Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

August 21, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchFall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and beyond. Find a family-friendly fall festival, fair or Oktoberfest to celebrate the season. We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, October 13, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $16 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.
  • KidsFest at the Zoo 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday, October 13, 6–8 pm

    The most popular family event at the San Francisco Zoo, KidsFest returns! Exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, face painting, fun activities and crafts. Complimentary food, beverages and parking. Tickets: Adult $30, Child under 10 years $20 and Child under 3 Free. Purchase tickets here.
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Harvest Festival
    Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner
    Saturday, October 14, 10 am–5 pm

    Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of apple picking in the
    orchard, where we'll gently harvest fruit from these historic trees while enjoying Eastern European singing with Kedry. Next are the windmill turning and Russian bell ringing.The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th-century Russian settlement. Admission: $20 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
    Northwood Clubhouse. Tahoe Donner
    Saturday, October 14, 11 am–5 pm

    The Tahoe Donner Fall Festival is one of our biggest events of the year! There’s something for everyone, from arts and craft vendors, the annual doggie dip, seasonal beer offerings, pumpkin patch, a carnival area for kids with arts, crafts, games and food, and much more! Admission charge applies. Read about our visit here. Event website.
  • Harvest Festival/Music in the Park 2017
    Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley

    Saturday, October 14, 11 am–4 pm
    This free event will celebrate the harvest season with foods grown, harvested, and prepared, live music and a Kids Zone. Location: 1300 Rose Street, Berkeley. Event website.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, October 14–15, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, contests, pumpkin carving, and more. Admission is free. Event website.
  • Harvest Celebration Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch
    Saturday, October 14, 10 am–4 pm

    A mini version of the Slide Ranch beloved fall festival celebration event! Join us for a fun filled day of your favorite Slide Ranch classics like milking our goats, feeding our chickens, cooking, eating, exploring and playing - all with the added fun of some special activities to top off this exciting day - but without the crowds of the larger event from past years. Fee: $30 per person; children 35 months and under are free. Please select the quantity of tickets you'd like to purchase before adding to cart. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tolay Fall Festival (Cancelled)
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, October 14–15 & 12–22, 11 am–5 pm
    The Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway. In addition to pumpkins, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Parking $7. Event website.
  • Lagunitas Fall Music Fest
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, October 21, 1–6 pm
    This annual community music festival supports the Lagunitas Public School District’s Montessori Program and features area performers and youth bands, fun kid's activities, great food, and arts and crafts. Free admission. Food and games available for purchase.  Location: 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. Event website.
  • Annual Corte Madera Larkspur Mothers Club Halloween Boo-Fest
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, October 21, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Grab your mask, a wand, or broom and join CMLMC for a frightfully fabulous, fun-filled event with other families from our local community. Admission: $40 per family/at door for CMLMC members, $50 per family/at door for non-members. There is a $10 discount if you purchase tickets before 10/19. All-inclusive event (including food and adult beverages!). Please bring cash to pay at door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 21–22, 10 am–4 pm
    Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the museum as it’s transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, kid-sized hay maze, live entertainment, and more. Admission: $17.95 general, $14.95 members, free for children under 6 months. Event website.
  • Petaluma Mothers Club Fall Carnival
    Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 21, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the entire family to the annual Fall Carnival! This event is open to all. Admission is FREE, with tickets available for purchase that can be used for a variety of games, amusements and concessions. Location: 800 Riesling Rd, Petaluma. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Oktoberfest 2017
    Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday, October 21, 5:30–9:30 pm
    This traditional October celebration features live polka music and dance lessons, and a dinner of traditional Oktoberfest fare, like brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, and more. And it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without pretzels and beer, served up at the Rotary’s no-host bar. Tickets are $50 each. Event website.
  • Halloween Festival
    Saint Raphael School, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 28, 12–4 pm
    Bring the family for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, a haunted house, and frightening food. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Event website.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 28, 2–10 pm

    Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, a corn maze, BBQ ($10 per plate) and more. Admission is $20. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets. If you're interested in going, get your tickets soon—this event often sells out early.
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 29, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Come in costume to celebrate All Hallows Eve with other wizards, witches, fairies, astronauts, and cartoon characters. Play carnival games, bounce in the jump house, enjoy the candy and prize hunt and costume parade! Fee: $8 per child; no charge for adults. Event website.
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, November 4, 11 am–5 pm

    Biketoberfest is a free celebration of bikes, music, food and family fun – and a stellar brewfest! This fun-filled celebration is for everyone, including commuters, roadies, mountain bikers, BMXers, fixies, cargo-carriers, e-bikers, touring aficionados and even the bike-curious! Location: 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. Event website.