Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Bay Area, with pleasant temperatures and sun, even in the foggiest and cloudiest corners of San Francisco. If you are looking for some activities to take advantage of fall in San Francisco, read on for a list of five of San Francisco’s upcoming fall festivals. There are activities here to suit every family, age or interest.
900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Everyone knows Ghiradelli as San Francisco’s own brand of chocolate. Founded in 1852, Ghiradelli is the second-oldest chocolate company in the United States. Ghiradelli, at its headquarters in Ghiradelli Square, hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a Chocolate Festival held on the second weekend in September. The two-day event features desserts from local confectioners and bakeries, as well as live music, baking demonstrations and an ice cream eating contest. A $25 fee for 15 chocolate tastings per person benefits Project Open Hand.
San Francisco Chinatown
San Francisco, CA 91408
Dates: Sept. 14 through Sept. 15, 2013
In Chinese tradition, the autumn moon is an opportunity to celebrate the summer harvest and the moon goddess. San Francisco’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in North America, celebrates the coming of fall with the 23rd annual Autumn Moon Festival this year. The weekend event will include many shops and vendors, cultural booths, food, entertainment and activities for children. Food selections include the moon cake – a pastry whose shape follows that of the full moon. The event will open with a parade led by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (pictured), and close with the appearance of a Chinese dragon Sunday at 5 p.m.
Oktoberfest By The Bay
San Francisco, CA 94107
From its roots in Munich, Germany, the Oktoberfest tradition has spread throughout the world. San Francisco’s own Oktoberfest will be held in the Mission Bay neighborhood in late September. AOL Travel named it one of the 10 best Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. Beer (of course) as well as sausage and other German foods will be in hearty supply, as well as German dancers, the famous Chico Bavarian brass band and other entertainment.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Date: Oct.13, 2013
The North Beach neighborhood began as San Francisco’s Little Italy, and on October 13, the Italian influence will be celebrated in the annual Italian Heritage Parade and Festival. The parade is the oldest Italian heritage parade in the United States, first held in 1869. The parade will start at Fisherman’s Wharf and end in North Beach featuring local civic groups and this year’s Queen Isabella and her court. The festival features food, entertainment and hands-on activities for kids.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Date: Oct. 20, 2013
This year’s Fiesta on the Hill in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood will be the area’s 25th annual celebration of the hilly neighborhood. It will include many activities for children, including a petting zoo and pony rides. Live music will be performed and many food and shopping vendors will be on site. Proceeds from the Fiesta will benefit the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.