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Awesome Autumn Activities

Festivals, air shows, parades and more

When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region's sunny mild weather and enjoy a number of fun-filled fall activities to enhance their vacation getaway. During San Diego's shoulder season, visitors can find a variety of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment.

Festivals, Parades and More

When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region's sunny mild weather and enjoy a number of fun-filled fall activities to enhance their vacation getaway. During San Diego's shoulder season, visitors can find a variety of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment.

CRSSD Festival

September

6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

When: September 7, 2019
Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

Cardiff Greek Festival

When: September 7-8, 2019
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children's activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

KAABOO Del Mar

When: September 13-15, 2019
Experience a curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the Pacific. With world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences, KAABOO Del Mar is everything a typical music festival is not.

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

When: September 14, 2019
Head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence during the Fiestas Patrias! There will be a variety of entertainment, including a parade, historic and traditional music, dance groups, crafts, games and informational demonstrations that represent the activities enjoyed by the early settlers on San Diego in the 1800s.

Founders' Day

When: September 14-15, 2019
Celebrate history in the birthplace of San Diego (Old Town) with a weekend of free festivities, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 21-22, 2019
Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is SoCal's largest free two-day music festival, held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights.

25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

When: September 21-22, 2019
Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

25TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF BEER

When: September 21, 2019
San Diego Festival of Beer is a fun-filled evening with beer lovers like yourself enjoying the sounds of live music while sampling from nearly 60 breweries.

BAYSIDE BREW & SPIRITS FESTIVAL

When: September 21, 2019
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first bi-national beer festival in San Diego. We're bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay.

GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

When: September 24-29, 2019
The GI Film Festival San Diego features film screenings, panel discussions, a family movie night, and awards while highlighting the local military culture.

Gaslight Steampunk Expo

When: September 26-29, 2019
Revisit Jules Verne's classic tale of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: follow Captain Nemo west across the Pacific Ocean as he returns to his secret island paradise on Vulcania and be prepared to add a little Tiki to your weekend at a Tiki-punk inspired weekend to remember!

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show

When: September 27-29, 2019
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year's theme is "Honoring 100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps." 

Cabrillo Festival

When: September 28-29, 2019
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego's Cabrillo Festival. 

CRSSD Festival

When: September 28-29, 2019
CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12-acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more.

San Diego International Film Festival

October

Annual Pacific Beachfest

When: October 5, 2019
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, beach volleyball, craft beer, 5K run, kids activities and music!

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

When: October 10-13, 2019
Art San Diego features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, art labs, events, and talks focused on collecting.

Polish Festival

When: October 11-13, 2019
The annual Polish Festival in San Diego is a wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and cuisine.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

When: October 11-13, 2019
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 12-13, 2019
Just steps from the beautiful Pacific Ocean on Girard Avenue, bask in beautiful San Diego sun while meandering through over 150 handpicked artist booths, for a weekend of fine art, along with delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: October 15-20, 2019
Be part of the scene with five days to immerse yourself in engaging films, the hottest parties, intriguing panels, celebrity sightings, and industry events.

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: October 15-27, 2019
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. 

Without Walls WOW Festival

When: October 17-20, 2019
WoW Festival is an exhilarating weekend of immersive and site-based work designed to break barriers by moving beyond the boundaries of a traditional four-walled theatre spaces.

Borrego Days Desert Festival

When: October 18-20, 2019
Borrego Days Desert Festival is filled to the brim with inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more!

Bulls of Sant'Agata Charge Little Italy

When: October 19, 2019
Get ready to rev up your engines as the streets of Little Italy become home to over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls,” better known as Lamborghinis.

SALTDOG CLASSIC BEACH FESTIVAL

When: October 20, 2019
Held at Seaside State Beach in Solana Beach, this is a family- and pet-friendly music and art festival you won't want to miss. Great music from local artists will be ringing across the salty shores, with plenty of sun to soak up, and tropical drinks to cool down.

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

When: October 20, 2019
Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children's rides and activities, and food from around the world to the tree-lined streets of downtown Escondido.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

November

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 3, 2019
Take in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

When: November 3, 2019
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hay ride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy two stages of live entertainment.

Fleet Week San Diego

When: November 4-12, 2019
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes. 

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 8-11, 2019
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

When: November 11, 2019
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran's Day Parade.

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

When: November 22-24, 2019
New in 2019, the inaugural Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival will celebrate San Diego’s culture and beach lifestyle with yacht parties and live performances held on San Diego Bay.

73rd Annual Mother Goose Parade

When: November 24, 2019
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego's East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

When: November 24, 2019
With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

When: November 27 - December 1, 2019
The 40th San Diego Jazz Fest will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

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Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2019

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 10 - Nov 17, 2019

Welcome to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest

Oct 4 - Oct 6, 2019

Since 1973, La Mesa Oktoberfest has been attracting over 100,000 people from across San Diego and Southern California for three FREE days of elevated family-friendly entertainment, tons of top-notch German food, live music, and of course, beer! The Munich-inspired festivities will be kicking off on Friday, October 4th, Saturday October 5th, and Sunday, October 6th, as the quaint streets of La Mesa Village will set the scene for the largest German celebration San Diego has to offer!

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