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Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

Tolay Festival 2019

Fall 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.

  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15, 10 am–5 pm

    Art, music, friends and fun to be discovered under the Redwoods of Old Mill Park. Explore the fine works of 135 local and international artists. Our special presentation grove will showcase environmentally themed art and the children’s area will host an eco-aware art activity for kids of all ages. Live music from Gypsy Jazz to Blues and more changes hourly on our main stage. Don’t worry about parking! Take the shuttle or park your bike with MCBC at the Depot downtown and parents get $5 off at the gate. All day music, puppet and storytellers entertain the young ones in the Children’s Grove, emceed by the Blue Fairy. Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors; kids and teachers and students with ID free. Event details.
  • 1st Annual Bay Area Korean Chuseok (Harvest) Festival
    Civic War Parade Ground, Presidio
    Saturday, September 14, 11 am–5 pm

    Celebrate the rich legacy of Korean heritage, culture, and community services. Enjoy Korean food, singers and dancers (traditional and pop), taekwondo demonstrations, traditional games and crafts for all ages, cooking demonstrations and more. Partners include the Korean Center, Inc. and the Korean Consulate General of San Francisco. Location: Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Tam Valley Oktoberfest
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, September 21, 3–9 pm

    Enjoy German music, beer, and food, as well as free family rides and games, including a fun house and a cornhole tourney. Ticket prices are $20 per adult and $10 for kids 1-13 years old. Ticket price includes entry to the fest, the fun house and all the jump houses. Pre-sale tickets available at the TCSD office at 305 Bell Lane. Event website.
  • 2nd Annual San Rafael Porch Fest
    Gerstle Park Neighborhood
    Sunday, September 22, 12–5 pm

    PorchFest is an annual family-friendly music event, hosted in one of San Rafael's Gerstle Park neighborhood. It draws tons of attendees to listen to dozens of different musical acts to playing on porches throughout the neighborhood.  People stroll from porch to porch, mingling with old friends and new, while listening to local Marin County artists. Attendees can fuel up and cool down with gourmet food trucks or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while kids play at Gerstle Park. A New Orleans Marching brass band will open the event, and a diverse set of artists are set to play, including: folk, Americana, gospel, soul, gypsy jazz, blues, Latin, funk, traditional Argentine tango, and children’s music. Event details.
  • San Anselmo Country Fair Day and Parade
    San Anselmo Avenue
    Sunday, September 29, 8 am–3 pm

    This popular community festival showcases our town with a parade, live music, children's activities and street booths populated with San Anselmo-based schools, community groups, artisans and shopkeepers. Enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Downtown fire station, community booths and kids entertainment, a parade down San Anselmo Avenue, food and music, and the 2nd annual, “Cedarsville” in Imagination Park, which will feature a free ferris wheel and giant slide, plus a variety of fun activities including collaborative art projects, a farm stand, and more. Event details
  • ZOOtoberfest 2019
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, October 5, 10 am–5 pm

    Visit San Francisco Zoo & Gardens to welcome our favorite season… FALL! Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from over 1,000 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!For kids AND adults, SF Zoo’s “Zoo Brew Haus” at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of fall-inspired dishes! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance! Zoo admission applies. Event details.
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Harvest Festival
    Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner
    Saturday, October 5, 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: $8 per car. Event details.
  • Oktoberfest
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Sunday, October 6, 11 am–5 pm

    Enjoy fall fun for all that includes a heirloom pumpkin patch, kids activities, live polka music, food and wine and more. Fun for all ages - FREE ADMISSION. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Event details.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Friday, October 11, 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 $15 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, October 12, 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 Boulevard, Fairfax. Event website
  • Weekend Along Farm Trails
    Various Farms, Sonoma County
    Saturday and Sunday, October 12–13, various times

    Meet your farmers & vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food and libations and discover some of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Register for this free event here.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma

