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Fall activities to enjoy the first weekend of October

Although temperatures will be warmer than usual, there's still much to see during this early fall weekend.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It's hard to believe the first day of October is already here Saturday, but here we are.

Temperatures aren't exactly fall-like yet, with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s expected this weekend in Sacramento. The Climate Prediction Center's October Outlook shows Northern California as warmer and drier than normal, disappointing fall weather enjoyers across the region.

RELATED: Sacramento Weather Forecast

This forecast shouldn't stop people from experiencing the numerous fall activities in the region this weekend. From pumpkin patches and corn mazes to a s'mores festival, we've got you covered with a host of activities and locations to soak up the first weekend of October.

Witness the seasons change in the Sierras

While it's still early in the season, some areas in the mountains are already turning. Patchy fall color conditions can be seen along the higher elevations in the state, with areas in Mono County above 9,000 feet already near peak color, according to californiafallcolor.com.

Take a fall drive or hike a mountain trail to witness the early autumn beauty.

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A quick glance at early season fall color in Northern California

Take a jaunt up to Apple Hill

Located less than an hour from Sacramento, Apple Hill has been a lasting fall tradition for many in the region. Temperatures in the 60s are expected in the morning hours before heating up to the 80s in the Apple Hill area.

Although Apple Hill is open year round, the fall is when it shines. Orchards, wineries and restaurants dot the beautiful foothills landscape. More information about activities in Apple Hill can be found here.

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Low 80s expected this weekend in Apple Hill

Find a pumpkin patch or sneak through a corn maze

The Sacramento area has many options when it comes to pumpkin patches.

Here's a list of some pumpkin patches open this weekend in the region:

Dave's Pumpkin Patch

3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691
Phone Number: (916) 849-9450

Sunday – Thursday | 10 am – 7 pm
Friday – Saturday | 10 am – 9 pm

Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch

6950 Cavitt Stallman Rd., Granite Bay, CA 95746
Phone Number: (916) 599-2071
Monday – Sunday | 10 am – 6 pm

Roemer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

6851 Hedge Ave., Sacramento, CA 95829
Phone Number: (916) 381-4331

Tuesday – Friday |10 am – 5 pm
Weekends | 9 am – 5 pm
CLOSED on Mondays  

Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

1415 Pumpkin Ln., Wheatland, CA 95692
Phone Number: (530) 633-2568 

September 23- October 30
Sunday – Thursday | 9 am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday | 9 am – 9 pm

Keema's Pumpkin Farm

6532 Point Pleasant Rd., Elk Grove 95757
Phone Number: (916) 684-2334 

Tuesday – Friday | 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday – Sunday | 10 am – 6 pm
Halloween | 10 am – 4 pm

35th Annual Loomis Eggplant Festival

Celebrate the farming of eggplants in Loomis at this festival! Search for treasures at the 100+ art, craft and business booths, enjoy delicious barbecue and food, various eggplant dishes, a beer and wine area, and enjoy two stages of entertainment.

19th Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop

Truckee hosts an annual fall event where you can receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Come and sip wine, sample local food tastings and enjoy shopping in historic downtown Truckee.

  • 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
  • Located at Historic Downtown Truckee (10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee)
  • Organized by Truckee Wine Walk
  • Find more information here.


A one-of-a-kind opportunity for adults to relive their camp days, featuring yummy smores, BBQ, wine, craft beer, live music and fun games! All event proceeds will go to YMCA youth programs by providing scholarships to kids.

  • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
  • Located at Sacramento Central YMCA (2021 W St., Sacramento)
  • Organized by YMCA of Superior California
  • Find more information here.

Johnny Appleseed Days in Paradise

The two day festival runs through the weekend and has been held in Paradise since 1888, making it the oldest harvest festival in the state.

  • Saturday, Oct. 1  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Located at Terry Ashe Park (6626 Skyway, Paradise)
  • Find more information here

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