Out on the Town

September/October 2013 Calendar


Courtesy of Brian Stechschulte


1 • Oakland Pride

This, or any, LGBTQ parade has never required a Supreme Court ruling to have a good time, but it certainly can’t hurt the festivities. Close to 50,000 attendees converge on downtown Oakland for a parade, more than 100 food and community booths, and live music from an eclectic lineup including Oakland natives En Vogue.

11 a.m.–7 p.m. 20th Street and Broadway, Oakland,  510-545-6251, www.oaklandpride.org

1–Nov. 30 • A Very Fishy Tale: Steinhart Aquarium Celebrates  90 Years

Special programs and events accompany an exhibit that includes behind-the-scenes photos and historic memorabilia documenting the people and animals that contributed to 90 years of scientific research, education, and entertainment. Exhibit is included with general admission.

9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.,  $20–$35, free (3 and under). Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, www.calacademy.org.

5–29 • After the Revolution

The Aurora Theatre Company opens its 22nd season with New York Times’ Outstanding Playwright–winning author Amy Herzog’s story of family secrets amid Marxist traditions.

7 p.m. Tue., 8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., $32–$60. Alafi Auditorium, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org.

6–Oct. 25 • Then Is Now

The Joyce Gordon Gallery celebrates its 10th year with a star-studded exhibit showcasing work by 10 artistic notables: Squeak Carnwath, Stevens Jay Carter, Chukes, Enrique Chagoya, Dewey Crumpler, Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, Richard Mayhew, Mel Ramos, and David Ruth. Opening reception is 6–9 p.m. Sept. 6; after party is 9 p.m.–midnight upstairs at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th St.,

Gallery hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Fri.,  1–4 p.m. Sat. 406 14th St., Oakland, 510-465-8928,  www.joycegordongallery.com.

6–8 • Alameda City Tennis Tournament

Learn the meaning of 15-Love or take part in the 100th annual installment of this tennis tournament that includes singles and doubles competitions for adult men, women, or mixed partners.

Times vary, $25 singles, $40 doubles. Fairfield Tennis Courts, Lower Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., Alameda, www.alamedaca.gov/recreation.

6–7 • Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series

Watch professional riders attempt to master a bucking force of nature for a mere eight seconds—sound simple? Think again.

8 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sat., $22–$122. Oracle Arena,  7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 800-745-3000,  www.ticketmaster.com.

7–8 • Neptune Beach Community Celebration

Recall Neptune Beach’s amusement park of the early 20th century with myriad family-friendly activities such as community booths, arts and crafts, food and spirits from local purveyors, and live music including Battle-of-the-Bands winner the Bob Claire Orchestra.

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. Webster Street, Alameda, www.neptunebeachcc.com.    

12 • Cartoon Bingo

Dress up as your favorite animated character for 10 rounds of bingo alongside performances by Mr. Entertainment and the dancing Yay girls. 18 and older.

7:30 p.m., $25. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.

12–15 • Grape Festival

Discover a small town overflowing with vineyards and wineries through exhibits, carnival rides, grape-themed art, fair food, live entertainment, music, and, of course, plenty of wine tasting.

4–11 p.m. Thu., 12 p.m.–12 a.m. Fri.–Sat., 12–11 p.m. Sun., $9 adults, $5 ages 6–12, free (5 and under). Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, 209-369-2771, www.grapefestival.com.

12, Oct. 4 • Sing-along Cinemas

Tune up your vocal chords for this outdoor movie series that features theatrical antics by Barely Legal. Prove you are a “Dancing Queen” with Mamma Mia! (Sept. 12) and get ready to feed Audrey II with Little Shop of Horrors  (Oct. 4).

Sundown. Ferry Lawn, Jack London Square, Oakland,  510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com.    

14 • Patchwork Series:  Cascada de Flores

Children of all ages can explore Mexican folk music with a performance of The Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted to Sing. Families can dance, sing, and play along with the traditional music.

11 a.m., $8 advance, $10 day of. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

14, 28, Oct. 12, 26 • Cemetery Tours

Scare up the Halloween spirit with docent-led tours that each highlight a different facet of the cemetery such as the cemetery’s connection with the community and its unique architecture and history.    

10 a.m. Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-658-2588, www.mountainviewcemetery.org.

18–22 • Old Time Music Convention

There’s nothing as sweet as the sound of banjos and fiddles. Indoor and outdoor venues fill up with concerts, workshops, square dances, contests, and family activities in this down-home festival. Guest artists include Foghorn Stringband with Dirk Powell, Evie Ladin, and Eddie Bond and Josh Ellis.

