Oct 03, 2016 06:22PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Photos by Susan Wood
Smith Family Farm
October hours: M-F, 12-5pm; Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm
Pumpkin Harvest is an old-fashioned pumpkin patch that features a hayride, music show, barnyard animal area, food vendors on weekends, herb garden, observation beehive, and a children's corn maze. Your pumpkin is included in the admission, and they're worth approx. $2-8 of the $12 or $10 admission. It's on a working farm with old equipment and lots of trees. 4430 Sellers Ave, Brentwood, www.smithfamilyfarm.com.
Northern California Renaissance Fair
October 1 -16
Watch knights joust on noble steeds, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop 200 artisan and food-purveyor stalls, and see children delight in games and activities. Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass, Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister. Age 12 and under, free. Tickets and more information: www.norcalrenfaire.com.
Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Picking
October 9, 11am to 3pm
Celebrate autumn at a family-friendly event with live music, food trucks, fun for kids, and other seasonal activities at The Gardens at Heather Farm on Sunday, $6 at the door. www.gardenshf.org.
Treasure Island Music Festival
Enjoy 25 bands playing indie-rock and electronic dance music, interactive art installations, and roaming performers in a beautiful setting, with free shuttle from Civic Auditorium. www.treasureislandfestival.com.
October 15, 11am-5pm
See handmade bikes, visit 70 exhibitors, take a bike ride, buy a ticket to taste 35 handcrafted beers, and hear live music at Biketoberfest in Fairfax. Free. Fair-Anselm Plaza, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax, www.biketoberfestmarin.com.
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
October 15–16, 9am to 5pm
Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of California, and it defends its reputation every year with this ultimate harvest festival. From the delicious pumpkin pancakes and ice cream to the famous parade and pumpkin weigh-off, this is the place to be in October. Tip: Go early to avoid the truly scary traffic, and stop at a pumpkin patch on the way home. Main Street, Half Moon Bay, pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com.
Harvest Festival and Haunted Mansion
Oct. 21, 6-10pm, and Oct. 22, 4:30-9:30pm
Every year, the McKinley community comes together to create a two-night Halloween extravaganza! This legendary festival is our largest community-building event of the year and attracts families from all over the Peninsula! The Harvest Festival is known for its legendary haunted mansion and outstanding food, music, and games. The auction, arts and crafts, rides, and prize drawing can’t be beat! McKinley Elementary School, 701 Paloma Ave, Burlingame, www.mckinleyharvestfest.com.
Ardenwood Haunted Railroad
Oct 21,22,23 & 28,29,30, 7-9:30pm, 7-9pm Sundays
Climb aboard the train for a frightfully fun ride through the dark forests of Ardenwood. The entire family will enjoy the ghoulishly fun round-trip ride on the haunted rails of the Ghost Train. Presented by the Railroad Museum at Ardenwood. Adults (13yrs+) $7, kids 3-12yrs., $5, Under 3yrs, free. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont. www.spcrr.org.
Pleasant Hill Elementary’s Carnoween
October 22, 10:30am-3pm
There will be a costume parade, games, entertainment, and food provided by Slowhand BBQ, Green Lantern Catering and KettlePop. NEW THIS YEAR: new games, two inflatables, additional vendors, a spooky candy bar, and the resurrection of the Haunted House! 2097 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill.
October 22, 11am-5pm
San Francisco's 4th Annual Wharf Fest
Featuring live music, street performers, craft and food vendors, a chowder contest, kids’ rides, Segway obstacle course, rock climbing walls, and even a mechanical bull on Embarcadero from Jefferson to Taylor. Free. $15 tickets for Chowder Contest. www.WharfFest.com.
Zombie Brew Crawl
Downtown Martinez, October 22, 2:30-5:30pm. Zombie costumes are optional, however, there will be prizes awarded for the best individual costume as well as the best group costume. After the beer crawl, visit one of the downtown restaurants for dinner. Free shuttles to and from the North Concord BART station will be available. First shuttle leaves BART at 1:30pm; last shuttle leaves Martinez at 9pm. Shuttle stop is at Creek Monkey Tap House, 611 Escobar St.
Trunk or Treat
October 28, 6-8pm
Bring the whole family in costume and enjoy collecting candy, going from trunk to trunk of decorated vehicles. Crafts, activities and a goodie bag for each child. Don’t want to trick or treat? Register your decorated vehicle for a chance to win a great prize and bring two large bags of store-bought candy (will be inspected before distribution). Hot dogs and drinks available for $1 support the Pleasant Hill Teen Center. FREE for Trick-or-Treaters, donations appreciated. Pleasant Hill Park Parking Lot, 147 Gregory Lane.
Register your vehicle at www.pleasanthillrec.com. Trunk Entry Fee: $5.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
October 30, 11am-3pm
Pumpkins, spiders, and old-fashioned fun! Celebrate this bewitching holiday with festive games and crafts. 11am roasting pumpkin seeds in a wood-burning stove; Noon apple cider pressing; 1pm Halloween crafts; 2pm Halloween games. This is a drop-in program, no registration required. Ardenwood admission fee applies. 4600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood.
Boo at the Zoo
October 29 & 30, 10am-3pm
Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland. For more information: (510) 632-9525 or www.oaklandzoo.org.
Dia de los Muertos
October 29, 2-8pm
Festival of Altars, celebrating the tradition of honoring ancestors with altars, folkloric dance, food, music and vendors at the Main Street Plaza in downtown Martinez, www.mainstreetmartinez.org.Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
October 30, 10am-2pm
The 7th annual Trunk or Treat Main Street Martinez & Cooperative Center FCU invites you to a SAFE, FUN, and FREE Halloween Spooktacular! Local businesses and residents provide a safe place to enjoy Halloween festivities. Instead of walking house to house, visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks and shops lining downtown Martinez to collect candy and treats. The Trunk or Treat will happen in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market, on the 600 and 700 blocks of Main St, and the 500, 800, and 900 blocks will be filled with Trunk or Treat cars. Many stores throughout the downtown will be open and handing out treats. Treat bags and maps will be handed out to Trunk or Treaters in the Main Street Plaza, adjacent to Starbucks on Main St. Face painting in the plaza provided by the City of Martinez Parks & Recreation Department.