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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-03-2014 to 10-05-2014 by the Hauntmistress

October opens with festivals, movies, and theater in celebration of the scariest of months! Here are our Top Picks for things to do this first weekend in October.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the annual Los Altos Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The fun features more than 150 arts and crafts booths, a classic car show, live entertainment, fine wines and micro-breweries, great food, and more! Meanwhile, Friday through Sunday don’t miss the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. There will be three full days of wine tasting, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, chef demonstrations and workshops, and more.

Once again San Francisco City Guides offers a free walking tour of Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco. The Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance, and mystery to great effect in several films. From Nob Hill to Union Square, you’ll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores, and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics. The tour is available on Oct. 3, 5, 12, 19, and Nov. 24, 2014.

Kick back at the Castro Theatre for a Scary Double Feature on Saturday of 1956’s The Bad Seed and 1960’s Village of the Damned!

If live theater is more your thing, BATS Improv, a professional theatre company in San Francisco, presents Improvised Zombie Horror on Saturday (also on Oct. 11, 18, and 25, 2014). In this new, episodic zombie horror survival thriller, you’ll experience a satisfying story and a larger story that builds week-to-week with returning characters, cast members, and a recap of past weeks before each show.

You can’t throw a stick without hitting an Oktoberfest this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain View Oktoberfest you’ll find a variety of German beers, Oktoberfest music, jumpy houses, face painting, and games. Not to be outdone, the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos hosts the Peninsula Oktoberfest on Saturday, featuring beer, music, and a flight simulator! In the East Bay you’ll find continuous live music, an arts and crafts show, a carnival, and street performers at the Clayton Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday. Oaktoberfest comes to Oaklan ’s Dimond District on Saturday, welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology.

This is your last chance to catch the Cohn-Stone Glass Pumpkin Patch, a wonderful exhibit and sale, as it will be the Richmond studio’s last year making glass pumpkins. Plan your visit for Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, or 24-26, 2014, and you’ll find glass pumpkins and squash in fantasy colors and forms, plus glass blowing demonstrations daily at 2 pm.

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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