Escapes: Pumpkin Patch Festival in Suisun City

The Pumpkin Patch Festival continues today, Saturday and Oct. 26.
The Pumpkin Patch Festival continues today, Saturday and Oct. 26. Western Railway Museum


Fall festival

For many locals, Suisun City’s Western Railway Museum’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival is a family tradition. On Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26, the museum opens early and trains start leaving every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historic electrical-powered train travels 5 scenic miles to Gum Grove Station, a shady grove that will be transformed into a festival location with tractor rides, hay-bale forts, games and music. Don’t forget to purchase your pumpkin for Halloween. The Western Railway Museum, 5848 State Highway 12 in Suisun City, will open at 9:30 a.m. both days. Admission costs $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for children ages 2 to 14. For more information, visit


Spooky zoo

What: Oakland Zoo’s annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo!, features a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, costume parade and spooky train ride.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 26

Where: Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Cost: $15.75 adults, $11.75 children under 14 and seniors



Historical walking tour

What: Berkeley has long been home to activist groups.A guide takes interested parties on a 2-mile trek to learn more about a century of resistance – against British rule in India, against hate violence at home – from local South Asian Americans.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Exact location sent after registration, Berkeley

Cost: $7.50-$15



Harvest festival

What: Celebrate the season with some old-time harvest activities, such as square dancing, cow-pie bingo and pumpkin decorating.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz

Cost: Free




What: Start getting excited for Halloween and the Day of the Dead at Skeletonfest, a day of artistic activities for the whole family. Create silly, movable skeletons, delicate sugar skulls or screen-printed festive T-shirts.

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond

Cost: Free



Pinot festival

What: Join other pinot noir lovers at the 11th annual Pinot on the River. More than 100 wineries will offer tastings with a focus on limited-production pinot noirs from the West Coast.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26

Where: Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg

Cost: $75 in advance, $100 at the door


Bee Staff