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Fab 5: Best Fall Fests

Anh-Minh Le | September 19, 2016 | Lifestyle Story City Life

1. Autumn at Filoli Festival
There’s plenty on the docket: performances by Sterling the Bubblesmith, Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show and Brian Scott the Magician. Additional highlights are the pumpkin patch, orchard walks and floral demos. Harvest time at Filoli also means rare fruits and a special cider blend from its heritage orchards, as well as apple and pear butters. Sept. 24, admission $5-$25, free for children 2 and under, 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside

2. Prusch Farm Mountain Music Festival
Formerly called the Harvest Fair, this event evokes the spirit of a county fair in the country. The festivities include a pumpkin patch, educational programs (such as an exhibition of 4H projects), plant sales, live entertainment, hay wagon rides, tours of the grounds and tasty treats (like Texas Snoball’s shaved ice). Oct. 1, free, 647 S. King Road, San Jose

3. Los Altos Fall Festival
A classic car show, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, a scarecrow contest and a choo-choo train are among the draws at this downtown event. Local restaurants, wineries and microbreweries are well represented too. Oct. 1-2, free, South Parking Plazas, Los Altos

4. Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
This seaside town is famous for its annual celebration, which includes contests (like the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off), a parade, run/walk, music and lots of pumpkin-related feasting. Oct. 15-16, free, Main Street, Half Moon Bay

5. Spooky Times
Get into the Halloween spirit at Deer Hollow Farm, with haunted barns, kids’ crafts and activities, and sweet treats. Since the site is a 160-year-old historical ranch, farm animals are part of the fun as well. Oct. 22, admission $7, $5 for those in costume, free for children 1 and under, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino

Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley

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