Winter Festivals & Events:
San Francisco Fleet Week – Oct 3 – 10, 2016
Airshow, ships and much more!
Giant Pumpkin Patch at Guadalupe River Park – Oct. 8
San Jose—Fun activities and lots of pumpkins
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches – October 2016
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 15 & 16, 2016
Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches – October 2016
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!