5 p.m. and Go Together at 7 p.m. Sept. 7, $7, Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd. (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com.
Fourth Annual International Live Film Festival (Sept. 12–14) MilkBar presents the 2008 International Live Film Festival, a three-day series of shorts that explore the relationship of film and live performance, at The Noodle Factory. Screening times vary, $8–$40, 1266 26th St., (510) 289-5188, www.milkbar.org.
A Jihad for Love (Sept. 18) Filmmaker Parvez Sharma’s documentary expounds on the tensions between Islam and homosexuality, eliciting stories from gay and lesbian Muslims. Their diversity of orthodox and secular lifestyles adds perspective to the film; the chronicling of their day-to-day life challenges widely held assumptions about Islam in America. 7:30 p.m., $8, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, (510) 848-0237, www.jcceastbay.org.
Oakland International Film Festival (Oct. 9–16) Among the highlights of the Oakland Film Society’s seventh annual celebration of independent filmmaking is Traces of the Trade, which follows Katrina Browne across three continents as she tracks her forefathers’ horrifying legacy as the largest slave-trading family in the United States. Show times and ticket prices vary, Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. For festival schedule and ticket prices, call (510) 451-FILM or visit www.oiff.org.
Music Makers. Berkeley gets hoppin’ with traditional American music at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention , a four-day festival Sept. 11–14 directed by Berkeley fiddler/singer Suzy Thompson. Various venues throughout the city hold concerts, string band contests, square dancing, music workshops, old-time cabaret, open-mic events, kids’ activities and random corner jams. The lineup stretches as long as the Appalachian Trail and includes ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, the Stairwell Sisters, young fiddle star Rayna Gellert (of Uncle Earl) and 89-year-old North Carolina fiddle legend Benton Flippen. Some events free, others $5–$16.50, for times and locations call the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, (510) 548-1761, or visit www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.
Nine Inch Nails (Sept. 5) Grammy award–winning industrial rocker Trent Reznor performs off his two new albums released this year: Ghosts I–IV and The Slip. $39.50–$55, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way. For time and tickets call (510) 625-TIXS or visit www.ticketmaster.com, www.oraclearena.com.
Pop Concerts at the Greek Theatre (Sept 5, 6, 7, 19, Oct. 3) As summer turns to fall, the outdoor rock-concert season continues with the Dave Matthews Band holding forth for three nights (Sept. 5–7), My Morning Jacket supporting its new CD, Evil Urges (Sept. 19), and Iceland’s ambient Sigur Rós playing music from the new Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (Oct. 3). For times and ticket prices, visit www.anotherplanetent.com.
Janet Jackson (Sept. 13) The King of Pop’s little sister still shines brightly, wardrobe malfunctions notwithstanding, and she dazzles Oakland with her high-tech Rock Witchu tour and songs from her latest CD, Discipline.7:30 p.m. $37.50–$123.25, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 625-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com, www.oraclearena.com.
Jazz at the Chimes (Sept. 21) Acoustic Vive Le Jazz! band plays Berkeley-based, gypsy-jazz style with George Cole as lead guitarist and vocalist, singer/fiddler/producer Kathy Sierra, Vic Wong, Julian Smedley and Carla Kay. Concert benefits the American Heart Association. 2 p.m., $10, Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., (510) 228-3218, www.lifemarkgroup.com, www.myspace.com/vivelejazzmusic.
How Sweet the Sound (Oct. 10) The nationwide search for the best church choirs should find plenty of powerful gospel singers in Oakland. Voices will soar from competing groups of six to 35 and 36 to 100 participants, with a children’s choir showcase opening the concert. 7:30 p.m., $5–7, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 625-8497, www.oraclearena.com, www.howsweetthesound.com.
Max Raabe and Palast Orchester (Oct. 18) The Paramount Theatre rolls out the red carpet for German vocalist Max Raabe and his big band. With one foot in cabaret and the other in kitsch, the tuxedo-decked Raabe and orchestra deliver old favorites from the 1920s and ’30s with aplomb. 8 p.m., $25–$75, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Yoshi’s Jazz Club (Ongoing) Oakland’s premier sushi restaurant also has a world-class jazz lineup: Duke Robillard Band (Sept. 1); Jane Monheit (Sept. 2–3); David Benoit (Sept. 4–7); The Bad Plus (Sept. 9–10); Anthony Brown’s Asian American Jazz Orchestra (Sept. 11); James Carter (Sept. 12–14); Madeline Eastman (Sept. 15); Janis Ian (Sept. 16); Vieux Farka Toure (Sept. 17); Puerto Rico Golden Jazz All-Stars (Sept. 18–20); Cecilio & Kapono (Sept. 21); Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band (Sept. 22); Antonio Sanchez and Migration (Sept. 23); Dave Holland Sextet (Sept. 24–25); David Fiuczynski, Tony Grey and Martin Valihora (Sept. 26–28). Coming in October: Dizzy Gilespie All-Star Big Band, Tuck & Patti and more. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tue.–Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sun., $10–$26, Yoshi’s Jazz House, 510 Embarcadero West, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
Ride ’Em, Cowboy! Tough-as-nails professional cowboys on the Professional Bull Riders circuit bring the Built Ford Tough Series to the Oracle Arena on Sept. 26 and 27 where they’ll be trying with all their might to stay strapped aboard a writhing, angry 2,000-pound bull for eight seconds—America’s original extreme sport, as the PBR likes to put it. $10.50–$108, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com, or (510) 625-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com.
