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Top Tickets: October 11–17

This week attend a book reading and festival, rev your engines at a car show, and get out of town to find your pumpkin.


2018 Litquake Festival
Bay Area book lovers unite at this beloved San Francisco literary festival. Featured headliners at the 16th annual event include novelists Amy Tan, Andy Weir, and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon; essayist Rebecca Solnit; and humorist Dave Eggers. litquake.org.


Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show


Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show
More than 400 classic vehicles zoom onto Alameda’s historic Park Street to fete this automotive extravaganza’s 25th anniversary. A DJ will spin hits from the 1950s and ’60s, to match the mid-century vibe of the free event. downtownalameda.com.



Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
This special festival—now in it’s 48th year—returns once again to the pumpkin capital of the world in a celebration of all things gourd-like. Enjoy a costume parade, harvest crafts, pumpkin-themed food and drink, live music, and much more. pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com.


Liu Baomin


New Chinese Acrobats
Witness gravity-defying feats when this world-renowned circus-performance troupe comes to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Blending traditional Chinese artistic traditions with modern theatrics, these highly skilled acrobats are sure to thrill. lvpac.org.



Jodi Picoult Book Signing
A New York Times best-selling author of 20-plus novels, Jodi Picoult comes to Danville’s Rakestraw Books for a conversation about her newest work, Spark of Light, which thoughtfully delves into the pro-life/ pro-choice debate. rakestrawbooks.com.

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