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IT List: Autumn in The Bay

Our Top 5 Must Do Autumn Activities

By Chris Ochoa, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

While September and early October tend to be some of the warmest months in San Francisco,  by late October the temperature gets noticeably cooler and Fall is in full effect.  This time of year brings a number of special seasonal events and activities that are often missed by travelers during the peak tourist season of summer.  In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco as one of the top destinations for a fall getaway.  Here’s a look at our top five Bay Area Must Do Autumn activities:


1) Mill Valley Film Festival

Mill Valley

Dates: October 2-12

One of cinema’s internationally acclaimed events,  the Mill Valley Film Festival brings together over 200 filmmakers from around the globe for a celebration of film and achievement.  The event has been credited with the career launches of many major filmmakers,  with five of the last six Academy Award-winning films for Best Picture being screened in Mill Valley.


2) SF Craft Beer Festival

Craft Beer

Dates: October 18

Held at Fort Mason,  this major beer festival presents over 75 craft breweries, all showcasing their Fall releases.  Featuring tastings from almost all vendors and seminars from some of the leading craft beer experts worldwide,  this beer lovers festival is not to be missed!
3) Napa Valley Crush Season


Dates: Late September – October

With the bulk of harvest happening anywhere from  August to early October depending on the grape.  Napa and Sonoma Valley crush season takes place over October and is a very popular draw for tourists and locals alike.  No matter which winery you visit,  the pungent smell of crushed grapes permeates the air and tours truly come alive as winemakers and staff are in full swing at the peak of their craft.


4) Lands End  (Get Outside!)

Lands Edited

Dates: Late September – October

There’s no better time to enjoy the sights of San Francisco and the coastline then Autumn,  when Carl the Fog retreats and the Bay gets some of its sunniest annual weather.  Lands End is located at the city’s northwestern edge within Golden Gate National Recreation Area and offers some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean.  Beyond the GGNRA, walking tours were practically made for fall, when the city experiences its brightest and most brilliant visibility for the year.


5) Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

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Dates: October 18-19

Held during pumpkin harvest season,  the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is one of the oldest and largest local festivals in California.  Attracting more than 200,000 people to the small community of Half Moon Bay,  the event features a world champion pumpkin weigh-off, regional food offerings, and plenty of local wine and micro brews.



Posted September 24th, 2014 | It Lists

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