BARTable This Weekend: Halloween edition

Check out the Fear Overload Scream Park at Bayfair Center this weekend. Photo courtesy of Fear Overload Scream Park.
Halloween is here and BART is prepared for an increase in ridership over the weekend. Make sure to read the details on our special extended service, especially if you're heading into San Francisco. In our planner, we've covered the full range of Halloween events — from family friendly to adult only. Get your costumes ready and cue the spooky music... 
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Head to Children's Fairyland for a kooky time with the little ones. Photo courtesy of Children's Fairyland.

New events

More kooky than spooky, join Children's Fairyland for a boo-tiful time at Halloween Jam – three more days of outdoor fall fun and festivities! From Oct. 29-31, enjoy seasonal surprises like decked-out sets and rides, including the Creepy Crawly (which rhymes suspiciously with “Jolly Trolly”) and the ghost town formerly known as Old West Junction. No costume? No problem! They are encouraged, not required. Reserve your tickets now. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk 11 minutes to 699 Bellevue Ave.
Fear Overload Scream Park is one of the Bay’s scariest and most elaborate haunted houses. This terrifying walk-through has two unique themes, filled with countless scares and trained actors. Get psychologically consumed by the extraordinarily detailed set designs that leave you wondering how to get out of this real-life horror movie. Tickets start at $24.99. Take BART to Bay Fair and walk six minutes to the Bayfair Center at 15555 E 14th St.
Calling all ghouls, vampires and princesses, Walnut Creek Recreation is hosting the popular "Trunk-or-Treat” in downtown Civic Park! Bring your little ones to walk through “candy lane” where decorative trunks are filled with Halloween spirit and sweet/non-sweet treats are given out. Stop by entertaining booths filled with activities, games and even picturesque opportunities. The free event runs from 4-5:30pm. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 13 minutes to Civic Park.
"Judas and the Black Messiah" is the true story of the infiltration of the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party by informant Bill O’Neal and the assassination of Fred Hampton at the hands of the FBI. Produced by Oakland native Ryan Coogler and directed by Shaka King, the film masterfully explores the history throughout the narrative format, exposing this very recent installment of the federal government’s surveillance and intentional destruction of Black communities. The free show is playing at the PROXY Walk-In Theater in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. It starts at 6pm. RSVP and make sure to get there early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty brew from Fort Point Beer Company and tasty offerings from Al Carajo food truck. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 10 minutes to 432 Octavia St.
Alameda County Fair | Dublin/Pleasanton
Forget pumpkin spice lattes, this fall the smell of corn dogs is what’s filling the air as the Alameda County Fair runs until October 31. The 2021 theme “Come Together” celebrates the revival of the Fair and the community reuniting safely after nearly a year and a half of COVID-19 related closures. To get there, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) offers Wheels bus service from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

Events happening every Friday

Nocturne X Immersive Exhibition (now until Jan. 7, 2022) | 24th St Mission
Opening October 15, adventurers of all ages are invited on a journey to a massive otherworldly forest that responds to touch, sound, and movement. This expansive exhibition is home to hundreds of bioluminescent sculptures and unique interactive installations created by the newly formed Bay Area-based collective Numina Studio. Tickets start at $20. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk two minutes to 2665 Mission St.
"Fidelio", one of the most affirming and exhilarating of all operas, is Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera. Disguised as a guard, one woman infiltrates a nightmarish detention center to unravel the mystery of her activist-husband’s disappearance. Enter a modern-day reflection of incarceration with director Matthew Ozawa’s brand-new production of this greatest first opera of all time. SF Opera is offering a special 25% discount to BARTable subscribers. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk seven minutes to 301 Van Ness Ave.
It's the last weekend to take the Bay Day Trail Challenge and connect, discover, and explore San Francisco Bay. There’s an experience for everyone with two ways to participate in the challenge: explore 25 miles of trails or complete 5 activities of your choice that connect you to the Bay. New this year, you can form a team with friends, family, or colleagues to compete and challenge one another.
SFMOMA presents a series of commissions by local artists that actively engage with pressing issues of our time. Many of 2020’s inaugural projects delved into the consequences of a year of social isolation and unrest, polarizing news, racial injustice, and economic crisis, all against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now ongoing, the program is designed to support local artists who are keenly attuned to our current moment. Reserved timed tickets start at $19 and can be ordered online. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk three minutes to the museum entrance at 151 Third St.
Crawloween in San Francisco returns this Saturday. Photo courtesy of CrawlSF.

New events

Crawloween | San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl | Civic Center/UN Plaza

The biggest Halloween pub crawl in San Francisco is back, bigger than ever and taking over Polk St on Saturday between 2-10pm. With 20 bars on the Crawl, there are a lot of spots to hit in a short period of time. The best part of this crawl? There’s a free shuttle that you can hop on and off as you please that runs from 3-8pm. Think you have the best costume? Enter the costume contest for your chance at over $2,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets start at $35. This event is 21+. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 20 minutes to Mayes Oyster House at 1233 Polk St.

Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens | Powell St

Yerba Buena Gardens’ 21st annual Halloween Hoopla is this Saturday from 12-2pm in the Children’s Garden near the LeRoy King Carousel. Enjoy phenomenal performances, make ghoulishly good crafts, get your creative juices flowing at the Children’s Creativity Museum station and vote for your favorite pumpkin from the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch. This is a free event and great for families. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to the gardens.

Berkeley’s Free Halloween Roller Skate BOOgie + Costume Contest | Ashby

Calling all ghouls, come join the City of Berkeley at Grove Park for their Halloween Roller Skate BOOgie for some family fun before a night of tricks and treats. Not skating? No worries! There will be a live DJ along with jumpers, carnival games, food trucks as well as a costume contest for prizes. So, come on down and get your BOOgie on (zombies welcomed). Take BART to Ashby and walk six minutes to 1730 Oregon St.

Join BARTable in honoring the history, pursuits, accomplishments, and legacy of Filipinos in the US. Such a tribute is especially relevant in the Bay Area, home to the country's second largest Filipino American community. This weekend, show your love to this community by visiting these BARTable events and restaurants.

Events happening every Saturday

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (until Nov. 7, 2021) | Montgomery St
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents (all portrayed by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show takes place at the Children's Creativity Theater until November 7. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to 221 4th St.
San Francisco Chinatown Walkway Weekends (through Dec. 2021) | Montgomery St
SF’s Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue is closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant walkway every weekend (11am-5pm). Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and a cultural shopping experience. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk four minutes to the Grant Avenue Chinatown entrance.
Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism at OMCA | Lake Merritt

This multidisciplinary exhibition brings together art, music, literature, film, and more that express a present and future where Black voices are centered. Mothership will continue OMCA’s commitment to elevating stories and ideas that inspire a more expansive future by exploring the ways Afrofuturism re-envisions the past and imagines new possibilities. The exhibition is now open 11am-5pm at the Oakland Museum of CA. Reserved general admission tickets start at $12. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to 1000 Oak St.
Come out and join the good food and fun every Saturday! For over 20 years, the farmers market in Hayward has been the place for the local community to get their fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Hayward Market features over 35 farmers, food purveyors, and artisans selling their produce and goods. Market runs from 9am-1pm. Take BART to Hayward and walk three minutes to the market on Watkins between B and C Streets.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. Some of San Francisco’s best chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market that is known as one of the top markets in the country. While you’re there, pop inside the Ferry Building to grab a coffee at Blue Bottle and a tidbit to go with it at one of the resident vendors – you won’t be sorry you did! Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
Don't miss The Unity Council's Día de los Muertos. Photo courtesy of The Unity Council.

New events

Join The Unity Council for the Curando Corazones: Community Health Fair on Sunday, October 31 from 10am to 5pm on International Blvd in Oakland. Featuring Día de los Muertos ofrendas, Aztec dancers, drumming healing circles, low riders, and more! COVID-19 vaccine clinic and “ask a doctor” stations provided at the event by Kaiser Permanente. Take BART to Fruitvale and walk four minutes to International Blvd.
Halloween Parade | Rockridge
Rockridge invites you to celebrate Halloween on College Avenue. Join the holiday fun for kids of all ages, rain or shine, on Sunday from noon to 2pm. There will be trick-or-treating on both sides of College Ave and a costume pageant at the BART station at noon. At 1pm, head to the Rockridge Library for games and entertainment. Take BART to Rockridge and walk down College Ave, directly outside the station.

Events happening every Sunday

With the market’s mission to support the development of local and sustainable farming, this is the place where the community goes to show their love to the farmers, family-owned food producers and artisans that live and work where we live and work. Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm year-round, you will find fresh flowers, local honey, farm fresh produce, coffee, baked goods, and more. Grab what you need for the week, snag a snack and a coffee and enjoy some local entertainment. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk three minutes to the market on Locust St.
Fog City Flea is excited to be part of your visit to SF's historic Ferry Building. Every Sunday from 10am-5pm, this curated market of makers and merchants from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond offer their very best in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and well-edited vintage. The event is in Suite 37 (the old Sur La Table space) and is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
San Jose Berryessa Flea Market | Berryessa/North San José
The San Jose Berryessa Flea Market is steps from our Berryessa/North San José station. The Flea Market is a not-to-be-missed San Jose tradition where "one person's junk is another person's treasure." With over 120 acres of shopping, activities, and food vendors, there's bound to be fun around every corner. The market is currently open from Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. Walk-in admission is $2-3 depending on which day you go, and the entrance is located near Garden at the Flea and the East Lot.
Heart of the City Farmers' Market | Civic Center/UN Plaza
This farmers' market is a uniquely independent, farmer operated, non-profit farmers' market located year-round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. An iconic and beloved community resource, the market supports and sustains small farmers and makes fresh food accessible for all. The market is open every Sunday from 7am to 5pm and on Wednesdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm – rain or shine. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to UN Plaza/Civic Center.

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