Times, prices, and locations vary, some events are free. Berkeley, www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.

20–22 • Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Billed as the “largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast,” this festival is full of hundreds of vendors offering handmade jewelry, ceramics, specialty foods,  and gifts.

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $4–$9,  free for 12 and under. Alameda County Fairgrounds,  4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 800-346-1212,  www.harvestfestival.com.

21 • Fall Into Fiction

United California African-American Bookclubs hosts this annual literary event that features a panel discussion and readings from Rickey Teems II, Guy Johnson, Jihad, Jervey Tervalon, and Brian W. Smith.

10 a.m.–2 p.m., $45–$50. The Washington Inn,  495 10th St., Oakland, www.ucaabookclubs.com.

21 • Spirit & Soul

Join the Richmond community for a celebration that includes artisan food, drinks, and crafts as well as musical performances by Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Club Nouveau, and Dahrio Wonder.    

1–5 p.m. Macdonald Avenue between 13th Street and Harbour Way, Richmond, www.richmondmainstreet.org.

22–May 16, 2014 • Stanford Live

Highlights of the season include a live simulcast of San Francisco Opera’s Falstaff (Oct. 11), A Chanticleer Christmas (Dec. 11), and a wide selection of classical, family, opera, and world music.

Various times, free–$175, most tickets $25–$90. Various locations across Stanford University, Stanford, 650-725-2787, live.stanford.edu.

25–29 • Oakland Underground  Film Festival

Local and independent filmmakers use the silver screen to discuss social justice, environmental issues, and urban life through a variety of genres and narrative structures.

Times, locations, and prices vary. Opening night,  Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland,  www.oakuff.org.

25–Oct. 20 • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Christopher Durang’s latest comedy as the season opener. A witty and loving send-up of Chekov’s work, Durang forces together a downtrodden, regretful farming family with a movie star and her boy toy with hilarious results.

Days and times vary, $29–$89. Berkeley Repertory  Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949,  www.berkeleyrep.org.

27 • After the Ball

Support the Alameda Animal Shelter with a night of merriment that includes live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, wine, dessert, and aerial and acrobatic performances by Trapeze Arts. A pre-gala reception for VIP guests ($125) begins at 6 p.m. with special food, drink, and entertainment.

7–9:30 p.m., $80 advance, $100 day of event.  Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, 510-337-8565, www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.

27–29 • Eat Real Festival

Do more than eat a wide variety of cuisine, such as street tacos, curry, and artisanal cheeses, with the opportunity to attend butchery and baking demos, drop by the kids’ zone, or wander the Urban County Fair while listening to live music.

1–9 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. Jack London Square, Oakland, 510-842-1017,  www.eatrealfest.com.    

28 • Everything Alameda

Celebrate your community with a day of art, kids’ activities, concessions, and water activities such as fishing and canoeing. A police versus firefighters softball game begins at 2 p.m.   

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Washington Park,  740 Central Ave., Alameda, 510-747-7529,  www.alamedaca.gov/recreation.   

28 • NorCal Tomato Battle

Join thousands of people and close to 100,000 pounds of tomatoes in an epic food fight that features live music, games, and plenty of sloppy fun.

1–6 p.m., $50. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, www.tomatobattle.com.


3–13 • Mill Valley Film Festival

More than 200 filmmakers converge to showcase new and notable works. Panels, workshops, screenings, and special receptions highlight one of the best film festivals in the Bay Area.

Various times and prices. Various locations  throughout San Rafael and Mill Valley,  415-383-5256, www.mvff.squarespace.com.

4–Nov. 2 • Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park

Wear a few extra pair of pants because you’re going to have them scared right off of your legs. Four haunted houses, two mazes, and a pumpkin patch full of  costumed horrors wait to scare the Halloween spirit  into you.

Dates and times vary, $25. Alameda County  Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton,  www.piratesofemerson.com.

4–27 • 27th Annual Emeryville  Art Exhibition

Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Inc. highlights art by 80 artists and craftsmen living and working in Emeryville in this annual event that features paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and textiles. Gala reception: 6–9 p.m. Oct. 4 with no-host bar to raise money for Emeryville Youth Art Program; exhibit opens Oct. 5.

Exhibition displays 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily beginning  Oct. 5. 5699 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-652-6122,  www.emeryarts.org.     

5 • Suzanna Smith: A Tribute to Peggy Lee

Celebrating her first major recording release, which features original compositions as well as jazz standards, Suzanna Smith lends her local voice to the tunes of one of her artistic inspirations, Peggy Lee.

