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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-9-2010 to 10-10-2010 by the Hauntmistress

Fall is in full swing so here are our Top Picks for events this second weekend in October.

Join an old-fashioned fall harvest at the Ardenwood Harvest Festival in Fremont on Saturday and Sunday. This popular festival includes art, crafts, cooking, games, and, harvesting corn. The pumpkin patch is also open for the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Hundreds of glass pumpkins and squash become the bloom of the garden at Cohn-Stone Glass Pumpkin Garden Saturday and Sunday in Richmond. From the outlandish to the sublime, gigantic to itty bitty in fantasy colors and forms, you’ll love these hand-blown glass pumpkins for sale!

The Harvest Festival at Sonoma Garden Park on Saturday features family friendly activities including a scarecrow building competition, tractor rides, arts and craft sales, meet a chicken, and food and drink.  The Arts Guild of Sonoma will be leading children’s craft activities.

Stage Werx underground theater presents Zombie Town on Saturday in San Francisco. When a horde of flesh-eating zombies overruns the small West Texas town of Harwood, the townsfolk assume the worst has happened — until a documentary theater collective arrives, determined to tell the town’s story in their exact words.

Days of the Dead: Folk Art for the Third Millennium opens Saturday, October 9 at Meek Mansion in Hayward. Also in the East Bay, the Oakland Museum celebrates with VIVO: Days of the Dead, exploring the ever evolving Meso-American and Californian tradition of Días de los Muertos with new altars and installations by artists.

On Saturday in San Jose enjoy Pumpkins in the Park, featuring a giant pumpkin patch, scarecrow row, apple tasting, fresh apple cider, Guadalupe River education, lots of free kid’s activities, and a children’s concert.

Also on Saturday is SF FallFest, a celebration of the Bay Area’s best in food and wine. Leading restaurateurs, winemakers, mixologists, and epicurean artisans join together for an inspiring day of premier wine and food tasting, chef demonstrations, cocktail competitions, and panel discussions that focus on “Eat Local” to highlight the greater Bay Area’s bounty and bring greater awareness to the benefits of eating and drinking local.

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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