Endless Summer? Who needs it? There are plenty of things to love about fall from piles of golden leaves to pumpkins ripening on the vine to season’s first drizzles. This weekend, indulge your love of this season with harvest festivals, Oktoberfest events and hiking.

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San Francisco

Community Day at the Exploratorium
Pay what you wish at this museum that offers hands-on science discovery for all ages. Arrive early to beat the crowds.  Sat. Event details

Sunday Streets Tenderloin
Sunday Streets closes the road to cars to offer guests an intimate way of interacting with the area’s array of authentic and affordable restaurants, small businesses and nonprofit services. Grab a banh mi or bubble tea, learn about the area’s history at the Tenderloin Museum, or explore Larkin’s Street’s Tenderloin Community Garden. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Moon Festival
This special day at the Oakland Zoo will be one your family is sure to enjoy with Asian-inspired festivities, live music, special animal encounters and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, arts, crafts and enrichment-making stations for the Asian Sun Bears. The Adventure Landing rides area will feature Lion Dances and martial arts demonstrations too. Sat. Event details

Watch Fireworks from the Field
The baseball game might be over but that’s when the fireworks shows begin. Fans can sit on the outfield to watch the show light up the sky. Musical themes vary week to week, from 80s to dinosaurs and even a Star Wars theme. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Lantern Festival
Join in the festivities and celebrate the harvest season at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose’s sixth annual Lantern Festival: Play by the Light of the Moon. Traditionally observed by Chinese and Vietnamese communities, the evening is open to anyone wanting to have a great time learning more about these cultures. Pre-sale tickets are available. Sat. Event details


This Mountain Festival is Tops
Summer might be over but musical festival season is still on. The Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival at Roaring Camp in Felton is jam-packed with two days of music. Bring chairs, picnics and blankets or partake in a beer and wine garden, food and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Sukkot Celebration
Spend the morning with family and friends at our festive celebration for all ages. Come build and decorate a mini Sukkah, with friends and family. There will be fun holiday-oriented activities: Making recycled mini sukkah, arts and crafts, sport activities, face painting, a High Holidays show “Treasure Hunt for the Magic Word” by Diana Shmiana and more. Sun. Event details

Oktoberfest Downtown Redwood City
Enjoy Redwood City’s premier fall event, Oktoberfest Downtown Redwood City featuring a fabulous traditional German Oktoberfest setting complete with over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating, lots of fun and merriment, music, dancing, contests, cold beer and other beverages, food, and more! The huge decked-out Oktoberfest tent transforms Courthouse Square for revelers of all ages to enjoy. Wed.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Join the Campfire at Chicken Ranch Beach
Head to the campfire program at Chicken Ranch Beach on Friday. Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in comfy layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight! Fri. Event details.

Hike the Headlands
Bring your friends and family and join us for NatureBridge’s fifth annual Hike the Headlands: an exciting day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Discover the Headlands with a NatureBridge educator and engage in hands-on science activities in our learning labs. Enjoy live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, and inspiring hikes! All ticket purchases include lunch. Sun. Event details.

—Kate Loweth