To me, Oktoberfest means that fall has arrived, and with it comes change. The changes are more subtle in California, but they are there. In other parts of the United States it is the changing color of leaves that signals a switch of season. In the Bay Area, the first sign of cooler weather is the appearance of Oktoberfest activities.
Oktoberfest actually begins in September but I can’t seem to get excited about it until October. A short history: The first Oktoberfest was when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese on Oct 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate outside the city gates.
In addition to Oktoberfestivities, there are the traditional things to do: Go to the pumpkin patch, etc. I’m going to suggest something bolder. I found an amazing list with fun things to do this month that are on the outlandish side. Want to pretend to be the walking dead or taxidermy a squirrel? You should check out this list!
For a more kid friendly, low key approach, Michele wrote two great posts, Halloween in the Bay 2013 and 2014. Both have great ideas with a focus on Halloween and will get you thinking about how to make the most out of the end of the month.
I would love for an expat to chime in on what they associate the change of season with where they are from.