Fall is a favorite for many people in the United States. The weather starts to cool down, all of the summer crowds start to fade away and the casual jeans, sweaters and comfortable clothing come back. In San Diego, we are lucky to have the warm weather, the cool breeze AND the fall festivities, a little bit of everything. It never gets too cold, just cool enough. In no particular order, we wanted to give you a list of our top 10 fun things to do this fall in San Diego. From pumpkin patches to wine festivals, we have it all here.
- San Diego Beer Week
It just wouldn’t be San Diego without beer week. A city that has transformed into a brewery destination, San Diego will be hosting Beer Week on November 4-13. It is a ten-day celebration to promote the brewing culture we love right here in San Diego. The main goal is for guests to enjoy local beer while incorporating fun activities throughout the week. You can check out all of the prices and more information on their website. Get your tickets now! (Don’t forget to stop by, our friend, Mike Hess Brewing Co. who is one of the local vendors).
- La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
If you didn’t know already… we LOVE La Jolla. La Jolla is tucked away right along the coast with beautiful beaches, great food, local shopping and did we mention the seals? This weekend, October 8-9, is the 8th annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. Enjoy the work of more than 150 artists, live entertainment, a silent auction, food, music, the Family Act Center and a wine and beer garden. Admission is free and here’s a little sneak peek. 🙂
- Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Another annual attraction you don’t want to miss out on is Ocean Beaches Oktoberfest. Nothing screams fall like Oktoberfest! On October 7-8, this two-day event kicks off on Friday afternoon with activities all weekend long. On Friday there will be stein-holding contests, balloon blows, happy hour and more. Starting Saturday morning will be the Brat Trot, a 2K family fun run starting at 9 a.m. or a 5K Beach Run at 10 a.m. There will be food and craft vendors, drill instructor workouts on the beach, a beer garden with live entertainment, a sausage toss and more! For all of you 21+ folks, don’t miss out on the fun.
- Old Town Fall Festival
Coming up again this weekend is the Old Town’s Fall Festival on October 8. With free admission, this is a great place to bring the kids. At 12:00-4:00p.m. there will be a pumpkin carving demonstration, musical entertainment and face painting! For all of you arts and crafts lovers, come on down for some hands-on activities including pumpkin painting, corn shucking, environmentally friendly bird feeders and corn husk dolls in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Local merchants in the state park will also be participating offering crafts and other activities. Come on out to Old Town to enjoy a nice relaxing day of fall in San Diego.
- Pumpkin Patches
Well, fall means one thing, Halloween, but Halloween isn’t Halloween without a pumpkin patch. There are various pumpkin patches located in San Diego but we will just give you a couple ideas. Pumpkin Station has four locations offering family friendly fun. In Del Mar, El Cajon, Mission Valley or National City, there is free admission, a petting zoo, games, giant slides, rides and, of course, pumpkins! Suzie’s Farm is another pumpkin patch in the San Diego area. Suzie’s farm is loaded with pumpkins for you to pick, music and kids activities at “Pumpkin Palooza” on Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 10am-2pm.
- Taste of North Park
North Park is a hip and urban neighborhood in San Diego, and what better way to check out North Park than at The Taste of North Park. Tickets are $35 and will include 50 food tastes from local restaurants and 15 sips of beer from some of San Diego’s best bars. Some of our Bite San Diego restaurants are participating, too! Don’t forget to say hi to Venissimo Cheese, California Tap Room, Crazee Burger, Mike Hess Brewery and Redwing Bar & Grill
- Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
On October 29, Balboa Park is going to be treating families to a free Halloween Family Day! Over 24 museums and attractions will be offering craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests. There will also be other fun surprises from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the museums are even offering free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult! There will be tons of pictures taken at this event so don’t forget to dress up and put on a big smile! 🙂
- Hallo-wine and Spirits Party
Hotel del Coronado is having a party at the famous haunted hotel on October 29. Grab your favorite costume for the 6th annual, adults-only, party. The price is between $125-$150 and will be a “spooky surprise with great food and delicious wine”. A dinner will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and the dance party will take place from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. The after-party will include drinks, desserts, dancing and crowning the winner of the best costume! PS. keep an eye out for a special guest appearance from the resident ghost. Check it out here. *Spooooky*
2. Haunted Aquarium: Spooky Science! at the Birch Aquarium.
The Birch Aquarium is the perfect place for a “scary-good time”. On October 21 & 22 from 6:00-9:00 p.m, there will be a costume contest, story time, crafts and science-related activities. Admission is $18.50 for the public and $13.50 for members (purchased in advance) and $20.00 at the door! “Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime,and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time.”
- Bite San Diego Walking Food Tours
Bite San Diego loves food, fall, family and friends. This is the perfect chance to get out there and join in on the delicious ‘bites’ of San Diego. Come on out to a tour and check out one of the seven neighborhoods around the San Diego area. You will visit, a minimum of, five restaurant samples and learn all about the history of the neighborhood. Take a friend, a family member or even a date. You won’t want to miss out.