Sep 30, 2016
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There are almost too many things to do in Richmond during October. Thankfully, the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau has released this handy and comprehensive guide:

  • Saturday October 1 and Saturday October 15, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Bay Trail Plant Restoration. Join Tom and Jane Kelly for their native plant restoration project along the Bay Trail between Point Isabel Regional Shoreline and Marina Bay.  Where: Point Isabel next to the dog park. Contact info: Tom or Jane Kelly (510) 704-8628 (w) or (510) 684-6484 or
  • Saturday October 1, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Richmond Art Center 80th Anniversary Gala! – Making Our Mark.  The Making Our Mark 80th Anniversary exhibition celebrating artists who have exhibited, supported and enriched programs at Richmond Art Center including Jim Melchert, Hung Liu, Squeak Carnwath and Lia Cook who had their very first exhibitions here, runs through November 12th. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.  For more information: (510) 620-6772/
  • Wednesday October 5, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM:  Richmond Main Street Farmers Market, open every Wednesday (October 5, 12, 19, 26).  Sponsored by the Richmond Main Street Initiative and produced by the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association. Fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, prepared lunch, gourmet items, artisan vendors, specialty foods and more. All produce comes from California farms. 13th Street and Nevin Avenue. For more information:
  • Saturday October 8, 9:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Fandango Mariachero. FREE. East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street, Richmond.  For information contact Lolis Garcia at
  • Saturday October 8, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM:  FLEET WEEK WWII Shipyard Reenactment at The SS Red Oak Victory. Celebrate Fleet Week with a WWII Shipyard reenactment with military vehicles, re-enactors, live music and lots of food, plus exciting views of The SS Jeremiah O’Brien and the USS Potomac as they steam by. Tickets:  $25 inclusive of meal and festivities. For ticket reservations:  (510) 237-2933.
  • Saturday October 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Hilltop Mall 4th Annual National Chess Day Speed Chess Tournament.  A fundraiser for Chess in Richmond’s Schools Program presented by the West Coast Chess Alliance and Hilltop Mall.  5 Round tournament with cash prizes to the top 3 winners. Hilltop Mall, JC Penney Court, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond. To register, contact TC Ball at or call (510) 439-6311.
  • Saturday October 8, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Riggers Loft First Annual Harvest Pig Roast. Celebrate Fleet Week and welcome in the fall with good food, live music, premium wines, local hard cider plus a Blue Angles fly over! For tickets: $40- $60/free for children under 5. Riggers Loft Wine Company, 1325 Canal Boulevard, Richmond.
  • Saturday October 8 and Saturday October 22, 2:00 PM: Richmond Art Center continues its partnership with the award-winning Del Sol String Quartet bringing chamber music to local youth. “What’s Your Story?” for middle school students includes music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Lembit Beecher, Huang Ruo.  “How Did You Make That?” for high school students features Ruth Crawford Seeger, Steve Reich and Anthony Braxton. These performances find parallels in the art exhibited in Making Our Mark, celebrating Richmond Art Center’s 80th Anniversary year.  Performances are for all ages followed by a workshop for students to explore the themes and create art with guest instructors.  FREE for students/$10 suggested donation for adults. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.  For more information:
  • Saturday October 8, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM:  Reception with music from Night Owl Trio. NIAD Art Center. Exhibits include Karen May // How To Get A Head: John Casey // Saul Alegria // Erik Friedman October 7 – October 28. NIAD Art Center. 551 23rd Street, Richmond. (510) 620-0290.
  • Saturday October 8, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Richmond Rides, A Photo Documentary Opening Exhibit. Created by Josue Hernandez, featuring stories of why, how and where people ride in Richmond.  1021 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond.  For information:
  • Saturday October 8, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Opening Reception, The Arts Political. An exhibition of 7 artists taking this moment on the verge of the 2016 presidential election to reconsider where we are and where we might be headed.  Exhibit curated by artists Art Hazelwood and Barbosa Prince runs October 8 – November 5. BridgeMakerARTS, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond. /(510) 233-3348.
  • Sunday October 9, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Pancake Breakfast Aboard the SS Red Oak Victory. Start your Sunday by cycling or walking the Shipyard 3 Bay Trail to Pancake Breakfast aboard the SS Red Oak Victory for home cooked scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes. Beverages include orange juice and coffee; mimosas are available for an extra fee. Tickets: $9 for adults/ $5 for children aged 8 and younger. 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond.  For more information contact the Richmond Museum Association, 237-2933.
  • Sunday October 9, 2:00 PM: 100 Years of Service! Join the National Park Service at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park as it celebrates its centennial.  Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.  For information: (510) 232-5050.
  • Friday October 14, 7:30 PM: Point Richmond Acoustic 7th Season Opener. An evening of homegrown songs and humor with Bill and Kate Isles, acoustic singer/songwriter duo performing a wide variety of musical styles.  Tickets:  $16 advance online purchase, $20 at the door.  First Methodist Church, 201 Martina Avenue, Pt. Richmond.  For more information:
  • Saturday October 15, 2:00 PM: Making Our Mark Artists Talk.  The Making Our Mark exhibit is pleased to present a roundtable conversation with some of our most engaging and influential artists, thinkers and educators. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.  For more information:
  • Saturday October 15, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts 6th Annual Fall Gala. Join us for an unforgettable night celebrating 48 years of East Bay Center history. The annual Gala is a night of captivating performances that in the past has included traditions ranging from aerial dance to classical West African dance drumming.  This year’s surprise performance will not disappoint. Located at the historic Winters Building, 339 11th Street, Richmond.   For more information contact: Chelsea Riley, Development Associate: 510-323-4817/
  • Saturday October 23, 12:00 PM – 5:00PM: Southern Pacific Day at the Golden State Railroad Museum. $5 Adults/$3 seniors and children. 900 A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond.  For more information: (510) 234-4884 or
  • Tuesday October 25 5:30 PM – Thursday October 27 7:00 PM: Meeting of the Minds 2016. Now in its 10th year, Meeting of the Minds is a global thought leadership network and knowledge sharing platform focused on urban sustainability.  Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.  For information:
  • Sunday October 28 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Food Emporium at Hilltop Lake. Enjoy live music, food trucks, art and community at the first ever Richmond Food Emporium.  Plus Trick or Treating for the kids!  Hilltop Lake Park, corner of Lakeside Drive& Research Drive, Richmond.  For information:


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.