Fall events

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Children race toward a bowl of treats during a past Halloween Spooktacular in downtown Los Altos. This year’s event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Fall is full of local events – from plays to concerts. A rundown of what’s happening when and where follows. 

Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘Admissions’
Closes Sept. 29
Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.
Los Altos Stage Company’s 2019-2020 season begins with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” a new satire that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Sherri, the progressive head of admissions at a New England prep school, has worked for years to diversify the school’s population. But when her son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction exposes a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Sept 25-28 and 3 p.m. Sept. 29.
For tickets and more information, visit

Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market
4-8 p.m. Sept. 26
State Street
The Los Altos Village Association and city of Los Altos co-host their final farmers’ market of the year Sept. 26. Featuring produce from local farms, food trucks, take-out selections and bakeries, the market includes more than 45 vendors.
For more information, visit

Mountain View Farmers’ Market
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays
Caltrain Station, 600 W. Evelyn Ave.
The award-winning farmers’ market hosted by the city of Mountain View runs year-round. Showcasing goods from more than 80 farmers and vendors, the market offers organic produce, baked goods and flowers.
For more information, visit

Ye Olde Towne Band
1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 29
Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos
Ye Olde Town Band’s final performance of the year is set to feature a variety of concert music – from marches to musicals. Attendees can pack a picnic to eat on the park’s grassy fields while listening to the free performance. A playground is available for children.
For more information, visit

First Fridays
6-8 p.m. Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6
Downtown Los Altos
First Fridays, held the first Friday of every month, offer opportunities to shop, dine, listen to live music and explore downtown Los Altos. During the event, many downtown merchants extend their hours, offer complimentary refreshments and sponsor activities.
For more information, visit

Cheesemaking Class
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills
Hidden Villa offers a class on the art of cheesemaking designed for adults and youth ages 16 and up. Participants learn how to make and flavor cheese by hand in a small group.
Cost is $70. Class size is limited.
To register and for more information, visit

Trick-or-Treat Downtown
1-6 p.m. Oct. 26
Downtown Mountain View
Trick-or-treating at Castro Street businesses is open to children 12 and under, who are encouraged to dress in costumes. Festivities include Halloween-themed games and crafts 1-3 p.m., and trick-or-treating 3-6 p.m.
For more information, visit

Halloween Spooktacular
Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31
Downtown Los Altos
Downtown Los Altos merchants open their doors to trick-or-treaters. Games, balloon art and crafts are scheduled 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets.
For more information, visit

Explorers Day
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11
Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills
In Hidden Villa’s Explorers Day program, children ages 6-12 can explore the farm and wilderness, and participate in crafts, hikes, activities and games.
Cost is $80.
To register and for more information, visit

Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
Nov. 21 through Dec. 22
Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.
Just in time for the holidays, Los Altos Stage Company presents “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.” When a department store Santa surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he is the real Santa Claus, a court case ensues to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
For performance times, tickets and more information, visit

Festival of Lights Parade
6 p.m. Dec. 1
Downtown Los Altos
For the 42nd year, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade celebrates the holidays with floats, marching bands and characters in costume. With the theme of “A Child’s Holiday Fantasy,” the parade attracts a crowd of all ages to Main and State streets to partake in the long-standing city tradition.
For more information, visit

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
6-8 p.m. Dec. 6
Veterans Community Plaza, Los Altos
The Los Altos Village Association’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony returns to Veterans Community Plaza at the corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Local businesses and community groups provide refreshments and holiday music, and Santa makes an appearance to greet children.
For more information, visit

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Open House
5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9
Civic Center Plaza, Mountain View
Beginning at City Hall Plaza at 500 Castro St., the holiday festivities include live music, refreshments, decorations, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus. Later, attendees can stroll around downtown Mountain View to hear carolers and check out promotions at participating businesses.
For more information, visit

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