Palo Alto pumpkins are not carving candidates

The Palo Alto Glass Pumpkin Festival offers a family-friendly autumn celebration featuring colorful pumpkins, gourds and glass-blowing demonstrations.

More than 10,000 glass pumpkins will be on display in an outdoor installation.

The pumpkin and glass-blowing exhibition will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Sept. 30. Glass sales will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2.

All events will take place at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road.

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Celtic festival


What: The KVMR Celtic Festival includes 11 performance areas for a weekend-long celebration of Celtic music, dance, magic and songwriting.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road

Cost: General admission prices range from $21 to $50. Tournament tickets are $10 to $22.


Vintage decor and more


What: Enjoy Petaluma’s Fall Antique Fair as more than 180 vendors display their treasures.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Where: Historic downtown Petaluma, Western Avenue, A Street parking lot and Fourth and Kentucky streets, from B to Washington streets

Cost: Free




What: The 33rd Annual Oktoberfest, complete with West Coast micro-brews, sauerkraut and more.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30

Where: John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive

Cost: $40


Lumberjacks and logs


What: Enjoy parades, car shows, chainsaw and ax competitions in the quaint town of West Point as Lumberjack Day is celebrated.

When: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; dinner will be served 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: The main festivities will be held throughout Main Street; dinner will be served at 202 Spink Road

Cost: Free admission to the event; $10 for Friday night dinner and dancing


Eggplant festival


What: The Loomis Eggplant Festival celebrates the otherworldly purple vegetable.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

Where: Train Depot, 3640 Taylor Road

Cost: Free