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October Fall Festivals in San Diego

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The changing of the seasons is always a nice thing to see, especially as we enter into the upcoming holiday-filled months. With cooler weather upon us, it is time to head out to one of the fall festivals taking place around San Diego. From fun activities to yummy food, here are the October fall festivals you don’t want to miss. 

Harvest Festival – Del Mar 

Dates: Oct. 11-13 

It is never too early to start your holiday shopping, and getting in the gift-giving mood can be fun. If you want to be the all-star gift giver to your friends this holiday season, you have to check out the Harvest Festival in Del Mar, where you’ll be able to browse a wide selection of unique artisan gifts. Browse through hundreds of vendors selling jewelry, toys, art, and more! Plus, there will be live music, free crafting for the kids, and plenty of yummy food options. 

Times: Fri. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $9/adults; $4/kids (12-17 years); kids 12 and under free; 

Alta Vista Botanical Fall Fun Festival – Vista 

Dates: Oct. 12 

Take advantage of the cool fall air and share a day with friends and family as you enjoy this classic fall festival in the heart of Vista. There will fun contests like relay racing, bobbing for apples, face painting and crafting. A scarecrow decorating contest will be taking place, and you and your family can create your own for $2, which will be added to Garden’s fall ambiance. Live music, art galleries, and a plant sale will also there for the adults. 

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Free

16th Annual Point Loma Fall Festival – Point Loma Nazarene 

Date: Sat. Oct. 26

Bet you’ve never been to a pumpkin patch with an ocean view. At this 16th annual Fall Festival, you can experience just that, and much more! Come out and enjoy the best of Autumn fun with a pumpkin patch, live music, wagon rides, and booths showcasing a variety of local businesses, vendors, artists, and more. You can even score some free samples from local eateries from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day

Date: Oct. 26

If you just can’t wait to show off your Halloween costume, then an evening at the Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day might just be the thing you need. Over two dozen museums will be celebrating, offering cultural attractions with free crafts, contests, and costume parades. In addition to some spooky surprises, there will also be food trucks, live performances, free candy. And Day of the Dead-themed activities. 

Date/Time: Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

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