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 a brisk hike, cool campfire, fall festival and so much more.

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San Francisco

Peace in the Park Summer of Love Edition
The 5th Annual Peace in the Park 2017 lineup features inspirational speakers, live music, poetry, visual artists, Tai Chi, Hatha yoga, life-enhancing seminars, kids’ activities, exhibits by local nonprofits, and meditation experiences where individuals can explore a variety of ways to unplug, unwind, tune in and connect in peace. This year, Peace in the Park will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and marvels at how the pivotal peace movement in San Francisco has been sending its positive reverberations around the world for five decades. Sat. Event details.

You’re Welcome for this (Moana) Sing Along
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman, the epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, criticallylauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Sun. Event details.

East Bay

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 Bay Area Hip Hop Fireworks to Karaoke Fireworks, Witches & Wizards and even a Star Wars theme. Sat. Event details.

Get and Eat Real at this Festival
Foodies will delight at this three day festival at Jack London Square. The best in bay area street food will be there, samples will be tasted. There will be demos, live entertainment, contests and much more. The KidsZone includes a kid’s kitchen for family friendly cooking, the urban county fair will show folks how to milk a goat, let kids get acquainted with farm animals and learn how to raise chickens. Eat Real! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Fall for an Overnight at the Boardwalk
There’s really no better way to celebrate fall then to, well, dive right in. That’s right, it’s the Boardwalk Overnight where kids and families can enjoy dinner, movies and games at this iconic beach spot before turning in for a sleepover at the Cocoanut Grove. Rise and shine early (we know you will) and enjoy breakfast, a sandcastle contest, all-day rides and more. Fri. 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.


Take Your Pet on Parade
More than 1,700 people, including hundreds of pet owners and their pets dressed in wild and crazy costumes, are expected for the 14th Annual Burlingame Pet Parade. Tots from St. Paul’s Nursery School in Burlingame will lead this year’s parade. Every participant will receive a souvenir ribbon. Fancy ribbons will be awarded for the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category). A “float” can be as simple as a decorated bicycle, wagon or kiddie car. Sat. Event details.

You’ll Fall for this Filoli Festival
If you haven’t yet been to Filoli, the stunning, European-style mansion and gardens in the hills of the Peninsula, make this your first visit. For adults, docents lead tours and offer tastings of apples, open green houses, bees on display from the orchard, while children will enjoy crafts and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), mandala making, face painting a visit from the San Francisco Zoomobile, and more. Sat. 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.

Take a (Headlands) Hike
Bring your friends and family and join us for NatureBridge’s fourth 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 the learning labs. There will be live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, and inspiring hikes. Sun. Event details.

It’s fall ya’ll! How are you celebrating? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers