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Fall Into Fun: 8 Fun Fall Activities in San Diego

Little Girls Pulling Their Pumpkins In A Wagon At A Pumpkin Patch One Fall Day.

There’s a slight chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. This can only mean one thing: Fall is here!

This is a season of festivities and fanfare, meant to be spent celebrating with friends and loved ones. Thankfully, if you’re in the San Diego area, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. The summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end!

Today, we’re sharing eight fall activities in San Diego you won’t want to miss. From apple orchards to pumpkin patches, there’s enough to fill your itinerary for weeks. Read on to find your new favorite tradition!

1. Pumpkin Picking

Nothing says fall in San Diego like visiting a pumpkin patch with the whole family! Whether you’re out to bring home a giant prize or you just want one small enough to fit your child’s palm, you’ll find it in the city. By the end of October, some pumpkin patches close their doors, but you can still find plenty of spots with their doors wide open.

For a quintessential autumn experience, check out Julian Mining Company. Located in Julian/Wynola, it’s long been the go-to location for gold and gem mining in the city. In the fall, the 25-acre spread also turns into a pumpkin patch, berry and apple picking station! Give them a call at 951-313-0166 or check out their Facebook page.

In addition, you’ll also find tractor-drawn hayrides, cider pressing, axe throwing exhibits, and farm animals. You can even shop at a seasonal store called “The Farmer’s Wife.”

2. San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival

Held November 9 through 17 in San Diego Bay, this weeklong festival has something for everyone. 

One of the most talked-about and anticipated events of the year, the event features delicious drinks and nibbles, all with gorgeous water views as the backdrop.

Sample wares from hundreds of domestic and international wineries, participate in dozens of events and learn from culinary legends. Considered one of the most elite events of the year, you might even rub elbows with celebrities while you sip.

3. Holidays at LEGOLAND

Whether you’ve got children of your own or you’re just young at heart, a visit to LEGOLAND is truly magical. Located in Heartlake City, this immersive theme park delivers a new thrill around every corner. 

Beginning on November 3, the park turns into a winter wonderland. You’ll find twinkling lights, live entertainment, singing elves and even the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree! This helps you get into the holiday spirit as early as possible. 

4. Turkey Trots

You can’t go too far in San Diego during the fall without running into a turkey trot. In short, these are local community events that give you an opportunity to get outside, burn a few calories and support an important cause, all at the same time. 

Most often, these are 5K and 10K run/walks designed for all ages and abilities. Some even encourage participants to wear costumes! Check out this guide to all of the ones around the city this autumn.

5. Ice Skating

From November 14 to January 20, Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station opens its doors to the public. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro on the rink or you’ve never donned a pair of ice skates. Use this is a chance to learn a new skill and make a new memory with your family.

The best part? All proceeds from the rink go to support the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

6. Wonderfront Music + Arts Festival

For two days in November, downtown San Diego transforms into an explosion of culture. The Wonderfront Music + Arts Festival blends music, culinary creations, and local art exhibits into a can’t-miss event.

Held from November 22 to 24 and stretching from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks, this is a fall event that has something to please even the most discerning tastes. Check out the lineup poster to discover some of the up-and-coming acts that the festival is set to highlight this year. 

7. Mother Goose Parade

Many San Diego locals consider the iconic Mother Goose Parade to be the unofficial kickoff to the holidays. Held every year in downtown El Cajon, this year’s parade falls on November 24. Come early to grab a great seat, and settle in for the show of the year.

In addition to impressive floats, you’ll also see local dance troops, school groups, civic organizations and more. Bring a coffee and the whole crew along and show your support for these community clubs that keep the city thriving. 

8. Fleet Week San Diego

Every November, the Port of Los Angeles comes alive with vibrant military appreciation events. Honoring and celebrating the men and women of our local armed forces, this week offers a giant “thank you” to the personnel who keep our country safe. 

This year, Fleet Week will be November 4 through 12. Events range from military family tailgates and softball tournaments to a veterans’ art exhibit and military ship tours. Open to the public, this is a great way to spend your time and show your support. 

Enjoy These Fall Activities in San Diego

Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant festival in the middle of a busy downtown or you want a more private, laidback event with just your family, you’ll find it here.

This list doesn’t even begin to cover all of the fall activities in San Diego. Research some that fit your interest, get the family on board and head out to rediscover America’s Finest City.

One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about this season? Staying indoors to tackle mountains of housekeeping chores. Reclaim your free time and book a house cleaning service instead.

Letting a professional housekeeper take care of your housekeeping chores means less time cleaning your home and more time soaking in the sounds, smells, and tastes of autumn!

When you’re ready to request a booking, get in touch today!


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