15 Best Fall Festivals With Kids Around San Francisco

Tolay Fall Festival

Besides hayrides to the pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkin for Halloween, activities include a visit to a Native America Village replica, wool carding, and candle dipping. Kids will have a chance to visit the Nighttime Creatures Barn with exhibits of birds of prey, snakes and tide pool animals as well as taxidermy wildlife. The Creepy Crawly Room will have the kids amazed at tarantulas and scorpions that glow under black lighting. Gunnysack races, a straw maze and a petting zoo, archery fly-fishing and astronomy hands-on demos are also included. Either bring your own picnic to enjoy in the park or buy meals and dessert treats from local vendors.

Where: Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Lakeville Highway, at the end of Cannon Lane.

When: October 14th – 15th and 21st – 22nd, 2017, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 for children 12 and under. All activities inside the grounds are free. Parking $7 per car.

Phone: 707-565-2041

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

This year is the 47th annual festival. There will be amazing goodies to choose from here with 250 art and crafts booths and plenty to inspire kids imaginations for their own arts and crafts. There will be a costume contest for everyone from kids to grandparents, the Great Pumpkin Parade of the heaviest pumpkins, pie eating contests, and Farmer Mike’s pumpkin carving. There will be three entertainment stages with The Megatones, Pamela Rose and Coastside Groove, Urban Outlaws and Apple Z headlining. Kids will be thrilled by the Haunted Johnson Barn and will have plenty of activities to keep them occupied.

Where: Main Street, Half Moon Bay.

When: October 14th and 15th, 2017, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cost: Free

Phone: 650-726-9652

Potrero Hill Festival

Potrero Hill residents are proud of their quiet neighborhood that hugs the curves of the eastern hills of the city. They invite visitors to join them for their festival with a view of the Financial District and the San Francisco Bay. There will be over 100 vendors and non-profit organizations with arts, crafts and general merchandise. Look forward to live music from some up and coming entertainers in the area and Snack on the Hill will have a variety of food supplied from restaurants in the area. The Kid Zone will have a petting zoo, games, rides and bouncy houses, and other activities suitable for all ages.

Where: 20th Street, Potrero

When: October 21th, 2017, Saturday – 11 am to 4 pm.

Cost: Free entry. Small charge for some activities.

Email: potrerofestival@gmail.com

Oktoberfest by the Bay

This festival is open to kids during the day on Saturday and Sunday. The 2-piece Chico Bavarian Band will be headlining the stage. It’s loads of fun for kids to enjoy the entertainment and dancing and of course the food. Beer is reserved for adults only! The food and desserts available vary from $3 to $12. Beer and Wine are $6. The evening sessions are adults only. Oktoberfest started in 1810 as a celebration of a royal wedding, when the whole of Bavaria celebrated and has continued as a great fall festival. Incidentally, you are welcome to come dressed in traditional Bavarian costume for the festival.

Where: Pier 48, San Francisco.

When: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, from 5 pm – 12 am.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, from 11 am – 5 pm, and then from 6 pm – 12 am.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017, from 11 am – 6 pm.

Cost: Kids 12 and under are free, kids (13-18) $5, Adults $25. Tickets available online through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-by-the-bay-2017-tickets-36074660280?aff=es2).

McKinley Harvest Festival

This festival is great fun for the whole family and attracts visitors from around the Bay area. The school is transformed for two nights, so dress up in costume, and come down to enjoy the legendary haunted mansion. Great food, games, and activities for the kiddies as well as music make for an evening of fun. There will be an array of games (with prizes) and activities that include a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping trampoline, go-cart racing, spider mountain, and a huge inflatable double slide. Great food and a kid-friendly DJ will make for a fun evening. Younger kids can enjoy the arts and crafts, face painting, and Little Boo’s haunted playground. Oh, and don’t miss the Sweet Shoppe.

Where: McKinley Elementary School, 701 Paloma Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

When: October 27th and 28th, 2017, Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday – 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Cost: Free entry. These are the advanced purchase ticket options:

OPTION 1: 60 punches ($25) or OPTION 2: 130 punches ($50) (both good for games, activities, food, drinks, arts & crafts, face painting & the photo booth & haunted mansion)

HARVEST FESTIVAL WRISTBAND OPTION: ($100) – 2-Days Unlimited games, activities and haunted mansion + 40 punches for food, drinks, arts & crafts, face painting & the photo booth. Wristband is for one individual only. Non-transferable.

Email: Vanessa Bass at vanessa.bass@gmail.com or Karen Jue at karendjue@gmail.com

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