Fall festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Lexa Pennington / Jul 29, 2010 /
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Fall festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival (40th annual), Millbrae, California
When:           Sept. 4-5, 2010; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (always Labor Day weekend)
What:           The Bay Area's biggest Labor Day weekend event, huge crowds transform downtown Millbrae into the "Big Easy" with a Mardi Gras-style feast featuring two sun-splashed days of live music with headliners The Cheeseballs, a juried show with 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares, festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews and margaritas, artisan specialty food, a microbeer tasting tent, an organic and green product showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, a classic car show, Chinese Dragon Dance and Taiko Drum performances, and tons of fun for kids with the Rising Star Music & Dance Showcase and endless amusements in Playland. Free admission.
Where:          Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival (39th annual), Mountain View, California
When:           Sept. 11-12, 2010; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (always weekend after Labor Day)
What:           One of America's top art festivals, huge crowds gather in Silicon Valley's epicenter for this vibrant multicultural celebration featuring 600 professional artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, live music by big name cover bands, festive food and drink with premium wines, microbrews, mojitos and margaritas, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits, a special ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and action-packed Kids' Park with the Best Buy School of Rock Stage, a special NASA exhibit, entertainment, amusements and hands-on art. Admission is free.
Where:          Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Ave, Mountain View

Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (37th annual), Half Moon Bay, California

When:           Oct. 11, 2010; 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (always on Columbus Day)
What:           The World's Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic, super-sized orbs gather for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off --- in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. A host of accomplished, veteran growers from throughout the west will be contending for the coveted title and a share of about $20,000 in prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home $6 per pound for the champion pumpkin. Beauty will share center stage with brawn -- a special $500 prize will be awarded to the "most beautiful pumpkin" as judged by the audience based on color, shape and size. Defending champion Don Young of Des Moines, IA, obliterated the field and set a new west coast record in 2009 with his burly 1,658-pound "Monster from the Midway". The grand champion gourd (along with the top five overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
Where:          IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Main St, Half Moon Bay CA

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (40th annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When:           Oct. 16-17, 2010; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (always weekend after Columbus Day)
What:           The World Pumpkin Capital celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a spectacular lineup paying homage to The Great Gourd including a special display of gigantically enormous champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carvers, photos with the grand champion gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, The Golden Gourds Youth Talent Show, The Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, the "ONE" Organic and Natural food tasting extravaganza, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Admission is free.
Where:          Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce St, Half Moon Bay CA

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