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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-2-2010 to 10-3-2010 by the Hauntmistress

Fall is already upon us and from the look of our event calendar there is no shortage of Fall fun around the Bay Area. Here are our Top Picks for events this first weekend in October. All events are held both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.

The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch returns to Los Gatos, offering for sale a plethora of beautiful hand-blown glass pumpkins created by local artists.  Down the road in Palo Alto, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch also offers hand-blown glass pumpkins for sale, crafted by more than 30 prominent glass artisans.

After picking out your favorite glass pumpkin, stop by the Los Altos Fall Festival and take in the more than 150 arts and crafts booths, specialties from local restaurants, a classic car show, musical entertainment, and local wineries and micro breweries. 

Also on the Peninsula on Saturday is the Autumn at Filoli Festival in Woodside. Guided orchard tours are conducted and Filoli’s Garden Information Docents will share insights and answer your questions about the many intriguing aspects of caring for Filoli’s world-renowned gardens. Nature Education Docents will lead hour-long hikes throughout the day.

If you’re in the Manteca area, you can’t miss the Manteca Pumpkin Fair where you’ll find a scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, kids zone, booths, pumpkin events, pumpkin hunt, baking contest, car show on Sunday, and more!

Not to be outdone, the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival features a pumpkin weigh off, scarecrow contest, desert contest, pumpkin boat races, food, and music.

Over in the East Bay, the town of Clayton is holding its annual Oktoberfest. Experience Oktoberfest “Munich Style” featuring street performers, continuous live music featuring The Internationals, traditional biergarten, great German food and beer, premium California wines, large arts and crafts show, and carnival.

On Saturday in San Jose, don’t miss the Prusch Farm Park Harvest Festival, featuring a giant pumpkin contest, pumpkin patch, entertainment, pony rides, plant sale, unusual food, cooking classes, hay wagon rides, games, a rare fruit orchard, petting zoo, and more.

If you like trains, then celebrate harvest time and Halloween at the Harvest Fair at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton. Ride the steam train to Bear Mountain, where kids with a train ticket can select a pumpkin from the mountaintop patch. There will also be hands-on crafts activities for adults and kids and a yummy chuck wagon barbecue lunch with burgers, hot dots, chicken, and ribs.

Like The Shining? Then how about seeing it live on stage! The Dark Room in San Francisco will make you gasp in horror as the cast takes an axe to this classic tale of horror and inexcusable creepiness.

If all of this fun doesn’t make you excited about the Fall, then check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many more activities happening around the extended Bay Area!


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