Festivals & Fairs on The San Francisco Peninsula

The San Francisco Peninsula knows how to have a good time all year long. This includes many annual fairs and festivals that are sure to provide fun for the entire family. From the San Mateo County Fair in June to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in October, you can find annual special events throughout the year that will amaze you and your family. Below are a few highlights of our favorite annual events.

Carnival games in front of Cow Palace


April 25-28, 2024

When spring is in the air, Butler Amusement brings the fun to Cow Palace! Children and adults alike can enjoy carnival rides, games, and your favorite fair foods.

The Cow Palace Arena & Event Center is an iconic Bay Area landmark and exposition center, home of the annual Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show, and Rodeo.



June 1-9, 2024

The San Mateo County Fair is the perfect family outing and a one-stop family fun day! Enjoy activities for kids and adults, carnival attractions, great food, concerts, and more!

The annual Fair takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center and has brought together the community for live entertainment, competitive events, unique food, arts & educational exhibits, magnificent floral and garden creations, livestock and agricultural exhibits, and an exciting, fun-filled carnival for all ages. As the San Mateo County Fair has evolved over the years, it honors and reflects on our county's history while looking towards the future, embracing the traditions of our community, competition, education, and fun.



September 28-29, 2024

The Fog Fest was created in 1986 to promote the City of Pacifica and to celebrate our marvelous coast. The last full weekend of September was chosen because historically the weather is unbeatable.

The Fog Fest kicks off Saturday morning at 10 am with the Discover Pacifica Parade and Marching Band Competition. Then stay and enjoy our Arts and Crafts booths, Food and Beverage booths, Music & Entertainment, Family Fun Fest, and a variety of other activities. Details and information here: Pacific Coast Fog Fest

Pumpkin Festival 2017


October 19-20, 2024

The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is autumn's signature event, drawing thousands of visitors to the “World Pumpkin Capital” for an epic festival in Half Moon Bay’s historic Main Street.

The Pumpkin Festival celebrates the fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of enormous pumpkins, entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, delicious food by Half Moon Bay restaurants, local wine and beer, pie-eating contests, family fun, and more!

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