Get your thrills and your chills on at Halloween Haunt at Northern California's premier theme park, California's Great America. When the sun goes down, the ghoulies come out, roaming amidst the hulking skeletons of roller coasters. Monsters and other unsavory creatures hide in the shadows of mazes and scare zones, waiting to pounce. Zombies defy gravity with their mind-blowing aerial and trampoline skills in stage shows like Nytewalkers and moan and groan as they search for their meal in the hallowed halls of Zombie High. Once a place where dreams were made is now a place where nightmares come true, as the maniacal factory workers are manufacturing a variety of disturbing new items in Toy Factory. And that's not all that will make you scream; park rides like the incredible suspended jet coaster Flight Deck, and Gold Striker -- the tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the Northwest -- will find you gripping the handrail in fear... and having the time of your life.
September 22-24, 29-30 or October 1, 6-8, 13, 13-15, 20-22 or 27-29, 2017
Just in time for the holidays! Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning, but watch out for the loony lost boys, precocious pirates, and a carnivorous crocodile along the way. One of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Peter Pan has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell's fairy dust to muster its magic, with unforgettable songs including "I Won't Grow Up" and "I Gotta Crow." Palo Alto Players' annual family offering will surely "hook" all those who truly believe at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto.
Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
This cult classic horror/sci-fi parody -- which inspired the 1975 long-running midnight movie beloved by millions -- takes place on a dark and stormy night, as clean-cut sweethearts Brad and Janet find themselves stranded on a lonely road. The innocent couple seeks refuge at the castle of gender-bending mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. Once inside, they have their eyes opened to a whole new world of sex, science -- and maybe even love. Come dance the "Time Warp," and hear all your favorite Rocky Horror hits. It's the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season at the Victoria Theatre.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
When you're trying to plan an exciting night out, seeing a pair of classical pianists in concert is probably pretty far from the top of your list. Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe know that, which is why their concerts routinely leave critics breathless: "These classical rock stars are charismatic, fun, sexy and wildly talented," raves the Rochester City Newspaper, while Arts Saginaw's concert review noted that "The audience cheered like it was a football game." By infusing their performances with fiery rock 'n' roll showmanship, Anderson & Roe aim to make classical music relevant again by making it a total blast. Just look at the setlist for this concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco: Sure, there's some Ravel and Stravinsky, but they'll also be playing their own arrangements of Radiohead and Michael Jackson -- and we haven't even mentioned the screening of Mel Brooks' hysterical Halloween comedy Young Frankenstein yet. Prepare yourself for an abby-normal amount of thrills when this pair of classical pianists take the stage.
In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! is back and this time, the hilarious drag parody of the beloved sci-fi television series has new episodes queued up. San Francisco drag star D'Arcy Drollinger once again steps into Buffy's boots for the latest send-up of the '90s supernatural series. Watch this hilarious set of psuedo-Scoobies save the world from evil at the Oasis.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pm
Singer Kat Robichaud (NBC's The Voice) brings her band, The Darling Misfits, to San Francisco's Great Star Theater for Misfit Cabaret's spooky Halloween extravaganza. This pop culture variety show blends rock 'n' roll, vaudeville and all your favorite horror films, rolled into one sexy, funny, musical show in a haunted Chinatown theater. Robichaud and her band create a night of decadence, bawdiness and horror, complete with everything from burlesque to drag to circus to magic and even a spooky costume contest. Don't miss this super fun show.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pm
It's that time of year: the air is turning colder, the days are growing shorter, and the mountains are beginning to call to you. And come that first snow, you'll be hitting those slopes. But first, you've got to gear up. Luckily, there's the SnowBomb Santa Clara Ski & Snowboard Festival. This two-day extravaganza will feature great deals on pretty much anything you can take in the snow (probably no sled dogs, though). The actual mountains will most likely have ski lifts, but just in case, you can bone up on your mountaineering skills on the Bear Valley climbing wall. There will also be a BMX and skate ramp show, opportunities to win prizes and more. And if you nab a Powder Pass, you'll get three lift tickets. Winter is coming ... so make like Jon Snow and get ready at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / Noon-8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm
Third Eye Blind, the alt-rock hit-makers behind '90s gems "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be," roll into San Jose with their Fall of the Summer Gods tour to close out a banner year of travel. Frontman Stephan Jenkins and the rest of the San Francisco-born band have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their breakout self-titled debut. The group is still in peak form two decades later; last year alone, they dropped the We Are Drugs EP and made the festival rounds, including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Catch them when they hit the stage of City National Civic with a show that spans two decades of music.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
It's that time of year: The air is turning colder, the days are growing shorter, and the mountains are beginning to call to you. And come that first snow, you'll be hitting those slopes. But first, you've got to gear up. Luckily, there's the SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival. This two-day extravaganza will feature great deals on pretty much anything you can take in the snow (probably no sled dogs, though). The actual mountains will most likely have ski lifts, but just in case, you can bone up on your mountaineering skills on the Bear Valley climbing wall. There will also be a BMX and skate ramp show, opportunities to win prizes and more. And if you nab a Powder Pass, you'll get three lift tickets. Winter is coming ... so make like Jon Snow and get ready at Pier 35 in San Francisco.
Saturday November 4, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm
Even if you've read all of David Sedaris' best-selling books, heard every segment he's performed on This American Life, and caught all of his appearances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, prepare to be delightfully surprised when he arrives at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. It's an evening of all new readings, a Q&A session and book signing of his latest: a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002). Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. He has sold more than seven million books, which include such comedic classics as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Now "the prime candidate for funniest writer alive" (Salon) comes to San Jose for a night full of incisive social critiques and his trademark sardonic wit.
Russian River Adventures' inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you're a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures' bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you'll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you're so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours... even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Starts at 9:30am)Monday October 23, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Friday October 27, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Starts at 9:30am)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Starts at 9:30am)
Steve Trevino was a writer and cast member on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and he's completed several national tours with the show's star, Carlos Mencia. Many of his jokes center around his hilarious stories about his childhood in Texas. In 2013, he starred in his first Showtime special, Steve Trevino: Grandpa Joe's Son, and he's also appeared on BET's ComicView, SiTV's Latino Laugh Festival, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and many more TV shows. His latest comedy special Relatable aired on NUVOtv and he's currently developing a series about his life.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 9:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
This is your chance to, quite literally, hang out with the coolest cats in town. San Jose's The Dancing Cat is a creative space for people, and sometimes adoptable cats are able to get in on the human interaction. The space provides a living room-like ambiance where anywhere between seven and 11 lucky cats can wander and play in a cage-free environment. Visitors go there to meet friends, read, study or simply lounge with adoptable cats under a ceiling of colorful paper lanterns. Whether you're looking to adopt or just like to soak up the cool cat vibe and maybe scratch behind a few furry ears, this is one hour of your time that won't be wasted.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / NoonWednesday October 25, 2017 / 1:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / NoonThursday October 26, 2017 / 1:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / NoonFriday October 27, 2017 / 1:00pm
The West Coast's largest indoor arts-and-crafts show kicks off the holiday season with shopping, entertainment, prizes and family fun. Guests can browse through more than 24,000 items including original art, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, specialty foods, clothing, home decor and more. With live music, a KidZone featuring make-and-take crafts for children, and plenty to do for adults, the whole family can enjoy themselves at the Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pm
Come and boogie with your favorite bands displayed on huge screens by awesome VJ Nick Senadenos! Take a break from dancing and sit back, enjoy your favorite drink while taking in the stunning Halloween costumes. You don't have to wear a costume, but prizes will be awarded for the funniest, sexiest and most creative costumes. Don't miss this Halloween party at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.