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 Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-14-2011 to 10-16-2011 by the Hauntmistress

We’re mid-way through October and there are a plethora of activities happening in the Bay Area. Here are our Top Picks for the third weekend in October.

On Saturday the Noe Valley Harvest Festival in San Francisco offers live entertainment, games, contests, art, food, vendors, costumes, pumpkin patch, hay ride, and more.

On Sunday Big Lou and her German band will offer live music and the Golden Gate Bavarian Dancers will entertain with authentic Oktoberfest dances at the Moraga Oktoberfest. And, of course, it's not Oktoberfest without draught beer, bratwurst, and weisswurst. Strudel and pretzels complete the menu, and it's all available for a nominal charge. Jumpy houses, pumpkin painting, and other activities will be available to entertain children.

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre gets into the Halloween spirit with a series movie events this weekend. On Friday catch a double feature of Tom Holland movies, Fright Night and Child’s Play. On Saturday watch The Bad Seed and see actress Patty McCormack live in-person for this once in a lifetime tribute to the creepy camp classic! Sunday brings a double feature of The Exorcist and Exorcist III.

Not to be outdone, the Bal Theatre in San Leandro hosts a special screening of the full-length motion picture, Munster Go Home on Saturday with special guest Karen Lewis, Grandpa Al Lewis' wife, who is writing a book on her life with Grandpa!

Friday through Sunday in Petaluma, the Tolay Fall Festival offers animals, nature hikes, a hay ride, pumpkins, and a pumpkin seed-spitting contest.

Take a pleasant ride on a train to a pumpkin patch on the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Trains in Suisun on Saturday or Sunday. The trip takes you on a scenic five-mile ride to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life where there will be live music and plenty of pumpkins.

In Sausalito on Saturday and Sunday kids and their families are invited to come in costume to the Bay Area Discovery Museum for Goblin Jamboree. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo, and enjoy a full brew of games, activities, and live entertainment.

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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