Across the Bay
Calavera -- Want an all-out Dia de los Muertos bash? For this multi-day celebration (October 26-November 1), Calavera transforms their Oakland restaurant with marigold decorations and festival altars of flowers and candles. Special food and cocktails highlight ancestral ingredients like heirloom corn, apples, honey, epazote, and platanos. On October 31, a hosted party on the patio features a DJ, face painter, free mezcal and tequila tasting, and complimentary guac bar. On November 1, get swanky with a four-course menu, special cocktails, face painters, a headdress arranging class, and live Mexican R&B band.
Comal -- In honor of Dia de los Muertos, the Berkeley eatery blossoms with hundreds of marigolds and hand-painted calavera window decorations. On the night of November 1, party into the night with DJ Jose Ruiz spinning a collection of "death-themed" Latin music.
Copita -- Take a ferry ride to Sausalito, where you can participate in both Dia de los Muertos and Hanal Pixan traditions. Hanal Pixan is the Day of the Dead celebrations of the Maya people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula and shares similar themes with Dia de los Muertos. To honor both holidays, Copita offers a special menu and combines marigold flowers with candles, photos, and mementos, and brings its sidewalk to life with chalk drawing of sugar skulls.
As you can see, you have no shortage of options. So go ahead and make your own San Francisco muertos adventure; just remember what it is you’re celebrating, and pay some respects to the departed. Maybe they’ll even pay them back.