“I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.”
― Charmaine J. Forde
San Diego is such a beautiful city with so much to see and so much to do!
October is nearly picture-perfect in San Diego. The weather is just the beginning, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. In the tourism off-season, you can enjoy all the sights without elbowing your way through the crowds.
San Diego maintains warm temperatures throughout the year, but mid-September through mid-October is especially comfortable. After the summer crowds have gone and the kids are all back in school, San Diego sunshine is still around, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the local beaches or just the city its self.
If you are in San Diego in October, you can celebrate Halloween Sea World San Diego. You can wear a costume, go trick-or-treating, enjoy silly spooky shows, boogie on their interactive dance floor and get your photo taken with some wacky characters.
The San Diego Zoo and other tourist spots may also have Halloween parties.
Each month I have special fun events I want to show you so that you get the most out of this beautiful city!
San Diego Restaurant Week
Experience cuisine that will delight your palate. Location: participating restaurants in San Diego. Info: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
9/26 – 10/3 restaurant hours
The Haunted Hotel / Scream Zone / The Haunted Trail
It wouldn’t be October without San Diego’s best Halloween attractions. Location: various. Info: hauntedhotel.com, thescreamzone.com, hauntedtrail.net.
October – various dates & times
La Mesa Oktoberfest
Bavarian festivities that San Diegans of all ages can partake in! Location: Downtown La Mesa. Info: www.lamesaoktoberfest.org
10/1– 10/3 Fri 4 – 10 pm, Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 8 pm
El Cajon Oktoberfest
Come and enjoy authentic German food, beers, and liquors, and more, with your friends and family! Location: 1017 S. Mollison Ave. Info: www.germanclubsandiego.org
10/1 – 10/3 Fri 4 – 10 pm, Sat 12 – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 9 pm
The annual mega Catfish Stock Event – 3,500 pounds of catfish! Location: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Info: www.santeelakes.com
10/2 – 10/3 6 am – 5 pm Pacific Beachfest
Enjoy music, sports, shopping, food, and more! Location: Garnet Ave. (along the boardwalk, Felspar to Thomas St.). Info: www.pacificbeachfest.org
10/2 11 am – 7 pm
Featuring authentic German music & dancing, carnival rides, a street craft faire with 200 vendors, food, and beer. Location: Mountain Vista Drive & El Camino Real. Info: www.encinitasoktoverfest.com 10/3 10 am – 6 pm
The San Diego Italian Film Festival returns with seven films screened in person and two offered online. Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, and online. Info: www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
10/7 – 10/31 various times
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Live music, cornhole, contests, and more! Location: OB (pier parking lot at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.) Info: www.oboktoberfest.com
10/8 – 10/9 times tba
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
An upscale art & wine festival presents creations from emerging and established artists. Location: Girard Ave. Info: www.ljawf.com
10/9 – 10/10 10 am – 6 pm
Taste of North Park
Sample, sip, and shop! Location: various in North Park. Info: www.northparkmainstreet.com 10/9 11 am – 3 pm
San Diego International Film Festival
Our region’s premier film event! Location: various. Info: www.sdfilmfest.com 10/14 – 10/24 various
An eclectic mix of food, drink, music, and cycling. Location: Daley Ranch, Escondido. Info: www.blazingsaddlesfestival.com 10/15–10/17 7am–5pm
Enjoy a great outdoor concert evening with San Diego’s Berkeley Hart! Location: Vista Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Info: www.sunrisesounds.live 10/22 6 – 8:30 pm
Home & Garden Show
Visitors will find home-product booths, real gardens, hands-on demos, seminars, and face-to-face consultations. Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info: www.fallhomegardenshow.com
10/22 – 10/24 Fri & Sun 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm
Don’t forget San Diego Padres Games ⚾️
Check out the schedule > https://www.mlb.com/padres/schedule/2021-04
SoCal Taco Fest
Live music from Flo Rida and others, lucha libre wrestling, chihuahua races, chihuahua beauty pageant, a margarita tent, and more! Location: Waterfront Park. Info: www.socaltacofest.com
10/23 11 am – 10 pm
Villains in the Village
A night of beasts, feasts, boos, and brews! Location: Third Ave. from E St. to G St. Info: www.thirdavenuevillage.com/villains-in-the-village 10/23 4 – 9pm
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego
Bringing the fun to the run since 1998. Location: start at Balboa Park. Info: www.runrocknroll/san-diego 10/23 – 10/24
Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge
Choose from full triathlon, swim, bike, run only, or select multiple segments. Location: Mission Bay. Info: support.challengedathletes.org/site/TR? fr_id=1790&pg=entry
10/24 various times
Dia de los Muertos
A Mexican Fiesta filled with music, dancing, cultural eateries, and more. Location: 870 Rivertree Dr., Oceanside. Info: www.friendsofoceansidediadelosmuertos.org 10/24 10am–4pm
HauntFest on Main
An exciting family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon, featuring live music on two stages! Location: downtown El Cajon. Info: www.hauntfest.org
10/25 5 – 10 pm
Day of the Dead
The oldest San Diego Day of the Dead celebration! Location: Sherman Heights Community Center. Info: www.shermanheights.com/day-of-the-dead.html 10/26 – 10/30 4 – 7 pm
Trick or Treat on India Street
Families are encouraged to bring their little monsters to enjoy traditional trick- or-treating. Location: Piazza della Famiglia on India & W. Date Streets. Info: www.littleitalysd.com
10/29 5:30 – 7:30 pm
FARMERS MARKETS SAN DIEGO
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 >> https://www.sdfarmbureau.org/farmers-market/
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!