San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond Festivals & Events:
Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 30th at 9am to 3pm.
Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 8, 2017 11am – 4pm.
Natural Bridges SB in Santa Cruz
San Francisco Fleet Week – Oct. 1 – 9, 2017
Airshow, ships and much more!
Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Oct. 6 – 8, 2017.
This festival is all about grapes and celebrating the local wineries, with more than 150 local wines, artisanal crafts and foods on offer from October 6 to October 8, 2017.
Giant Pumpkin Patch at Guadalupe River Park – Oct. 14, 2017
San Jose—Fun activities and lots of pumpkins
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches – October 2017
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 14 & 15, 2017
Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches – October 2017
Haunted Halloween on The Embarcadero at Crystal Jade – Oct 28, 2017
SF Japantown Halloween Carnival – Oct. 27, 2017
Pleasanton Harvest Festival – Oct. 27-29, 2017
17th Annual Halloween Hoopla – Oct. 29, 2017
Event features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch!
Dia de los Muertos – Day Of The Dead Procession and Festival of Altars – Nov. 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM
San Francisco – The annual procession, November 2nd at 7:00 PM at 24th & Bryant, in the Mission District of San Francisco. The procession ends in Garfield Park at the Festival of Altars 8:30 PM at 26th & Harrison.
Please bring flowers, candles, and remembrances of your loved ones for our community altar.
For more “top” events, click on our Festivals & Events page or select a specific travel destination from our City Selector.
Top Winter Attractions:
Snow Skiing in the Sierras
Lake Tahoe is home to 15 snow ski resorts and some of the best alpine and cross county snow skiing in the world. You’re sure to find a ski resort and hotel that will meet your expectations.
Whale Watching – Dec. through May
California grey whales migrate down the coast
Elephant Seal Watching – December through March is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter. Watch 5,000 pould males fight for breeding rights!
The Region’s Fall Advisories:
Yes, it’s still water, water, water!
California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.
Traffic Conditions. Traffic through major cities and extremely popular travel destinations can be challenging. Plan ahead to drive before and after commute hours. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. As a special note, Highway 92 in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be very difficult during the pumpkin season. Plan ahead and arrive early and leave late!