Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Fall!

Looking for fun events and activities in the Fall? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this Fall!

Festival of Sail

September 1-4

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Celebrate the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and 100+ food, art and craft vendors. Hosted at Maritime Museum of San Diego, Festival of Sail transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days. Click here for more information.

Burgers & Beers

September 9

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Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award at Burgers & Beers. Are you ready for the ultimate battle of the burgers? Of course no burger is complete without a beer! Enjoy unlimited beer samples from 30+ local breweries. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors and local breweries—and you decide who will ultimately win. Click here for more information.

KAABOO Del Mar

September 15-17

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KAABOO is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery! Click here for more information.

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

September 22 – 24

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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year’s theme is A Salute to Vietnam Veterans. MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers including the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Click here for more information.

San Diego Restaurant Week

September 24 – October 1

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Dine at over 180 participating restaurants during the 8 days of San Diego Restaurant Week! Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.  Click here to find participating restaurants near you and browse their menus!

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Sep 29 – Oct 1

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Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the locally loved La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more “Prost!” (Cheers!) than ever before. Click here for more information.

The Scream Zone

Sep 29 – Aug 31

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San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. The Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. Click here for more information.

The Haunted Trail

Sep 29 – Oct 31

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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling. Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget! Click here for more information.

Día de los Muertos

October 28 – Nov 2

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Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays. Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2 of each year, is considered to be one of the most important holiday’s of the year by many in Mexico and other Latin American countries. The unity between life and death is celebrated when families come together and offer hospitality to the spirits of their loved ones.  Click here for more information.

 

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Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Kids Free continues a long-standing dedication to youngsters by providing free admission for the month of October to every child ages 11 years old and younger, a maximum 10 children free per each supervised ticketed adult. Throughout the month, Saturdays and Sundays at the Zoo will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature. Click here for more information.

Pacific BeachFest

October 7

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Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volley ball, craft beer, kids activities and music! There will be plenty of free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk at this year’s Pacific BeachFest being held on Saturday, Oct. 7th  from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This will be the 20th anniversary event for Pacific Beachfest! Click here for information.

MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge

October 14

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The MCRD Bootcamp Challenge features obstacles used only by Marine Recruits plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors providing direction and encouragement. Includes a 3-mile obstacle course on paved roads and hard-packed dirt – flat and fast. Over 50 obstacles to complete, including tunnel crawls, trenches, cargo netting and push-up stations. Drill Instructors at each station to make sure you complete your obstacles! Come check it out! Click here for more information.

Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Walking Tour

October 20

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Enjoy a 3 to 3.5 hr leisurely walking tour with a local resident guide and experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Gourmet food, local and international wines, guided historic walk, wine tasting appreciation presentation. Tons of upscale fun! Their epicurean Walking Wine Tours introduce La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene. On this delightful 3 to 3.5 hour tour you’ll be guided by a local expert with years of fine wine and culinary experience. Experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Fore more information click here.

A Night with Janis Joplin

October 25-26

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Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, San Diego is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin! Click here for more information.

2017 Breeder’s Cup World Championship

November 3-4

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The Breeders’ Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue for the first time: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta. In the world of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl. The two-day event brings the best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. Click here for more information.

San Diego Beer Week

November 3-12

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San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego’s brewing culture with events across the county. The San Diego Beer Week will kick off with the VIP Brewer Takeover and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Friday and Saturday night. The 10-day “week” will feature over 500 brewery sponsored events and culminate at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines on November 12th. Click here for more information.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 18

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on a third national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours. Click here for more information

Encinitas Fall Festival

November 19

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With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Fall Festival is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. Click here for more information.

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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Fall!

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this fall in San Diego!

September 16-18: 

KABOO, a curated three-day music event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking  in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. For more information on this, click here!

 

September 17-18: 

Celebrate Fleets weeks 19th anniversary! Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s marquee event. The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages! For more information on this event click here!

 

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September 23:

Join beer enthusiast for the 22nd anniversary with the biggest and best festival yet! The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews! More information on this fun event can be found here.

 

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September 23-25:

The Fall Home/Garden show is an indoor-outdoor event that will showcase the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. More information on this event can be found at this website.

