Fall Events in the Bay Area

Autumn in San Francisco is very unusual. While most of the country prepares for the cool fall breeze and watching the colors of the leaves change, us San Franciscans are finally preparing for Summer! 

From September through October, San Francisco is blessed with Indian Summer, which means it’s the best time of year for food and music festivals, pumpkin patches, wine tours and apple orchards. 

We’ve curated a list of the best festivals and events around the Bay Area so you can start planning weekends of fun with your significant other, family or friends. 

Have a great Indian Summer!

Find a Pumpkin at a Pumpkin Patch

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Nothing makes you feel like a kid again than running around a pumpkin patch looking for the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve!

Whether you’re looking for a pumpkin, or want a fun day trip with friends, going to a pumpkin patch is a great way to start off fall festivities.

Plus, all those pumpkins and haystacks create the perfect backdrop for a photo, so be sure to take your camera and capture a beautiful fall photo for Instagram!

Some of our favorite pumpkin patches around the Bay Area are Nicasio Valley Farms in Marin, Perry Family Pumpkin Patch in Fremont, and Arata’s Pumpkin Farm and Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay.

Attend a Harvest Party at a Winery

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It’s wine harvest season in Napa and Sonoma, and that means all your favorite wineries are working around the clock to get their crops on schedule. Even though it’s one of the busiest times of the year for winemakers, it’s also a time to celebrate with harvest parties.

So put on your best maxi dress and sunhat and head out to wine country to enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in the industry.

Pick Fresh Apples at an Apple Orchard

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Apples are finally in season again! So it’s time to find your grandma’s famous apple pie recipe and head out to the orchard with your family for a fun weekend activity. In the Bay Area, peak months for picking apples are September and October, so grab your buckets and your camera for an Instagram-worthy event you don’t want to miss.

Some of the most beautiful apple orchards near San Francisco are Chileno Valley Ranch, Gabriel Farm, Swanton Pacific Ranch and Clearview Orchards.

Food & Music Festivals

Fall festivities in San Francisco aren’t only limited to pumpkin patches and apple orchards! If you’re looking for something a little more lively, check out some of the Bay Area’s most famous food and music festivals!

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass  

Hardly Strictly is the best free music festival held the first weekend of October in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. With over 100 acts over the course of three days, this is one of the most beloved events for music lovers.

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Oktoberfest by the Bay

If you love music, singing, dancing, then Oktoberfest by the Bay is the event for you! This event celebrates in the true tradition of Munich's famed festival, and hosts the very best in German food and drinks.

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