Best Things To Do This Fall in San Francisco

Fall in San Francisco offers the city’s warmest temperatures year-round, and as a result, there’s plenty of reasons to be out and about. Enjoy the warmth, these best things to do, and even better company this Fall.

Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America

When: Friday, September 21 – Sunday, October 28
Where: California’s Great America

The Bay Area’s most exciting theme park will transform into Halloween Haunt every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 21 to October 28. Over 20 rides, 3 scare zones, 4 live shows, and 9 mazes and attractions will be out to haunt you into having a frightful time. With the Go San Francisco® Card, you can get admission to Halloween Haunt for $26.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

When: Friday, October 5 – 7
Where: Sonoma County Event Center
wine harvest fair
Have a worldly culinary experience at Sonoma County Harvest Fair this October. Each day of the weekend presents a new food pairing of the world-class wines, award-winning beers, and farm-to-table bites that will have you leaving the event happy and full. Get tickets here.

Castro Street Fair

When: Sunday, October 7
Where: Castro Street

Founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, the Castro Street Fair is an eclectic community art fair featuring hundreds of craft booths, local artists, live entertainment, and musicians in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District. Admission is free, and all proceeds go to charitable causes important to the community.

Big Book Sale

When: Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 4
Where: Festival Pavilion
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Browse through 500,000 books, DVDs, and CDs during the five-day-long book sale in Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Held by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library every year for the past 45 years, the Big Book Sale is one of San Francisco’s iconic traditions that attracts people from across the country. On the last day, all books are only $1!

Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival

When: Friday, November 16, from 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Embarcadero Center

For its 31st year, the Embarcadero Center presents one of the most spectacular sights of San Francisco’s fall, marking the start of the holiday season in the city. During the day, you can find a family-friendly carnival. In the evening, you can watch the Building Lighting Ceremony where four iconic buildings will be lit with 17,000 holiday lights. Fireworks and a Disney on Ice show are also part of the festivities. The best part? It’s completely free.

Belmont Holiday Craft Faire

When: Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Twin Pines Park
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Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts at the annual Holiday Craft Faire, which features more than 70 local artists and craft makers of the City of Belmont. Inside various buildings at Twin Pines Park, you can find vendors, live music, food trucks, and more for free.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light

When: Thanksgiving – New Years
Where: Multiple locations

Over 30 glowing art installations will light up 17 of San Franciso’s neighborhoods, including Golden Gate Park, South Beach, Nob Hill, Hayes Valley, Mission Beach, and more. You can choose to go on one of the two free guided tours or just go off on your own adventure with this self-guided itinerary. See how many you can get to!

Fall in San Francisco sounds like a fun time for everyone, whether you’re interested in books or wine. Our homes in San Francisco could be the perfect home base. Learn more about them here.

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