The best autumn festivals in the greater Bay Area

There are a lot of reasons why people purchase some of the homes for sale in the Bay Area. Some love the historic scenery of San Francisco, while others enjoy the rising home values and buying statistics of the Bay Area housing market. Either way, if you have recently moved into a property in the region, you are going to need to find new ways to enjoy your new surroundings.

Luckily, the Bay Area is home to an incredible number of autumn concerts and festivals that are perfect for residents of all ages. Check out the two following events if you are looking for live music, great food and a whole lot of fun.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
You don't have to be a fan of country music and styles to enjoy the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass event in Golden Gate Park. The concert and festival will span three days - October 4th, 5th and 6th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The best part about all this commotion? Entry is free!

The activities begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Festivities are halted at 7 p.m. on all three days. This way, even if you have a busy work schedule, you can still find some time to steal away and attend a concert at one of the four stages. Local food vendors will be cooking up tons of regional cuisine as well, so be sure to grab a California-style taco or hot dog from a stand or cart.

Treasure Island Music Festival
Contrary to popular belief, the Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay is not the home of famed pirate Long John Silver - rather, it is the host of the annual Treasure Island Music Festival, which will take place on October 13th and 14th. Because parking is limited on the island, your best bet to get there is by driving to the lot at AT&T Park and utilizing the provided shuttle service. Remember, the earlier you get there, the better chance you have to get closer to the stage - the gates open at 11 a.m.

International acts like Girl Talk and Public Enemy are among the main performers at the event, but there will be plenty of local bands and artists performing as well. This is a great chance to put a finger on the musical pulse of the Bay Area, so don't miss out!