Fall festivities are in full swing! This weekend, trolley dances, a musical film, Dia de los Muertos and Oktoberfest celebrations take center stage. As if that weren’t enough, be sure to check out Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, our October festivals guide AND Halloween festivities guide. Then get yourself a canteen of coffee to keep up with the kids!

San Francisco

San Francisco Trolley Dances
Epiphany Dance Theater pairs artists and ensembles in sites along a historic MUNI route for six to 10 minute performances. Be sure to catch one of the five tours per day, beginning at Rikki Streicher Field and spanning San Francisco’s East Cut/Rincon Hill and Castro districts.
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Portrero Hill Festival
Celebrate the Portrero community with over four blocks of music, food, magic and fun for all ages.
Sat., Oct. 16  Event details 

The Guardsmen Pumpkin Patch
Snag your pumpkin from this volunteer-run patch and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time! The Guardsmen raise more than $1 million annually and with those funds send over 2,500 kids to camp/outdoor education programs as well as providing scholarships to more than 250 students.

Oct. 14-23
Hours: Weekdays 5-9 p.m.; weekend hours 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Online: pumpkinpatch.guardsmen.org

Free Family Mini Photo Sessions
Get your holiday family photos done early this year with a free family mini photo session! With outdoor locations all over the Bay, booking a session has never been easier and pay only $15/photo or less.
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East Bay

Once Upon a Time Step!
The East Bay Children’s Theatre presents the musical movie Once Upon A Time Step!
Both a film and musical, this show features song and dance numbers from your favorite fairy tale characters Cinderella, Aladdin and the Lamp, That’s Our Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and more.
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Disney on Ice
Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! in its biggest and best show yet! Join Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse as he leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters.
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Movies on the Roof: Lesher Arts Center
It’s movie night out on the garage top at Lesher Center for the Arts! Enjoy Hocus Pocus with your friends, neighbors and family in the last movie night of the season.
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South Bay 

Oktoberfest Returns to Campbell
This award-winning festival is back and the kids will love the Kids zone while the adults partake in adult beverages which means everyone goes home happy.
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Dia de los Muertos, San Jose
Come celebrate the Day of the Dead! A traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos is a festive celebration of life and death and is a joyous event.
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Water Lantern Festival, Foster City
This floating lantern event is a magical night including food, games, activities, vendors, music as the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams float out on the water.
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Art at McNears Beach Park
Art by a beach in a park? But of course. Bring the whole family to get their creative juices on next to the scenic San Pablo Bay.
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Kids Night at the Museum
Pizza, crafts, games and a movie! Make an appointment to drop the kids off at the Charles Schulz museum and then make a date night out of it, too!
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—Christine Lai

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