10 Great Things to Do in the East Bay This Fall
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From a big music festival to a dog costume contests, there is no shortage of ways to spend your weekends in the coming months.
Autumn is officially here, and with it comes plenty of excellent events before the hectic holiday season arrives. Check out this list of 10 top-notch things to do in the East Bay over the next couple of months, then get out there and enjoy yourself!
Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Music Festival – Oct. 6-7
Located in Downtown Pleasant Hill, this free fall festival features live music, wine and beer vendors, and a KidZone for entertaining the youngsters. This year, the festival has introduced its inaugural Pet Parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show – Oct. 13
For the 25th year, more than 400 classic automobiles will grace Alameda's Park Street at the island city's Classic Car Show, set to the tune of DJs playing oldies. And while you're enjoying the free car show, you can also grab a bite to eat or a libation at one of the many local businesses that call this charming, vibrant strip home.
Treasure Island Music Festival – Oct. 13-14
Formerly based on its namesake Treasure Island, this eclectic music festival has moved a stone's throw east and will be held at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Now in its 11th year, tickets to the festival are $105 for a one-day pass or $185 for both days, with artists performing from noon to 10 p.m. each day.
Livermore Area Recreation & Park District Dogtoberfest – Oct. 14
Celebrate all things canine at Robert Livermore Park, including a dog costume contest, pet tricks, and dog demonstrations. Even more entertaining should be the ugliest-dog and dog/owner look-alike contests.
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest – Oct. 20
Walnut Creek's fourth annual free Oktoberfest is a good time for the whole family, with live music, gourmet food, a KidsZone, and of course, a biergarten with dozens of different brews to sample.
Danville FallFest – Oct. 20-21
For more than 25 years, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce has put on this always-free festival, which features 150 artists from around the Western U.S., a children's costume parade, artisanal wine and craft beers, and a classic-car show.
Pleasanton Harvest Festival – Oct. 26-28
Knock out your holiday shopping early by heading to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the West Coast's largest indoor arts-and-crafts show. The more than 24,000 gifts for sale include art, clothes, jewelry, toys, home décor items, and just about everything else you could imagine.
Eat Stay Love Lafayette Food Tour – Oct. 27
Get a taste of Lafayette the last weekend in October at this event catering to foodies, which costs between $50 and $80 per head and requires advanced reservations. Attendees will sample cuisines that include classic Mexican food, olive oils and vinegars from around the world, fresh California produce, and locally made cupcakes.
Family Sundown SPOOKfari – Oct. 27-28
Kids age four and older are sure to get a kick out of this unique Halloween-themed event, which entails a night of camping out at the Oakland Zoo and getting up close and personal with creepy, crawly critters. Ticket prices range from $80 to $95 per person, which includes dinner.
Dia de los Muertos Festival – Nov. 4
Presented by The Unity Council, Oakland's free Dia de los Muertos Festival attracts more than 80,000 people to the city's culturally rich Fruitvale neighborhood to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday. This year's theme is "A Dream For All," and the festivities will include music, dancing, and local arts and crafts for sale -- another opportunity to knock out some holiday shopping in advance.