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During September and October, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest celebrates the historic mountain town’s famous homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, apple picking in local orchards, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment. Held Sept. 26-27, 2015, the Julian Apple Days Festival at Menghini Winery features music and dancing, children’s games and activities, a wine and beer garden and Julian’s famous apple pies.

The annual San Diego Bayfair thunderboat regatta will be held Sept. 18-20, 2015, on Mission Bay. The Bayfair races feature the world’s fastest boats, as well as hydroplanes, tunnel hulls, unlimited lights, drag boats and other racing classes. Other highlights include live entertainment and food booths. 

San Diego’s culinary community celebrates San Diego Restaurant Week from Sept. 20-27, 2015. More than 180 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix-fixe, three-course lunch menus at just $10, $15 and $20 or dinner menus at $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person, allowing visitors to sample the signature cuisine and sophisticated style that make San Diego’s dining scene one of the region’s top attractions.

During Oct. 1-4, 2015, Fashion Week San Diego takes over the seaside village of La Jolla. Each night of FWSD features unique customized events, designers, and themes including trunk shows, and trends for hair and makeup on the catwalk.

Balboa Park's centennial year continues with a Fall Signature Centennial Event: San Diego Maker Faire on Oct. 3-4, 2015. Part high-tech science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and so much more. The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, San Diego Makers Guild and Tijuana Innovadora will partner with the City of San Diego to put on this first-ever event showcasing innovators and creators from this binational region. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for children.

On Oct. 10-11, 2015, CRSSD returns to downtown’s recently opened Waterfront Park on San Diego Bay.  An electronic music festival that launched in spring 2015, CRSSD features more than 40 top acts, including The Flaming Lips, Big Data, and Jamie XX among others. Performers will appear on three stages during this ticketed, paid-admission event for attendees 21 and older. Craft beer, mixed drinks, food and a VIP area will be available.

San Diego Beer Week returns Nov. 6-15, 2015, for a 10-day celebration of local craft beer and San Diego's thriving brewing culture. The event serves as a showcase for San Diego’s breweries, restaurants and pubs. Festivities kick off with a Brewers Guild Festival featuring more than 50 breweries, and conclude with a Chef Celebration of San Diego Beer, a gourmet beer and food pairing event.

The San Diego Film Festival returns Sept. 30–Oct. 4, 2015, to downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. Now in its 14th year, the festival will feature more than 100 film screenings showcasing some of the best in American and international full-length features, documentaries and shorts. Additional activities include Q&A sessions with directors, workshops, panel discussions, guest appearances by film and video artists and more.

More than 60 galleries from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia will showcase paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and cutting-edge multimedia artworks during ART SAN DIEGO 2015. Held Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Balboa Park, the event serves as a marketplace for the world's leading contemporary art galleries. This year, ART SAN DIEGO will host a special exhibition called Meta.Morphosis depicting 100 years of art and architecture in San Diego in honor of the 2015 centennial celebration of Balboa Park.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club presents two racing seasons in 2015: the traditional summer season (July 16–Sept. 7, 2015) and the fall Bing Crosby Season (Oct. 29–Nov. 29, 2015). The summer meet will offer racing Wed.through Sun. with special racing on Labor Day. Del Mar’s fall meet will feature 15 racing days, including Thanksgiving Day, and will run Thurs.-Sun. for the fall session.