Kids Events October 2017

Silicon Valley

Diwali: Festival of the Lights. Oct. 7-8. Guests will be inspired by watching a Rangoli design and then expressing their own creativity with hands-on art activities at the Children’s Discovery Museum. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Included with admission of $15, under 1 FREE. San Jose.

Pumpkins in the Park. Oct. 14. This is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. Activities include a pumpkin patch, costume swap, costume parade, hay bale maze, food and more. FREE. San Jose.

Little Pumpkin Party. Oct. 22. Enjoy a low-key, old-fashioned pumpkin party – pick out some pumpkins, press sweet fresh apple cider, plump the scarecrows with straw, and meet the Autumn Garden Fairy. Registration required. $15. Los Altos Hills

Howl-o-ween Family Sleep Over. Oct. 28-29. Enjoy the Happy Hallow Park and Zoo after dark with trick-or-treating, live animal encounters and breakfast the next morning. Bring your tent to sleep in the Crooked Meadow or indoors in the Learning LODGE. $63. San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Fleet Week. Through Oct. 9. Among the highlights is the air show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds and others. Visitors are also invited to climb aboard amphibious carriers, destroyers and cruisers docked at Embarcadero as part of the Parade of Ships. Check website for costs. San Francisco.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Oct. 14-15. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, four stages of live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods and expert pumpkin carving. FREE. Half Moon Bay.

Potrero Hill Festival. Oct. 21. Enjoy local food vendors, artists, musicians, historians, home-grown entertainment, kids’ games and more. FREE. San Francisco.

Halloween Hoopla. Oct. 29. The 7th Annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults, a pumpkin patch and a costume parade. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay

Bay Area Mural Festival. Oct. 8. The Richmond Art Center, California Arts Council and La Peña Cultural Center will present this second annual event bringing together 10 master muralists and two youth groups to paint 10 environmentally themed murals. 1-5pm. FREE. 

Oktoberfest. Oct. 14. Join Walnut Creek to recreate the beloved German fall celebration with a pumpkin patch, harvest-themed arts and crafts, live music and, of course, beer for grownups! 11am-6pm. FREE. Walnut Creek.

Mini Maker Faire. Oct. 22. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, handmade crafts and educational workshops and installations. 10am-5pm. $17 adults, $13 ages 4-18, under 3 FREE. Oakland. 

Boo at the Zoo. Oct. 28-29. Come to the zoo's annual Halloween event to join the costume parade, ride the spooky Boo Train, get your face painted, collect yummy treats, make treats for the animals and see how they celebrate Halloween. 10am-3pm. $22 ages 15-64, $18 ages 2-14 and seniors, members and under 2 FREE. Oakland.

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