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Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

Tolay Fall Festival 2018

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.

  • Blackie's Hay Day
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Saturday, September 28, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for an old-fashioned fall festival. Enjoy a petting zoo, jumpy houses, carival gaems, tot town, gold mining, live entertainment, bake off, pizza & food trucks, beer and wine tents and more. This is a benefit for the childrens and teen programs for the Belvedere Tiburon Library. Tickets: $15 admission, children under 2 are free. Activitity tickets $1 each, unlimited bracelet $50 per person. 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.
  • San Anselmo Country Fair Day and Parade
    San Anselmo Avenue
    Sunday, September 30, 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
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 5–7 & 12–14
    Bring the entire family to the annual Harvest Fest celebration! Taking place on October 5-7 and 12-14 this year the event will also be paired with Halloween themed happenings. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with events like our apple bobbing contest, fishing derby, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and more. Event details
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Friday, October 12, 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
  • Weekend Along Farm Trails
    Various Farms, Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, October 13–14, 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 & libations and discover some of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Register for this free event here.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, October 13–14, 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
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Harvest Festival
    Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner
    Saturday, October 13, 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. Event details
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma

    Saturday & Sunday, October 13–14 & 20–21, 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
  • Biketoberfest
    Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, October 13, 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
  • Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
    Northwood Clubhouse. Tahoe Donner
    Saturday, October 13, 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
    Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley

    Saturday, October 13, 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
  • Oktoberfest Corte Madera
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Saturday, October 13, noon–5 pm

    Enjoy craft brews, local wines, food, and live music at this 24th 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 13, noon–6 pm

    Bring the family to the 12th 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.
  • Harvest Festival
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, October 20, 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. Event website
  • 2nd Annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, October 20–21, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the family to the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch. There will be live music by The Bloodstones from 12 pm-3 pm both days, food, beer, hay bale pyramid and maze, kids arts, crafts, face painting, games, and lots of pumpkins. Succulent pumpkin centerpiece workshop (on Saturday, 10/20). Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Event details.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 20–21, 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
  • Oktoberfest
    Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday, October 20, 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: $50 each. Event website
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 20 & 27, 2–10 pm

    Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, BBQ ($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 $20 or $15 for farm members and includes a pumpkin. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Event website
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 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 Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, October 27, 10 am–2 pm

    The ranch will host special tricks and treats during Slide Ranch’s Halloween Family Farm Day. Activities may include making costumes with recycled materials, face painting, taking a spooky tour of the Slide Ranch garden, investigating worm compost, and cooking up some tasty treats in the outdoor kitchen. Visitors will get a chance to practice trick or treating around the ranch. Costumes are welcome and encouraged! Tickets: $35 per person, children 35 months and under are free. Purchase tickets and event details here.
  • 2018 Boo Fest
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, October 27, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Bring the family to the Corte Madera Larkspur Mother's Club 2018 Boo Fest (open to the public). Enjoy Tricks & Treats (including two bounce houses), magic show, pizza, wine and beer. Cost: CMLMC Members $30/family (RSVP by 10/19) or $40/family at the door. Non-member families: $40/family (RSVP by 10/19) or $50/family at the door. All-inclusive event cost per family, including pizza, adult beverages and children's entertainment! Bring cash to pay at door upon arrival. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Event details.
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 28, 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
  • 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, 10am-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.

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