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Top October Events

The Perfect Month for Families

Come soak up some Vitamin D in California's Beach City this October, all while enjoying 100+ Kids Free San Diego offers, Halloween happenings, Dia de los Muertos celebrations and more awesome events.

Don't miss these exciting events happening in San Diego this October.

Featured October Events

Kids Free San Diego

When: October 1-31, 2021
Kids Free San Diego is calling you back this October, where kids eat, stay, and play for free. With more than 100 deals on activities, attractions, meals and more, unforgettable family memories are waiting to be made in San Diego. Plan your trip today!

HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo

When: October 1-31, 2021
Plan to join the San Diego Zoo for musical entertainment, special performances, Dr. Zoolittle, and more family friendly fun will light up the night every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening in October. Kids 11 and younger are free, and can come in costume for even more seasonal excitement.

Untappd San Diego Beer Festival

When: October 1-3, 2021
Let's drink beer together again! The world’s largest social networking platform for craft beer enthusiasts is heading to Petco Park, home of the Padres in San Diego, CA for our first in-person event of the year. And, we’ve swung for the fences.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: October 14-24, 2021
SDiFF offers world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

Autumn Festival at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: October 16-31, 2021
Come and join in all the autumn festive fun as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the season of color with special activities, entertainment, and culinary comforts.

Día de los Muertos

When: October 24 - November 7, 2021
Honor your lost loved ones and immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream

When: September 17 - October 31, 2021
There’s a new terror in town, and it’s got a killer smile. For the first time ever, Howl-O-Scream has arrived to transform the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park you once knew into something sinister. When night falls and a carnival of horrifying creatures surrounds you, just try to put on a happy face.

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

When: Thru October 31, 2021
For weekends brimming with family fun, SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular thrills with spooky live shows, Halloween activities and trick-or-treating for the little ones throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment.

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

When: Thru October 30, 2021
Every Saturday night, LEGOLAND® California Resort creates Halloween excitement with live entertainment, character meet-and-greets, costume contests, and treat stations during extended Park open hours!

Halloween Happenings

When: Thru October 31, 2021
From family-friendly fright fests and historically-haunted tours, to terror-filled scream zones and wild, trick-or-treat parties, Halloween in San Diego is crazy fun for ghouls and kids of all ages.

More Awesome October Events

Fall Fest at Belmont Park

When: October 1 - November 14, 2021
Fall fun is back this October and better than ever at Belmont Park's Annual Fall Fest with trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, live acoustic performances + beer garden, specialty eats from Sweet Shoppe, and more!

The Disturbance created by The Haunted Hotel

When: October 1-31, 2021
The Haunted Hotel has been "disturbed", completely upset, thrown into disorderly chaos...every possessed zombie, every dead freak, every spider web, and every last drop of blood have been unearthed and re-located.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

When: October 1-3, 2021
3 days of festive live music, including Oompa bands, tons of top-notch German food, and of course, steins filled to the brim with German & Craft beer!

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

When: October 1-3, 2021
San Diego County's most traditional Oktoberfest - fun for the whole family! Live German Oom-Pah music, awesome German food, German beers on tap, and so much more!

Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals

When: October 1-3, 2021
The Goodguys shows are for all Hot Rod and Classic Car fans alike with more than 2,500 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru '87.

Haunted Harvest

When: October 2-30, 2021
Haunted Hayride, Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest, Apple Bobbing Contest, Harvest Hoedown with Jug Band, Apple Cider Pressing and Tasting.

Pacific Beachfest

When: October 2, 2021
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, beach volleyball, craft beer, kids activities and music!

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: October 8-24, 2021
The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries.

Del Mar Harvest Festival

When: October 8-10, 2021
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

When: October 8-9, 2021
The Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day, eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment.

Encinitas Oktoberfest

When: October 9, 2021
A free event featuring authentic German music, the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, carnival rides, a street craft faire featuring 200 vendors and more!

Pumpkin Express

When: October 9-31, 2021
Join the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association in the Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration complete with a train ride, pumpkin patch and more.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 9-10, 2021
Enjoy 150+ juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk art displays, interactive art murals, non-stop live music, family art center, roving entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden featuring local brews, distilleries and global wineries.

Taste of North Park

When: October 9, 2021
In one afternoon, Taste of North Park invites you to enjoy 50+ food tastes from some of San Diego's best restaurants and craft beer samples from 15 local brewers.

XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon

When: October 10, 2021
Join us at the birthplace of the sport for the Mission Bay Triathlon! Competitors from around the country will return to Mission Bay to celebrate the triathlon.

A Taste of Coronado

When: October 13, 2021
Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from Coronado bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!

San Diego Filipino Film Festival

When: October 14-19, 2021
SDFFF aims to not only be a platform to amplify Filipinx visions, voices and stories but also foster new interest in filmmaking and cinema as art throughout the local and global Filipinx community.

Carmel Valley Trail 15k, 10k and 5k

When: October 16, 2021
On the Carmel Valley Trail 15K, 10K and 5K, participants will experience a combination of single track and dirt service road trails through beautiful open spaces.

Not-So-Scary Estuary Family Discovery Day

When: October 17, 2021
Discover hoots + howls at a nature-themed Halloween Family Day! Costumes are encouraged! Kids can join hands-on interactive activities, from craft-making to live animal encounters. Nature gets the spotlight with a fun variety of family-friendly experiences and nature walks in a Halloween theme.

Haunted Aquarium

When: October 22-24, 2021
Meet slimy sea creatures, learn about mysterious animals from the sea, and get up close with spooky science in this family-friendly event!

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego

When: October 23-24, 2021
Starting at Balboa Park and finishing in Downtown San Diego, you’ll explore up to eight well-known neighborhoods and experience an insider tour that even the locals rave about.

Villains in the Village

When: October 23, 2021
We dare you to try and keep your wits about you while strolling through the treelined streets of Third Avenue Village. Over 20 nefarious characters and uncanny activities will torment and trick thrill seekers of all ages.

SoCal Taco Fest

When: October 23, 2021
One of the region's favorite festivals dedicated to tacos, music, Lucha Libre and Chihuahuas, will return with a lineup of national and local music acts headlined this year by multi-platinum recording artist Flo Rida, live Lucha Libre wrestling by the Baja Stars, Chihuahua races and beauty pageant supported by Soapy Joe's Car Wash, the Del Real Foods Culinary Stage, and the popular Corralejo Margarita Cantina with a live DJ and custom-crafted margaritas.

EŌS Fitness Tour de Cove

When: October 24, 2021
Join Challenged Athletes Foundation at beautiful La Jolla Cove for a fun and sweat-drenching 4.5 hour stationary cycling marathon with 100 riders and over 50 challenged athletes.

Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge

When: October 24, 2021
The San Diego Triathlon Challenge has raised the funds that have allowed 9,500+ challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line.

Oceanside Dia de los Muertos Festival

When: October 24, 2021
Altars, arts & crafts, por siempre car show, a chalk cemetery and more!

22nd Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: October 28 - November 6, 2021
San Diego's premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema brings West Coast, North American, and World premieres of films from around the world to San Diego and gives audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

Halloween at San Diego Zombie Crawl

When: October 28-31, 2021
If you love Halloween, dining and the nightlife, do not miss San Diego's #1 Halloween Celebration! Your San Diego Zombie Crawl ticket includes a guided route, 25+ premier club admissions, welcome shots + food and beverage specials in the Gaslamp.

Hauntfest on Main Street

When: October 29, 2021
HauntFest on Main is an exciting family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon with a pumpkin patch, costume contest, kidz zone, rides, entertainment and more!

Trick-or-Treat on India Street

When: October 29, 2021
This fun and safe Halloween event makes it possible for urban families to enjoy authentic trick-or-treating fun as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats.

Nightmare on Normal Street

When: October 29, 2021
Guaranteed to be a Fang-tastic evening filled with ghouls, goblins and spine chilling scares. You won't want to miss this year Nightmare on Normal St.

Lions Tigers & Bears Spooky Campover

When: October 29, 2021
Enjoy a wild and ghoulish night under the stars with the rescued exotic animals of Lions Tigers & Bears. The annual Spooky Campover is a family favorite you do not want to miss! Enjoy pumpkin carving (don't forget your pumpkin), s'mores by the campfire, and more.

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration

When: October 30, 2021
Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more at the Encinitas Dia de los Muertos.

San Diego Distillers Guild Fest

When: October 30, 2021
The annual San Diego Distillers Guild Fest invites you to sip, savor and get to know San Diego's craft distilling scene amid live music and beautiful bay views.

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

When: October 30, 2021
For one day only, the streets of Downtown San Diego will be transformed into a gourd-geous mecca of all things nonsensical as misfits unite to celebrate brews, boos and beats.

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