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How to Spend the Next 22 Days: A Rest-of-October Fun Planner

Andrea Powell | October 9, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

The fifteenth annual literary festival which, yes, includes an event with us, offers numerous free events and an epic bar crawl.
When: October 10–18, various times
Where: Events are held all around the Bay Area, check the website for details.
Cost: Many events are free, tickets for others can be purchased online.
Why: Event topics range from travel writing to cooking to comic books and most are all-age affairs.

Food for Thought
What: More than 20 restaurants are participating in this annual Mission District fundraiser that helps send local kids to college.
When: Wednesday, October 15th
Where: Commonwealth, Foreign Cinema, and Serpentine are just a few of the restaurants participating. Check online for a full list.
Cost: Spend however much you want on dinner and 20-50 percent of it will go to the college fund.
Why: Consider it either a reason to go out or a reason to help out. Either way, you’ll have fun.

Movie in the Park: “The Addams Family”

What: Get ready for Halloween at this family-friendly outdoor event that offers popcorn, hot dogs, and hot chocolate for sale.
When: Friday, October 17, 7:30pm
Where: Redwood Heights Recreation Center, Oakland
Cost: FREE
Why: This is the last free movie of the season, so go before you’re forced to start Redbox-ing it.

Free Coffee and Tea Tasting at Peet’s
What: A chance to sample before you buy, plus 15% off anything you purchase.
When: Saturday October 18, 11am
Where: Peet’s Coffee and Tea at 2257 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: FREE
Why: Because chances are, you can use your $3 elsewhere.

Walking Art Project
What: The final installment of “Lines Made by Walking,” an attempt to map San Francisco street moments into a scaled representation of the city grid.
When: Saturday, October 18th, 12pm
Where: Meet at StoreFrontLab, San Francisco
Cost: FREE, but an RSVP is required
Why: Exercise, art, and community. Sounds like a good Saturday to us.

Tour Diego Rivera’s First US Mural
What: A rare chance to visit and learn about the Mexican painter’s first US mural, “Allegory of California.”
When: Monday October 20th, 3pm
Where: A meeting location is only disclosed once you RSVP
Cost: FREE, but an RSVP is required
Why: This giant painting, which graces the stairwell of the high-end City Club, is rarely seen by the public. Now’s your chance.


What: This family-friendly co-celebration of Halloween and Day of the Dead includes sugar skull making, screen-printing, and mask making.
When: Saturday October 25th, 1pm
Where: Richmond Art Center, Richmond
Cost: FREE
Why: This gives you a whole week to start the Halloween festivities early.

Napa City Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour
Dubbed an “interactive paranormal tour,” this walking tour provides the opportunity to learn some history, have a drink, and speak with ghosts.
When: Saturday October 25th. Tours at 7pm and 9:30pm
Where: Meets in front of the Napa County Courthouse, 2nd and Coombs Streets
Cost: $25
Why: Sure this event happens every Saturday, but Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to work on your ghostly communication skills.

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