Despite scorching temperatures that suggest summer heat, Fall is here and with it, festivals of all kinds! This Fall, festivals are back with a revenge all over the Bay which will give you one reason or another to celebrate every weekend!

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information and doing our best to keep all of our stories and calendar current. Please double check hours and venue status before you head out due to last minute changes and cancellations.

photo: Mount Prospect Fall Festival

San Jose Lantern Festival
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.
Sat., Oct. 2  Event details

wknd fest
A curated artisan market, wknd fest will feature local makers, food trucks, live music and kid activities so bring the whole family-furry pawed ones, too!
Sat., Oct. 2  Event details

Mosaic Festival
Join in a celebration of our mosaic of American cultures at this inaugural festival held at La Plaza. Enjoy performances by local artists and discover cultures through food in an eclectic curation of food trucks and small business vendors.
Sat., Oct. 2 Event details 

Japanese Cultural Festival
Live performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities for adults and children, food booths, wine, beer and sake booths all celebrate Japanese culture.
Sun., Oct. 3 Event details

This outdoor community festival brings together some of your favorite Mexican folklórico dance companies for an afternoon of traditional Mexican dance and music.
Sun., Oct 3 Event details

Life is Living Festival, Oakland
This multi-generational, multi-disciplinary festival celebrates and highlights everything that is beautiful about Oakland – the joy, diversity, adversity, and revolutionary spirit that vibrates through the streets of the city.
Fri., Oct. 8  Event details

Italian Heritage Festival, San Francisco
Celebrate all things Italian!
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 8 & 9 Event details 

Dia de los Muertos Fest
Live music & performances, face painters, craft vendors and fun for the whole family!
Sat., Oct. 9 Event details

Family Fall Fest
Celebrate this year’s harvest over yummy eats, art, live shows and a festive kids’ zone all while supporting local and small businesses by shopping small this Fall in this market pop-up.
Sat., Oct. 9  Event details

8th Annual Community Fall Festival
A pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, food means fun and games for all ages!
Sat., Oct. 9 Event details  


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 

Dia de Los Muertos Festival
This traditional Mexican celebration is a day of remembrance in honor of the dead. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death and is a festive and joyous event.
Sat., Oct 16 Event details 

Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival
Come out and celebrate the Bay! Free flu shots, Covid vaccines, pumpkins, kayaking, rock climbing and bike tours will entertain the entire family!
Sat., Oct. 16  Event details

Oktoberfest, Campbell
This award-winning festival is returning to Campbell! With food, crafts, a Kids Zone and of course beer, this is the place to be this weekend!
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 16-17 Event details

Lake Merritt’s Autumn Lights Festival
Prepare to be mesmerized by the illuminated works of art that will light up the night! This fundraiser benefits Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt.
Oct. 14-16 Event details

San Ramon Cultural Community Celebration
Featuring multicultural performances, music, art, children’s activities and food from around the world, this festival celebrates all cultures. Wear attire that represents you!
Sun., Oct. 17 Event details

Alameda County Fair
The county fair is back this year-this year’s theme is “Come Together” and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Oct. 22-31 Event details

San Leandro Water Lantern Festival
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.
Sat., Oct. 23  Event details 

October is Filipino-American History Month, giving you the perfect excuse to nourish your passion for local Filipino culture and community in the most delectable way possible: with crispy, flaky, buttery, deliciously-stuffed, and perfectly-golden LUMPIA!
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 23 & 24  Event details 

2021 Sunnyvale Diwali Festival
This Diwali festival brings arts & Craft, Diya Painting, Henna, Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Halloween Costume Parade, Bollywood & Classical Dance Performances and much more!
Sat., Oct. 30  Event details

Dia de los Muertos Festival
In its 26th year, the  Día de los Muertos festival is a family-friendly event with hundreds of vendors selling traditional Latin American crafts and art, a carnival pop-up with kids’ games/ rides, 25 traditional altars on display and 3 stages.
Sun., Oct. 31 Event details 


Chuseok Korean Festival
In its third year running, this festival is the Bay Area’s largest celebrating Korean culture, cuisine, music, arts and community.
Oct. 20-27 Event details

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