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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The Shanghai Ballet comes to Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Cal Performances

November's on the move and you should be, too, especially with the wealth of choices on the other side of the Bay Bridge this weekend. Start the month off right and join in some East Bay fun.

Dia de los Muertos Festival 

The Unity City Council is sponsoring Dia de los Muertos Festival at Fruitvale Village Plaza's, an arts and crafts event dedicated to honoring the traditional holiday. Expect a variety of local food vendors, art booths and exhibits, live music, and much more. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly occasion. More details here.  Saturday 11/2, 3411 E. 12th St, Oakland, (510) 535-7151.

 

Gourmet East Bay 

Bon Appetit never sounded so good. Walnut Creek plans to deliver plenty of tasty dishes during this Saturday's Gourmet East Bay. Hosted by Diablo Magazine and Broadway Plaza, this celebration of food will feature offerings from some of the finest restaurants, cafes, wineries, and breweries, as well as great music and dancing from the East Bay band, Take 2. All proceeds will go to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Project Open Hand. Prepare to dine merrily and party for a worthy cause. Buy tickets here. Saturday 11/2, 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-7600.

 

Shanghai Ballet 

If you're dazzled by the rare magic of ballet, you'll be thrilled to see Shanghai Ballet:The Butterfly Lovers presented by Cal Performances at University of Berkeley. Experience Chinese folklore through a timeless display of beauty and emotion in the moves of some of the world's most skilled dancers. Find more info and tickets here. Saturday, 11/2 8 p.m. 2499 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510)642-9988.