DÍa De Los Muertos The Mexican holiday celebrating deceased family members is in the process of being appropriated into American culture—and watered down. Get a taste of the real thing at Springs Preserve, where a three-day festival features colorful altar displays, face painting, sugar-skull decorating and traditional music. November 1-3, 4 p.m., $5-$8.
Zoppe Family Circus For more than 170 years, this one-ring extravaganza has showed the world how Italians do clowns. From the acrobatics to the “canine capers,” it’s an intimate, old-school good time, where no viewer is more than 25 feet away. October 31-November 2, 7 p.m.; November 2 & 3, 2 p.m.; November 3, 5 p.m., $25-$50, Symphony Park.
Crocodiles/Geographer Crocodiles’ glowing summer release Crimes of Passion finds the garage punks on a sunnier, psychedelic-pop trajectory. Check out the San Diego tetrapods at Beauty Bar on Tuesday, then head back the next night for a change in tempo with the Bay Area’s melancholy indie-electro outfit, Geographer. Crocodiles with Party Talk, November 5, 9 p.m., $8-$10; Geographer with Royal Bangs, 2 Tenderoni, November 6, 9 p.m., $8-$10.
Ward 5 Bluegrass Music Festival If Bar+Bistro’s bluegrass brunch isn’t enough to satisfy your appetite for banjos and fiddles, visit Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza and relive the sounds of Appalachia and old-time Americana with local groups Sagebrush Stringband, Red Rock Ramblers, Nevada Old Time Fiddlers, Just 4 Fun, Stuck in Reverse and Out of the Desert. November 3, 11 a.m, free, Lorenzi Park.
Gov’t Mule Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes’ one-time side project turns 20 next year, and you can celebrate early with some Halloween-weekend jams. The band’s been covering everything from Nirvana to Funkadelic at recent shows, so come ready for anything. November 1, 8 p.m., $25-$28, House of Blues.
Jim Breuer He loves heavy metal, he does a hilarious Joe Pesci impersonation and his stoner dude character doesn’t seem like acting. It’s hard to not like this guy, and now’s your chance to see Goat Boy in person. November 1 & 2, 8 p.m., $33-$55, Orleans.