Say goodbye to that California heat wave, and get in the spirit of Fall! Get ready to make your annual trip to your favorite pumpkin patch, we’ve got your local list of places to go! We even made a pit stop at new winery in Escondido that you have to check out! Don’t miss Kids Free October where kids get free admission to over 40 participating museums in San Diego! Visit the link below for more exciting October activities and event details!
Kids Free in October! This annual program created by the San Diego Museum council, provides free admission to for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural, and science museums in San Diego County. Explore the hidden treasures of the ocean or the far reaches of outer space. Delve into local history, visual arts, botanic gardens, scientific wonders – and more! Here are a few museums: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, USS Midway Museum and more! For a list of all visit: Kids Free!
Kids Free in Oct at San Diego Zoo
Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Join us, and let your wild ones meet ours.
Date: Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: Kids are free with ticketed accompanying adult
Location: San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events. Check our calendar for details and schedule.
Looking for a pumpkin patch near you? Check out our complete list of pumpkin patches in San Diego County!
More spooky things to do:
Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash
Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium.
Date: Oct 26 – Oct 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Birch Aquarium Members**: $14.50 || Public: $19.50
Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
Get in the spirit of Halloween at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Scream Zone! Running from Sept. 29th-Oct.31st on 24 selected nights, this is the place to for some serious thrills! Come try your luck at KarnEvil, dare to enter the House of Horror, ride the Haunted Hayride and check out the newest attraction, The Running Dead. Experience some of the goriest, scariest fright-fests in southern California!
Another event at the Fairgrounds:
San Diego Kids Expo & Fair
The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair presented by Toyota every April and October is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!
Date: Oct 20 – Oct 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014
In honor of the community’s German founding fathers (Olivenhain is German for “olive tree”), the long-running Oktoberfest celebration returns from noon to 4pm on Sunday Oct. 14th hosted at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall located at 432 Rancho Santa Fe Road in Encinitas. Bratwurst and hot dogs will be grilled on site, with all the trimmings. There will also be beers by Stone Brewing and other local breweries plus live German music. About 300 to 500 usually attend the free event (dinners are $12-$20).
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and entertainment for children.
Date: Oct 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: Children – Free
Adult – $5-$20
Location: Holiday Park
Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Premiering in October is the Vista Vintage & Makers Market! This is a curated marketplace devoted to offering vendors and shoppers a place to celebrate all things old, new and reimagined! Antiques and Vintage wares will be abundant alongside hand-crafted items from local artisans. A free event that’s family and pet friendly so make a day of it and enjoy all that Downtown Vista has to offer! Sunday October 21st from 10-4pm. More info at: http://www.vistavmm.com/
Enjoy Fall in Fallbrook! Walk through Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 10am-4pm and enjoy the essence of Autumn with the annual Fallbrook Harvest Faire! Faire is filled with hay rides, pony rides, handmade crafts, local foods, petting zoo, and pumpkin contests! Don’t miss the fun collection of scarecrows on display!
Come Friday to soak up the stars. Saturday be in your good viewing spot along the parade route by 9am to enjoy all the action. Stay through Sunday to catch some of the best TIMELESS BORREGO magic at Christmas Circle. For 52 years, each year, thousands of people converge on Borrego Springs during Borrego Days to take in the small town charm and wide open desert wonder in celebration of the launch of the California deserts season. The Borrego Days Desert Festival, the TIMELESS Borrego Springs, and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park deliver memories and enchantment for all ages. Come find for yourself the zen-like Borrego Spring desert season launching wonder that people come back for year after year during Borrego Days.
Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
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 downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido.
Date: Oct 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Avenue
Grand Avenue, between Center City Pkwy and Ivy
Escondido, CA 92025
2018 Grand Fall Harvest Festival & Street Faire is a great family outing and a favorite day of fun for children of all ages. The faire will feature fun, fabulous, frilly and flavorful fare from local artisans, crafters, retailers, jewelers, fashion, organic foods and merchandise and more from nationwide vendors. Sunday October 14th from 9-5pm.
Spend your ‘Dia’ at the Mission SLR! Mission San Luis Rey invites you to join the fun on Sunday, October 28th, 10am – 4pm to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Oceanside, the largest festival of its kind in San Diego County. “No other Day of the Dead celebration offers you the feeling of peace you get when you’re celebrating amidst the ancestral cemetery of the Mission. As you take in the traditional Day of the Dead tributes such as chalk cemeteries, floral alters, / vehicular altars and other such remembrances, you can’t help but feel a sense of calmness and serenity come over you making this the most emotionally altering Dia you’ll ever experience!”
Are you a Pet Lover? You have to check out:
Pupologie Encinitas and Pet Nutrition Center Carlsbad are teaming up with Canine Angels Service Teams to present the 8th Annual Dia De Los Perros! Join us at The Heritage Ranch, Home of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum from 1-5PM on Saturday, October 20th for the same Dia De Los Perros you love, but BIGGER than ever!
Get dressed up, get festive, and celebrate all things dogs for a good cause with our favorite product vendors and North County community members! Our annual Doggie Costume Contest is back, and with a $10 donation to Canine Angels Service Teams you can participate in our Trick Or Treating Scavenger Hunt AND Costume Contest! The winner of this year’s scavenger hunt will not only take home their goodies from trick or treating, but they will also win one of our AMAZING raffle prizes!
If you’ve gotten to know us at 1850, you know we love to support local business and when it comes to craft beer or wine it truly floats our boat. We recently came across North County’s newest winery, Rancho Guejito Vineyard. Read more about this incredible gem right here in our own San Pasqual Valley!
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