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The List: October

Fall for fun with tarantula treks, a Fifty Shades parody, and a zombie crawl.


Songs and Sorrows / Patssi Valdez


Tarantula Hikes
Conquer arachnophobia by letting spiders walk across your hand. Both Lindsay Wildlife Museum and the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association host guided tarantula hikes on Mount Diablo in fall. wildlife-museum.org, mdia.org.


Songs and Sorrows
Oakland Museum of California presents its 20th annual Días de los Muertos exhibit, highlighting contributions from Bay Area artists. A community celebration with music, dance, and food takes place on October 26. museumca.org.



Spank! / Courtesy of Livermore Performing Arts Center


Admit it: You’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, grab your girlfriends, and head to Livermore’s Bankhead Theater for this hilarious parody with musical numbers, stripteases, and lots of surprises. livermoreperformingarts.org.

Speaker Series

Piper Kerman
Fans of hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black won’t want to miss author Piper Kerman (whose memoir inspired the television series) and her prison pen pal Joe Loya at Lafayette Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series. lafayettelib.org.


Jerry Seinfeld
Don’t sweat the small stuff: Laugh about it. Jerry Seinfeld takes his stand-up show, filled with his trademark observational humor on life and relationships, to Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. paramounttheatre.com.

Jerry Seinfeld / Courtesy of Charles Zukow Associates



Zombie Brew Crawl
The undead don’t want brains: They want craft beer. Join them at this costumed crawl through Downtown Martinez, with samples from more than 25 breweries, including Altamont Beer Works and Calicraft Brewing Co. zombiebrewcrawl.com.

Special Event

The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is back for a second year, featuring several East Bay notables, including composer John Adams, Nobel Prize–winning biologist Randy Schekman, chef Tanya Holland, and author Adam Mansbach, among others. berkeleyideas.com.

Street Fest

Danville Fall Crafts Faire
Stroll along Hartz Avenue, where roughly 200 artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work, alongside live music and a wine and beer garden. festivalproductions2.com.

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