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.

  • Blackie's Hay Day 2017
    Saturday, September 23, 10 am–4 pm
    Blackie's Hay Day has become a community tradition that families look forward to every year. Designed for children of all ages, Blackie's Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more. General Admission $10. Children under two are free. Event website.
  • 2017 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
    Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, September 23, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, September 24, 10 am– 4 pm

    The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include blessing of the grapes, reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, firefighters' water fight, family grape stomp, parade, kids carnival, tiny tacks race, and more. Event website.
  • Tam Valley Oktoberfest
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, September 23, 3–9 pm
    Enjoy German music, beer, and food, as well as free family rides and games. Tickets: $15, $10 ages 1–10. Event website.
  • Country Fair Day
    San Anselmo
    Sunday, September 24, 7 am–3 pm

    Bring your family for some old-fashioned fun at this year's Country Fair Day. There will be a pancake breakfast, 7:00 am -11:00 am at the Downtown Fire Station, parade down San Anselmo Avenue at 11 am and kids entertainment,10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Enter your pie, cookies, and/or cupcakes into a contest that will be judged not only on taste, but also creative ingenuity! All ages are invited! Event website.
  • The 7th Annual Marina Family Fest
    Marina Green, San Francisco
    Sunday, September 24, 11 am–4 pm
    This year’s Marina Family Fest features a multitude of attractions including bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, a petting zoo, climbing wall, craft booths, and more for the kids. Gourmet food trucks, beer and wine garden, makeovers from Bare Minerals, local vendor booths, demonstrations by SFPD’s tactical team, fireboat display from SFFD and more for the whole family to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public but you must purchase tickets or a wristband for your kids to enjoy the kid-focused attractions such as the petting zoo, bounce houses, and climbing wall. Event website.
  • San Domenico School Garden Faire
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, October 7, 11 am–2 pm

    Enjoy a family-friendly community fun day for all ages. There will be craft & games, live music, farmers' market, eco-exhibits and gourmet foods. Event website.
  • HeadsUp Carnival
    San Rafael High School
    Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    We're back to school, apples are ripening, and it's time again for the HeadsUp Carnival! We'll have all the usual attractions: live music performed by our students (and few a parents and teachers too), carnival games, BBQ, papusas, jumpies, the cake walk, and much, much more, all on the beautiful San Rafael High School campus. Event website.
  • Marin Waldorf School Children's Faire
    San Rafael
    Sunday, October 8, 10 am–4 pm

    Enjoy a magical experience with your children at the Marin Waldorf School Children's Faire. Experience the Mermaid's Lagoon, Knights Quest, Hero's Maze, Sleeping Giant, the Cake Walk, crafting at the Viking Booth, music, vendors, and more! Free admission; all ages welcome.Complementary shuttle from the Lucas Valley Park & Ride. Event website.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, October 14, 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.
  • 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.
  • Weekend Along the Farm Trails
    Sonoma County Farms
    October 14 & 15, check website for times

    Sonoma County farmers will open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm in October 2017. Most of the stops are free. Come learn how to milk a cow, meet your farmers & vintners, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, cuddle baby animals, take a hay ride, glean a farm, watch honey bees make honey, sample delicious food and discover some of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Register for free and a map here.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    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.
  • Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival at Kunde
    Kunde Winery, Kenwood
    Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 10:30 am–5 pm

    Come see giant pumpkins on display at the annual Kunde Family Estate Giant Pumpkin Festival! Cash prizes will be presented for the overall heaviest pumpkins. Other attractions will include junior pumpkin decorating, face painting, professional pumpkin carving, wines by the glass, food trucks, and delicious pumpkin de sserts! Fun for all ages! Location: 9825 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Faire
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Sunday, October 15, 10 am–4 pm

    Come enjoy a magical experience with your children at the Marin Waldorf School Children's Faire. The Mermaid's Lagoon, Knights Quest, Hero's Maze, Sleeping Giant, the Cake Walk, crafting at the Viking Booth, music, vendors, and much more make ours the most loved and unique faire in Marin. Free admission-all ages welcome. For more info, visit their 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.
  • 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.