8–10 p.m., $12–$18. Musically Minded Academy,  5776 Broadway, Oakland, 510-601-5700,  www.musicallyminded.com.

 5 • Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

A nexus of commercial activity, MacArthur Boulevard at Fruitvale Avenue, turns into a major family-friendly, Octoberfest-oriented street party to celebrate craft beer. Beer-lovers can sample wares from 20 craft breweries while kiddos sip root beer from the Rootbier Garten. Food, music, fun round out the day.

11 a.m.–6 p.m., free to enter, though food and drink cost; tasting packages available online. MacArthur Boulevard at Fruitvale Ave., 510-452-7392, www.oaktoberfest.org.

6 • Rockridge Out and About

Take to the street for a community celebration that includes local arts and crafts, food courts overflowing with local restaurants, two kids’ zones, multiple music stages, and a wellness area complete with physical therapy, massage, and day spa booths.     

12–6 p.m. College Avenue between Alcatraz and Manila avenues, Oakland, www.rockridgeoutandabout.com.

9–Dec. 8 • The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos

Nine artists and three community organizations create altars exploring the relationship, in both this life and the afterlife, between humans and nature. Artists were encouraged to draw their inspiration from the new Gallery of Natural Sciences, and the altars reflect on topics such as endangered and extinct species. A community Days of the Dead celebration takes place on Oct. 27.

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu. and Sat.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$12, free (8 and under). 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.

10 • Pink

The outspoken, charismatic artist brings her The Truth About Love Tour to the Bay Area where she’ll perform hits such as “Just Like a Pill,” “Stupid Girls,” and “So What.”

7:30 p.m., $50–$141. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

11–19 • Litquake

This literary festival places a heavy emphasis on Bay Area authors and artists, but you never know who will show up for readings, performances, panels, and discussions. Attending authors include Anne Perry, Viola Di Grado, and Jesse Bering.

Various times and locations, some events free.  San Francisco, 415-440-4177, www.litquake.org.

13 • Lit on the Lake

The epic SF literary fest heads east, setting up on the shores of Lake Merritt at Lake Chalet for readings from six novelists: Melanie Abrams, Elaine Beale, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Jacqueline Luckett, Lisa Braver Moss, and Kristin McCloy. For a $5 to $10 donation to Litquake, participants get Lake Chalet happy hour prices throughout the evening.

6–8 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation. Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland,  www.litquake.org.

12 • Park Street Classic Car Show

More than 400 hot rods, antique service vehicles, muscle cars, and roadsters line the street and sparkle in the sun during this gearhead’s dream. Plus, live music, food, a classic bike show, and special promotions from surrounding businesses happen in conjunction.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Park Street between Encinal  and Buena Vista avenues, Alameda, 510-523-1392,  www.shopparkstreet.com/carshow   

18–19 • Autumn Lights Festival

At night, the gardens light up with fire-spewing snails, projected hula girls, glowing waterfalls, and electric fireflies while music and sound installations delight at every turn. VIP guests ($50) receive complimentary wine and beer tasting and illuminated toys.

6–10 p.m., $12.50–$25 advance, $17.50–$35 day of,  free for ages 2 and under. The Gardens at Lake  Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-548-5335,  www.gardensatlakemerritt.org.

19 • Brews on the Bay

What’s better than sampling more than 50 brews from 17 local breweries while munching on lunch from some of the city’s best food trucks? Doing it aboard the retired World War II cargo ship, S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, with the beautiful Bay spread out before you.

12–5 p.m., $55. Pier 45, S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien,  San Francisco, www.sfbrewersguild.org.

19–20 • Art and Pumpkin Festival

Fall into fall with handmade harvest arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, live entertainment including pumpkin carving, and kids’ activities. Plus, ooh and ahh over the winner of the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off—last year’s winner came in at 1,775 pounds.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Main Street between Miramontes  and Spruce streets, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-3491,  www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest   

19–20 • Treasure Island  Music Festival

Enjoy beautiful views of the bay and its surrounding cities throughout a weekend jammed with great performers. Headliners include Beck, Animal Collective, Atoms for Peace, James Blake, and DJ Falcon.

12 p.m., $85 single-day pass, $150 two-day pass. Treasure Island, San Francisco, www.treasureislandfestival.com.

