Best Things to Do in the East Bay This October

Best Things to Do in the East Bay This October

Want to go on an East Bay adventure? With so many offerings in the region, we’ve curated some of the top events this October so you don’t have to. Here are the best things to do in the East Bay this October. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured photo by Jed Villejo. 

A bustling street fair is one of the best things to do in East Bay this October, with large crowds walking between vendor tents selling food and goods. Signs advertise items like funnel cakes and seafood combo. Trees line the street, and the day appears sunny.
Photo courtesy of Oaktoberfest Facebook.

Oaktoberfest

Dates TBD

Cheers to good brews and good times at Oaktoberfest! This year the event returns to Oakland in Bavarian style with live music, traditional German food fare, hundreds of vendors and the best of Bay Area craft beer. The event is free and held in Oakland’s Dimond District.

More info: oaktoberfest.org

A nighttime scene in a mystical forest features colorful light trails arching through the trees. Large boulders surround a small waterfall cascading into a tranquil stream, with vibrant, rainbow glow enhancing the enchanting atmosphere—one of the best things to do East Bay October nights.
Photo courtesy of Visit Oakland.

Autumn Lights Festival

Dates TBD

For three evenings, the Gardens at Lake Merritt come alive with backlit, colorful sculptures and creative light displays created by dozens of artists. There’s also an art festival each evening by the same artists who created the light installations. Proceeds from the event go to support the gardens and enable them to stay free all year. 

More info: gardensatlakemerritt.org

Two smiling men holding glasses of beer, standing close and posing under a tent decorated with blue and white streamers. The man on the left is wearing a traditional hat and suspenders, while the man on the right wears glasses and a traditional embroidered vest—one of the best things to do in East Bay October.
Photo courtesy of the city of Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek Oktoberfest

Dates TBD

At Walnut Creek’s annual two-day Oktoberfest, clink your glasses and lift your spirits with Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit — a toast to cheers and good times — at this family-friendly event that recreates the beloved German fall celebration. Oktoberfest includes live entertainment, music, dancing, gourmet food, artisan vendors, arts & crafts, a biergarten with dozens of craft beers and a Kinder Platz Kids Zone. 

More info: walnutcreekdowntown.com

A bulldog dressed in a cowboy outfit, including a brown hat, red bandana, and yellow shirt, stands happily with its tongue out at an outdoor event showcasing the best things to do East Bay October. People and strollers surround the dog, and a few other dogs are visible in the background.
Photo courtesy of Canine Companions.

DogFest

Dates TBD

Jack London Square in Oakland is about to go to the dogs…literally. DogFest is all about canines and their human companions, with a Halloween-themed, family-friendly day packed full of pet-centric activities and entertainment, tricks and treats and a canine costume contest. 

More info: canine.org

A collection of nine intricately designed, differently colored ceramic cups. Each cup has a unique texture and pattern, featuring floral and geometric designs. The colors range from earthy browns to vibrant blues and pinks, arranged on a wooden surface—perfect for your list of best things to do in East Bay this October.
Photo courtesy of Marin Arts and Crafts.

Harvest Festival: Original Art & Craft Show

Dates TBD

The Harvest Festival signs up tens of thousands artists and craft makers each year for its mega arts & crafts events, making it arguably the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. It makes a stop at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton — and along with lots of shopping, it features live music and a dynamic kid zone play area. 

More info: harvestfestival.com

A child in an orange shirt places an item on a vibrant, decorated altar during a Day of the Dead celebration, one of the best things to do in East Bay in October. The altar is adorned with flowers, photos, and offerings as people in the background observe and participate in the event.
Photo courtesy of Unity Council.

Día de los Muertos Festival

Dates TBD

Each year, the Unity Council’s annual Oakland Día de los Muertos Festival has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood for a free, outdoor, family-friendly event taking place to commemorate the Mexican traditions around the Día de los Muertos — there’s world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altares created by community members paying homage to los Muertos. 

More info: diaoakland.com

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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