Can you feel the crunch, crunch, crunch of leaves beneath your feet? If fall is your favorite time of year then you’re in luck. This weekend you can get down at a goblin jamboree, howl in the hollow and celebrate the Day of the Dead. We’ve got plenty more tricks and treats up our sleeve, just keep reading.

San Francisco

Crissy Field Day
Head to East Beach for a free celebration with music, fun and your ideas for Crissy Field’s future. Dive into hands-on crafts and science fun—including examining marsh mud creatures, designing pin-wheels and exploring Ohlone traditional use of plants. Boogie down while listening to live music from local artists at the Bandwagon Stage. Pop into different stations celebrating the unique areas of Crissy Field. Sat. Event details

Wharf Fest
Wharf Fest, a free Fisherman’s Wharf festival, returns to San Francisco’s iconic neighborhood for the 6th year. This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, exhibitors and fun family activities and entertainment. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Light Up Your Night by the Lake
Get ready to stay out late for the annual Autumn Lights Festival at Lake Merritt. This magical three-night light celebration is created by local artists and supports the non-profit Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. You’ll be amazed and surprised by larger-than-life art installations, fire dancers and live music. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Get into the Spirit at this Day of the Dead Celebration
Join OMCA as it comes alive for the community celebration honoring Days of the Dead traditions. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar at our mercado. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Diwali: Festival of Lights
Visitors will bring to life the culture and traditions of Southern Asia at the sixth annual Diwali: Festival of Lights—a festival of joy, splendor and happiness. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in Hinduism and is also observed by Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Howl in the Hollow
Come celebrate Halloween at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo with Zume Pizza. Show off your ghoulish side during the costume contest, try samples of Zume Pizza and enjoy other family-friendly activities. Sat. Event details


Shoreline Lake Pumpkin Splash
Enjoy the pumpkin patch surrounded by hay bales on a beautiful lake setting. Visitors who come dressed up also have a chance to win a raffle ticket for an all-day boating pass. Along with locally grown pumpkins, there will be craft activities for children, a bounce house, boating passes, pumpkin painting and pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, an old-fashioned bake sale and many photo opportunities. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Create the Change Day Bay Area
Kids, teens, and families are invited to join Project Giving Kids for the second annual Create the Change Day Bay Area, where you will have fun and make a difference all in the same afternoon. Assemble hygiene kits for people in need, craft toys for shelter animals, write notes of inspiration and so much more. There will also be music, snacks, raffle prizes and other fun to keep the excitement going all afternoon. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Head on Out for a Goblin Jamboree
Get ready to get your boo on. That’s because the Bay Area Discovery Museum is hosting Goblin Jamboree. The October festivities feature an array of spooky (not really) activities around it’s Wild West ghost towns theme. Enjoy pony and train rides, face painting, hay mazes, a haunted house and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Fall Harvest at Slide Ranch
Mingle with the herd of sheep and milk goats. Feed the flocks of chickens, ducks and turkeys and enjoy their squawks, quacks and gobbles. Help make a scarecrow and join a scarecrow parade. Dance a jig to live music and enjoy an organic, farm lunch. Celebrate fall at Slide Ranch. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth