Fall Time Harvest Festivals for Kids Around the San Francisco Bay Area

by: Lydie Thomas

From Oktoberfest celebrations, to apple and pumpkin festivals.  The bay area is celebrating our bountiful harvest this year.  Your kids will have a blast at some of the harvest festivals that offer wonderful fall crafts, hay rides and so much more.

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Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay, CA
October 15 and 16, 2011 - 9 AM to 5 PM

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The most famous Halloween festival in California. Halloween arts and crafts, specialty foods, blockbuster entertainment, a Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, the giant weigh-off of champion pumpkins, and contests for pie-eating, carving and costume, the list goes on…

Review of Half Moon Bay Main Street with Kids



Aquatic Pumpkin Patch

Brentwood, CA

October 23, 5 -6:30pm


Too hot to visit a pumpkin patch for your pumpkin, then dive for one.  Lots of arts, crafts, music and holiday games.


Floasting Pumpkin Patch

Santa Rosa, CA

October 22, 2011, 2-6pm

Dive for your pumpkin at Ridgeway Swim Center. $10 per person (includes a pumpkin).  Enjoy a day filled with games, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin splashing fun for participants of all ages.


Dunsmuir House Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Patch
Oakland, CA
October 24, 11 am to 4 pm

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A family event with old-fashioned games, crafts, hay rides, pumpkin carving, cider, and doughnuts. There will be some suds and sausages for the grown up crowd and Oompah music. The event will be held in and around the Carriage House at Covington Gate. Reviews of Dunsmir House with Kids.

Reviews of Dunsmuir House with Kids


Other Activities for Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area

Kid-friendly Hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area


NorCal Renaissance Fair Oktoberfest
Casa de Fruita, San Jaun Bautista, CA
October 10 & 11
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For two days, live your life as a citizen of Willington, England at the time of Queen Elizabeth. A great history lesson while having tons of fun. For this special themed week-end, the Germans are here to assist the Queen in selecting the new Brewmaster of Willington. Home brewers may bring a home brewed bottle for submission in our contest. Her Majesty, Elizabeth will award the Grand Champion.

Review of Casa De Fruita with Kids


Earthbound Farm Harvest Festival
Carmel, CA
October 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Bring the whole family to our grand harvest celebration! The Farm Stand becomes a pumpkin-packed wonderland for a great fun-filled day of games, pumpkin carving demos, squash and pumpkin tastings, live music by the Money Duo, farm tours, train and hay rides, and more! General admission is free.

Reviews of Earthbound Farms



Felton Roaring Camp Harvest and Halloween Fair
Santa Cruz, CA
October 10 & 11

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Celebrate Harvest Time and Halloween. View demonstrations on quilting, knitting, embroidery, fashion design and candy making at the Craft Faire presented by the Twisted Stitchers. Quilts will be for sale. Be creative with hands-on crafts activities for adults and kids. Make and take your own scarecrow. Free pumpkin for each child holding a steam train ticket. 

Reviews of Roaring Camp with Kids



Other Activiites for Kids in Northern Central Coast (Monterey & Carmel)

Kid-friendly Hotels in Northern Central Coast (Monterey & Carmel)



Don't live in the San Francsico Bay Area?  Here are some other harvest time festivals around the country.

Pumpkin Patches:

updated: September 20 2015 by Lydie

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Dunsmuir House & Gardens

Oakland, CA

Casa de Fruta

Hollister, CA

Half Moon Bay Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA

Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad

Felton, CA

Ardenwood Historic Farm

Fremont, CA

Earthbound Farm

Carmel, CA

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