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California in October

Events and Activities for the Month of October


California in October

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  • Fleet Week, San Francisco: It's a celebration of the military fleet, featuring some impressive ships and an eye-popping air show.

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco: This free event is held in Golden Gate Park and features tons of really excellent bluegrass-style performers.

  • Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake: You know what Oktoberfest is all about - beer and more beer - and they've got it.

  • Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay: Home of that giant pumpkin contest you see every year in the media, with lots of fall fun.

  • Cambria Scarecrow Festival: More than 350 of the most cutest, most creative scarecrows you can imagine line the town's streets.

  • JazzTrax Festival, Catalina Island: One of our favorites. So popular that it sells out every year, so plan ahead.

  • Mill Valley Film Festival: It's not far from San Francisco and they show some great films in a state-of-the art theatre.

  • Western Film Festival, Lone Pine: More cowboy-filled western movies were filmed around Lone Pine than you can count and this festival celebrates them all.

  • Whale Watching in October: Gray whales start their southward migration and you may also see blue whales, fin whales and Minke whales.

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