This weekend brings us a bevy of harvesty goodness: the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival and Goblin Jamboree along with carless street parties, city-wide playdates and more.

half moon bay pumpkin festivalphoto: Colin Crietz via flickr

Cow Hollow Pumpkin Festival
Enjoy carnival games, a haunted house, a farmer’s harvest, plenty of pumpkins and lots of yummy food. All proceeds benefit Sherman Elementary School. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cow Hollow/Marina. Games are $1-$2. All ages. Event details.

Edgewood’s Day of Play
Kids and their families can join in on a game of mini-soccer or kickball, do some yoga, bounce like crazy in a jumpee house and enjoy face painting and more. The best part? It’s in support of Edgewood Center for Children and Families, dedicated to giving all kids a chance at play and helping kids overcome issues like anxiety and depression. A little play goes a long way! Donations welcome, the event is free. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Golden Gate Park. Free. 5-17. Event details.

Shark science, expert talks, films, art and even an Ocean Life Parade & Costume Contest (3 p.m.) Come dressed as your favorite aquatic creature, learn all about shark conservation and food, drink and life music. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Streets: The Mission 
Take it to the streets this Sunday. Enjoy food, vendors and best of all, playing in the middle of the street. A perfect way to meet your neighbors or explore a new ‘hood with your family. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family for a showing of Wallace and Grommit. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in the auditorium to meet some of our movie themed education animals and Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo’s costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Fri., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oakland. $6-$7. 4 and up. Event details.

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
At the 6th Annual fair,  you and the kiddos will be dazzled by more than 150 inspirational local makers and their projects. Rockets, robots, urban farming, bicycle, crafts, and more! Make, build, hack, play, sew, tinker, connect, learn! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oakland. $11-$20. All ages. Event details.

Very First Concert: Meet the Woodwinds
Learn all about what makes the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn so special. Meet the musicians and learn about the reeds, keys, knobs, and tubes that make all the magic happen. Designed for the youngest listeners, these 20-minute presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage dance and movement. Sat., 1:30 & 2:15 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

4th Annual Sunday Streets Berkeley
Walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll, play and experience Berkeley up close and personal—without vehicle traffic! Enjoy live music on four stages, dance, arts, fitness and community through 60+ activities hosted by local artists, performers, businesses and community organizations. Area establishments will be serving up great eats and plenty of beverages to cool down your October! Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


45th Annual Half Moon Bay 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 even a kids stage), 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. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half Moon Bay. Free. All ages. Event details.

Opera for Families
Join the Oshman Family JCC for Opera for Families. Two singers and a pianist will perform a selection of pieces from operas and musicals along with explanations, role-playing games and exercises that will help the young audience explore different aspects of opera. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Palo Alto. $8-$10. All ages. Event details.

Parents Nursery School Fall Carnival
The grounds of Parents Nursery School are transformed from a mild-mannered preschool into a fabulous carnival with games, prizes, food and drink, a bake sale, live music, jugglers, magicians, costumes, raffle drawings, a silent auction and much more! Come in costume! Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. 2-8. Event details.

South Bay

Giselle with SV Ballet
Silicon Valley Ballet is opening their 2015/2016 season with an exciting performance, Alicia Alonso’s Giselle.This collaboration with one of Cuba’s most famous choreographers makes this the first American company allowed to perform this thrilling take on a classic masterpiece. Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 1:30 & 8 p.m. and Sun.,1:30 p.m. $25-$110. 3 and up. Event details.

Winchester Mystery House Flashlight Tours
Tour the rambling mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to light your way through the rooms and halls. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., last tour begins at 11:30 p.m. San Jose. $49.95/person. Best for 8 and up. Event details.

Marin County

Harvest Celebration at Slide Ranch
Celebrate the bounty of the season with cooking and gardening lessons, a scarecrow parade, sauerkraut making, a narrated hike and even a trip back in time with medicine woman Juana Briones along with many more harvesty-good crafts and activities perfect for your family. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Muir Beach. $25/advance; $30/gate. Advance tickets recommended. Children 2 and under are free. All ages.Event details.

Ivy & Bean Day at Book Passage
Author of the series Annie Barrows will read some of her favorite parts from the 10 book series. Contest Alert: Ivy & Bean created their own camp. We bet you can make your own camp, too and even better, write your own camp theme song. Bring in the lyrics and enter the camp theme song contest. Sat., 10-11 a.m. Corte Madera. Free. 6-11. Event details.

Goblin Jamboree
At this beloved two-day festival, the museum transforms into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with pony rides, petting zoo, games, live entertainment and much more. Bring the whole family in costume and explore the spooky-but-not-scary fun. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sausalito. $16.95. 0-10. Event details.

Perfect Princess Party Book Launch
Head to the Perfect Princess Party to celebrate the new book, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party where authors Shannon and Dean Hale with illustrator LeUyen Pham are putting on a Perfect Princess Party. Enjoy face-painting and monster maker crafts followed by a 2 p.m. book reading and picture drawing. Come dressed as a princess, ninja or a monster to really get the party started! Entry is free with purchase of copy of the book. Please call the bookstore 415-785-8177 to reserve a copy and your ticket to the party. Sun., 1-3 p.m. Larkspur. Free with book.4-10. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier