San Diego in October

“October is a fallen leaf, but it is also the wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hill once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above that hill once again.”

Hal Borlan

San Diego is such a beautiful city with so much to see and so much to do!

In San Diego, October is almost picture-perfect. Clear skies and comfortable temperatures signal the beginning of autumn. You can take in all the attractions during the slower tourist season without having to fight your way through the masses.

October in San Diego is a month that is packed with fun family events. Popular Halloween festivities include events where kids can safely trick-or-treat, dress up in costumes, or at least see some decor.

Each month I have special fun events I want to show you so that you get the most out of this beautiful city!

Haunted Hotel / Scream Zone / Haunted Trail

It wouldn’t be October without San Diego’s best Halloween attractions. Location: The Haunted Hotel Disturbance in Mission Valley, Scream Zone at Del Mar Fairgrounds, and Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. Info:,, Various dates & times

San Diego Restaurant Week

This beloved culinary tradition features discounted menus from many of the best local restaurants. Location: participating restaurants in San Diego. Info: 9/25 – 10/2 restaurant hours

Steampunk Expo

Our theme for our 2022 event will be Haunted Holidays. Location: Mission Valley Marriott Hotel. Info: 9/29 – 10/2 12 – 5 pm

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Highlights include traditional German dishes, plenty of German bier, sing-alongs, glucklich games, a Kinder Garten, and markets. Location: Downtown La Mesa Info: 9/30 – 10/2 Fri 4 – 10 pm, Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 8 pm

El Cajon Oktoberfest 2022

Enjoy authentic German food, German beers and liquors, and the German band, the Guggenbach- Baum! Watch traditional dancing, compete in games and contests, check out vendor and craft booths, and treat your kids to their own Kids’ Zone! Location: 1017 S. Mollison Ave. Info: portfolio-list/oktoberfest-2022 9/30 – 10/2, 10/7 – 10/9 Fri 4 – 10 pm, Sat 12 – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 9 pm

Pacific Beachfest

Enjoy this free, full-day, family-friendly, music-packed event! Location: Garnet Avenue (along the boardwalk from Felpar to Thomas St.). Info: 10/1 11 am – 7 pm

Mira Mesa Street Fair

Enjoy crafters, vendors, info booths, entertainment, and a Fun Zone, and food from around the world. Location: Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd to New Salem St. Info: 10/1 10am–5pm


The annual Mega Catfish Stock Event – 3,500 pounds of catfish! Location: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Info: 10/1 – 10/2 6 am – 5 pm

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Festivities include both family-friendly and adult activities at San Diego’s wildest Oktoberfest! Location: OB (pier parking lot at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.) Info: 10/7 – 10/8 various times

Harvest Festival Del Mar

Shop from artisans of American handmade and embellished art & crafts! Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info: 10/7 – 10/9 Fri & Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm


Meet streamers, play games, watch esports, and tons more! Location: San Diego Convention Center Info: 10/7 – 10/9 9 am – 6 pm

Taste of North Park

Sample, sip, and shop at the Annual Taste of North Park. Location: various in North Park. Info: 10/8 11 am – 3 pm

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Enjoy prestigious art, regional and international wines, craft beer and spirits, and family-friendly fun! Location: Girard Ave. Info: 10/8–10/9 10am–6pm

Blended Festival

Enjoy wine and music, with performances by Galantis, T.I., Mariah Angeliq, and more! Location: Spanish Landing Park. Info: 10/8 – 10/9 Sat 2 – 11 pm, Sun 1 – 10 pm

Mission Bay Triathlon

Choose from triathlon, duathlon, aquabike & youth races! Location: Mission Bay. Info: 10/9 6:40 am

Grand Ave Festival – Escondido

Shop from hundreds of vendors, enjoy international cuisine, local entertainment, and much more! Location: Grand Ave., from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy. Info: 10/16 9 am – 5 pm

Not So Scary Eco Festival

Discover hoots + howls at our nature-themed Halloween Family Day. Location: San Dieguito County Park. Info: 10/16 10am–1pm

San Diego International Film Festival

Our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. Location: various. Info: 10/19 – 10/23 various

HauntFest on Main

There will be costume contests, carnival rides and games, car show, Kidz Zone, face painting, and more! Location: East Main Street, from Magnolia to Avocado/Ballatyne. Info: 10/21 4 – 9 pm

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Choose from full tri, swim, bike, run only or select multiple segments. Location: Mission Bay. Info: 10/23 various

Oceanside Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with altars, music, dancing, cultural eateries, Por Siempre Car Show, arts and crafts, and more. Location: downtown Oceanside. Info: 10/23 10 am – 5 pm

Trick or Treat on India Street

Little ghouls and goblins of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and do some authentic trick-or-treating. Location: Piazza della Famiglia on India & W. Date Streets. Info: 10/28 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Old Town Dia de Los Muertos

Celebrate the lives of loved ones that have passed on but return to be remembered on this important holiday. Location: Old Town. Info: 10/29 – 11/2 various times

San Diego Padres at Home

Are you ready for baseball season? See the Padres Location: PetCo Park. Info:


Farmer’s Markets are mostly all open! If you are looking to get out and get some fresh air and fresh produce and food, check out one of the many farmer’s markets in San Diego. Most likely the one in your neighborhood is open. Check out a full list here >>

As always, if you or anyone you know needs assistance buying or selling or if you have any real estate questions, please feel free to contact me by phone, text, or email! 

So much to do, so much to see!

If you want to see a home sometime this month, check out all my Featured Listings, and message me or contact me here.

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