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5 ways to experience Fall in San Diego

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San Diego in the Fall is one of those places where the weather says flip flops and shorts, but your heart says falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. For those who love fall, but can’t experience all of its wonderful aspects, San Diego still has some great activities for to get you into the fall spirit.

San Diego’s Oktoberfests

Celebrated throughout October, San Diego brings on lederhosen, beer brats and fun festival games. Oktoberfest’s take place all over the world and although they may not be a direct line to fall, they are a big indication that fall has arrived.

One word…Julian

If fall doesn’t come to you, you need to go to fall. Just an hour east of San Diego lies a quint mountain town that will fill all of your seasonal needs. Apple pickin’, picnicking in the sunshine and fresh air, changing leaves and even snow, Julian has that taste of fall that every San Diegan needs. Julian is packed full of Apple Pies, cute bakeries and shopping. If you are craving those fall feelings, Julian is definitely the place to go.

Gaslamp Quarter Fallback Festival

On November 6th, the Gaslamp Quarter will host hay rides, panning for gold, and pony rides. The festival will feature family-friendly fun, plenty of food, and other fall themed activities. While the event will mostly be for the kids, it is still an excellent way to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Harvest Festival Original Arts and Crafts Show

Combine your love for fall and your love for shopping with more than 300 artisan booths of jewelry, food, art and toys. This is a great place to get your holiday shopping off to a head start. On October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd shop till you drop at this fall lovers Harvest craft show.

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

No, San Diego doesn’t have the typical corn mazes or fields of pumpkins that spread for miles, but it does have pumpkin patches.  If carving pumpkins doesn’t shout “fall” then I don’t know what does. Del Mar gives you the chance to pick out your favorite pumpkin, frolic in the hay, pet goats, and enjoy other fall related activities. There are many pumpkin patch locations in San Diego, so it’s officially time to start planning your award winning carved pumpkin.

While it is true that us San Diegan’s don’t get to experience heavy seasonal changes and the true markings of fall, that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the season all together. It is safe to say we get to experience the best of both worlds with beautiful weather, and places to divulge in fall activities.

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