While it may still be a few weeks before we can fully break out our warm weather wardrobe, fall is officially here! Whether you celebrate Halloween, El Día de los Muertos, or just the change of the season, the East Bay Area is live with festivities. Here are just a few to mark on your calendars!
8th Annual Autumn Lights Festival
WHEN: October 17, 18, and 19, from 6 to 11 pm
WHERE: Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland
WHAT: The Autumn Lights Festival is Oakland’s 8th annual fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt. The event will feature live music, illuminated art installations by Bay Area artists, fire dancers, food, drinks and more. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $7 youth, and $25/$10 on event day. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt for improvements at the gardens including construction of a new entrance on Bellevue Avenue.
Grateful Day Fest 2019
WHEN: Sunday October 13, from 12 to 6 pm
WHERE: Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley
WHAT: This 3rd annual free event commemorates the legacy of the Grateful Dead and the spirit of '60s inspired music. Bring the whole family to groove to some tunes, shop local vendors and just enjoy all-around good vibes!
25th Annual El Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
WHEN: October 19 and 20, from 12 to 5 pm
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California
WHAT: This is the OMCA’s 25th annual community celebration honoring Day of the Dead traditions, including craft activities, food, dance groups, live music, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia to bring the community together. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $13 for youth.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the South Berkeley Farmers' Market
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm
WHERE: 63rd and Adeline Street in Berkeley
WHAT: Brought to you by the Ecology Center and Bahia, celebrate the many traditions of El Día de los Muertos at the South Berkeley Farmers Market. Bring a picture, poem, or gift to leave at the altar. Enjoy a live mariachi band, face painting, clay sugar skull decorating, a costume contest, and lots of fresh and organic harvest vegetables at the market. Registering is free, so bring the whole family!
Oakland Hellaween Costume Run
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 6:30 pm
WHERE: Between 12th Street and 1st Ave. on Lake Merritt Blvd in Oakland
WHAT: Hellaween Costume Run is a festive, family-friendly 5k run (or walk) around Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes as there is an after party with costume contest after the run - not to mention a “sangria stop” partway through. Registration is a $50.00 Race Fee and donations go to Running for a Better Oakland.
Temescal Trick or Treat 2019
WHEN: Thursday, October 31 from 4 to 6 pm
WHERE: Telegraph Avenue in Oakland
WHAT: If you’re wondering where to trick or treat, kids of all ages and parents are welcome to stroll Telegraph Ave and collect treats from local merchants. Some merchants include Ruby’s Garden, Flying Studios, Ancient Ways and more!