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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-05-2012 to 10-07-2012 by the Hauntmistress

Happy October! As usual, the Bay Area does not disappoint when it comes to fun Fall activities. Here are our Top Picks for this first weekend in October.

If you love hand-blown glass pumpkins as much as I do, then don’t miss the Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch in Los Gatos on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a display of more than 2,000 pumpkins! Or, visit Richmond’s Cohn-Stone Glass Pumpkin Patch where hundreds of glass pumpkins and squash become the bloom of the garden. This beautiful “patch” is open Friday through Sunday all month.

A little further north, celebrate the fall at the Los Altos Fall Festival on Saturday or Sunday, featuring more than 150 arts and crafts booths, food booths, a classic car show, musical entertainment, and local wines and beer.

If you’re one of the one million people who are expected to descend on San Francisco this weekend (for Fleet Week, sports games, etc.), why not stay into the evening and watch an Improvised Horror Musical.  Taking inspiration from your suggestions, and classic horror films, actors and musicians create a completely improvised full-length musical. If you miss Saturday’s show, you can also catch it on Oct. 13, 20, and 27.

If you’re in the mood for small town fun, try the Clayton Oktoberfest on Saturday or Sunday. The main street of this little East Bay town is closed so you can enjoy Oktoberfest "Munich Style" with street performers, continuous live music, traditional biergarten, German food and beer, arts and crafts, and a carnival.

If you’d like to celebrate Oktoberfest but are on the Peninsula (and 21 years or older), then head to San Carlos for the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Oktoberfest celebration, featuring German food and plenty of beer, sausages, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. Plus, there will be Bavarian music to ensure an authentically satisfying celebration!

On Saturday or Sunday visit the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley for Pumpkin Lifts! Build a drawbridge or design a crane to lift pumpkins of various sizes. Make your invention move using hydraulics. Engage your creative brain and use a variety of materials to design, build, and test your own innovations! If you can’t make it this weekend, this fun, inventive event runs weekends throughout October.

Friday through Sunday the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine tasting from more than 150 wineries, chef demonstrations, farm and harvest agricultural activities, a World Championship Grape Stomp, continuous live jazz, an art show, crafters pavilion, farm animals, and more!

Our haunted house pick for this week is Winchester Mystery House Fright Nights in San Jose, where you can walk the grounds of the Winchester Estate and see them transformed into a haunted walk-through maze! Our pumpkin patch pick is the Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch where you’ll find 8 acres of pumpkins, a 5 acre corn maze, and a variety of fun family activities!

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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