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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-6-06 to 10-8-2006 by the Hauntmistress

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Itís the first weekend in October - and Fleet Week in San Francisco. But we at Haunted Bay know you are ready to have some Fall fun! Here are our top picks for fun and fall-y Festivals and pumpkin patches to visit this weekend.

If youíre near the Peninsula on Saturday or Sunday donít miss the Los Altos Fall Festival. Youíll find more than 160 arts and crafts booths, a classic car show, a Childrenís Alley, a scarecrow contest, games, a train, great food by local restaurants, fine wines and micro-breweries, live entertainment, and more.

Another fun Peninsula activity is the San Bruno Autumn Fest on Saturday. Pick out a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and enjoy live entertainment, a scarecrow making contest, a pie eating contest, food, crafts, and more!

If youíre in the Santa Cruz area on Saturday stop by The Farm Harvest Festival at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This festival offers music, food, apple tasting, apple pie bake-off, garden talks, hayrides, kidsí events, tours, displays by local farmers and chefs and community groups, and other fun entertainment.

San Francisco is in full Fall mode with the SF FallFest on Saturday. Set in the open-air Justin Herman Plaza, FallFest is a celebration of the industryís leading chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers who join together for a day of wine and food tasting, local artisans, chef demonstrations, and live music. Be forewarned that it's Fleet Week, so the Embarcadero area will be very crowded.

Saturdayís Autumn at Filoli is a favorite of many Haunted Bay readers. In addition to wandering around the beautiful grounds (where photo opportunities abound), you can sample some of Filoliís rare and non-commercially grown apples and pears, take an old-fashioned hayride, participate in fun crafts, and lots more!

In the mood for some coastal scenery with your Fall fun? Then head to the Point Arena Lighthouse on Saturday for Oktoberfest! Make sure youíre hungry for their BBQ sausages, sauerkraut, and beverages!

The streets of Manteca come alive with the annual Pumpkin Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Youíll enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food, top entertainment, a truck show, a carnival, and lots of pumpkins!

Three days of fun (Friday-Sunday) are offered up at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. There will be wine-tasting, food-tasting, art show and sale, pumpkin carving, hay rides, haunted room, jazz stage, a renowned World Championship Grape Stomp, and many more events and fun activities for the whole family.

If all the Fall festival fun hasnít broken your bank, then donít miss the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch on Friday and Saturday. Beautiful, handcrafted glass-blown pumpkins in all shapes and sizes beckon you. Give in and buy one - or 10!

Last but certainly not least, most pumpkin patches opened last weekend so if you haven't already secured that perfect pumpkin or need to flesh out your supply be sure to check out Haunted Bay's extensive list of pumpkin patches and/or our map of pumpkin patches (and haunts) for 2006 and get your first pumpkin of the season!

If you still haven't found an activity, be sure to take a look at our Bay Area Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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