It’s pumpkin season in full swing with neighborhood pumpkin patches popping up on every corner. Spend the weekend enjoying the fall festivities at the SF Zoo or ride the rails with Thomas and Percy at Roaring Camp Railroads. We’ve got the full scoop below!

photo: SF Zoo

San Francisco

The Big Draw at the Walt Disney Family Museum
Enjoy the world’s largest drawing festival that celebrates Walt Disney’s contributions to the world of art and drawing with activities throughout the museum and the Presidio’s Main Post. Enjoy playful drawing sessions and themed tours through the galleries to learn how Walt incorporated play in his work. Sat. Event details

Get Wild at ZOOtoberfest
Come celebrate fall at the San Francisco Zoo. During ZOOtoberfest, weekends include the Harvest Hollow where kids can explore fall-themed attractions. Kids won’t want to miss navigating through the city’s largest 5,000-square-foot hay maze constructed from 600 bales of hay! If that’s were enough, jump around in the bounce house, play ring toss and more. A special “Zoo Brew Haus” will feature a great selection of brews and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut. During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Dance with Redwoods at the Stand for the Redwoods Festival
Celebrate Save the Redwoods League’s Centennial with live music, tons of children’s activities, SF Giants’ mascot Lou Seal, a parade of dancing redwoods, giant birthday cake and more for all ages. For adults, there will be a Sierra Nevada beer garden. Join others from around the Bay Area to celebrate 100 years of redwoods conservation and take a stand for their future. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Cruise to the Alameda Classic Car Show
It’s an entire downtown of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage vehicles from another era. More than 400 cars of every description will be on display along Park Street and some classic bikes too. Enjoy a blast from the past as DJs spin some of the best rock n’ roll oldies over the loudspeakers and keep your eyes out for more entertainment and fun things to do along the way. (Tip: Plan to arrive early to hear the engines roar as the cars parade to their parking spaces.) Sat. Event details.


TREEmendous Day
More than 100 certified arborists will be at Fairyland to plant trees, demonstrate wood-milling and run kid-friendly activities like “climbing with the crew” and building treasure boxes. There will even be a Tree Circus. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Nature Hunt and Crafts
It’s nature day at the Gamble Garden. Enjoy nature hunts, crafts and more. Decorate mini pumpkins to take home. Registration required. Sat. Event details

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party
This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including crafts, photo ops and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Juggle with the Zoppe Family Circus
Come one, come all, and join the Zoppe Italian Family Circus. In one ring, under one big top, families will be awed by a spectacular performances featuring amazing equestrian showmanship, daring acrobatic feats, canine capers and of course the antics of Nino the Clown. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Underwater Pumpkin Patch
This fun community event includes fun seasonal games and activities for kids of all ages. Plus, pick the perfect pumpkin at the Brisbane Community Pool. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed. Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth