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
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / Various TimesThursday October 26, 2017 / Various TimesFriday October 27, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday October 28, 2017 / Various TimesSunday October 29, 2017 / Various TimesMonday October 30, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday October 31, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday November 1, 2017 / Various Times
The off-the-cuff comedy specialists at Fremont's Made Up Theatre celebrate the season with a special improv salute to Halloween, featuring two scary-funny shows in one. The first half features spooky improv games inspired by audience suggestions. Some folks in the crowd might even get asked to participate in the Halloween fun. The second half features the Wheel of Scary Genres and showcases the players' long-form skills as they make up an improvised movie on the spot. Will it be a teen slasher? A ghost story? A psychological thriller? There's only one way to find out.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
Be there when this inspiring musical sees its world premiere with this TheatreWorks production, as The Prince of Egypt begins its international journey towards a debut in Denmark next year. This soaring celebration of the human spirit features a dazzling and diverse cast in one of the greatest stories ever told -- the saga of Moses and his Pharaoh brother, Ramses. Inspired by the 1998 animated film and featuring a score that includes the Oscar-winning "When You Believe" by the composer of Wicked, this transcendent journey of faith and family can be enjoyed on the Main Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
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
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that will transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you'll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pm
It's the final home game of the regular season for the city's pro soccer team, the San Francisco Deltas, and you couldn't ask for a better place to watch soccer than the field at Kezar Stadium, which has been renovated, with seats recovered from Candlestick Park and local food trucks serving up your favorite snacks. Cheer on the team as they take on Jacksonville Armada FC. The original home of the 49ers, Kezar Stadium is located in Golden Gate Park, within walking distance of the Haight.
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.
Not just for YouTube anymore, feline follies have grown into their own niche cinematic genre. And at Cat Videos Live!, you can celebrate clever kitties and talented tabbies as they star in this feline film festival, cat comedy event and social gathering for all ages. Hosted by comedienne Carla Rhodes, this event provides a genuine atmosphere for animal lovers to experience the cat video phenomenon -- together. Cat Videos Live! and CatVideos.com have partnered to bring exclusive content to the big screen and act as a forum for cat video creators to showcase their cats.
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.
Thursday 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.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pm
Bay Area Educational Theater Company is proud to present their 40th Mainstage production, Annie! Join them at Belmont's Carlmont Performing Arts Center for this classic musical about an orphan who never gives up finding her parents.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
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 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
Ibsen's 1882 drama is all too timely as it delves into a political firestorm over poisoned water and the courage it takes to fight it. When Dr. Stockman discovers that the medicinal baths that have made his town a travel destination may in fact be poisoned, he faces off against the mayor -- who also happens to be his brother. As the siblings go head-to-head, political and ethical issues rise to the surface with shocking consequences for everyone. Mountain View's Pear Theatre stages a new production of An Enemy of the People from the recent Broadway revival, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pm
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.
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)
An enticing lineup of musicians, an intimate atmosphere and a premium selection of beer, wine and small plates add up to the perfect place to see some jazz in the heart of Silicon Valley. Café Pink House has all these elements in spades, not to mention two stages across which local and national jazz and blues artists play four nights a week. Enjoy some of the sweetest grooves in Saratoga, along with a selection of desserts for purchase at this inviting neighborhood club.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Aaron Schultz Trio)Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pm (Lewis Jordan and Music at Large)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Nebula)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dave Potter Group)Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pm (Razavi/Vichev)Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pm (Scared of Spiders)Saturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pm (Summit 2V1)Thursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pm (The Dann Zinn 4: Dann Zinn (Sax), Taylor Eigsti (Piano), Mark Ferber (Drums), Zach Ostroff (Bass))
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
A band of criminals is about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Utilizing her unique abilities, Susy's able to level the playing field with the help of a young neighbor, devising an ingenious game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night and has been thrilling audiences for decades. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is an electrifying thriller by Frederick Knott, the playwright behind Dial M for Murder. Now you can enjoy all the pulse-pounding tension of Wait Until Dark at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay ... but be prepared to spend the finale propped precariously on the edge of your seat.
