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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 9-30-2011 to 10-02-2011 by the Hauntmistress

Fall is finally upon us and it’s time to get out there and have some fun!  Here are our Top Picks for the first weekend in October!

On Saturday visit San Francisco for Crissy Field Center Day of the Dead Arts. Enjoy live entertainment, sample yummy cultural treats, and create traditional Day of the Dead art in preparation of the upcoming holiday. Art activity choices will include painting traditional cheery Calacas, making paper flowers, face painting, and much more. All ages welcome.

Visit the Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch in Los Gatos on Saturday or Sunday and see (and buy!) a display of over 2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins from over a dozen local glass artists.

Meanwhile, Los Altos hosts its Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate the Fall with more than 150 arts and crafts booths, specialties from local restaurants, a classic car show, live entertainment, games, and local wineries and micro breweries.

The blood-thirsty spectacle of the Grand Guignol seeps into the shadowy cinematic world of film noir in Shocktoberfest 12: Fear Over Frisco. Catch this intimate theatrical experience on Friday and Saturday night (plus other dates throughout the month) at San Francisco’s Hypnodrome.

Friday through Sunday celebrate the true tradition of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest at Oktoberfest By The Bay. The festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. For ages 21 years and over.

Also Friday through Sunday you can explore the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa and enjoy wine tasting from more than 150 wineries, chef demonstrations, microbrew tasting (Saturday only), farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, continuous live jazz, an art show, crafters pavilion, farm animals, and much more.

On Sunday one of Sonoma County’s most lively and inspiring harvest events takes place: Calabash -- A Celebration of Gourds, Art, and the Garden. Forestville hosts more than 100 artists displaying their unique talents, sensibilities, and magic to the gourd form.

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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