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Bay Area Events Top Picks
Weekend guide for 10-13-07 to 10-14-2007 by the Hauntmistress
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The second weekend in October is upon us, and as usual there is much fun to be found. In addition to many pumpkin patches and haunted houses, there are other events going to get you in the Fall and/or Halloween spirit! Here are our top picks for this weekend.
The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on Saturday and Sunday features gargantuan gourds, world-class pumpkin carvers, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, three stages of entertainment, a Great Pumpkin Parade, haunted house, pie-eating and costume contests, and more!
If you're in the East Bay, try the Ardenwood Harvest Festival on Saturday or Sunday. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill the corncribs and take home a share of the colorful corn for your holiday table. Enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music, and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the horse-drawn train, and tour the beautiful Patterson House. Pick up your Jack-o-Lantern with a visit to Perry's pumpkin patch.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, celebrate Harvest time and Halloween at the 1880s Harvest Fair at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton. There will be early days engines on display, a free pumpkin for each child with a train ticket, crafts, and other fun activities.
The Tolay Fall Festival in Petaluma offers a giant straw maze, hands-on children's activities, and pumpkins/fall decorative items for sale. Park Rangers will lead interpretive walks and hay rides, 4H members will bring farm animals, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will hold demonstrations of Indian life. Join the fun Friday-Sunday and next weekend as well.
Get your Halloween pumpkin and spend a great day in the country at the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Trains near Suisun. Your trip will take you on a scenic five-mile train ride to Gum Grove Station where an old-time Pumpkin Patch awaits you. You'll find a hay bale fort, hay rides, gentle animals to pet, homemade baked goods, and of course, pumpkins for sale. Runs every Saturday-Sunday this month.
San Francisco's Noe Valley hosts a Harvest Festival on Saturday with arts and crafts, hands-on art and science activities, entertainment and activities for adults and kids, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, jumpy tent, jugglers, balloon artist, dog tricks contest, dog costume contest, children's costume contest, pie eating contest, pimp my stroller contest, a street hay ride, and more!
If you're in San Jose on Saturday, check out Pumpkins in the Park, with a giant pumpkin patch, circus arts, Scarecrow Row, great food, apple tasting, and lots of free kid activities.
In the mood for a little theater? Then check out Shocktoberfest 2007: Maker of Monsters in San Francisco. Thrillpeddlers present a bill of classic Grand Guignol shock-shows, hot comic farce, and lights-out spookshow thrills. Shows run Thursday-Saturday nights until Nov. 17. Or, try Creepshow Live, also in San Francisco, running Thursday-Saturday nights until Oct. 27 at the Dark Room. Each week there will be three new stories and a new “Master of Scaremonies”. If you're in the East Bay, how about some Misery! Stephen King's classic comes alive via the Broadway West Theatre Company Thursday-Sunday until Oct. 20.
October also brings Oktoberfests! Join the party at San Francisco's Oktoberfest by the Bay through Sunday, featuring nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink.
Don't forget about the Day of the Dead. The Yerba Buena Family Festival 2007 in San Francisco on Saturday offers an Art Zone where you can make your own mask, necklace, or hat and contribute to the giant Day of the Dead Sculpture.
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