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Awesome Autumn Activities

Festivals, Fleet Week, parades and more

When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds subside, visitors to San Diego can revel in the region's sunny, mild weather and enjoy a bounty of fun-filled fall activities to enhance a vacation getaway. Discover a wealth of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment during San Diego’s shoulder season!

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Events are subject to change or cancellation, so please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

CRSSD Festival

September

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

When: Sept. 7-10, 2023
FilmOut San Diego is one of the longest-running film festivals in Southern California and the only LGBTQ film festival in the San Diego area. Our festival and screenings are well-respected in the film community and often have World and U.S. premieres.

Fall Fest at Belmont Park

When: Sept. 9 - Oct. 31, 2023
Belmont Park's Fall Festival is back at the beach! This groovy celebration offers new and exciting activities for both kids and adults, including iconic amusement park rides, Mr. Jack O Lantern's Pumpkin Patch, live music, seasonal beer-on-tap and specialty Fall treats across the park!

ArtWalk Carlsbad

When: Sept. 9-10, 2023
In a venue overlooking the ocean, explore different facets of art while enjoying beautiful views, fine art on display and for sale by the artists who travel from all over the US and Mexico to show and sell their work and much more.

Cardiff Greek Festival

When: Sept. 9-10, 2023
Food, friends, family, music and dance, kids games, culture...who could ask for anything more? Come experience Greece in Cardiff and Encinitas.

Solento Surf Festival

When: Sept. 16-23, 2023
The vibrant convergence of surfing, film, art, and music in Encinitas.

MCAS Miramar Air Show

When: Sept. 22-24, 2023
See the Marine Corps' F-35B demonstration, the unique Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor demonstration team, Aaron Fitzgerald flying the Red Bull Helicopter, a 5G Technology Expo and much more.

Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

When: Sept. 22-24, 2023
A 3-day event jam-packed with world-class surfing competition that will blow your mind, and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and amazing entertainment.

Pacific Islander Festival

When: Sept. 23-24, 2023
Celebrate the culture and tradition of the Melanesian, Micronesian & Pacific Islander people with food from the islands, a cultural village, arts & craft booths and so much more!

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: Sept. 23-24, 2023
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.

CRSSD Festival

When: Sept. 23-24, 2023
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.

SDIFF

October

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: Oct. 3-14, 2023
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.

San Diego Filipino Film Festival

When: Oct. 3-8, 2023
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.

Autumn Festival at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: Oct. 7-29, 2023
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.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: Oct. 7-8, 2023
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.

Pacific Beachfest

When: Oct. 7, 2023
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, beach volleyball, craft beer, 5K run, kids activities and music!

Autumn Festival at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: Oct. 7-29, 2023
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the season of color with amazing wildlife, special entertainment, and culinary comforts that create heartwarming memories and good old-fashioned family fun.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

When: Oct. 13-15, 2023
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone.

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

When: Oct. 15, 2023
Live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children's rides and activities, and food from around the world along the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: Oct. 18-22, 2023
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.

Borrego Days Desert Festival

When: Oct. 21-22, 2023
Live bands, an acclaimed Comedy Hypnosis Show, plus art exhibits, kid's zone, food vendors, artisans, education, adult beer garden, free to enter car show and more.

Queen Bee Market

When: Oct. 28-29, 2023
San Diego's original urban-style, artisan market, features local and national vendors specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, clothing, home décor, furniture, paper arts and more. There will be live music, make-and-takes, food and live demos.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

November

San Diego Beer Week

When: Nov. 3-12, 2023
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 150 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. San Diego Beer Week is brought to you by the San Diego Brewers Guild, with participation from the region's local craft breweries, allied and affiliate members.

Fall Back Festival

When: Nov. 5, 2023
Rally the gang and combine a day of play and educational fun, as history comes alive, while children can learn about San Diego's rich cultural history by participating in an assortment of activities and demonstrations.

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: Nov. 5, 2023
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.

Fleet Week San Diego

When: Nov. 8-12, 2023
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: Nov. 8-12, 2023
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 Bay Wine & Food Festival

When: Nov. 9-13, 2022
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.

Veterans Day

When: Nov. 11-12, 2023
Take the time to honor and thank those who have served in the United States armed forces at one of the many Veterans Day events, parades, memorials and museums throughout San Diego.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

When: Nov. 19, 2023
In the Holiday Street Fair, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors.

*Please note, events are subject to change and cancellation. Please confirm the event information by visiting the event website.

Fall Fun and Excitement in San Diego

When autumn arrives, a crisp soothing breeze sweeps over San Diego complementing the region's warm temperatures and welcoming vibe.

Make San Diego your awesome autumn escape and activate smile mode with a variety of festivals, haunting Halloween celebrations, plenty of outdoor activities, and diverse cultural entertainment.

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Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day

May 27, 2024

The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and remember them for their ultimate sacrifice to our country.

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San Diego French Film Festival

Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2024

San Diego Francophone Event of the Year

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San Diego County Fair

Jun 12 - Jul 7, 2024

With a nod to nostalgia and a focus on fun, the 2024 Fair will give our yesteryears another moment in the San Diego sun. Bop your way around the happy days of the ‘50s. Twist, shout, and shake it into the bewitching ‘60s. Move and groove through the disco nights of the ‘70s. Moonwalk it back to the gnarly age of big hair, shoulder pads, and parachute pants of the ‘80s. And enjoy the era of flannel and floppy drives of the ‘90s.

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Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade

Jul 4, 2024

The 4th of July is one of the greatest days in Scripps Ranch! The SRCA hosts the 4th of July Parade as we have for the past 51 years. A true small town tradition.

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May 27, 2024
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