Free Festivals to Ring in the Fall
10-10-2012 by the Hauntmistress
The Bay Area is packed with things for kids and adults to do in celebration of the Fall. Here are a few free fall and Halloween festivals to get you in the spirit of the season.
Pumpkins in the Park
Free - Oct. 13, 2012, 10 am-4 pm
This homage to all things pumpkin features a giant pumpkin patch, scarecrow row, apple cider, and free activities.
Discovery Meadow, Guadalupe River Park & Garden, San Carlos and Woz Way, San Jose
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Free - Oct. 13-14, 2012, 9 am-5 pm
The festival features gargantuan gourds, pumpkin carvers, crafts, food, entertainment, a parade, a haunted house, and more!
Main St., between Miramontes St. and Spruce St., Half Moon Bay
Children's Halloween Hootenanny
Free - Oct. 20, 2012, 11 am-4 pm
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair puts on this annual event. This year’s festivities include a costume contest, performers, exhibitions, and hands-on activities designed to entertain kids of all ages.
Stanyan St. and Waller St., San Francisco
Danville Fall Crafts Festival
Free - Oct. 20-21, 2012, 10 am-5 pm
If you’re in the East Bay, attend this event to browse vendors offering hand-crafted jewelry, hand blown glass, ceramics, wood crafts, and much more.
Hartz Ave. and E. Prospect Ave., Danville
Randall Museum's Family Halloween Fest
Free - Oct. 27, 2012, 10 am-2 pm
The Randall Museum hosts this event for kids featuring games, live entertainment, creepy crafts, pumpkin carving, food, and other fun!
199 Museum Way, San Francisco
Noe Valley Harvest Festival
Free - Oct. 27, 2012, 10 am-5 pm
There will be non-stop entertainment at this festival, including live bands, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting, costume contests, crafters, a hay ride, a dunk tank, and more.
24th St. between Sanchez and Church St., San Francisco
Visitacion Valley Festival
Free - Oct. 28, 2012, 10 am-4 pm
This festival, formerly known as the Leland Avenue Street Fair, provides fun and educational activities for kids and adults, including arts, crafts, and music.
Leland Ave. and Bayshore Blvd., San Francisco
Yerba Buena Gardens Halloween Hoopla
Free - Oct. 28, 2012, Noon-1:30 pm
Join Yerba Buena Gardens for interactive performances, games, crafts, and a parade for kids in costume.
760 Howard St., San Francisco
For a complete calendar of Bay Area Halloween and Fall events, including pumpkin patches, haunted houses, bar/club events, balls/parties, Oktoberfests, and more, visit our Events Calendar or our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses to find all the other great events going on in the Bay Area.