The Peninsula Symphony welcomes back pianist Jon Nakamatsu for a performance dubbed Perfect Fifths, which is set to include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Nakamatsu is a San Jose native who burst onto the scene in 1997, when he won the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition -- the first American to do so in more than a decade. He's since performed all over the world, in recital, with chamber ensembles and orchestras, at festivals -- and even at the White House, along with releasing almost a dozen CDs. The Chicago Tribune raves, "Besides being an astounding technician, Nakamatsu shows impeccable taste; he puts a high gloss on anything he plays." Come early for a pre-concert talk at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
UC Berkeley neuroscience professor Matt Walker sits down at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto to discuss his new book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. The director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory will give you a new understanding of sleep and how it affects our ability to learn, memorize and make logical decisions. He'll also answer questions about dreaming, sleep patterns, aging and disease prevention.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package -- and some serious bragging rights -- at the end of the evening.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pm
Halloween is always the best party theme, giving everyone license to be friendly and drop their inhibitions. Celebrate in the large hotel ballroom of Burlingame's Doubletree with a costume contest and prizes, plus dancing to your favorite hits. Adults of all ages are welcome to come, costumed or otherwise, mingle and have a great time.
Each month, Fremont's Made Up Theatre hosts Genre Play, a fully improvised "movie" based on an audience-suggested title. Each performance is unique, whether it's a nail-biter of a thriller, a sentimental coming-of-age chronicle, an exuberant musical or the twisted plot of a mystery. You decide which direction each night's story will take.
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.
They call him Tater Salad. Ron White, one of the charter members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, is a legend of stand-up, and now he's coming to Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Like his Blue Collar cohorts Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall, White has released acclaimed comedy albums and appeared in successful films and TV shows. You've seen him in Reno 911! and Horrible Bosses, and his live record, A Little Unprofessional, was nominated for a Grammy. He's even a published author -- his book, cheekily titled I Had the Right to Remain Silent ... But I Didn't Have the Ability, was a New York Times best-seller. Nothing beats his live performance, though, so don't miss one of the masters of the craft show off his stuff.
Inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, Mom's Gift is the story of a ghost on a mission to earn her wings to heaven. How she'll get those wings exactly is a mystery. When she shows up (in the "spirited flesh" at her husband's birthday party, her daughter is the only person who can actually hear her -- who's only present because her anger management program requested it. Family secrets will unfold is this comedy with heart at the Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
Rapper, recording artist and label owner J. Stalin hits the stage at Back Bar San Jose in support of his latest smash record, I Don't Sell Dope No Moe. Born Jovan Smith in West Oakland's Cypress Village housing project, J. Stalin overcame a rough-and-tumble beginning to break through in 2006 with a series of well-received mix tapes and his debut album On Behalf of the Streets, which helped launch the city's new gritty-sounding "Go" musical movement. He's since released a dozen more albums, and heads up the group Livewire Da Gang.
Dan Gabriel grew up going to comedy clubs in the Bay Area and spent most of his childhood dreaming of being on the stage himself. Now a veteran stand-up comedian, Gabriel has appeared on The Late Late Show, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, CBS's Star Search and NBC's Late Friday. He was an award-winning writer for Thugs on Film on BBC America and the winner of the L.A. Take Out comedy competition. He went on to share his comedic p.o.v. on his podcast, The Best Medicine and his two critically acclaimed comedy albums, Giant Robot and Baby For Sale. Catch him performing live at Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it's not just hilarious -- it's astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Then the Players raise the stakes with longer, more connected scenes so good they seem scripted. But they're not: Everything that happens at Black Cat Licorice Theater is discovered in the moment.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 15, 2017 / 8:00pm