Point Richmond’s Fall Fest haunts the hamlet this weekend

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Point Richmond’s Fall Fest haunts the hamlet this weekend
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By Kathy Chouteau

Point Richmond’s “Fall Fest” celebration will return to Park Place Ave. in the neighborhood’s downtown Sat., Oct. 28 from 12-5 p.m.

Hosted by the Point Richmond Business Association, the annual fest will feature live music, entertainment, food options, an art show, kids’ activities, a cakewalk, a Haunted Halloween History Hike and more, while also raising support for local nonprofits and the Washington School PTA.

Point Richmond’s Point Sisters Harp Duo, featuring harpists Diana Stork and Christina Zirker, will get the festivities started with a mix of world, classical and original music. DJ Malcolm Marshall will also spin some tunes, while Richmond’s GTS Band will headline the musical lineup with Latin-funk-soul music from 3-5 p.m.

The fest’s food options will include Chef Tony of Point Richmond‘s Baltic Kiss barbequing up a whirlwind of menu options, including his legendary brisket, pulled pork, cowboy beans, mac ‘n cheese, slaw and more. Local haunt El Sol will be preparing its famous Mexican lumpia—reserved for special occasions per organizers—and Kaleidoscope Coffee will stir its cauldron of non-alcoholic Halloween beverages, i.e., Witches’ Potion, Pumpkin Spice Chai, Draculas Blood, Hocus Pocus and Ghostly Hot Cocoa. Ice cream and seasonal pastries will also be on Kaleidoscope’s fest menu.

And, of course, Halloween treats and other festival eats will be in the mix—including cakewalks and the Kona Ice truck’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice—as will Point Margaritas and East Brother Beer.

Crowd-pleasing the half pints will be Kids Zone kicking off with a story hour at 11 a.m. by the Point Richmond West Side Branch Library. Face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts (1:45 p.m.) and a deluxe video game truck will also be on hand.

Arts of Point Richmond will be at the fest showcasing the works of 16 local artists both inside and outside the community center. Organizers said history will also “come alive with ghosts of historic Point Richmond characters” via the Point Richmond Haunted Halloween History Hike at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or by Cash/Venmo the day of the fest. Kids 12 and under are free.

Learn more about the Fall Fest here.