7 amazing Bay Area things to do this weekend, Oct. 13-15

This weekend is shaping up to be a classic, with everything from a world-class pumpkin festival to a renowned dance company to decadent chocolate chip cookies. So, shall we get started?

However, please check event and venue websites for any last-minute changes in health guidelines.


The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has it all: delicious food and drink, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and giant gourds that resemble Jabba the Hutt (OK, we can’t promise that last one…). It’s one of the best festivals in the Bay Area, and it’s back this weekend.

2: BAKE & ENJOY: The ultimate chocolate chip cookie

Yes, contrary to all appearances, it is possible to improve on the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is how.

3 WATCH: Two fantastic new series

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is an almost flawless adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe classic, and “Lessons in Chemistry” stars Oscar winner Brie Larson. The two new series are at the top of our list of shows and movies you should watch this weekend.

4 DINE: A sizzling soul food joint

Burdell, Oakland’s new restaurant, serves contemporary and classic soul food in a swanky setting — a culinary combination you won’t find too often. We recently stopped by to take a look, and here are our thoughts.

5 SIP: Visit a haunted pub

We’re not talking about places with pickled eggs in jars or where the bartender looks like Freddy Krueger; we’re talking about saloons with a great Halloween vibe. As in these three.

6 SEE & HEAR: Fantastic shows are being staged all over the world.

There are a lot of cool shows and concerts to see this weekend and beyond, from Alonzo King’s scintillating choreography to a musical spoofing Disney princesses.

7 PLAY: Visit Mammoth Lakes

The fall season is ideal for a quick trip to Mono County and the Mammoth Lakes region. Here’s what you should know.

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