Fun Activities to Celebrate Fall in Northern California
While we’re not famous for fall foliage like New England, the Golden State has its seasonal beauty too. As the weather cools and the days get shorter, it’s time to embrace the best fall activities our part of the state offers.
Best Day Trips
The Coast – Fall is the best season at the Northern California coast; it’s when locals take advantage of clear skies after the summer fog and tourists have rolled away. The weather is often warm, the sky blue and there’s always fresh seafood to enjoy. Go beachcombing, fly kites or just admire our beautiful rugged coastline.
Lake Tahoe – The summer high season is over and now is the time to enjoy the warm weather and natural beauty of Lake Tahoe without legions of tourists and summer pricing. Take advantage of hiking, camping and other outdoor recreation before the roads get icy and the snows arrive. Enjoy affordable lunch at one of the many north or south shore casinos.
Best Nature Spots
Sacramento Natural Wildlife Reserve – If you’re into bird migration, you can view wondrous birds at the Sacramento Natural Wildlife Reserves and then shoot them and eat them, if desired. Activities include an auto tour, observation platforms, hiking/walking trails, photography and hunting.
Redwood National Park – Enjoy fall foliage and stroll among the giant redwoods in Redwood National Park in Crescent City. There are hiking and walking trails to enjoy and if you visit in November, you may even spot some migrating whales.
Festivals and Events
Enjoy the mild weather at one of many fall outdoor fairs and festivals. Here are just a few of the fun events taking place around Northern California.
Marin Music Festival – San Rafael, CA – Sep 14, 2019
Three days of free music, with local live bands, arts and craft booths, food trucks, beer and wine, and kids’ activities, all along a gorgeous waterfront view at the Marin Rod and Gun Club.
Reel Pride Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Fresno, CA – Sep 18 to Sep 22, 2019
30th annual event brings a variety of LGBTQ cinema and entertainment to the Central Valley.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – San Francisco, CA – Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
A free concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco featuring more than 100 musical artists on 7 stages.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Santa Rosa, CA – Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
45th annual. Showcases the grand harvest which results in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth. Voted the Best Annual Festival of Sonoma County by The Press Democrat readers.
Cotati Oktoberfest – Cotati, CA – Oct 12, 2019
Authentic German meal of bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut for $15 with Oktoberfest microbrews from Lagunitas Brewing Company available. Lots of contests including wiener dog races, tankard hold and beer stein race. Admission is free. Polka the night away on the dance floor.
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What are you most looking for to in fall? Let us know in the comments!