Fall Festivities

The Bay Area is teeming with great autumn activities. Here is a sampling of what is coming up this month and next.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, September 15th and 16th
Festival Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM
Racing is from 8 AM to 5 PM
Treasure Island

A weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, they have over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing the 500 and 300 meter course. There is an international line-up of entertainment, food, merchants, racing teams, and family activities including Dragon Land, a 3,000+ square foot pavilion of activities for children.

Piedmont Ave Art Walk
Thursday, September 20th from 6 to 9 PM
Every third Thursday Piedmont Avenue hosts an Art Wolk. Admission is free, and parking is plentiful and free throughout the area after 6pm. Enjoy Piedmont Avenue’s rich and diverse collection of art of all stripes including culinary, music, design, photography, fshion, recycled design and upcycled style. Celebrate local art and community.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd
Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville, CA

Jazz on the River this year includes George Benson, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph, Brian Culberton, David Sanborn, and Eric Lindell and the Blues Broads.

Eat Real Festival
Jack London Square, Oakland
Friday, September 21 from 1 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, September 22 from 10:30 AM to 9 PM
Sunday, September 23 from 10:30 AM to 5 PM

Imagine a combination street food festival, county fair, and block party where people can come together to celebrate good times and fresh, local food. At Eat Real, we’ve created a space where not only can you try tasty, handmade eats and drinks, but where you can also discover where your food comes from, meet the people who grow and make it, and learn how it’s made. You can even try your hand at making it yourself.

With free entry and no food item costing more than $5 – all food includes local, organic, and sustainable ingredients – we believe eating real does not have to mean eating real expensively. Really.

Octoberfest by the Bay
Friday, September 28th from 5 PM to 12 PM
Saturday, September 29th from 11 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, September 30th from 11 AM to 6 PM
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich’s famed festival, Oktoberfest by the Bay will include nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Headlining our stage will be the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band!

Hoes Down
Full Belly Farm, Yolo County CA
Festival: Saturday, October 6th from 11 AM to 11 PM
One of the best harvest festivals in Northern California featuring: live music, activities from wine tasting to circus performing, a great children’s area, agricultural workshops, silent auction, organic food, farmer’s market, crafts market, camping, and an opportunity to put your hoes down and dance.
Farm Workshops: Sunday, October 7th
Hands-on activities and workshops on different farms in the Capay Valley Region. These exciting workshops will give you in-depth access to a variety of topics, from olive oil to pasture raised eggs.

Fleet Week
Thursday October 4th through Monday, October 8th
A long list of events from when the ships sail into the bay on Wednesday the 3rd until they depart on Tuesday the 9th. The list includes concerts, ship tours, a softball competition, parades and air shows.

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 from 9 AM to 5 PM
Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun.

Piedmont Avenue Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 27 from 9:45 AM to 12:30 PM
For decades, Piedmont Avenue has been host to one of the most fun, family-friendly Halloween parades around. Held the Saturday before Halloween, merchants open their doors to hundreds of youngsters in their scariest costumes.

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