The Pleasanton Harvest Festival at the Alameda County Fairgrounds next weekend will blend Halloween fun, music and entertainment with a shopping bonanza of more than 24,000 handmade gifts. Indoor and outdoor booths will feature original art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, specialty foods, toys, decor and more.
The family-friendly fest includes a pumpkin patch and a KidZone with Halloween-themed "make-and-take" arts and crafts. Live entertainment will include Capt. Jack Spareribs -- a magical juggling pirate who bears an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Depp -- and Retroactive Dance Band performing songs from the '60s to current hits from Motown to Bruno Mars, Adele to Maroon 5.
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival is also giving back to the community by partnering with the Crown Monarchs Youth Cheer Squad, a nonprofit competitive squad that promotes cheerleading and dance for girls. Half of the proceeds from shopping bags sold as the event will go to the cheer squad as well as a direct donation from the Harvest Festival.
The festival runs all next weekend, Oct. 26-28.
What: Pleasanton Harvest Festival
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds
When: Oct. 26-28
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets (valid for re-entry): $9 adults; $7 seniors 62 and older, and military; $4 ages 13-17 free for 12 and under
More information: www.harvestfestival.com or call 392-7300