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 herefor 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.