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10 Harvest & Pumpkin Festivals That Make Fall Great

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Apple cider, pumpkins, and costumes– we can feel the excitement of Halloween in the air. Kick off the fall season at a local Harvest and Pumpkin Festival. From the world famous Half Moon Bay fest to celebrations right in your own ‘hood, here are 10 to events to fall into this harvest season.

San Francisco

Saturday, Oct. 26, Noe Valley Harvest Festival
Don your costumes (Fido, too!) for Noe Valley’s 9th Annual Harvest Festival. Activities include a free pumpkin patch for kids, over 50 booths of artisan and craft vendors, face painting and more. Plus, the event is totally free! Click here for event details. 

Saturday, Oct. 26, Cow Hollow Pumpkin Festival
Marina’s Cow Hollow ‘hood will transform into a pumpkin wonderland where you can roam the pumpkin patch, partake in carnival games (and win prizes!), and explore the haunted house. There will be a harvest market for the grown-ups and kid-friendly food trucks. Click here for event details. 

Saturday and Sunday, Oct.26-27, Boo at the SF Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo transforms into a magical Halloween wonderland for their annual Boo at the Zoo event. Come dressed in costume to seek out candy treat stations located throughout the Zoo, make a Halloween themed craft to take home, stop in to see the brand new bug exhibit, walk the haunted nature trail, and watch in amazement as the Zoo animals chow down on tasty Halloween pumpkin treats. All the activities are free with paid Zoo admission. Click here for event details. 

East Bay

Saturday, October 12, East Bay Waldorf School Harvest Faire
Enjoy the bounty of the season and the baked bounties of many a well-mommed oven with East Bay Waldorf School’s Harvest Faire. Live music, games, a cake walk, a fairy house, and elf crafting are just a few of the fabulous and free activities. And speaking of cake walks… the Russian Tea Room will feature cookies, cakes, pies, and more for purchase to benefit the school. Other savory foods will be on sale, as well as one-of-a-kind artisanal gifts. Click here for event details. 

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Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, Costume Parade and Trick-or-Treating at the Oakland Zoo
Head to the Oakland Zoo where you’ll stroll through the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats! Your kids can ride the spooky “Boo Train”, join the costume parade, enjoy face painting, make treats for the animals and see the animals celebrate Halloween too! Kids in costumes will receive a free ride ticket. Click here for event details. 

South Bay and Peninsula

Saturday, Oct. 5, Harvest Fair at Emma Prusch Farm
Embrace the spirit of the country at Emma Prusch Farm’s 20th Annual Harvest Festival. You’ll find a large pumpkin patch, exhibits of 4H projects, tons of entertainment and tours of the park, barn, orchards and historic farm house. Admission and parking are free. Click here for event details.

Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
If you’re looking for the ultimate Harvest and Pumpkin festival, this is your jam. This festival has it all including crafts, live music (there’s a kids stage sponsored by Radio Disney), a haunted house, festive food, the world’s largest pumpkin sculpture, a Halloween parade, and a fun pumpkin weigh-off. There are tons more of pumpkin-related activities, perfect for your family. Click here for details. 

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Friday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec.1, San Jose Harvest Festival
While you shop for holiday gifts from the independent artists and craftspeople, your kids can head on over to the Kids Zone, which features gingerbread cookie decorating. The festival also boasts family-friendly live music. Click here for event details. 

Marin

Saturday, Oct. 5, Mountain School Apple Faire
Join the Mountain School for its very first annual Apple Faire! There will be many fun games, crafts, face painting, a cupcake walk, a treat shop, a book and toy shop and lots of fun for families. The Puppet Trixters, will be giving special performances at 11:00 am and Noon. Admission to the faire is free, tokens can be purchased to play games, and tickets can be purchased for the puppet show. Click here for event details. 

Saturday, Oct. 12, Harvest Celebration at Slide Ranch
This festival takes place on a farm right by the beach so as you take part in making fall crafts and farm activities, like scarecrow making, churning butter, and wool spinning, you’ll do so with a gorgeous ocean backdrop. The day also features live music, face painting, and a pickle workshop. You’ll want to pre-register to get your discounted rate. Click here for event details. 

Know of any other awesome autumn festivals that your family won’t miss this fall season? Share it with us in a comment below. 

photo credit: Noe Valley Harvest Festival, Oakland Zoo’s press page, Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

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