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Can't Miss Bay Area Fall Events

Sep 29, 2021 07:51PM ● By Harper Klein
It’s all about re-emergence this season. Art in all its forms—music, dance, concerts, theater, visual displays—is finally back. Whether its an epic Halloween at Outside Lands or the new acrobatics show at Club Fugazi, our fall guide has you covered.    

Get ready for an epic Halloween fueled by good food. Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park October 29-31 with a stellar lineup that includes Lizzo, The Strokes, Glass Animals, and Vampire Weekend. Not to mention Wine Lands with over 100 pours, Beerlands showcasing 30 of Nor Cal’s craft brewers, Grasslands with a curated cannabis experience, and Taste of the Bay Area where 85 of the region’s finest restaurants and vendors dish up everything from sweet potato donuts to quesabirria tacos. Limited tickets are available for Ken Fulk's new glam Golden Gate Club. sfoutsidelands.com.

Trick or Treat at the Walnut Creek Sunday Farmers’ Market. Come in costume to celebrate the Fall Harvest on Halloween morning with pumpkin decorating, a scavenger hunt, and good old-fashioned fun. Special appearance by Kona Ice! Event details.

Bring your little pirates and princesses to Civic Park on Friday, October 29 from 4:00-5:30PM for the Walnut Creek Park & Rec's Trunk or Treat. Travel thru a parking lot full of cars decked for Halloween and filled with candy. Fun activities, balloon twister, glitter artist, face painter and bubble play station. Free event, no registration required. 

Travel on a spooky investigative adventure. During All Hallow’s Eve at the Winchester Mystery House brave guests search for answers in the dark dizzying hallways of San Jose’s historic haunted mansion. winchestermysteryhouse.com.


Explore the artwork of a pioneering feminist. In the first comprehensive exhibit of her work, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective at the deYoung Museum, celebrates the life and work of the boundary-pushing artist in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. deyoung.famsf.org.

Sing to a performance of an iconic musical. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year, the North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar comes to San Francisco with a modern production of the show that captured the world. Oct 13 – Nov 17, broadwaysf.com

Prepare for a radically new kind of circus. Beach Babylon's Club Fugazi remerges with a new look and exhilarating acrobatics show. Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story pays homage to the resilience of the City by the Bay in this brand-new theatrical experience. Show opens October 13,  clubfugazisf.com.  

Experience the life and work of Leonard Cohen. A new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum reveals the late singer-songwriter’s life in a series of audiovisual installations and paintings. Sept. 18- Feb. 13. thecjm.org.

View works created from recycled materials. Forty-six artists transform scavenged junk yard materials into unique art pieces in Reclaimed: The Art of Recology at Walnut Creek’s Bedford Art Gallery. Through October 17, bedfordgallery.org/recology

Celebrate the re-emergence of live dance at Roll Out. Inside the atrium of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center, the award-winning dance theater company, Garrett + Moulton, pays homage to the return of the arts with lively, free performances. Nov 4-5,  garrettmoulton.org

See the first solo museum exhibition by Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo. Known for his combination of brushwork with finger strokes as well as Black joy in his art, the Museum of the African Diaspora remerges with “Soul of Black Folks.” Oct 20-Feb 27, moadsf.org.

Revel in the music of a Broadway classic. Great theater returns to San Francisco with a new production of the legendary musical My Fair Lady boasting classic songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “The Rain in Spain.” Nov 3 – Nov 28, broadwaysf.com.

Explore a huge contemporary art show in Berkeley. BAMPFA's exhibit, New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century, features 140 works by 67 arts in what may be the most extensive exhibit to date of feminist art practices. Through January 30, bampfa.org.

Take a magical journey with a holiday classic. Diablo Ballet’s 28th season opens with a new full-length production of The Nutcracker Suite, November 12–13, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. diabloballet.org

Support the return of an East Bay flagship theater company. Berkeley Rep makes its debut with Charles Mee’s Wintertime which tells the messy, wondrous story of an eccentric family who arrive at their summer house in the winter woods for a secret rendezvous only to have their plans go awry. Nov. 12-Dec.19, berkeleyrep.org

Get your skate on. The sparkle returns to Civic Park this holiday season December 10 through January 9 with Walnut Creek On Ice at Civic Park.   walnutcreekonice.com.


Celebrate the sounds of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. California Symphony returns to the Lesher Center for the Arts with an illustrious all-strings concert headlined by Bay Area native Alexi Kenny. November 6-7, californiasymphony.org. 

View art created from a historic oak tree. The Bedford Gallery's next exhibit, “If a Tree Falls: Art of the Boundary Oak,” pays tribute to Walnut Creek’s 325-year-old Valley Oak that tragically fell in 2019. Over 60 artists incorporated pieces of the tree into works of art. Show opens October 30, bedfordgallery.org. 

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