There's More to the Month of October Than Halloween

By far, the most popular holiday in October is Halloween but there is much more to October then just Halloween. Here are my top favorite October events outside of Halloween.

The Creole United Festival celebrates it’s 4th year on October 1  at the Marin Civic Center. High energy and captivating entertainment with special guest bands from Louisiana and Texas. Fun for all ages, arts & crafts, KidZone, wood dance floor, food vendors selling a variety of authentic Louisiana flavors, Creole cuisines combined with a blend of California favorites and libations. 

Fleet Week is back this October 3-10 and taking the San Francisco Bay by storm kicking off the many exciting October events to come. Ships, planes, and celebrations honoring the men and women of our nation’s armed forces! The event includes ships and planes from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Canadian Navy participating in parades and air shows. 

Blessing of the Animals this October 4 is one of the Bay Area's greatest traditions and performed in the ways of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. It’s a special experience watching kids line up, excited to have their beloved pets blessed with a special prayer to honor our loyal companions who love us unconditionally. You will find this special event happening mainly at churches across the Bay Area. A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, are led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. Look for a complete list here soon.

Bay Area Pet Fair on October 15-16  is the Largest Gathering Of Adoptable Animals In California History! Free Admission! Free Parking! Free Barking! The Bay Area Pet Fair is at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. Enjoy music, crafts, entertainment while helping thousands of homeless California pets find their forever homes. 

The Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 6-16 showcasing the finest family films from around the world. Tickets are on sale now! 

Bioneers has creating a unique learning-and-play program for families with kids 13 and under to enjoy together during the annual conference on October 21-23. Learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and experience these spellbinding experiential education activities. 

The Bay Area Science Festival returns on October 27 – November 5 bringing a wide range of family friendly science & technology activities at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area. Bring your budding scientists to these awesome events and introduce your kids to a wide range of opportunities in science. 

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on October 31 - November 2, is observed by many Latino cultures to commemorate and honor loved ones who have passed on. Building altars and adorning them with colorful paper flowers, decorating sugar skulls, parades of lavishly dressed skeletons and candles, are a few special ways to remember those we have loved. Look for the complete list of events soon on Ronnie’s Awesome List.