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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

San Francisco Events for Halloween and Día de Los Muertos 2013

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Dia de Los Muertos wall graffitiPhoto Courtesy of AFrostFrolic

Halloween season is already in full swing, and aside from the eventual candy overload expected on All Hallow's Eve, you may be still trying to figure out plans for both Halloween and Día de los Muertos. To make your search easier than trying to find the cherry-flavored Starburst packet in the bottom of a pillow-case bag, we have outlined here some notable events worth checking out. Happy hunting!


Dine in the Dark: The San Francisco Blind Cafe (Fundraiser and Halloween event)

What: An experience you will never forget or see. Experience what it feels like to be blind and help a charitable cause. The cafe has traveled through many countries and is in San Francisco until November 9.

When: Oct. 24, 2013. 6:30 p.m.

Where: Center SF: 548 Fillmore

Info: Tickets are $85/ $45 for student with valid ID

San Francisco Zoo's Spooktacular Twilight Tour

What: Bring the whole family for a Halloween-themed evening at the Zoo and learn why some of these Halloween residents get a bad rap. This fun-filled evening consists of exploring their new exhibit: Big Bugs: Outside the Box, a pizza dinner, a close encounter with some "spooky" animals and carving pumpkin enrichment for the animals.

When: Oct. 25, 2013. 6-9 p.m.

Where: San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Rd

Info: Tickets are $35 adults/ $20 children 4-17 $25

Halloween International Ball 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

What: Three ballrooms are decorated for a spooky live entertainment fest with DJs, refreshments, and endless thrills.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9 p.m.

Where: Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, 950 Mason.

Info: Tickets are $45-$75.

Halloween Massive "Beyond The Grave" -- The Westin San Francisco

What: Over 20,000 Square Feet Of Party Space with state of the art lighting and an "insane" sound system. In short: a Halloween rave.

When: Saturday, Oct 26 9 p.m.

Where: The Westin, 50 Third St.

Info: Tickets are $35-$175.

The Lodger: Silent Film with Organ

What: Celebrate Halloween night with Hitchcock's early silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. Todd Wilson accompanies this little-known thriller in ghoulish tones for Halloween night, live with organ soloist.

When: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street

Info: Ticket prices vary by section.


SOMArts' annual Day of the Dead exhibition -- Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Dia de los Muertos 2013.

What: "The Day of the Dead 2013 exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers a visually dense and stimulating environment of elaborate, traditional altars and mulch-dimensional art installations. Inspired by current events, cherished relationships, and Day of the Dead celebratory rituals, Bay Area artists utilize multifaceted, contemporary creative practices in Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Día de los Muertos 2013."

When: Oct. 11 - November

Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan

Info: Admission is free

36th Annual Día de los Muertos 2013, La Llorona Exhibit

What: "This year's exhibit will create an inclusive and celebratory space for artists and community members to reflect and mourn on the death of "La Mission" we used to know and experience, as well as the renewal and current changes that the local community is facing."

When: Oct. 16-Nov. 23

Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission

Info: Reception on Nov. 2 is $5.

Festival of Altars organized by Marigold Project

What: In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession, which help in contemplation our existence and mortality and is a moment to remember deceased friends and family.

When: Saturday, Nov. 2

Where: Procession begins at 7 p.m. at 22nd and Bryant streets and ends at Garfield Park at 26th and Harrison streets, where public altars to the dead will be on display from 4-11 p.m.

San Francisco Symphony Annual Día de los Muertos Community Concert.

What: Bring the entire family as the San Francisco Symphony marks the Day of the Dead with the sixth annual concert celebrating Latino music and culture. Arrive at 1p.m. for pre-concert festivities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including refreshments, children's activities, and colorful displays celebrating this festivity.

When: Sat. Nov 2 at 2 p.m.

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street

Info: Ticket prices vary by section.

23nd Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition, 2013

What: Works by Mexican artists on display for the general public about this Mexican indigenous holiday.

When: October-November

Where: Polanco Gallery, 393 Hayes

Have a spooktacular time!

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Juan at @JuanPDeAnda, and like us on Facebook

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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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