Festive Fall Things to Do in San Jose
Evenings are finally cooling off, leaves are crisping, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere at fall festivals in Silicon Valley. Yes, autumn is upon us, and that can only mean one thing – it's time to get into the spirit of the season with all things PUMPKIN! Whether shopping for hand-blown glass sculptures among the upscale retailers of Santana Row, or savoring family time at a harvest fair in tranquil Guadalupe River Park, there's no time like the present to start getting festive!
Glass Pumpkin Festival at Santana Row
377 Santana Row
The award-winning, European-style shopping center affectionately known as "The Row" hosts this annual showcase of magical glass pumpkins, many available for purchase. Skillfully made by the nation's best glassblowers and local artists at the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You can even sign-up to blow your own with BAGI ($99, 10am-12pm on October 25th or 31st), but seats fill up fast!
Pumpkins in the Park
October 10th, 10am-4pm
Guadalupe River Park
180 Woz Way
Bring the whole family to the restful respite of Guadalupe River Park for this wholesome fall festival, complete with a Giant Pumpkin Patch for wandering. Don't forget to bring your child's costume from last year for the Costume Swap as well, where they can pick out someone else's donation to take home absolutely FREE! A Children's Costume Parade fills the park three times (10:20am, 11:50am, and 2:30pm), along with live entertainment, carnival games, a bounce house, and TONS of pumpkin decorating! And don't forget to bring your appetite for the tasty array of food vendors serving hot cider alongside all sorts of local, seasonal delights, just 15 minutes from our hotel.