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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-5-07 to 10-7-2007 by the Hauntmistress

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Welcome to October! Time to engage in some fun Fall activities before the month flies by. Speaking of flying, it's Fleet Week in San Francisco and the beloved Blue Angeles will be up in the air this weekend. But there's still plenty of time left for Fall fun, with a number of Festivals and other events! Here are our top picks for this weekend.

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers entertainment and activities for all ages Friday through Sunday, including the 3rd Annual Search For The Giant Pumpkin, Great American Pumpkin Toss, 8th Annual Grape Spit, Pumpkin Carving, Cow Milking, and the World Championship Grape Stomp.

On Saturday and Sunday the Los Altos Fall Festival features approximately 160 arts and crafts booths, specialties from local restaurants, musical entertainment, Children's Alley with a scarecrow contest, a train, and a variety of entertainment and activities.

At the San Bruno Autumn Fest on Saturday you'll find a pumpkin patch, live entertainment, scarecrow making contest, pie eating contest, coloring contest, kids area with games, food, crafters, and much more!

Also on the Peninsula is the San Carlos Art & Wine Faire on Saturday and Sunday. It is billed as The Peninsula's Premier Fall Festival, and includes 275 fine arts and crafts vendors, Italian street painting, wine tasting, food booths, Family Fun Zone, and entertainment.

Autumn at Filoli on Saturday at the magnificent Filoli Estate in Woodside features hay rides in the meadow and children's activities in the House Courtyard. Filoli docents will lead nature hikes and orchard tours throughout the day. For that special Halloween gift, the Garden Gift Shop will be open.

The SF FallFest on Saturday brings together local restaurateurs, winemakers, and epicurean artisans for an inspiring day of premier food and wine tasting, chef demonstrations, and live music. 

The University of Santa Cruz hosts the Harvest Festival at UCSC Farm on Saturday. You'll find great music, food, apple tasting, an apple pie bake-off, garden talks, hay rides, kids’ events, and more!

Spend a fun-filled Autumn Sunday afternoon enjoying live music, dancing, food, microbrew beers, and more at the Pleasanton Oktoberfest.

For our dedicated readers slightly outside the boundaries of the Bay Area, the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin and Harvest Festival is celebrating “Peace, Love and Giant Pumpkins” on Saturday and Sunday. It offers a psychedelic salute to the '60s, combining pumpkin pop art, '60s music, and a retro scarecrow contest theme. The festival also will include a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, scarecrow contest, two stages of entertainment, children’s activities, petting zoo, pumpkin and harvest foods, craft fair, classic car show, and a pumpkin patch.

The Manteca Pumpkin Fair on Saturday and Sunday offers food, fun, and entertainment. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend this event!

If festivals aren't your thing, here are a few other events to try.

If you're like me and pumpkins in any form make you happy, then there are three glass pumpkin events you won't want to miss. Palo Alto's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch features more than 6,000 glass pumpkins of different colors, sizes, and textures. Viewing takes place on Friday and you can make your purchases Saturday and Sunday. A little further down the Peninsula, Holy City Art Glass Pumpkin Patch adorns the lawn of Los Gatos High School with 3,000 glass pumpkins for sale on Saturday and Sunday. If you're in the East Bay, the Glass Pumpkin Garden at Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond offers a pumpkin patch with hundreds of colors, shapes, and sizes of hand blown glass pumpkins and squash miniatures and giants in fantasy forms guaranteed to enchant your home or garden. Open every Saturday and Sunday this month. These beauties can adorn your home year-round!

On Friday, don't miss the Benicia Ghost Walk on First Street. Guides will tell tales about legendary ghostly haunted sites as you make your way down quaint First Street.

In the mood for some scares? Try the third annual Shock It To Me!, San Francisco's fabulous horror film festival, which features a dozen classic horror films Friday through Sunday. Special guest fiends, ghoulish giveaways, midnight mayhem, and more await you.

Last but certainly not least, check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!


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