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berkeley in fall

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East Bay has a particular charm in the fall (maybe it's the abundance of trees that change color?) so hop over and enjoy these seasonal events this weekend.

2nd Annual Autumn Lights Festival 

Breathtaking colors, crisp air, romantic nights, warm cider...yep, we've finally arrived at what's arguably the best season of the year. Come celebrate all that's beautiful about fall this Saturday as Oakland's Lake Merritt district, an all-time favorite for Bay Area natives and visitors alike, hosts its 2nd Annual Autumn Lights Festival. Several local artists have created mesmerizing installations that will be displayed over several acres of garden. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best garden attire and get a glimpse of lighted artwork and sound installations. Food, beer, and wine will also be available, as well as access to the artists' museum store. Click here for more info. Sat. 10/19666 Bellevue, Oakland.

4th Annual Harvest Festival 

The quaint community of Alameda is the ideal place to be this season as well, especially during the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday. Prepare for an adventurous day on a 3-acre urban farm with delicious farm bites, pumpkin carving, a children’s carnival, arts and crafts activities for all ages. Check it outSat. 10/19, 2600 Barbers Point Rd., Alameda, (510)898-7800

Taste of the Nation East Bay

At the end of the day, nothing beats excellent grub. That's exactly what you'll get when venturing to Berkeley for the highly anticipated first-ever Taste of the Nation East Bay. Over 40 of the East Bay's top restaurants and beverage hubs will provide tastings of the most appetizing bites and drinks to guests. This special culinary extravaganza is part of a 40-city fundraising effort to benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Featured restaurant and beverage participants include Shakewell Bar & Kitchen, Wood Tavern, A16 Rockridge, Brown Sugar Kitchen, and Flora, among many others. Get additional details here. Sun. 10/20, tickets $85, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, (510) 843-3000.