It’s olive harvest time, and there are two local opportunities to celebrate!
Bring your family and friends to the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, a historic site and nature preserve that’s open only twice a year to the public. Taste olive oils from local producers and attend olive-themed cooking demos. Pet the baby goats, search for turtles in the pond, try your hand at nature-based arts and crafts, and take a docent-led tour of the ranch. The “Olive Pit Spit” contest is a favorite for kids of all ages. Wagner Ranch Nature Area offers hands-on experiential education for 1,000 school children each year. Free. Info: here
8th Annual Orinda Olive Festival
Sunday October 1, 11:30am–4:30pm
Wagner Ranch Nature Area
350 Camino Pablo, Orinda
And there’s even more olive love the very next weekend …
Fremont’s Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce serves up a delightful weekend event in the olive grove behind the old Mission. Celebrate with olives, olive oil, wine and beer, good food, and live music. Games and crafts are offered in a festive kids’ area. Guests may also sign up for special docent-led tours at 1pm on Sunday. Please don’t bring pets to the festival. Free admission. Info: here
16th Annual Olive Festival
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10am–5pm
43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(on the Dominican grounds behind the Historic Old Mission San Jose)
Photo courtesy of Wagner Ranch.