Downtown Davis is the place to be over the next few days as the Davis Farmers Market celebrates its Fall Festival and Davis Downtown hosts a Halloween Treat Trail (trick-or-treating) and a Dia de los Muertos celebration on the E Street Plaza.
* Fall Festival: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, Third and C streets, featuring a children’s costume parade at 11 a.m., free pumpkin patch, petting zoo, piglets, pony rides, hands-on crafts and science activities, raptors from the California Raptor Center and Americana music by the Peter Franklin Band.
Market manager Randii MacNear said decorations in the market pavilion will feature Halloween-themed paper lanterns instead of mylar balloons.
* Central Park Gardens open house and sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, along B Street between Third and Fourth streets, featuring sales of fall vegetables, flowers, herbs, bulbs and natives, plus information tables staffed by Master Gardeners. Proceeds from the sale will benefit garden maintenance.
Water-wise plants and techniques will be a special focus this year with an information booth focused on drip irrigation as well as lawn removal and replacement alternatives. Planting in the fall reduces the need for irrigation by taking advantage of cool temperatures and winter rainfall to get new plants established.
* Davis Downtown Treat Trail, 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday in downtown Davis. Participating businesses (watch for the “Treat Trail” sign in their windows) will hand out goodies to costumed children age 10 and younger. Free screenings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” are planned at 2, 2:35, 3:10 and 3:45 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St.
Keep an eye out for the Pamela Trokanski Dance Group, which will be performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at various locations.
* Dia de los Muertos, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the E Street Plaza, in the 200 block of E Street downtown. A community altar will be built by Amar Azucena Cid and volunteer artists on the plaza stage. The community is invited to contribute offerings of photos, letters, flowers, food and mementos to the altar to celebrate those who have died.
Voice of the Wood performance artists will read stories from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.: “That Terrible Halloween Night,” “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” and “The Ghost of John.”
All are welcome to join the El Dia Procession at 4 p.m., beginning at Tres Hermanas, Second and H streets, and ending at the plaza. Participants are invited to dress in traditional costumes and makeup.