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Top Tickets: September 28–October 4

This weekend is full of pirates, pumpkins, and beer.

Oakland Zoo


Moon Festival
 At this family-friendly event, the Oakland Zoo celebrates the traditional Asian festival with live music, face painting, animal encounters, and more. oaklandzoo.org. —L.B.


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Food and Drink

Oaktoberfest in the Dimond
9/30–10/1 Head to Oakland for this 10th annual German harvest festival in the Dimond district. Drink plenty of beer, indulge in some good eats, and listen to great music. oaktoberfest.org. —L.B.



Pirates of Emerson
Celebrate 26 “Years of Fear” at Pleasanton’s Alameda County Fairgrounds, and brave your way through horrifying haunts like the Hack Shack. The event doesn’t cater to scaredy-cats though, so don’t bring the friend who can’t sit through a scary movie. piratesofemerson.com. —A.D.


G and M Farms


G and M Farms
With a crazy corn maze and plentiful pumpkin patch, this Livermore farm offers a fun time for all—so fun, in fact, that it was featured twice on the The Late Show with David Letterman. Bring the whole family, but leave any four-legged friends at home. gmfarms.com. —A.D.

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