October Events in Northern California

Fresno, October 13 – 14th, 2012

Catch the tail end of the Big Fresno Fair this week-end at 1121 S. Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702 between the hours of 10am – 11pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Big Fresno Fair is far more than just the Central Valley’s largest annual event, attracting nearly 550,000 patrons each year. It is a year-round rental facility spanning 165 acres held under a 50-year lease with the County of Fresno, and is host to over 175 events that annually attract more than 1 million additional visitors. Unique to all California fairs, the District operates two year-round satellite wagering facilities – The Starting Gate at the Fairgrounds and The Polo Lounge at Club One Casino in Downtown Fresno. From the Fair event, satellite wagering and interim events, more than 1.5 million people visit the Fairgrounds annually – a number that increases each year as the Fairgrounds’ popularity continues to grow, in part due to the many capital improvements completed over the past decade.

San Jose, Saturday October 13th

Cars & Caffeine at Club Auto Sport (Second Harvest Food Drive), 521 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 770-1200

The Club Auto Sport Cars & Caffeine Series is a monthly meet-up for car enthusiasts – October 13th meet up will feature a Second Harvest can collection

Bring cans and/or dry goods to help us fill our Food Barrels or make a cash donation to Second Harvest Food Drive

Share in the Fun!
+ Collectable and new cars
+ Laguna Seca simulator challenge – fastest lap
+ Guess the Dyno Horsepower of the NASCARS – win car care products
+ Special Guest…The Audi Experience from Sonoma Raceway
+ Live Music
+ BBQ Lunch available
+ Free Caffeine

Sacramento, Sunday October 14th

Come down to the Yelp-sponsored Delta Fall Harvest Festival, a FREE event on Sunday, October 14th from 11 am to 5 pm. Food, music and vendors galore for the whole family! Come and enjoy a hay ride, mini pumpkin farm, barrel room tours, grape stomp, horse shoe contest, mini Farmer’s Market and a photo booth! While adults enjoy wine tasting, kids can have ice cream and kettle corn and enjoy all of the fun activities. There’s something for everyone!

Riverbank, October 13 – 14th

The Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo:

  • When – October 13 & 14 2012
    Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Where -Santa Fe & 3rd – Riverbank, CA

Near Fairfield, October 18 -31, 2012

Jelly Belly Haunted House 9am to 4pm ~ www.JellyBelly.com

Visitors on the popular Jelly Belly Factory Tour will get a special Spooktacular Halloween-themed treat, October 18-31, as they detour through a decorated haven of Halloween delights, including a fun and kid-friendly haunted house.  But don’t be spooked.  Learn about the making of Jelly Belly jelly beans, candy corn and more on the 40-minute tour, with time to sample afterwards.  So, come on down to the Jelly Belly Visitor Center at One Jelly Belly Lane in Fairfield for a frightening good time. The FREE tours are offered daily from 9am to 4pm.

Modesto’s Harvest Festival, October 20th

Location: Downtown Modesto, 10am – 5pm

Pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving, apple pies, pumpkin pies, apple cider, empanadas, kettle corn, live local music, food, craft vendors, treasure hunt with prizes awarded, bounce house, art show, meet the artist, fashion show, clothing, and jewelry.

Merced’s Art Hop, October 20th

Downtown Merced, 5 – 9pm

The Merced Art Hop is a chance for the community to meet in downtown Merced to view and support local talented artists, and to celebrate the vast interpretations of what art is. It’s easy. Come downtown (plenty of street, surface and Parcade parking), pick up a map at the Information table in Bob Hart Square, start walking. Tons of Art, Rich in Culture, Live Music, Interactive Art Activities, Performers and lots more…..Free for Everyone!

Danville Fall Crafts Festival, October 20 & 21st

10am-5pm, Hartz Avenue, Danville CA

Danville Fall Crafts Festival, co-sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville, is now in its twentieth year and attracts over 50,000 people every year to beautiful Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville-a city 40 miles east of San Francisco that’s a mix of beautiful residences from the Gold Rush days along with magnificent homes of the future. Quaint Hartz Avenue is a natural for unique specialty shops and gourmet dining. During October, the weather is usually unpredictable.

Key ingredients to the success of this family-friendly event is the “home town” parade (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Safe Trick or Treating, kids activities, quality art and crafts displayed by over 200 artisans, a friendly wine & beer garden; and returning this year to Prospect: The Glass Pumpkin Patch featuring hand-blown glass pumpkins: all sizes, all prices.

Entertainment will be featured throughout the weekend along Hartz Avenue with our street corner concerts.

Napa Chocolate and Wine Event, October 21st

Located at The Westin Verasa 1314 McKinstry St., Napa, CA, 94559 (707) 257-1800, 3 – 6pm

25th Annual Choc & Wine, Sun, Oct 21st at the Westin Verasa Napa, benefits Napa County Family & Foster Parent Assoc & Napa Boys & Girls Club.

Historically, attracts chocolate & wine lovers from the Bay Area, over 400 attend. Catered by Ken Frank, La Toque Chef.

Napa Foster Parents for over 50 years led the way building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to those preventing child abuse.

Napa Boys & Girls Club is well-run with multiple sites and benefits many children.

Winchester Mystery House – Fright Nights, October 25th – 31st

525 S Winchester Blvd San Jose, CA 95128 : (408) 247-2101, starts at 6:30pm

The award-winning Winchester Mystery HouseTM attraction “Fright Nights” returns for a second year at the world-famous mysterious, rambling and reportedly haunted home of Sarah Winchester. With more thrills and exciting additions to last year’s award-winning Maze and House tour, “Fright Nights” kicks off Friday, September 28, 2012.

Throughout September, October, and November (see complete schedule below), the grounds of the Winchester Estate will be transformed into the world’s most terrifying Halloween experience. Filled with haunted walk-through attractions, roaming scare performers, and nightmare inducing tales, “Fright Nights” will once again be an open house visitors won’t want to miss!

Fresno’s 23rd Annual Civil War Revisited, October 27th – 28th

7160 W. Kearny Blvd, Fresno

Step back in time to 1860 and experience living history through hundreds of re-enactors from many of the western states as you tour military encampments, visit a civilian town, meet historic figures, view period artisans, and watch authentic battle re-enactments. ValleyHistory.org

Manteca Pumpkin Maze through October 31st

Open Daily at 10:00 a.m.

Last entry in gate at 8:00 p.m.  All visitors entering the parking lot by 8:00 p.m. will have admittance to the attractions. Attractions begin shutting down at 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.

Dell’Osso Farm was founded in the 1920’s by three brothers from Italy who started farming asparagus. Rudy Dell’Osso, the son of one the original brothers, took over the farm in the 1950’s and diversified into growing tomatoes, beans and alfalfa. In the mid 1970’s, Ron Dell’Osso, Rudy’s son, joined the business and added pumpkins, melons and sweet corn to the crop rotation. In 1997, Ron and his wife Susan, started the first Corn Maze and the Halloween event has grown into a Haunted House,  Pumpkin Blaster and much more. The Dell’Osso Family Farm October event has grown into one of the most popular Halloween  season destinations in the nation, with close to 125,000 people visiting the site each October. The event still remains a family operation, with the entire Dell’Osso family participating. We hope your family will enjoy our farm as much as we do.

Halloween in Old Sacramento is A Nightmare In Old Sacramento, October 31st

Downtown Old Sacramento at 9:00pm

Halloween in Old Sacramento is Wednesday Oct. 31st. So join the 8 participating restaurant / bars for a Nightmare in Old Sacramento. Each bar will feature drink specials, entertainment and NO Cover Charge. So when the little ones go to bed, the party in Old Sacramento begins.

The participating bars are all within walking distance of each other and include
River City Saloon
Fanny Ann’s
The Other Office
Coconut Grove
Sports Corner
Laughs Unlimited


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