Fall Fun in San Diego
There’s never a bad time to visit San Diego, but fall may be one of the most underrated. The air is cooler, the crowds are smaller, and it’s also “Kids Free Month” in the city! So if you’re traveling as a family, that means kids get to eat, play, and explore for free in many places. In short, there are numerous events and festivals happening across the entire metro through the end of the year — so ”America’s Finest City” will truly have something for everyone!
Fall Fest at Belmont Park (now–Oct. 31st, 5.7 miles away)
It’s finally fall, and we’re celebrating the season at the Beachside Fall Fest at Belmont Park! The park is always full of gorgeous green space, magnificent museums and endless things to see and do, but the activities calendar really ramps up during this festival. Kids will enjoy free trick-or-treating every Sunday while adults can indulge in beer tastings every Friday night. Dive for pumpkins, meet your favorite beachside characters, enjoy live music, and delight in special treats. Fall Fest takes place September 9 – October 31.
3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
San Diego Fleet Week (Oct. 3–11, 4.2 miles away)
San Diego and the U.S. Armed Forces have always had a very close relationship. Our oceanside location, excellent community, and famously mild year-round weather make for the perfect place from which the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines can launch operations and conduct exercises. San Diego celebrates the men and women of these forces every year with a blowout Fleet Week event. This year’s Fleet Week takes place from Oct. 3–11 on Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego. Visitors can look forward to amazing food, live music, vendors, sports tournaments, and much more.
3639 Midway Dr #B-429, San Diego, CA 92110
Dia de los Muertos (Oct. 29–30, 2.2 miles away)
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos — the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead — in Old Town. This family-friendly festival will include a range of seasonal activities intended to memorialize and honor the departed, including memorials and altars set up for those who lived in Old Town in the 1800s. Enjoy live music, entertainment, food, drinks, face painting, public memorials, and more. The community comes together to honor this tradition and share it with others.
4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm (through Oct. 31, 37.5 miles away)
Lots of locals love to go nuts at Bates Nut Farm in the fall season. For more than 50 years, Bates Nut Farm has been welcoming families to its pumpkin patch for a truly “gourd” time. Fall activities you can look forward to through Halloween this year include tractor hay rides, a straw maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab a wheelbarrow and load up on an autumn harvest of squash, pumpkins, and other seasonal produce perfect for dining and décor.
15954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center, CA
Ghosts & Gravestones Tours (2.3 miles away)
What better way to celebrate spooky season than by embarking on a fun and fright-filled excursion through some of the city’s most haunted places? Ghosts & Gravestones offers several packages that promise a blood-curdling peek into the past of the oldest city in the state. Thanks to our rich history, many of our darkest corners are said to be inhabited by the spirits of those who came before. So take a ride on the dark side and see for yourself.
4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
Kids Free Month (citywide through Oct. 31)
October is paradise for kids in San Diego! Kids can enjoy free admission to The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld Spooktacular, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, and many more fantastic attractions! Check out the official San Diego Tourism Council site for the full list.
14th Annual San Diego Beer Week (Nov. 4–13)
With more than 150 breweries in and around the metro, San Diego has swiftly become one of the country’s premier craft beer capitals. Aficionados of micro, small-batch and craft brews can sample some of the city’s best beers at San Diego Beer Week. This county-wide 10-day festival, as well as a deep selection of other regional brews and international varieties. Live music, the city’s most popular food trucks and plenty of surprises will also keep things lively.
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival (Nov. 9–13)
When most people think of California wines, they think of Napa Valley. Still, the varied terrain, endless sunshine, and rich soil of areas like San Pasqual Valley, Rancho Bernardo, and Julian mean that the wineries in the area are creating some impressive bottles worth checking out. San Diego celebrates this amazing wine culture at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Expect great food, entertainment, and vintage bottles aplenty when you go.
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 9210i
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