Best Things to Do in the East Bay This October

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the East Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Rich Hay
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Photo: Courtesy of FoodieLand Night Market

FoodieLand Night Market

Oct 8-10, 15–17

Inspired by Asias after dark food extravaganzas, Berkeley hosts an afternoon-to-evening food carnival, complete with live music, 150+ food vendors, carnival games and a bar.

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Photo: Courtesy of Karima Cammell

High Water

Oct 9–30

Recently unmoored by internal tidal shifts, local artist Karima Cammell utilized our very human power of transformation to face down anxiety, discord and fear through art which is presented at the Holton Studio Gallery in Berkeley.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jazz Mafia

Jazz Mafia

Oct 14

A collaboration with artists from the Dead community (Mickey Hart and Bob Weir among them) dig into Dead discography infused with a fresh spirit of New Orleans second line, as well as Balkan, Afrobeat, and Afro-Cuban traditions.

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Photo: John Waters courtesy of PEN American Center

Halloween Meltdown

Oct 16–17

Filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray, Pecker) hosts a seasonally-themed event complete with 12+ garage rock acts (Osees, the Mummies, the Gories and Seth Bogart, among others) and a costume contest hosted by Oakland musicians Brontez Purnell and Shannon Shaw.

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Photo: Jungle by Anna Victoria


Oct 25

What started as an electronic music project by British producer duo Josh Lloyd and Tom McFarland morphed into a band that is releasing its third album, Loving in Stereo, that might be more disco-y and danceable for 2021 audiences.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cal Performances


Oct 31

Mary Shelley’s classic story of love and loss (dare we say ‘love story?’) is presented in Berkeley by a team of actors and puppeteers who will create a silent animated film in real time while an immersive score is performed. 

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