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Bay Area Events Top Picks
Weekend guide for 10-20-06 to 10-22-2006 by the Hauntmistress
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As we hit the mid-October weekend the events in the Bay Area kick into high gear! Here are our top picks for this weekend's Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, and a Day of the Dead event too!
The 10th Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Festival returns to downtown Menlo Park Friday through Sunday. This family event gives visitors the opportunity to browse and shop among a colorful backdrop of autumn leaves. Visitors can view and purchase original works by artists and craft makers.
Saturday and Sunday the Danville Fall Crafts Festival features a kids activity area and contemporary and traditional crafts and fine art. Entertainment will be featured throughout the weekend.
The Goblin Jamboree on Saturday and Sunday transforms the Bay Area Discovery Museum into a haunted wonderland complete with games and live entertainment. Get the kids in their costumes and head to Sausalito for some family fun!
Rockin' Oktoberfest in Petaluma on Saturday offers food, fun, beer, dancing, live and silent auctions, and more!
On Saturday the Noe Valley Harvest Festival in San Francisco features arts and crafts, bands, a dog costume contest, children's costume contest, Punkin' Patch, pumpkin decorating, Monster Twister, a community mural project, gardening presentations, a baby stroller obstacle course, and a raffle to keep you busy!
If you're in the Santa Cruz area on Saturday or Sunday, celebrate harvest time and Halloween with scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating contests, a steam train ride, crafts, and other fun activities for kids at the 1880s Harvest Fair at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton.
The pumpkin patches in Half Moon Bay are ready for you to grab some gourds! Among the many patches to choose from in the Pumpkin Capital of the World is Farmer John's Pumpkin Farm, which features a wide variety of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. There is also a hay pyramid, scarecrows, Farmer Johnís older model John Deere tractor, an authentic Native American Ti Pi, cornrows, a hay pyramid, and more! Meanwhile, over at Pastorino Farms the kids can ride the train and feed the animals in the petting zoo while you check out the great Halloween and Fall crafts! Across the street from Pastorino's you'll find Lemos Farm, where more fun awaits in the form of pony rides, a haunted house, a Ghost Train Ride on a John Deer Engine Choo-choo Train, and more!
In the South Bay, be sure to visit Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch in Morgan Hill, featuring train rides, a 4,000 pumpkin pyramid, Yellow Brick Road and City of Oz, and more! If you're brave enough, stay until dark, venture into the haunted Field of Screams with over 2 acres of haunted trail!
Adobe Pumpkin Farm in Petaluma offers a six-acre corn maze and a gift shop where you can buy the perfect gift for any occasion.
In Livermore, Joan's Farm features a corn maze, straw bale maze, farm animals, pony rides, and more. Also in Livermore is G&M Farms with its 6-acre corn maze, straw bale maze, farm animals, pony rides, and crafts. Rounding out our East Bay favorites is the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm, with 25 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds plus a trackless train and the Plumpkin Playland featuring a 650 bale straw maze, three bean pots filled with 3,000 pounds of lima beans each, a horsey corral, and more!
If a scare is what you're looking for, head to Fremont for Pirates of Emerson. This is one of the best haunts in the Bay Area and offers three attractions, the centerpiece being a 50-foot pirate ship, and lots of fun! Also in Fremont, kids and adults alike will enjoy the Candle Lighters Witching Academy, which offers scary and not-so-scary tours of the Ghost House, plus a midway of games, a country store, and food treats - all geared to entertainment for the entire family. A Kiddie Parade will be held on Saturday at 3 pm.
In the North Bay, Dragon's Head Inn in Rohnert Park is not to be missed. It features three haunts and over 55,000 square feet of fun. With creepy clowns and an awesome 3D maze, you will be impressed and entertained.
In Half Moon Bay, don't miss the Haunted House of Moss Beach. This is a home haunt that offers more fun and scares than some of the "professional" haunts we've visited. You'll love the cramped, dark hallways and the attention to detail that makes this haunt a must-see.
The 13th Annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead in Oakland on Sunday features hands-on craft activities, demonstrations, music, dance, ceremonia, food, a mercado, and more!
If you still haven't found the perfect activity for you, be sure to take a look at our Bay Area Events Calendar. There are many activities happening around the Bay!
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