    Saturday & Sunday, October 12–13 & 19–20, 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
  • Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
    Northwood Clubhouse. Tahoe Donner
    Saturday, October 12,
    11 am–4 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
  • 4th Annual Harvest Festival
    Trek Winery, Novato
    Sunday, October 13, 2–7 pm

    A full day of live bands, wine, craft beer, a grape stomp and great food vendors! Kids' stomp takes place from 3–3:30 pm—prizes awarded ! Event website
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, October 19–20, 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
  • San Domenico Garden Fair
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, October 12, 11 am–2 pm

    San Domenico School invites you to spend a beautiful fall day with us in our 1 acre-Garden of Hope! This event is open to the public and will be a great time for all ages. We'll have live music by students, a petting zoo, carriage rides, face painting, garden crafts, homemade pizza, and a farmers market with lots of goodies. This event highlights San Domenico's nationally renowned Sustainability Program and showcases the thoughtful work that our students create in the garden. Join us for some good, old-fashioned harvest-day fun! Location: San Domenico Garden of Hope, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. Event details.
  • Oktoberfest Corte Madera
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Saturday, October 12, noon–5 pm

    Enjoy craft brews, local wines, food, and live music at this 25th annual event. Kids' activities include games, races, a bounce house, face painting, crafts, and coloring. Tasting admission $30, non-tasting $10; kids under 12 free with adult admission. Event website
  • Cotati Oktoberfest
    La Plaza Park, Downtown Cotati
    Saturday, October 12, noon–6 pm

    Bring the family to the 13th Annual Cotati Oktoberfest. Free admission, dancing, Authentic German Food, Authentic German Music, Wiener Dog Race, Yodeling Contests, costume contest and more. Location: La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati, Old Redwood Hwy. & W. Sierra Ave. Event details.
  • Fall Harvest Fest
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, October 19, 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: $35 per person advance, $40 at the gate; children 24 months and under are free. Event website
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 19–20, 10 am–4 pm
    The Bay Area Discovery Museum invites you to hoist the anchor, raise a flag, and Set Sail on the Spooky Seas at Goblin Jamboree! Our annual Halloween festival is the perfect way to kick-start your family’s Halloween celebrations with hands-on themed programs, festive activities, and more. Don’t forget your costume! Proceeds from Goblin Jamboree support the Bmuseum’s mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. Admission: $17.95 general, $14.95 members, free for children under 6 months. Event website
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 19 & 26, 2–10 pm

    Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, BBQ ($15/$10 per plate), and more. Put your jack-o-lantern on a pike in the corn field and at sundown it will be lit along with all the others! Admission is $25 or $20 for farm members and includes a pumpkin. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Event website.
  • SuperNatural
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 26, 6:30–9 pm

    Explore the Academy at night and have a spine-chillingly good time with our scientists, specimens, and 40,000 live animals! Show your Halloween spirit and come in costume for fanciful, family-friendly fun—and, of course, trick-or-treating. Purchase ticktes here.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 10 am–3 pm

    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. Zoo admission applies. Event details.
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 27, 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: $9 per child; no charge for adults. Event website.
  • Halloween Sausalito
    Thursday, October 31, 4:15–7 pm
    Downtown Sausalito

    Halloween fun for the entire family. Child-friendly haunted house, parade and trick-or-treat, dog costume contest, Firefighter BBQ and more... Event details.
  • Children's Faire
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Sunday, November 10, 10 am–4 pm

    Are you looking for an amazing event to enjoy with the whole family? Marin Waldorf's annual Children’s Faire is one of the most treasured events in Marin County. Admission is free—all are welcome! Come enjoy magical games, crafts, puppet shows, unique vendors and organic food. Event details
  • Give Thanks to Food Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, November 17, 10 am–2 pm

    Family Farm Days are exciting four-hour programs, 10amX-2pm, featuring a wide variety of activities related to the day's theme. Discover Slide Ranch's feathered, furry and wooly friends with your whole family. Tickets: $35 per person, children 35 months and under free. Purchase tickets and event details here.