Lace up your shoes ’cause it’s time for WALKtober! As the leaves change and temperatures cool down, October is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy your community on your own two feet–and we’ve collected the best walk events from across the state for you to get involved and get active:

2013 Walking Summit
October 1-3, 2013, Washington, D.C.
What better way to kick off WALKtober than a national summit bringing together the brightest minds to make America a more walkable place! Registration is full up, but stay tuned on Twitter for the latest updates from the Summit!

International Walk to School Day
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Where: Everywhere!
Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community members as our kids all over the world walk to school! Looking for an event nearby or need to get your event registered?: Check out

San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California

5th Annual Walk Club Luncheon & Grandparents Day Celebration
October 10. 10:30 AM-2 PM
Where: Zimmer Auditorium, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
Join the United Seniors of Oakland & Alameda County for their annual celebration of their walk clubs! This year’s celebration will be Mardi Gras-themed, so come decked out in your finest NOLA digs! Please RVSP via e-mail to Patricia Nance.

Walk the Bay 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:15 AM
Where: Shellmound Street trailhead in Emeryville (Across from IKEA)
To celebrate the new bike-pedestrian path on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, California Walks is teaming up with Walk San FranciscoWalk Oakland Bike Oakland, and Oakland Urban Paths to host an inaugural Walk the Bay! This will be an 8-mile roundtrip walk.  RSVP Here

Please remember to bring sunscreen, lots of water, and pack a lunch (we’ll have a few snacks to share). A $5-10 suggested donation is much appreciated!

Sunday Streets Berkeley
Sunday, October 13, 11 AM-4 PM
Sunday Streets heads back to Berkeley for the second time! The first Sunday Streets Berkeley hosted over 40,000 walkers, bikers, rollers, and strollers–can you help us top last year’s attendance record?

Santa Cruz Open Streets
Sunday, October 13, 9 AM-2 PM
Open Streets is back in Santa Cruz! Come on out to the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Open Streets and enjoy a car-free West Cliff Drive from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges State Park!

Walk with a Doc Berkeley
Saturday, October 19, 9 AM-12 PM
Where: San Pablo Park 2800 Park Street Berkeley, CA 94702
Take out your sneakers and join Dr. Janet Berreman, MD, MPH, Director of Health/Health Officer of Berkeley, for a 2-mile walk around the city! This will be the 1st Monthly Walk where you will be walking alongside community members and medical professionals who are also looking to improve their health through walking.

Sunday Streets–Richmond District
Sunday, October 27, 11 AM-4 PM
Come on out for San Francisco’s last open streets event of the season! Walk, bike, roll, stroll, skip, and hop on over to the Richmond district for the culmination of 5 years of Sunday Streets!!

Southern California/Los Angeles

Walktober Kickoff & Day of Action
Tuesday, October 1, 8 AM
Join Los Angeles Walks at the following intersections to help get walkers across the street, provide an exceptional pedestrian experience, and to call out motorists for being inconsiderate. Become a superhero for walkers! Superhero costumes encouraged, although certainly not required!

8:00 a.m.: Hollywood and Vine, Hollywood
11:00 a.m.: 7th and Alvarado, MacArthur Park
3:00 p.m.: 7th and Flower, Downtown

These intersections have been targeted as part of LA Walks’ Safe Routes to Transit campaign, and are all within a block or two of Red Line stations. See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook!

Heart of LA WalkLAvia with Los Angeles Walks
Sunday, October 6, 10 AM
Where: Meet at Mariachi Plaza, corner of East First and Boyle Streets in Boyle Heights
The Los Angeles Walks steering committee will be leading a three-mile long march along the CicLAvia route from Boyle Heights to Chinatown (ride the Gold Line back to the start, or vice versa). WalkLAvia will be capping off with beers at 12 PM at the Chinatown Hub beer garden! See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook!

Beverly Hills Architecture, Art and Alleys with Walk Beverly Hills
Monday, October 14, 5:30 PM (It’s Columbus Day, so you might have the day off!)
Where: Meet at at Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Walk Beverly Hills‘ Ellen Lutwak will be leading a two-mile loop of great architecture, public artworks and secret alleys in Beverly Hills. Join walkers for beers (and “These Boots Are Made for Walk-Ka” martinis!) at 7:00 p.m. at Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210–plus happy hour specials all Monday evening for walkers! See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook!

2nd Annual Zombie Walk with Walk Bike Glendale
Saturday, October 19, 6:30 PM

Where: Glendale Central Park, 201 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, CA 91205
Join your fellow undead pedestrian advocates for this very slow, zombie paced one-mile walk down Brand Blvd. ZOMBIE ATTIRE ENCOURAGED!!! The walk ends at the Alex Theater on Brand Blvd. and beers will be had at Far Niente, 204 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 at 7:45 PM. See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook!

Santa Monica Walking Train with SantaMonicaWalks!
Saturday, October 26, 3:30 PM
Where: In front of the new library in Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gary Kavanagh will be leading this three-mile walk to check out Expo Line construction and the brand-new Tongva Park. You can take the Big Blue Bus #7 back to the start, or vice versa. Celebratory beer at 6:30 PM at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401. See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook!

San Diego Region

San Diego Regional Walk Day
Saturday, October 12, 9 AM
WalkSanDiego is looking for volunteers across the San Diego region to meet up with friends and neighbors for Regional Walk Day. Download the Best WALK phone app on your smart phone and rate your streets for walking. For more information contact or call 619-544-9255.

**CANCELLED**San Diego Golden Hill/Sherman Heights Walk
Saturday, October 19, 9 AM

Point Loma Nazarene University Walk
Saturday, October 26, 9 AM
Where: Meet at shopping center with the Fresh and Easy and Peets Coffee, located at Catalina Blvd. and Canon Street in Point Loma
The walk will take us through Point Loma University to visit the site of the old Lomaland Theosophical Society, then walk out to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary when we’ll talk a bit about it’s history and that of San Diego Bay. Walk is about 5 miles on relatively flat terrain, but several areas without sidewalks. Contact Dave Schumacher at with questions.