Oakland Athletics (Through September) Catch your Oakland A’s while they’re still swinging at the McAfee Coliseum. The A’s take on the Texas Rangers Sept. 11–14; vs. Anaheim Angels Sept. 16–18; vs. Seattle Mariners Sept. 19-20. Times and ticket prices vary. McAfee Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 638-4627, www.oaklandathletics.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Roller Derby Tryouts (Sept. 25, 28) The Bay Area Derby Girls, or B.A.D. Girls, want you, so pick up a pair of quad skates and head to this year’s tryouts. In attendance will be coaches from the Oakland Outlaws, SF ShEvil Dead and Richmond Wrecking Belles to see which ladies have what it takes to jam. 8 p.m.–11 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sept. 28, Dry Ice Inline Hockey Arena, 210 Hegenberger Loop, (510) 562-9499, http://bayareaderbygirls.com/tryout.
Raiders (Sept. 2, 28; Oct. 19) Be back in black at the McAfee Coliseum to support the Raiders at these home games as they face the Denver Broncos Sept. 8; vs. San Diego Chargers Sept. 28; and vs. New York Jets Oct. 19. Times and ticket prices vary. McAfee Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (800) RAIDERS, www.raiders.com, www.ticketmaster.com.
Golden State Warriors (Oct. 19) Catch the Warriors at home in action at the Oracle Arena when the 2008-09 season starts with the team taking on the New Orleans Hornets. Check the Web site for preseason games. 7:30 p.m., prices vary, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (888) GSW-HOOP, www.warriors.com.
MOCHA’s Chalk for Peace (Sept. 20) Calling all chalk-a-holics: The Museum of Children’s Art invites you to join young artists across the globe in a creative greeting of peace. Make your mark with chalk, charcoal or pastels as more than a million other participants have from Mexico, Germany, Egypt and beyond. 1 p.m.–4 p.m., free, 538 Ninth St., (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.
Swimming at Lake Anza (Through Oct. 7) Nestled in the Berkeley Hills is Lake Anza in Tilden Park. Its sandy, sheltered beaches make it a favorite spot to cool off during Indian summer. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, $2.50–$3.50, (510) 843-2137, www.ebparks.org.
Disney on Ice (Oct. 15–18) Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and choreographed by champion skater Michelle Kwan’s collaborator, Sarah Kawahara, Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, the Incredibles and scores of other familiar characters skate through nostalgic, special effects–enhanced production numbers drawn from classic Disney tales and scored with such songs as “When You Wish Upon a Star” “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Under the Sea.” 7:30 p.m. Oct.15-16, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 :30 p.m. Oct. 18, $16–$65, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 625-8497, www.oraclearena.com.
Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 25–26) Bring the kids in costume to the Oakland Zoo for Halloween activities such as a daytime scavenger hunt, a ride on the Boo Choo-Choo Train and a parade led by the Roosevelt the alligator and zoo mascot. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $9.50 adults, $6 seniors and children under age 15, free for children under 2, 9777 Golf Links Road, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.
Jack-O’-Lantern Jamboree (Oct. 25–26) Children’s Fairyland throws its annual “spooktacular extravaganza” for trick-or-treaters ages 1 to 100. Kids carve pumpkins, play on the rides, march in a costume parade, attend pirate school and more. Fairytale characters join the festivities and both the Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater put on special performances. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $8, no passes or coupons accepted for this event. 699 Bellevue Ave., (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org.
Parks & Historic Attractions
Fresh Tracks (Sept. 20, Oct. 18) The East Bay Regional Park District winds down its healthy hikes program with naturalist-guided excursions at Fremont’s Coyote Hills Regional Park (Sept. 20) and Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (Oct. 18). The walk culminates with a picnic lunch and jazz music courtesy of KKSF-FM, 103.7. For ages 12 and up. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $38–$44 (pre-registration required; parking fees may apply), (888) 327-2757, www.ebparks.org.
Downtown Walking Tours (Through October) Step into Oakland’s history on a guided Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tour: Arbor Villa (Sept. 6); Lake Merritt, Civic Center districts and 12th Street (Sept. 7); Leona Hills (Sept. 13); Mills College (Sept. 14); Sausal Creek and the Dimond District (Sept. 20); Haddon Hills (Sept. 21); Glenview and Trestle Glen (Sept. 27); Glen Echo Creek (Sept. 28). Tour times and meeting locations vary. $10–$30, reservations are recommended, (510) 763-9218. For tour itineraries, visit www.oaklandheritage.org.
Farmers Markets (Ongoing) Fresh, local organic produce and products are widely available at a farmers market near you. Indulge in your health and well being at one of these outdoor markets. Wednesdays: East Oakland Senior Center, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 9255 Edes Ave. at Jones Avenue, (510) 562-8989. Fridays: Old Oakland, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Ninth Street between Broadway and Clay Street, (510) 745-7100. Oakland Kaiser, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 3801 Howe St., (800) 949-FARM. East Oakland Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Faith Deliverance Church, 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard, (510) 638-1742. Saturdays: Grand Lake Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., corner of Grand and Lake Park avenues, (800) 897-3276. Mo Better Food Farmers Market, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Seventh Street and Mandela Parkway, (510) 776-4178. Sundays: Jack London Square, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Broadway and Embarcadero, (510) 814-6000. Fruitvale Village, 10 a.m.–
3 p.m., 34th Avenue and East 12th Street, (510) 535-6926. Montclair Farmers Market, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., La Salle Avenue between Moraga Avenue and Mountain Boulevard, www.montclairvillage.com. Temescal Farmers Market, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Claremont DMV parking lot, 5300 Claremont Ave., (510) 745-7100.
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