“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
-L. M. Montgomery
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.
Each month I have special fun events I want to show you so that you get the most out of this beautiful city!
Let’s start with our usual daily Farmer’s Markets. Check out times above ^
Rancho Santa Fe
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin fields are beautiful and our scarecrows are here to greet you.
Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center. Info: www.batesnutfarm.biz.
9/21 – 10/31 Mon – Fri 9 am – 5:30 pm, Sat & Sun 8:30 am – 6 pm
The Haunted Hotel / Scream Zone / The Haunted Trail
It wouldn’t be October without San Diego’s best Halloween area attractions.
Location: various. Info: www.hauntedhotel.com, www.thescreamzone.com, www.hauntedtrail.net.
9/27 – 11/2 various dates & times
El Cajon Oktoberfest
Enjoy authentic German food & beer, along with entertainment, games, and more!
Location: 1017 S. Mollison Ave. Info: www.germanclubsandiego.org.
9/27 – 9/29, 10/4 – 10/6 Fri 4 – 10 pm, Sat 12 – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 9 pm
Home & Garden Show
A three-day extravaganza of all your home and garden needs.
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info: www.fallhomegardenshow.com. 10/4-10/6 10 am – 6 pm
The annual Mega Catfish Stock Event!
Location: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Info: www.santeelakes.com. 10/5 – 10/6 6 am – 6 pm
Taste of Coronado
Enjoy amazing bites prepared by local chefs.
Location: Coronado Museum of History & Art. Info: www.atasteofcoronado.com.
10/10 5 – 9 pm
Sample the beautiful richness of Polish culture and cuisine.
Location: 1735 Grand Ave. Info: www.polishmission.org.
10/11 – 10/13 Fri 5 – 11:30 pm, Sat 2 – 11 pm, Sun 12 – 7 pm
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
An upscale art & wine festival presenting creations from emerging and established artists.
Location: Girard Ave. Info: www.ljawf.com.
10/12 – 10/13 10 am – 6 pm
San Diego International Film Festival
A new perspective can change the world. Come watch with us.
Location: various. Info: www.sdfilmfest.com.
10/15 – 10/20 various
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
See OB come alive with traditional German festivities.
Location: OB (pier parking lot at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.) Info: www.oboktoberfest.com.
10/11 – 10/12 Fri 9 am – 9 pm; Sat 4 – 11 pm
Trick or Treat on India Street
Bring the little monsters out in their costumes for this fun and safe Halloween event.
Location: Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy. Info: www.littleitalysd.com.
10/25 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Surfing Madonna Beach Run
The largest beach run in the world!
Location: Moonlight Beach, Encinitas. Info: www.surfingmadonnarun.org. 10/26 various times
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
A safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off the Halloween activities.
Location: Balboa Park. Info: www.balboaparkconservancy.org. 10/26 11 am – 4 pm
Mac & Cheese Fest
This year’s festival is going to feature even more serious cheesiness.
Location: Waterfront Park. Info: www.sandiegomacncheese.com. 10/26 11am–2pm
Row for the Cure
This event is for all human-powered watercrafts (rowers, kayakers, paddlers, etc.).
Location: North Ski Beach, Mission Beach. Info: www.komensandiego.org/row.
10/27 7 am – 12 pm
Dia de los Muertos
Featuring altars, Por Siempre car show, music & dance, chalk cemetery, food, and
more! Location: Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside. Info: www.mslrdiadelosmuertos.com.
Adults will have a haunting good time at this masked revelry!
Location: East Village at 7th Ave., btw Market & J Streets. Info: www.sandiegomonsterbash.com.
10/28 6 pm – Midnight
So much to do, so much to see!