Don't miss the annual Tolay Fall Festival this weekend at Tolay Lake Regional Park near Petaluma.
Please keep in mind that due to the current wildfires in the North Bay events in Sonoma County may be cancelled or rescheduled; check with the organizer before attending.
Halloween Pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are open—see our list here.
Friday, October 13
- Mill Valley Film Festival
Friday–Sunday, various times
The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival features a variety of fantastic family films from around the world. Location: various theaters within Marin. For a complete listing of films, visit their website here.
- Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
Friday–Sunday, 9 am
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
- The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm
Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
- Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
- Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
550 Stony Point Road
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
- McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
- Halloween Harvest Festival
Friday, 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.
- Family Film Night: Beauty and the Beast
Presidio YMCA, San Francisco
Friday, 5:30–9 pm
Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the great outdoors! Activities: 5:30 pm-Food trucks, bubbles, face painting, 6:30 pm: cartoon shorts, 7 pm: Beauty and the Beast. Location: Presidio Community YMCA, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- KidsFest at the Zoo 2017
San Francisco Zoo
Friday, 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.
- Campfire Program
Friday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Come out and join us for our inaugural Campfire Program event at the historic Petaluma Adobe! There will be a short talk, campfire songs and of course, a marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge. Park in the main lot and walk up to the courtyard area. Location: Petaluma Adobe, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma . For more info, visit their website.
- College of Marin Drama Department presents: The Little Prince
James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield
Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
Perfect for all ages! Bring the family to see The College of Marin Drama Department's, The Little Prince. Young and old alike will love this heartwarming, classic tale by Antoine de St. Exupéry. Journey alongside the Little Prince through the desert and outer space, while he encounters marvelous celestial beings! Don’t miss this delightful story that encourages audiences of all ages to rediscover their dreams and the wonders that are all around them! Pay-What-You-Will Preview performance is on Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets: $20 General; $15 Seniors; $10 COM Students, Employees, Alumni, Retirees, and Youth. Purchase tickets here.
Saturday, October 14
- Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
Saturday & Sunday (various times)
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event website.
- Weekend Along the Farm Trails
Sonoma County Farms
Saturday & Sunday, 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.
- Leap Sandcastle Classic
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Saturday, 8 am–4 pm
This year marks the 35th annual year of the Sandcastle Classic, the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California.Teams typically comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students. Enjoy food trucks and live performances, too. For more info, visit their website.
- Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
Saturday & Sunday, 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.
- Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone's first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Activities include: pumpkin patch, lawn games, face painting + games for the kiddos by Popo The Clown, food for purchase, live music and more. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
- Harvest Celebration Family Farm Day
Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
Saturday, 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Bon Air Invitational Car Show
Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area have been invited to show at Bon Air Center’s car show. The event is free to the public. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Fun for the entire family. Enjoy “Harvest Hallow”, San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Enjoy “Zoo Brew Haus” for a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. Don't miss the sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. For more info, visit their website.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
Children's Fairyland, Oakland
Saturday, 10 am and Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am
Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. For children 6 months to 3 years. Tickets $15; free for under 6 months. Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
- Junior Chef Classes: American Girl™ Halloween Party
Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am
Hot dog “mummies” and cheese twist “bones,” oh, my! Learn how to make some Halloween-themed treats, both savory and sweet, so you can throw the scariest party on the block. We promise, you and your friends will have a spine-tingling good time! Cost: $30 per child includes a copy of American Girl Parties
Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
- Pixie Park Open House
Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
- Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival
Western Railway Museum, Suisuin City
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore our huge hay bale fortress, and spend a great day at the Pumpkin Patch! At the Pumpkin Patch, you can purchase your pumpkins, as well as snacks, drinks and other home-made specialties. Additional activities are included in your ticket price, such as tractor rides and the giant hay bale fortress! Pumpkin patch trains run on the half-hour from 10 am–4 pm. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 seniors over 65, $10 children 2–14. For more info, visit their website.
- Make an Edible Halloween Haunted House
Cake Art, San Rafael
Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
Join the fun as we use icing bags, fondant cutouts, sprinkles, lay-ons, and candy to decorate cupcakes in pumpkin and ghoulish designs. Minimum age 8. Cost: $60. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The Osher Studio, Berkeley
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- The Big Draw Festival
Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum October 14 to celebrate The Big Draw—the world’s largest drawing festival! Enjoy family friendly drawing activities and free museum admission. Location: 104 Montgomery Street, Presidio, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Tahoe Donner Fall Festival
Northwood Clubhouse, Tahoe Donner
Saturday, 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.
Fair Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
Saturday, 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.
- Harvest Festival/Music in the Park 2017
Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley
Saturday, 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.