October is here, and all the season's events are in full swing!
Kick off the weekend ASAP with a visit to the Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch & Haunted House, which is open daily through October. On Friday, catch a few laughs at Uptown Nightclub with Moonlight Comedy: First Friday Edition or head over to The New Parkway Theater in Oakland and see the film "Mad God" on night one of the Drunken Film Festival. Last but not least, on Saturday attend the Oakland Black Cowboy Association parade & festival.
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch & Haunted House
The Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch & Haunted House is family friendly. There is no charge for admission to the patch itself. The pumpkin patch has over 12 different types of pumpkins and vegetation.
However, the haunted house is $8, and you can choose whether you like it scary or not so scary when you purchase your ticket.
There's also a Halloween Store, carrying tools for carving pumpkins, Halloween costumes, decorations and more.
Large groups and classrooms welcome but advanced reservations are required.
When: Everyday, September - October, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: 4414 Piedmont Ave
Price: Free Pumpkin Patch Admission, $8 haunted house admission
Moonlight Comedy: First Friday Edition
The Uptown Nightclub is hosting a First Friday Edition of Moonlight Comedy: Standup Under the Stars. This event will take place outdoors, so bring a jacket.
The line-up of comedians is subject to change. Typically Uptown features comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, MTV and Viceland. There will be a live DJ after the show.
Also note, happy hour at Uptown is from 5 -7 p.m., Tuesday - Friday.
When: Friday, October 4, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave
Price: Free Admission
Drunken Film Fest
Drunken Film Fest organizers say that despite the name, the festival is "more about getting drunk on film, love, and discovery!" So, have a drink or two and watch a number of select films at various locations in Oakland. The fest kicks off on Friday night at The New Parkway Theater with "Mad God: Part 1".
When: Friday - Saturday , October 4 - October 12, show times vary
Where: various locations in Oakland
Price: $10-12, Opening Night is the only paid event, October 4 at The New Parkway Theater. All other nights, admission is free with the exception minimum drink requirements and voluntary donations.
Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival
The annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival is this Saturday, celebrating 45 years since the organization's founding in 1974. The Oakland Black Cowboy Association's mission is to "[enlighten] children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West". This is a family friendly event with local sponsors including the Oakland A's, City of Oakland, Port of Oakland and more.
When: Saturday, October 5, parade 10 a.m., festival 12 p.m.
Where: DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St.