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margaritas and mimosas. Free. San Carlos
Avenue and Laurel Street, Downtown
San Carlos. 650/593-1068.
150th Italian Heritage Parade. Oct.
7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Join San Francisco’s
Italian-American community for the
Italian Heritage Parade, featuring dignitaries,
music, performances, floats and
representatives of Italian and Italian-
American organizations and businesses.
Free. Columbus Avenue, San Francisco.
Sonora Divino. Oct. 7, 2-5 p.m. Join
Opera San Jose at the stunning La Rusticana
D’Orsa Vineyard in Los Gatos
for an afternoon of classic Italian songs
performed by OSJ’s resident company of artists
accompanied by an accordionist. The
event includes lavish appetizers, multi-course
dinner with wine/beer and full bar. Tickets
$200. La Rusticana d’Orsa, 15700 Kennedy
Road, Los Gatos, 408/437-4450.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day. Oct. 7, 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Help welcome monarch butterflies
back to Natural Bridges State Park,
their winter habitat. This family-friendly day
features arts and crafts, games for kids,
live music, hand-cranked ‘monarch’
ice cream (pumpkin), information
about monarch butterflies
and tips for growing a butterfly
garden. Free. Natural
Bridges State Park, 2531
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.
Day on the Bay. Oct. 7,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supervisor
and the Santa Clara
County Parks and
team up again
for the ninth annual
rich in diversity,
talent and ethnic
a pumpkin patch,
kayak rides or “Bike to the
Bay,” a community bike
ride along the Guadalupe
River Trail to Day
on the Bay. Free. Alviso
Marina County Park,
1195 Hope St., San Jose.
Safeway World Championship
Weigh-Off. Oct. 9,
7 to 11 a.m. In its 45th
year, this quintessentially
autumnal competition offers a special $30,000
mega-prize. Previous gigantic gourds have
been awarded for reaching weights of more
than 2,500 pounds. Free. I.D.E.S. Grounds,
735 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650/726-9652.
LitQuake Festival. Oct. 11-20, times vary.
Books get top billing during the annual Lit-
Quake Festival. This year’s literary luminaries
include Micahel Chabon and
Amy Tan. Let loose at the festival’s
final event, LitCrawl, a boozy bar
crawl with a bookish bent. Fans
flock from one venue to another
in to listen to thematic
poets, and novelists.
Live. Oct. 11, 7:30
p.m. Expect bigger,
even crazier stunts and
so much more as host
Travis Pastrana and 40 of the
world’s greatest action sports
athletes in freestyle motocross,
BMX and skate star in this highoctane
show. Tickets $39-$99.
SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara
St., San Jose. 800/745-3000.
The San Jose International
Short Film Festival. Oct.
11-14, times vary. Technology
melds with the art of digital
cinema during this four-day
event featuring short films from
around the globe. Tune in for
networking events, filmmaking
panels and a chance for audiences
to mix and mingle with
filmmakers. Ticket prices vary.
CinéArts Santana Row, 3088 Olsen
Drive, San Jose. 408/554-7010.
Grand National Livestock Exposition,
Horse Show and Rodeo.
Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20, times
vary. The spirit of the Old West
comes to life during this twoweekend
hoedown. Be wowed by
cowboys and cowgirls as they participate
in professional rodeo events
such as steer wrestling, team roping
and bareback riding. Ticket prices
vary. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva
Ave., Daly City. 415/404-4111.
Diwali Festival of Lights. Oct.
13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual
Bay Area Diwali Festival of Lights
brings over 15,000 people to Memorial Park
in Cupertino for a colorful showcase of multicultural
music, Bollywood and classical
dance performances, plus a kids’ zone, workshops,
arts and crafts and food. Free. Memorial
Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino.
Truck Yeah! Country Music Festival. Oct.
13, 1-6 p.m. Don your denim and cowboy
boots for this twangy shindig put on by
Facebook, featuring a parking lot party, live
Americana, country and bluegrass bands, line
dancing, rides and games, emergency, service
and military vehicles expo, and chili and
barbecue competitions for charity. Proceeds
benefit local health services and veteran organizations.
Free. Facebook Headquarters. 1
Hacker Way, Menlo Park.
Pumpkins in the Park. Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. This popular perennial fair features a giant
pumpkin patch, a costume parade, carnival
games, a kid-size straw bale maze, live music,
fresh apple cider and more. Tickets $1. Guadalupe
River Park, Discovery Meadow, Woz Way
and San Carlos, San Jose. 408/298-7657.
Woodside Day of the Horse. Oct. 13, 11
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Get a breath of fresh country
air during this annual event that celebrates
equestrian arts. Expect live music, food, educational
exhibits, a petting zoo, Wells Fargo
stagecoach rides and other kid-friendly outdoor
activities. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955
Woodside Road, Woodside. 650/380-6408.
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.
Oct. 13-14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This
famous annual festival is great for families of
all sizes and returns this year with humongous
pumpkins, a haunted house, live music, pie
eating contests, harvest crafts and a cornucopia
of activities for the whole family. Free.
Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce
streets, Half Moon Bay. 650/726-9652.
Central Coast Motorsports Spectacular.
Oct. 14, noon to 4:30 p.m. This familyfriendly,
high-octane event features monster
trucks and motorcycle jumpers with truck and
tractor pulls, showcasing their horsepower as
they pull a two-ton sled across the dirt floor.
New this year will be the Farmer 500 cars.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,
Nov. 30–Dec. 2, San Jose Center for
the Performing Arts
Amy Schumer, Oct. 21,
Paramount Theatre, Oakland