As summer days start to wind down and we get ready to swap the kids’ swimsuits for sweaters and lemonade for apple cider, fall festivals are starting to heat up! This year, festivals are back with a revenge and we’ve got you covered up and down the Bay. The pickings are yours—stay safe and have fun! 

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. Stay safe!

San Francisco

Autumn Moon Festival
The sponsors of this festival promise nonstop entertainment to commemorate the coming of the Autumn moon and with mooncakes, lion dances, food and live music...they just might accomplish it! 
Sat., Sep. 11 Event details 

The 66th Annual North Beach Festival
Considered one of the country’s original street fairs, revelers will enjoy arts, crafts, fine food and drink and live entertainment across multiple stages.
Sat.-Sun., Sep. 18-19 Event details 

26th Annual Sunset Community Festival
Sunset locals celebrate diversity this weekend at this community festival with a Kids Zone with face painting and balloon animals. Delicious local bites and a pop-up Sunset Mercantile marketplace will also be on hand along with live music and dance groups.
Sat., Sep. 25 Event details

East Bay

Hawaiian Fall Bash, Newark
Celebrate all things Hawaii, stateside! Featuring Amy Hanaiali'i, special guest musicians, Hula Halaus, food and craft vendors and more!
Sat., Sep. 4 Event details 

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, Pleasanton
It's time for the gathering! Scottish country and Irish dancing, folk singers, heavy athletics (we gotta see this) and more all gather together for a full day's festivities.
Sat., Sep. 4  Event details

Oakland Pride Celebration 
It’s pride time in Oakland! Celebrate pride with a parade followed by a festival—come show your pride.
Sun., Sep. 12 Event details

The Walnut Festival, Walnut Creek
A kid zone, arts and crafts, carnival rides, gourmet food and a craft beer garden means this festival has something for everyone!
Thurs.-Sun., Sep. 23-26 Event details

Musical Fiesta with Mariachi San Francisco
Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance by Mariachi San Francisco. Learn about mariachi music, various instruments, the songs and the traditional costumes. Historically, mariachi ensembles were made up of all male musicians, but Mariachi San Francisco is a unique 10-piece ensemble composed of male and female musicians.
Sat., Sep. 25 Event details 

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South Bay/Peninsula

Belmont Greek Festival
This year's festival is limited to a drive-thru pick up of hot and fresh gyros and loukoumades but they will melt in your mouth and heart until it is time for an all out celebration to resume next year. Opa!
Sat., Sep. 4 Event details 

Silicon Valley Day N Night Fest, Cupertino
This annual, multicultural community festival is a family-oriented event full of games, education, music, entertainment and food for all. There is no entrance fee and parking is free at De Anza College. Come and party away!
Sat., Sep. 11 Event details 

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival 
The pint-sized edition of this festival is back—while pre-sale tickets are officially sold out, walk-ins will be allowed as space allows so get there early!
Sat., Sep. 11  Event details

Chile, Mole, Pozole      San Jose
This celebration of Mexican Independence Day will bring about dancing, art and of course… chile, mole and pozole from unique family recipes! 
Sun., Sep. 12  Event details

Oktoberfest, Redwood City
Downtown Redwood City's Oktoberfest extravaganza offers authentically delicious German food, featuring pretzels and brats, along with enticingly cold beer. Advanced tickets required.
Sep. 16-26 Event details

Mid-Autumn Festival, Millbrae
中秋節, or mid-autumn is here! Bring the whole family for noodles, live music, milk tea and of course moon cakes.
Sat., Sep. 18  Event details 

3rd Annual Harvest History Festival, Mountain View
Heritage Park is host to this festival which celebrates our valley's rich history and past. Tour the gardens, sample harvest bounty, enjoy children's activities and art projects, live music, puppet show and bubble entertainment.
Sat., Sep.18  Event details 

Santa Cruz Mountain SOL Festival
A full line up each day will entertain music lovers. All 2020 tickets will be honored - consider taking public transportation or carpooling to reduce traffic.
Sat. & Sun., Sep. 18-19  Event details 

Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has all-day free concerts on two stages and entertainment for children all weekend in the Kidzone. The distinctive works of artists and craftspeople from more than a dozen states will be showcased as well as select vintages from local wineries. A variety of delicious food and sweets will also be available for purchase.
Sat. & Sun., Sep. 25-26 Event details 

Summer's End Music Festival
With live music and dance performances, face painting, caricatures and an inflatable obstacle course, this festival will surely end summer out with a bang!
Sat., Sep 25 Event details 


Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
In addition to art and music, a treasure hunt and kids' clay mask making activity, the Blue Fairy will make an appearance! Save on pre-paid tickets online.
Sat., Sep. 18  Event details

Treasure Fest Celebrates 10 Years
Over 250 exhibitors will be offering unique wares such as upcycled furniture, clothes, jewelry and art. Delicious ethnic food and sounds from up and coming Bay area indie artists will round out the weekend
Sat. & Sun., Sep. 18-19  Event details 

Cotati Accordion Fest
This two day multi-generational event will feature a vast array of old favorites from virtuosos like Cory Pesaturo to the creativity of Sourdough Slim and new main stage surprises like Sergei Teleshev and his daughter Maria to the likes of Junk Parlor, Hernandez Hideaway and Nathan and Jessie.
Sat., & Sun., Sep. 25-26 Event details 


Oktoberfest Mill Valley
Get out your dirndl and lederhosen and make plans to meet us at the Tam Valley Community Center parking lot for live music, dancing, games, food, amusements and beer.
Sat., Sep. 25 Event details


Not quite ready to brave the crowds? No problem. Check out the following virtual festivals which means you don't have to deal with lines, parking and dropped ice cream cones. 

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Missing the Islands? Grab an umbrella drink and enjoy hula dance and music in this live presentation from your home until its time to go back to the islands for a visit! 
Sun., Sep. 12  Event details

Fiesta De Independencia Virtua
A kick off to Latino Heritage month, this year's celebration is virtual and will include dance performances and mariachi bands—be sure to tune in live!
Sun., Sept. 12 Event details 

—Christine Lai

featured photo: Pepperdine University


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