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October's in session with a long-awaited Indian Summer and lots of excitement in the East Bay. Start your weekend on the right foot by checking out these outdoor festivals. Then, make your way over the the Bay Bridge and join in the action.

2013 Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow  

Berkeley's MLK Jr. Civic Center Park is hosting 21st Indigenous Peoples Pow Wow on Saturday. The event is a celebration of Native traditions, ancestors' spirits, continued struggles, and the journey of future generations. There'll be a variety of activities throughout the day, including Native Californian dancing, inter-tribal dance contests, arts & crafts, food tasting, and all day raffles. Free fun for all! Additional details here. 2151 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley.

Black Cowboy Parade & Festival

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association presents the 38th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival, the only one of its kind in the country. That said, you don't want to miss this opportunity. Come prepared for a parade at Defemey Park, as well as good food, pony rides, and a host of live entertainment. The whole family’s welcome to indulge in a ‘Taste of the Old West’. Find out more. 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland (510) 541-2763 or (510) 470-4045.

2013 Day on the Water: Roots, Reggae & Rock Music Fest   

Warmer temperatures call for the need to be near water. Consider yourself in luck because Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley will be the home of Sunday’s A Day on the Water Free Music Festival. Enjoy beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, local food vendors, and seven live bands paying homage to the best of roots, reggae and rock tunes. See more info. 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley (510) 677-9425.

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4th Annual Olive Festival

Also, check out Orinda’s Olive Festival which takes place at the scenic Wagner Ranch Nature Area. The event will feature olive-tastings, live music, arts, cooking demos, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds are dedicated to supporting outdoor environmental education for youth. More here. 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda (925) 258-0009.