Fortuna's annual Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 2 to 4 (free admission) is always a barrel of fun for the whole family.
The celebration kicks off Friday, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Fortuna Rodeo Grounds, with cider sipping and music at Taste of the Harvest (21-and-over, $25, $10 sober drivers), benefiting Wild Souls Ranch.
Saturday's festivities go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at events across the city, and you can hitch a hayride between all of them. Main Street's hopping with live music, tasty food — tri-tip sandwiches, apple crisp, shaved ice — a bounce house and craft booths from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over at Clendenen's, take a hayride orchard tour, taste apples and applewood barbecue. Redwood Village has a rib cook-off at noon featuring apple-infused recipes — to see who's got the crust — plus kids games and vendors. There's more for the kids over at Strongs Creek Plaza with a petting zoo, carriage rides, face painting, gymnastics and more. The Fortuna Fire Department is offering fire truck rides, tours and free ice cream courtesy of the FVFD Ladies Auxiliary.
Come back Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more hay and apples at Clendenen's and speeder car rides to Eighth Street and back. Main Street's closed to traffic for a street fair where you can pick out the perfect pie.