Kids Events October 2018
Harvest Faire & Steam Festival. Oct. 6-7. View steam-generated displays and gadgets that showcase the creativity and imagination of inventors, tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. Engage in heritage activities such as gold panning, candle making, or scarecrow making. Ride the steam train through redwood forests to Bear Mountain. Children with a train ticket may select and take home a pumpkin. $22-29 for train, festival is FREE. Felton.
Bay Area Diwali Festival. Oct. 13.The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual festival showcasing multicultural music, dance, arts and crafts and food. FREE. Cupertino.
Oktoberfest. Oct. 20-21. Enjoy German food, crafts, musicians, a kids zone and more in downtown Campbell. FREE. Campbell.
Halloween Party. Oct. 26-27. Travel on an enchanted trail at Hidden Villa, collecting treats and encountering weird and wacky characters along the way. At the end of the journey, enjoy hot cider, treats and good fun entertainment featuring a professional magician. For ages 4-12. $25. Los Altos Hills.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Fleet Week. Oct. 5-7. Meet and greet the Blue Angels pilots and enjoy amazing air shows, interactive military exhibits, and free live performances from military and local bands. Events will take place at Pier 39 and Marina Green. FREE or purchase tickets for premium air show viewing. San Francisco.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Oct. 13-14. It features gigantic championship pumpkins, four stages of entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, expert carver Peter Hazel carving a 10,000-plus-pound pumpkin, pie-eating and costume contests and more. FREE. Half Moon Bay.
Potrero Hill Festival. Oct. 20. This event features food, crafts and entertainment from local bands and performers; a youth stage and a kids’ zone with rides, bounce houses, a street train, a talent show and a wrecking ball. San Francisco. FREE.
Halloween Kids' Carnival and Helicopter Pumpkin Drop. Oct. 28. Join a flying witch for a celebration of flight and fright at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Come in costume and play creepy carnival games to earn prizes. Watch the witch fly up in a helicopter and splat a pumpkin below. Included with admission: $18 adults, $11 youths 5-17, under 5 FREE. San Carlos.
Art, Wine & Music Festival. Oct. 7. Enjoy a weekend of free live music, an expanded entertainment area for children, arts and craft vendors and beverages for all ages. 11am-6pm. FREE. Downtown Pleasant Hill.
Harvest Festival. Oct. 14. Have some old-time country fun bringing in this year’s crop of corn and enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, the pumpkin patch, music and crafts. Bring your own bag for the Indian corn and popcorn harvest. 10am-4pm. $10 adults, $6 ages 4-17, under 4 FREE. Fremont.
Oktoberfest. Oct. 20. Recreate the beloved German fall celebration with dancing, harvest-themed arts and crafts, live music and, of course, beer for grownups! 11am-6pm. FREE. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-933-6778. walnutcreekdowntown.com.
Pleasanton Harvest Festival. Oct. 26-28. Shop and play at this huge arts and crafts show featuring kids’ activities, live music and handmade gifts. Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. $9 adults, $4 ages 13-17, ages 12 and under FREE. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. harvestfestival.com/pleasanton.html.