30+ festivals, fairs and things to do in the Bay Area this fall

30+ festivals, fairs and things to do in the Bay Area this fall

With fall fast approaching, there’s no shortage of Bay Area happenings to add to your calendar.

Farm-to-Fork Festival 2023: Sept. 7-23, various venues in downtown Sacramento. This beloved annual festival features a wide array of local food, wine and beer vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits and special events. Prices vary. farmtofork.com/

Russell City Blues Live: 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Morrisson Theater, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. Uncover the history of Russell City, a lost Bay Area community, through on-stage interviews and storytelling. A live band will take you back in time, honoring the musical legacy of the town where the blues thrived until the bulldozers rolled in. $18. kqed.org/event/3394

Flower Piano 2023: Sept. 8-12, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Flower Piano will again transform the San Francisco Botanical Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen. Explore global living plant collections while seeking out the 12 pianos spread out across the 55-acre living museum. $0-$130. sfbg.org/flowerpiano

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 17: Elmo Padilla came from his home in San Lorenzo for a chance to play the keyboards at Flower Piano, the five-day festival of music among the plants at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Save The Bay’s Eighth Annual Bay Day: Sept. 8 to Oct. 7, various Bay Area locations. This event series offers unique ways to connect, explore and discover San Francisco Bay, including kite flying, bird watching, picnicking and special events and challenges. Free. bayday.org/

Rivertown Peddlers Faire: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9, G St. at Second St., Antioch. Enjoy a fun-filled day of music, food, wine, beer and great shopping. Featuring repurposed, handmade, new and used and great vintage finds, this eclectic fair offers a little something for everyone. Free admission. celebrateantioch.org/event/rivertown-peddlers-faire/

Hayward’s Vintage Alley Car Show: Sept. 9, B St. and Main St., Downtown Hayward. This show boasts an impressive array of classic cars from the ’40s through the ’70s. Get ready to embark on a nostalgic journey that will deepen your appreciation for automotive history and the iconic role these automobiles have played in our lives. Free admission. bit.ly/HaywardVACS

The Alice — Immersive Cocktail Experience: Running through Sept. 10, Lakeside Drive, San Jose. Reality bends and curiosity reigns supreme at this topsy-turvy tea party. Create your own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of The Mad Hatter in this dive down the rabbit hole to experience the magic of Wonderland. $47 to $55. bit.ly/TheAliceCocktailExperience

Bark in the Park 2023: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16, William Street Park, Downtown San Jose. Bring the pups out for dog costume and tail-wagging contests, speakers and demonstrations, plus vendor stalls for humans and dogs alike. Free admission. barksanjose.org/

Good Medicine – A Night of Live Native Stand-Up: 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. All-Native comedy night, ‘Good Medicine,’ returns to the stage at OMCA after a sold out 2022 show. Come out to the OMCA Garden for a oshow featuring top comedians Marc Yaffee, Siena East, headliner Tatanka Means and host Jackie Keliiaa. $1-$25. bit.ly/GoodMedicineOMCA

Scene from the jousting program at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 in Hollister, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff) 

Northern California Renaissance Faire: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, Sept. 16-Oct. 22, Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister. This fair offers Renaissance-era pageantry, live music, artisans, Celtic concerts and food and drink vendors. Tickets $25-$35  at norcalrenfaire.com/.

Rancho Day Fiesta: 12 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. At this living history event, visitors are invited to make adobe bricks, stamp leather, dip candles, make corn husk dolls, churn butter and participate in other rancho-era activities to live as the early Californios did. Free admission. historysmc.org/rancho-day-fiesta/

Fiestas Patrias: 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Celebrate Mexican independence with live music and entertainment, authentic food, arts and crafts vendors and a traditional flag ceremony. The Square will be filled with colorful and glamorous Ballet Folklorico dancing, live mariachi music, a kids area and other entertainment. Free admission. bit.ly/FiestasPatriasRC

‘Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists’: Running through Sept. 17, Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. This exhibition presents work by the world’s most accomplished blind photographers. Each artist brings their inner vision into the seeing world, revealing a rich visual and emotionally complex blend of physical and conceptual artworks. Tickets are at a pay-what-you-can cost. bit.ly/SightUnseenBedford

San Francisco Comedy Competition: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2400 First St., Livermore. Discover the next big name in comedy at the 47th installment of the legendary San Francisco Comedy Competition.This contest has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in the industry, including Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres. $25-$55. bit.ly/SFComedyComp

