HALF MOON BAY
Pumpkins and more pumpkins
With rolling fields of pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Half Moon Bay feels impossibly orange during harvest season.
Flock to the seaside town for the 43rd annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 19 and 20 to revel in all things gourd. Highlights include a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pumpkin parade marshaled by former San Francisco Giant J.T. Snow, the world’s largest pumpkin sculpture and its creator, whimsical pumpkin carvings, and more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins for picking.
Don’t forget the battle of the bands, the zip-line, the pie-eating contests, the haunted house and the long menu of pumpkin-centric food and beverages. Pumpkin churros? Of course. Pumpkin beer? Obviously. Pumpkin margaritas? Yes, even pumpkin margaritas.
The free festival lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street between Miramontes Street and Spruce Street in Half Moon Bay. For more information, visit www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest.
Autumn lights and radiant art
Harvest brew festival
Prickly pear tasting
What: Bring your dog, bird or lizard to the first annual Northern California Pet Expo for a full day of training demonstrations, discounted vaccinations, micro-chipping, free nail trims and a mega-adoption center with more than 350 pets looking for a home.