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September 24-25:

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie! More information on this event can be found here!

 

September 25: 

The Motorcycle Cannonball from Atlantic City to Carlsbad is the Race of the Century featuring 100-year-old motorcycles racing 3,400 miles across America. The race will end at Carlsbad’s historic Sante Fe Train station in Carlsbad Village. Click here for more information!

 

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September 25-October 2:

Held twice annually, San Diego Restaurant Week spotlights San Diego’s best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course dinners and two-course lunches.Just browse the list of restaurants and menus, make your reservations and enjoy! There are no tickets or passes required. More information on this delicious event can be found here!

September 26:

Enjoy delicious cuisines from all over the San Diego Gaslamp District! The 2016 Flavors of the Gaslamp will be hosted by San Diego’s own six-time Pro Bowl Cornerback Eric Allen, University of Texas and NFL Hall of Fame legend, Earl Campbell and NMSS Ambassador and Former SDSU Running Back, Tyler Campbell. For more information on this event click here!

 

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September 28 – October 2:

Immerse yourself in five days of movies, movies, and movies at the San Diego International Film Festival.  Hear from filmmakers, actors and industry leaders. And don’t forget the parties too! For more information, visit here.

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September 30 – October 3

San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, the Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. More information on this event can be found here!

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October 1-2 

CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. More information on this event can be found here!

 

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October 1

Jump in your DeLorean and gun it to 88! We’re going Back to the ’80s with the World’s Greatest ’80s Tribute Band – The Molly Ringwalds on 10/1 at House of Blues San Diego. So grab your scrunchies and legwarmers and get ready to rock. Costumes encouraged. Click  here for more information!

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October 1-31

Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides. Click here for more information!

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October 21 – 22

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. 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. More information on this spooky event can be found here!

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October 13-16

Fun!… Glamorous!… Intimate! These are all words that describe a unique cultural experience not to be missed at the La Costa Film Festival in Carlsbad, California. It didn’t happen by accident, but was surely predestined for this area blessed with natural beauty and an innate appreciation for the arts. The Festival also draws upon the mystique and storied Hollywood connections of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, who has served as the Festival’s host from the beginning. The Festival is an irresistible combination of quality films and exciting special events embraced in a setting that epitomizes a world-class destination. Click here to buy tickets!

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October 28-29 

Named the “Top 3 Halloween Celebration” by UBER, Thrillist and SD Union Tribune, San Diego Zombie Crawl is the most thrilling and visitor-friendly way to experience the award-winning nightlife, dining and Halloween festivities the Gaslamp Quarter is famous for. Click here for more information!

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October 29

Celebrating it’s 12th year, the 2016 Boulevard BOO! With over 70 entries of live entertainment marching on one mile of El Cajon Boulevard the parade will entertain you with spooky ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches to fill you with the Halloween spirit.

November 4 – 13

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. More information on this event can be found here.

November 6

The world’s largest investment of breast cancer research next to the U.S. government. Right now, $42 million is at work to find the cures! These services are needed daily until we find the cure for breast cancer. We Live Here. We Race Here. We Save Lives Here.

 

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November 6 

Art fair, arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, restaurants, food and more. On Carlsbad Village Drive west of Interstate 5 to the ocean. Don’t miss this festival, another of the best San Diego events. Click here for more information!

 

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November 13

Runners and skaters welcome to run along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach. Tag teams welcome. Starts in Coronado at Orange Avenue and Glorietta Blvd and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier. Alternatively, the 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Plaza at 7:00 AM. More information can be found here!

 

La Jolla Cove Swim Club

November 19 

The La Jolla Cove Swim Club in this non-competitive swim at La Jolla Cove! Click here for more information.

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November 20

Enjoy the music of popular local bands on The Karl Strauss Beer Garden Stage and The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage, plus dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. More information can be found here.

Thanksgiving Day Run

November 24 

Wear your thanksgiving costume for this turkey trot 5K run/walk or kids 1 mile fun run. Both open and locals only events. Event route includes Oceanside Civic Center, Oceanside Harbor and Oceanside Pier in Oceanside Cal. Find more information here! 

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November 24- Early January

Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a festive San Diego holiday activity. For more information and schedule click here!