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The List: October

Fall gets a little spooky, with corn mazes, carnivorous plants, and Days of the Dead.



More Jazz at the Library
9/30–11/11 The San Ramon Library gets groovy with a series of concerts featuring local jazz musicians and vocalists, plus a kid-friendly Adventures in Jazz program on October 8. .

Food and Drink

Tomato Battle
10/1 Foooooood fight! Head to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to join in a massive 10,000-person tomato fight. Don’t worry: The culled tomatoes will be composted, and proceeds benefit area food banks. .


Cornfield Maze
10/1–31 Get lost in a dizzying six acres of corn at this seasonal Livermore attraction, which also includes a small hay bale maze for kiddos and trivia questions to help you find your way. Pro tip: Go after dark. .

Dias de los Muertos // Photo by Jason LewCultural

Días de los Muertos
10/12–12/11 Celebrate this Mesoamerican tradition with an Oakland Museum of California exhibit honoring the tales of love and loss behind ofrendas (colorful altars honoring the dead), as well as a festival on October 23, featuring music and dancing. .


Little Shop of Horrors
10/14–11/13 Contra Costa Musical Theatre presents this quirky but beloved science fiction–meets-Motown musical about an exotic carnivorous plant, at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. .

Anthony Bourdain


Anthony Bourdain
10/21 Chef, author, and cynical star of Travel Channel’s foodie favorite Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bourdain shares his behind-the-scenes kitchen stories at a one-night Paramount Theatre appearance. paramounttheatre.com.


Reservoir Run
10/30 Prime the entire family for the onslaught of Halloween candy, with a preholiday 5K, 10K, or two-mile run or walk around Lafayette Reservoir and through downtown. .

Happenings at HearstHappenings at Hearst

Visitors to the Comprehensive Keith exhibit opening October 2 at Hearst Art Gallery are in for an extra treat: The space at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga just completed a total makeover, expanding by 50 percent and adding two new galleries. It’s the perfect opportunity to display—and view—145 William Keith paintings from the college’s collection. The Scottish-American artist, who lived in Berkeley and traveled with John Muir, is known for his California landscapes and environmental activism.

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