Vietnamese Cooking Class: Cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, a contributing editor to Saveur magazine and a James Beard Cookbook Award finalist, will lead a cooking workshop Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Love Apple Farms.The class costs $119 and advance registration is required.
Cake: Pop rock band Cake will pack the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium tonight. The band’s numerous hits include their cover of seminal 70s disco love song “I Will Survive,” along with “Going the Distance” and many more. Tickets are $46.50.
They Might Be Giants: Fun-loving seminal pop band They Might Be Giants will return to the Rio Theater Sunday for another enthusiasm-packed show that’s guaranteed to entertain. Tickets are $27.
Les Claypool: Les Claypool, best known as frontman of Primus, comes to the Catalyst Friday with Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang. Tickets are $30 at the door, $28 in advance.
Grey Whale Ranch Tour: Docents at Wilder Ranch State Park will lead a challenging, three-hour hike Saturday starting at 9 a.m. exploring the natural and cultural history of the park’s upper hills.
Live Earth Farm Discovery Program Harvest Festival: Live earth Farm hosts this annual event Saturday from 2 p.m. to dark. Their will be food, kids’ activities, demonstrations and live music. That also includes yoga, pumpkin decorating, tractor rides, a potluck dinner and more. Ticets are $10 per card in advance, $15 at the gate.
UCSC Farm Tour: The UC Santa Cruz Recreation Center hosts a tour and tasting at the campus gardens and UCSC Farm Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The free event will include history and hands-on opportunities as well as a meal prepared with campus-grown ingredients. To register, visit www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html.
Spooky Tales: Docents at Evergreen Cemetery and members of Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters will tell scary stories at the Santa Cruz cemetery Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
More Scary Stories: Big Basin Redwoods State Park hosts an evening of scary stories around the campfire with goodies to boot. The story slated for Saturday evening includes a half-mile walk through the redwoods and a haunted tale of a lumber mill owner and a grizzly bear. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and parking is $10 per car.
Katdelic: Ronkat Spearman, a member of the P-Funk All-Stars, brings his Grammy-nominated, 10-piece funk band to Moe’s Alley Saturday. Costumes encouraged. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance, $12 at the door.
Pop-Up Museum: The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History continues its series of pop-up museums inspired by the exhibition “Santa Cruz is in the Heart” with a special event dedicated to African-American history from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 517 Center St., Santa Cruz.
Chili Cook-off: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk hosts the fourth annual chili cook-off Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of amateur and professional chefs will be serving up tastes of meat and vegetarian chili for attendees to try. Winners will be selected in both the professional and amateur categories by a panel of “celebrity judges.” A People’s Choice winner will also be selected. Admission is free but tasting kits will set you back $9. Winners will be announced starting at 4 p.m.
Progressive Dinner: The organization Agri-Culture is holding its 17th annual Progressive Dinner Saturday. Guests will be taken by bus to three agricultural operations, each of which features a separate part of the meal. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information and reservations, call 831-722-6622 or email email@example.com.
Roller Derby: The Santa Cruz Derby Girls hold their last bout of the 2013 season Saturday at the Warriors Stadium on Front Street. The league’s Harbor Hellcats will take on the Undead Bettys from East Contra County starting at 6:15 p.m.
Brewing Class: Love Apple Farms hosts a beer making class Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Attendees will work on brewing a batch of beer, finishing one that was already started and learning bottling techniques. The cost is $79 per person.
Zombie Bash: The Cocoanut Grove holds an all-out bash Saturday night with cash prizes, DJ Frank Zummo and more. Wear your costumes – and bring your dancing shoes. The event is 21 and up.
Come As You Aren’t: New Music Works hosts a Halloween extravaganza Saturday at the Rio Theater with the debut of a brand-new composition, a costume contest and much more.
Noise Clinic: Tokyo’s own Noise Clinic will be joined at the Crepe Place tonight by SA90 and Belligerator. Show starts at 9 p.m.