Did you know that fall is one of the best times of year to visit San Francisco? The San Francisco Bay Area is like a whole new world in the fall. The natural world flourishes in shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the breeze on San Francisco Bay drifts towards a chill wind. (Filled with sequoias and redwoods, Muir Woods retains its lofty green.) If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in San Francisco in the Fall, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including...
- Halloween Haunt at California's Great America
- The Great Pumpkin Fest at California's Great America
- Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
- Special Exhibits at the SFMOMA
- Wine Country Tours
- and more!
Save on Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these San Francisco area activities is included on the Go San Francisco® pass. Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. Check out all San Francisco tourist passes, attractions and prices. Please note, some of the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go San Francisco® pass.
Halloween Haunt at California's Great America
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, September 27 - November 2, 2019California’s Great America will transform into Halloween Haunt in late September and all of October for this Frightful time of the Season! Come enjoy 9 mazes & attractions, 3 scare zones, 4 live shows, and over 20 rides to have a scary good time! Rides will be in operation with exception of Planet Snoopy. Keep in mind that this event is quite scary and is not appropriate for young children. If you're traveling with little ones, a visit during the daytime hours is a smarter bet, OR, consider a visit to the Great Pumpkin Fest (more on that below). Getting In: Admission to Halloween Haunt is only $26 for Go San Francisco pass customers. General admission to California's Great America is included with the Go San Francisco® pass.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at California's Great America
Weekends, September 28 - November 3, 2019
- Hay Maze for children to explore
- Pumpkin Decorating
- Trick or Treating in costume for children 12 and under
- A foam-tastic pumpkin patch for children to play in
- Talented Pumpkin Carvers showing their carving skills
Getting In: Admission to The Great Pumpkin Fest is only $26 for Go San Francisco Pass customers.
Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Selected Dates, September 21 - October 31, 2019
By day, Fright Fest is a delightful and gently spooky event for the kids, filled with cookie decorating, the adorable Twick or Tweat Twail, and all the top rides and attractions they know and love. But by night...this place transforms into a Halloween horror-land, full of truly frightening sights and sounds. Stumble your way through four themed scare zones, try to find your way out of a haunted maze, and enjoy tons of live "monstertainment"! Getting In: Admission to Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco® pass. General admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is included with the Go San Francisco® pass.
The San Francisco Dungeon
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Tour
More Amazing Art Museums
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 4-5, 2019 Sonoma County Event Center
Check out the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair to sample world-class wines, award-winning beers, and delicious bites from culinary masters. You'll enjoy a complete farm-to-table experience at this fun event. Getting In: Admission to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco® pass.
Castro Street Fair
October 6, 2019 Castro Street
If you're looking for more artistic inspiration in San Fran, then a visit to the eclectic Castro Street Fair is a must. Browse arts & crafts booths, enjoy live entertainment, and cheer on dancers and musicians. This multi-cultural street festival is particularly LGBTQ-friendly, too. Getting In: Admission to the Castro Street Fair is free.
Fleet Week San Francisco
October 6-14, 2019 Embarcadero / Fisherman's Wharf
Head to the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf to catch some of the excitement of Fleet Week, "The Most Important Fun You'll Have All Year." Events include Ship Tours, Blue Angel Practice, the Parade of Ships, and the Air Show. Getting In: Admission to air shows at Fleet Week is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco® pass.
October 10-19, 2019 Various locations throughout the city
San Francisco's favorite literary festival takes place all across the city. Enjoy a week of readings, classes, talks, films, and other special events at various venues throughout the city. Getting In: Admission to Litquake is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco® pass.
More Fun Things to do in San Francisco in the Fall
- Head out of the city to enjoy a hayride or corn maze.
- Go on a whale watch near the end of the season to see migrating whales.
- Listen to free music performances in Golden Gate Park.
- Go apple-picking! It's not just for New England anymore!
- Sample the fall produce at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market.
- Enjoy a harvest party at a local winery.
Who knew autumn could be this much fun? We hope you enjoyed these suggestions for a few popular things to do in San Francisco in the Fall. And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with the Go San Francisco® pass. Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Francisco® pass.