1. El Camino Hospital Farmers Market Debut
Where / When: El Camino Hospital, parking lot east of the Emergency entrance/ Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why Go: The summer farmers market in downtown Los Altos just closed, and we know, you're feeling that pang, that yearning for vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes. There's no need to forgo them, not just yet. Friday's debut means a ribbon-cutting by Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperczak and a little more oomph than the usual market, so come around and see what's being offered. Parking available in lots A & B, in the front of the hospital along Grant Road
Price: Free to attend
2. First Friday: Octoberfest!
Where/When: Downtown Los Altos / Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Why Go: Who needs an excuse to enjoy a first Friday that sports a biergarten and a weingarten? There's a “Pumpkin Hunt” game from 6-8 p.m., and a drawing donated from local merchants. Plus plenty of fun for the whole family, as the First Friday gets its Octoberfest on! First Friday Headquarters is place to pick up programs, get information, visit the Candidates’ Corner, and register for the drawing. It is located in the outdoor patio behind the Costume Bank, 169 State Street (at Third). The Garden festivities begin at 7:30 and go until 10 pm in the outdoor patio behind the Costume Bank, 169 State Street (at Third).
3. Fall Festival
Where/When: Downtown Los Altos, North Parking Plaza / Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: The Los Altos Chambers' big event: More than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, plus home exhibitors, live music and gosh, Gordon Biersch beer, a Los Altos success story. There's also the popular Children's Alley, chock full of kid-centric fun, and the return of the Little Explorer’s Petting Zoo of friendly goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, a pot belly pig, an alpaca and giant tortoises. There are rides, slides, and bounce houses. Activities include pumpkin painting, scarecrow hands, fishing booth, toss games, witches cauldron and more.
Price: Free admission