Best Things to Do in the North Bay This October

Best Things to Do in the North Bay This October

There’s a lot to look forward to this fall season. Whether you want something more family-friendly or are looking for an active event, you can find something here. So, plan ahead and have an eventful October! Here’s our list of the best things to do in the North Bay region. 

Featured photo courtesy of Lauren Baxter.

Pedestrians walk through Downtown Novato Classic Car show
Photo courtesy of Downtown Novato Business Association.

Nostalgia Days Classic Car Show & Cruise

October 11–12

Blast from the past, anyone? The 28th annual Nostalgia Days returns to Downtown Novato. On the first day of this event, a parade of classic cars will cruise through Downtown, and the second day involves a car show featuring cars from around the state. 

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People in German costume at Biketoberfest.
Photo courtesy of Biketoberfest Facebook.


October 12

Enjoy good brews, bikes, live music, and gorgeous North Bay weather at Fairfax’s annual Biketoberfest. Perfect for active folks and bike enthusiasts — this event will feature group rides, bike vendors/organizations, and the Marin Museum of Bicycling. This event will also be dog-friendly, so don’t forget to bring your four-legged friend along. 

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Two runners cross finish line at Marin County Endurance Run
Photo courtesy of Marin Endurance Festival.

Marin Endurance Festival

October 26–27

Now in its 16th year, this event for sporty types offers the option of doing a triathlon, half marathon, 10K or 5K. All events begin at McNears Beach with race courses that promise picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay and Marin.

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Logo of Mill Valley FIlm Festival projected onto sidewalk
Photo courtesy of MVFF and Tommy Lau Photography.

Mill Valley Film Festival

Dates TBD

Calling all film buffs and cinephiles! Celebrate the very best of independent filmmaking at the internationally acclaimed 47th Mill Valley Film Festival. Films featured at the festival highlight world cinema, U.S. cinema, and shorts, to name a few. Come meet some of your favorite Hollywood stars on the red carpet and enjoy the silver screen — this is a special event you don’t want to miss! 

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Sausalito Boat Show
Photo courtesy of Sausalito Boat Show.

Sausalito Boat Show

Dates TBD

From nautical novices to serious sailors, the Sausalito Boat Show is the place for people to immerse themselves in the boating lifestyle, check out new boats, get on the water, attend educational seminars and more. Beyond boats, there’s a number of local food vendors offering seafood specialties and classic California cuisine, live music and activities for the kids. 

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Pumpkins at October Bay Area pumpkin patches
Photo courtesy of Ana Essentiels.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch

Dates TBD

Celebrate the fall season with your entire family at the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch. You can get lost in a four-acre corn maze at the patch, climb over hay bales or choose your very own pumpkin to carve. It’s the perfect place to take the kiddos if you’re in the North Bay.

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Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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