Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Giants Parade
When slugger Michael Morse first joined the team after signing a one-year contract with the Giants, Hunter Pence told him to think about the parade. Third World Series championship in five years, an amazing seven-game series, and players totally jacked to ride down Market St jammed with tens of thousands of adoring fans. Friday, 10/31, noon.

Carved pumpkin display in Bayview

Bayview Halloween Party
There are so many Halloween festivities going on around the Bay Area, the best one is probably the closest, or the party at your buddies house down the street. If I had to choose, the Bayview Halloween Party covers all the bases: a haunted house, pumpkin carving, costume contest, live music, petting zoo, trick or treating along 3rd St, and capped off with a reenactment of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Friday, 10/31, 4-9pm, 4705 Third Street, SF.

Science demonstration at the Bay Area Science Festival

Bay Area Science Festival
The 10-day festival wraps up with this weekend with a whizbang event at AT&T Park. Included are 150 hands-on exhibits, a robot zoo, a marine science plaza where you can pilot an underwater ROV, a life science alley, and informal chats with leading scientists. Expect big crowds, but the exhibit is big enough to handle it. Saturday, 11/1, 11am-4pm.

Altar displayed at the Dia de los Muertes Procession and Festival of Altars

Dia de los Muertos Procession & Festival of Altars
Mexico’s day of honoring the dead has spread north of the border and is now a mainstay in the Bay Area, with several events at various locales this weekend. This event in the south Mission includes several large community altar installations, as well as over 75 personal installations. Bring a candle, photos, flowers, mementos, and anything as a gift and to celebrate your deceased loved on. Sunday, 11/2, 6-11pm, Garfield Park, SF.

Two boat trams originally from Blackpool, England

Muni Heritage Weekend
You ride Muni all week, so the last thing you probably want to do is immerse yourself in the transit system on the weekend. But I can’t think of any other US city (ok, New Orleans maybe) that makes such an effort to acquire and maintain really cool vintage streetcars, cable cars and buses. Muni opens up its museum for rides on some of the vehicles that rarely see the light of day. Friday and Saturday, 11/1-2, all day, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Castro and SF Railway Museum.

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