North Shattuck restaurants will serve a special Dia de los Muertos menu before and after a candlelight procession and papier mache mask contest. Artistically inclined folks have a chance to win a $300 first place prize. Runner-up prizes include gift certificates from local merchants.
Shattuck and Vine in Berkeley
Fri, 10/30, 6 – 7 pm
The Terrace Room is hosting a 3 course pirate themed dinner with entrees like “Walk the Plank Salmon” and “Land Lubber Ravioli.” Cocktails start at 7, followed by dinner and a murder mystery show at 8. After-dinner drinks and dancing start at 10. People wearing the best costumes will be recognized at an awards show and winners will go home with prizes. Har, har har!
1800 Madison Street, Oakland
Fri, 10/30, 7 pm
Kids get to decorate pumpkins at the Farmers Market info booth. And of course, everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Can you picture witches, doctors and Michael Jackson shopping for apples and carrots?
Grand Lake and Hayward Farmers Market
Sat, 10/31, 9am – 2pm
You might want to continue the celebration into the night with a dinner/dance cruise. Don’t be late, because the boat will leave at 7:00 sharp. Then, there will be a no-host bar, dinner and dancing all night. Well, until 10:00p.m anyway, when the boat docks again.
Sat, 10/31, 6:30 – 10pm
The Fruitvale sounds like the place to be on Sunday, when everyone will be out for the Dia de los Muertos Festival. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the Bay Area, with crowds as large as 100,000. There will be music, arts & crafts, vendors, games and of course food!
International Blvd. between Fruitvale Ave and 35th Street
Sun, 11/1, 10 am – 5 pm
Admission is free.
Tandor Kitchen is unveiling a new menu (with the help of Berkeley’s Kitchen), and they want some feedback next week. For $12, you can sample all the new eats (Pakistani Pizza, anyone?) and let them know what you think.
2598 Telegraph, Berkeley