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!


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!


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! 


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! 




8 Things To Do This Fall in San Diego

We asked some of our amazing agents what their favorite things to do during the fall in San Diego are and while we got some varied responses, we also got some definitive responses on what the best fall activities are!


8 Things to Do This Fall in San Diego

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Always well-known for our surfing, fall is one of the best times for water sports because the weather is still warm, the surf is great, and the tourists have gone home, leaving just the locals to enjoy the ocean. A gorgeous afternoon will find the waves dotted with boats of all sizes, surfers, kayakers, swimmers, paddle boarders, snorklers, and more!

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Walk on the Beach

Similar to surfing, the lack of crowds and changing seasons means that we can catch the sunset during an early evening walk on the beach! From San Onofre in the north to Imperial Beach in the south, San Diego has miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy.

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Pumpkin Everything

We look forward to the cooler weather and the end of tourist season just as much as we await the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and pumpkin flavors flooding the shelves at Trader Joes. Though local favorites Cafe Positano (Rancho Santa Fe) and Village Mill Bread (Carmel Valley) serve delicious pumpkin muffins year round, for the most part pumpkin is a flavor enjoyed just a few months per year. If it’s wrong to love pumpkin, we don’t want to be right!

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Apple Picking and Apple Pie in Julian

Julian is our favorite little mountain town and while we can pick up the pies at our local grocery stores, nothing beats eating an oven-fresh slice a la mode and washing it down with some hot apple cider. Julian is also one of the few places around San Diego that offers apple picking, a festive and fun family activity. The changing trees and charming town allow us to pretend we’ve escaped to New England, if only for an afternoon. But just a two hour drive and we’re back on the shores of our beloved beaches.

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San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas

The botanical gardens are one of San Diego’s best kept secrets! Even some locals don’t know about the sprawling gardens which boast all sorts of beautiful plants! In October, join the botanic gardens for the Fall Plant Sale, the Succulent Show and Sale, and the Family Fall Festival, where guests can take part in fall-themed activities. Cooler weather makes this an ideal time to be enjoying one of San Diego’s outdoor treasures!

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Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch in Escondido

Bates Nut Farm has been in Valley Center for over 90 years. Their annual pumpkin patch is a true San Diego gem. In addition to picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving, visitors can also enjoy the straw maze, petting corral, pony rides, tractor hayrides, face painting, and delicious homemade treats from the farm!

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Chargers Games

The Chargers are leaving. The Chargers aren’t leaving. The Chargers are getting a new stadium. The Chargers aren’t getting a new stadium. Sometimes it’s tough to be a Chargers fan! But what’s not tough is acknowledging that Chargers games, whether viewed live or comfortable at home, are one of the best things about fall in San Diego! The cooler weather heralds the return of football season and with it, our beloved Bolts.

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Hike Torrey Pines

Scenic Torrey Pines boasts some of the most beautiful ocean views in all of San Diego! Cooler weather means more comfortable hikes, along with spectacular sunsets over the ocean. While this hike is relatively short, it is steep and will give you a good workout. Not that you’ll notice the sweat you’re working up when you’re enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the rare Torrey Pines.

What are your favorite things to do in the fall in San Diego? Leave us a message in the comments below!