Oct 03, 2017 04:03PM
By Elena Hutslar
Smith Family Farm
October 4-31, Mon-Fri, 12-5pm; Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm
Pumpkin Harvest has 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(worth approx. $2-8 of the $12 or $10 admission). It’s a working farm with old equipment and lots of trees. 4430 Sellers Ave, Knightsen, www.smithfamilyfarm.com.
Northern California Renaissance Fair
October weekends through the 16th, 9am-6pm
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.
Pumpkin & Plant Sale
October 8, 10am to 2pm
Celebrate the arrival of autumn! Head on down to The Gardens to pick up some plants and vine-grown pumpkins for the season. Rain or shine. Stock up for your fall planting with many unique plant species. Take a stroll through our hillside pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin (or two) to take home! www.gardenshf.org.
October 14, 11am-5pm
See handmade bikes, visit 60 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 14-15, 9am-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.
(floating pumpkin patch & more)
October 15, 2017, 1-3pm
Don't miss this unique pumpkin picking opportunity. Jump into Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park's first floating pumpkin patch and pick your favorite pumpkin for Halloween. Once you pick your pumpkin, give it a silly face at our pumpkin decorating station and play fun carnival games on deck. Fun for all ages! $12/$10 (dist. res.) for pumpkin wristband. Free for spectators and parent helpers. www.pleasanthillrec.com
Ardenwood Haunted Railroad
Oct 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 27, 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. Advance tickets at www.spcrr.org.
PH Elementary’s Carnoween
October 28, 11am-3pm
Join Pleasant Hill Elementary School for our 63rd annual community Halloween Carnival on October 28th 11:00am - 3pm. This year's fun filled family carnival will be one you don't want to miss with music, inflatables, games, a spooky haunted house, prizes, a bake sale, cotton candy, food provided by local businesses and more! Don't miss the fun! Questions? Email [email protected] or [email protected].
Carnoween is brought to you by the PHE PTA. 2097 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill.
San Francisco’s Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair
October 21, 11am-5pm
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
October 21, 2-5pm, Downtown Martinez
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 27, 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 (we will inspect before distribution). Food and drinks available to purchase 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.
Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular
October 29, 10am-2pm
The 8th 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. Visit creatively themed and decorated car trunks and shops lining downtown Martinez to collect candy and treats in conjunction with the farmers’ market. 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.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
October 28, 11am-3pm
Pumpkins, spiders, and old-fashioned fun! Celebrate this bewitching holiday with festive games and crafts. 11am: roastpumpkin 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 28 & 29, 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 28, 4-8pm
Celebrate the tradition of honoring ancestors with altars, folkloric dance, food, music, and vendors at the Main Street Plaza in downtown Martinez, www.mainstreetmartinez.org.