Harvest, Pumpkin and Halloween Festivals: This weekend, there is so much Halloween fun to be had that it would be nice to morph into several people.
Yet even if you can manage a costume of, say, a six-headed snake, you can only be in one place at once, so here's Ms. Mouthful's recommendation.
Be sure to stop at the pumpkin patch nearest you or a beloved winery that is hosting an event.
But if you're still not certain where you want to be, consider the Fort Ross Harvest Festival. You can't beat the setting high above the Pacific, and the weather at the coast at this time of year is exquisite.
Activities include ethnic music and dancing, working demonstrations of a Russian-style windmill, horse and wagon rides, cannon firings, communal dancing, horse and wagon rides, historic crafts and other activities for kids, a performance of the Su-Nu-Nu-Shinal Kashaya Pomo dancers and more.
Things get started at 10 a.m. and conclude as the sun sets at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per car.
This year, the Fort Ross Conservancy has teamed up with the Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Festival. A special luncheon, $95 per person, will be hosted at noon, though ticket sales closed earlier this week. A wine tasting tent will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.; tickets, $35 each, may be purchased in advance or at the event. For complete details and to purchase advance tickets, visit fortross.org.
Soule Studio Sale: On Saturday, ceramic artist Aletha Soule hosts her annual fall warehouse sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As always, the sale will feature both her Melange and Citrange collections of tableware, along with one-of-a-kind pieces, unique little treasures that make great gifts. People begin queuing up for the sale by about 9:30 a.m., and when the doors open at 10 a.m., there's a bit of a feeding frenzy that can last up to an hour. After that, the crowd thins a bit and shopping is more leisurely. If a crowd doesn't bother you, show up early and enjoy the fun.