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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

Litquake!
What:
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.

Skeletonfest

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
What:
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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