19–31 • Halloween on  Webster Street

Find the perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch that also features arts and crafts for holiday gift giving. Select businesses open their doors for trick-or-treaters on Halloween from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and the Pacific  Pinball Museum will host special Halloween-themed events (Oct. 25–27) including a pet costume contest on Oct. 27.

3:30–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun.,  Corner of Webster Street and Pacific Avenue,  Alameda, 510-523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com/events   

20 • Taste of the Nation East Bay

Help fight hunger by sampling wares from more than 40 restaurants, breweries, and wineries including A16, B-Side BBQ, and Brown Sugar Kitchen. Plus: wine cellar and restaurant roulette games and a silent auction. VIP guests ($150) start the party one hour earlier at 3 p.m.

4–7 p.m., $85. Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, www.tasteofthenation.org.

26 • Halloween Celebration

Costumed creatures young and old rise from the grave to join a parade before the little ones head off to trick-or-treat from neighboring businesses amid live entertainment and Halloween shenanigans.

11 a.m. parade begins, 1 p.m. trick-or-treating begins. 41st Street and Piedmont Avenue, Oakland,  510-428-1838, www.piedmontavenue.org.  

26 • Refreshing Our Hearts: Touching the Wonders of Life

Join renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for a talk on mindfulness and inner peace that will include guided meditation, monastic chanting, and singing.

3 p.m., $38, free for ages 5 and under. Paramount  Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 800-745-3000,  www.ticketmaster.com.

26–27 • Boo at the Zoo

Bring your little costumed ghouls and goblins for a day of haunted train rides, face painting, and an opportunity to make Halloween treats for the animals. Event is included with zoo admission.

10 a.m.–3 p.m., $9.75–$15.75, free for children under  age 2. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, 510-632-9525,  ext. 100, www.oaklandzoo.org.

27 • Harvest Festival

Handmade lotions and soap, glasswork, art, jewelry, baked goods, ceramics, cards, and kids’ gifts from close to 45 vendors make this a one-stop shop for all of your holiday gift-giving needs.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Temple Israel,  3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, 510-522-9355, www.templeisraelalameda.org.   



There’s always something going on at the Berkeley-based music and dance community center, from kids’ shows to world-class performers.

Times, prices vary. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley,  510-525-5099, www.ashkenaz.com.

Chabot Space & Science Center

Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, planetarium, moonlit hikes, children’s workshops, and theater shows.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu., Sun., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. $16 adults, $12 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7373, www.chabotspace.org.

Children’s Fairyland

This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows, and performances.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun.,  $8, free for ages under 1. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland,  510-452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts

Channel your inner artist through workshops, classes, and programs and view rotating exhibits by seasoned local artisans.

11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu., Sun., class prices vary. 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

This Berkeley coffeehouse offers a variety of entertainment ranging from funky soul music to gutsy blues and family-friendly shows.

Times and prices vary. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley,  510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

Grizzly Peak Cyclists

Like bike riding? Need biking buddies? GPC could be the club for you. It’s a friendly bunch of riders of many levels with an abundance of scheduled no-drop rides.


Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders

This running club and nonprofit organization stages regular Fourth Sunday Runs around Lake Merritt in Oakland, other fun runs, and more, including training programs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners as well as social events.



Families can channel their inner artist through exhibits, hands-on art activities, and art parties.

Prices and hours vary. 1625 Clay St., Oakland,  510-465-8770, www.mocha.org.

Oakland A’s

Green-collar baseball at its best at the O.co Coliseum.

Dates, times, and prices vary. 7000 Coliseum Way,  866-614-4183, www.oakland.athletics.mlb.com.

Pacific Pinball Museum

Play pinball to your heart’s content—all the lovingly restored pinball machines are set on free play, yay!

Tue.–Sun., $15 adults, $7.50 under 12. 1510 Webster St., Alameda, 510-769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org.

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

The 6-acre park and historic Peralta House Museum reflects the untold history of the Peralta rancho and the stories of today’s Fruitvale.

2:30–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., $5, Free (under 10). 2465 34th Ave., Oakland, 510-532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org.


Another pinball-playing option with a frequently revolving roster of special-themed events.

10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 under 14. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.

USS Potomac

Known as the “Floating White House,” it served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s yacht until his death in 1945. Expect tours, special themed events, and Bay cruises.

Times and prices vary. Docks at Jack London  Square, 540 Water St., Oakland, 510-627-1215,  www.usspotomac.org.

Yoshi’s Oakland

The best jazz artists in the country perform nightly at this Japanese restaurant also known for its delectable sushi and fantastic cocktails.

Days, times, and prices vary. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.


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