Best Things to Do in the South Bay This October

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the South Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Andrii Ganzevych

All About Bats

Oct 2

Yes, they are considered spooky during the season of ghouls but bats are much more than their caricatures and this interactive learning experience at Palo Altos EcoCenter will explain exactly why bats are so lovable (hint: they eat lots of bugs).

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Photo: Courtesy of Danny Halvorson

Henry Cowell Redwoods Lobster Feed

Oct 9

Felton is flush with flavor for the 26th annual dinner that dishes a pound and a half of fresh Maine lobster to all comers with a fleet of sides, beverages and dessert. While live music from the Wild & Blue band floats through the forest and twinkling lights linger overhead, all proceeds benefit the redwood sanctuaries that are Henry Cowell and Big Basin State Parks. 

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Santa Cruz Open Farm Tours

Oct 9 - 10

Nine family-owned farms based in and around Santa Cruz welcome the community to learn what is involved in growing nourishing produce in one of the world’s most vibrant working agricultural landscapes. Apple juicing, tastings, U-picks and demos figure in, as does maximum learning about sustainable practices. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Northern California Renaissance Faire

Renaissance Faire

Oct 9-10

The joust may be a favorite highlight of an event in Hollister dedicated to life in Europe from 1300-1700 A.D., but the theme over the Oct 9-10 weekend is dedicated to German mercenaries and their ilk as they ring in the harvest season with ale and delights from the Alamanni, Teutons and Goth tribes.

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Photo: By Joan Marcus


Oct 12–31

The story of an American Founding Father gets the Lin Manuel-Miranda treatment and became a rap and hip-hop Broadway sensation.

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Photo: Steely Dan with the Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

Oct 13

San Joses own, harmonizing since 1971s eponymously named album, make an appearance in not-too-far-away Mountain View alongside Michael McDonald who has joined the band.

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Photo: Courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Oct 24

It’s a virtual screening, but the adrenaline remains real. Viewers get the best from more than 400 entries, which translates to over-the-top action, environmental, and adventure films that stretch the boundaries of geography, believability and human achievement. Extreme would be an understatement.

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Gipsy Kings

Oct 30

The big-hearted and wildly famous blend of flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop that pours from the Reyes and Baliardo families knows no cultural bounds, with rock harpist Mikaela Davis leading off the fun.

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Hallowe’en Block Party

Oct 31

Downtown Palo Alto celebrates All Hallows Eve with trick-or-treating, a haunted alley, a costume contest and an after party, accompanied by live music from John Henrys Farm.

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