Vintage Fashion Faire: Sept. 22-23, 2701 Monarch St., Alameda. Featuring more than 70 booths offering women’s and men’s clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories, textiles, fine linens and more, the VFF is the place for fashion and accessories from every era. $10-$25. vintagefashionfaire.com/

Sausalito’s Chili Cook-Off: 12 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23, Dunphy Park, Sausalito. Dunphy Park will be festooned with the tents of teams competing in Sausalito’s 44th Chili Cook-off. Attendees can taste their way through the chili offerings, then vote for their favorites. $25. bit.ly/ChiliCookOffSausalito

NAPA/NOLA: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Meritage Resort, 850 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Blue Note Napa brings a taste of New Orleans to Napa Valley with a mini-festival pairing Crescent City musicians with classic Creole and Cajun fare, all set to the backdrop of The Meritage Resort’s massive Village Lawn. $69-$119. bit.ly/NAPANOLA2023

Sacramento Reptile Show: Sept. 23-24, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. With more than 18,000 people in attendance and more than 3,000 reptiles on display., this ever popular venomous reptile display features more than 45 venomous species from around the world, including King Cobras and Black Mambas. $10-$25. sacreptileshow.com/

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2023: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This annual festival features an eclectic lineup of country, soul and folk musicians performing on six outdoor stages. Free admission. hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/

WWE Monday Night RAW: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2, SAP Center, 525 W Santa Clara St., San Jose. For more than 25 years and well over 1000 episodes, “Raw” has been WWE’s flagship show. The red brand’s most memorable moments have thrilled, shocked and wowed the WWE Universe and fans across the world. Here’s your chance to see it live, in person. $20-$125. bit.ly/WWESapCenter

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 8: Visitors walk past a Mark 45 gun during a tour aboard the USS Princeton as part of the Fleet Week festivities in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

Fleet Week San Francisco: Oct. 2-10, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina District, San Francisco. San Francisco Fleet Week hosts the largest parade of ships on the West Coast. See the fleet enter the Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge as visiting ships steam towards their ports, led by the San Francisco Fire Department fire boat shooting jets of water into the air to celebrate. Free. fleetweeksf.org/

Funny Women of a Certain Age: 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Quick-witted. Energetic. Hilarious. Get ready to laugh out loud with this hilarious show featuring a lineup of some of the funniest female comedians over 50, including Carole Montgomery, Cathy Ladman, Leighann Lord, and Barb North. $50-$80. bit.ly/FunnyWomenBankhead

Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival: 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Downtown Napa. This annual festival features live music on two main stages, a variety of delicious barbecue, a beer garden, arts and craft vendors and lawn games for adults. Check napabluesandbrew.com/ for ticket details.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 14-15, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Enjoy monster pumpkins, live music, a parade, fine art and crafts booths, fabulous food and drinks, expert pumpkin carvers, a Pumpkin Run and pie-eating and costume contests. Free admission. pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/

Hansel & Gretel Immersive Cocktail Experience: Oct. 18 to Nov. 12, Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Enjoy an evening of magic and wonder at this part show, part cocktail experience. Unlock clues, solve riddles and taste your way around the abandoned forest and witch’s gingerbread house. $46. bit.ly/HanselandGretelCocktails

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Markham Vineyards Dine-In Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3, Markham Napa Valley Winery, 2812 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena. Settle in to a cozy seat in the Markham Stone Cellar for a screening of the film “Chef,” as you enjoy a glass of wine paired with a Cubano sandwich and chips. $45. exploretock.com/markhamvineyards/

San Mateo Harvest Festival: Nov. 10-12, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Browse the craft booths and food and drink stalls at this autumn-themed fair. Tickets are $0-$9. harvestfestival.com/san-mateo

The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude,” the Emmy award-winning Fab Four will make you think you’re watching the real thing. Tickets $45 and up. bit.ly/FabFourTribute2023

Fan Expo SF: Nov. 24-26, Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco. This expo will bring together some of the biggest personalities in acting, comics, cosplay, art and animation for a one-of-a-kind fan experience. Meet legendary comic book creators, attend autograph sessions, snap pictures with celebrities and shop the latest in gaming, art and collectibles. $30-$349. fanexpohq.com/fanexposanfrancisco/

World’s Largest Dinosaurs: Running through Jan. 21, 2024, at 55 Music Concourse Drive in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences presents an awe-inducing exhibit on the largest land animals to ever walk the planet. Some of these huge-o-saurus creatures were up to 140 feet long, ate unbelievable amounts of trees and plants and weighed up to 90 tons. $28.75 to $42.50. bit.ly/CASdinosaurs

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