As summer comes to an end, it’s time for San Diego to embrace the enchanting charm of a Southern California autumn. With temperatures dropping and fewer crowds, the city offers its residents the perfect backdrop for a memorable fall season. Whether you have young kids at home, are a couple looking for some date night ideas, or are a solo adventurer, there’s something for everyone in and around San Diego.
Let's explore the best events, activities, and restaurants that make fall in San Diego truly special.
Pumpkin Patch Adventures: Kickstart your autumn with a visit to one of San Diego's many pumpkin patches. Bates Nut Farm and Oma's Pumpkin Patch are particularly popular with families. Enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and more.
Halloween Fun at LEGOLAND California: Kids of all ages will love the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND, featuring costumed characters, trick-or-treating, and exciting LEGO-themed displays. Events take place on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. Learn more about purchasing tickets here.
San Diego Zoo: Explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo during their Autumn Festival, where animals and nature shine in the fall. Enjoy special animal encounters, seasonal decorations, and educational activities. Click here to learn more.
Spooktacular Fun: There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get spooked this Halloween in Haunted Houses throughout San Diego. Click here for options that are geared towards young kids and click here if you’re more daring.
For All Ages:
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: November 6th - 12th satisfy your culinary cravings with gourmet tastings, cooking classes, and wine pairings at this festival, perfect for foodies of all ages. Click here for more.
Julian Apple Harvest: Embrace the flavors of fall with a trip to Julian, a charming mountain town famous for its apple pies. Enjoy apple picking, cider tasting, and scenic drives. Click here for a full list of apple varieties and more at this popular “U-Pick” destination.
Dia de los Muertos in Old Town: Celebrate the Day of the Dead in San Diego's historic Old Town, where colorful altars, music, and traditional Mexican cuisine come to life. Learn more here.
Romantic Escapes for Couples:
La Jolla Cove Sunset: Witness a breathtaking autumn sunset at La Jolla Cove with your significant other. The warm hues of the sky, the calming waves, and the seals on the beach create an ideal romantic atmosphere.
Wine Tasting in Temecula: Just a short drive from San Diego, is Temecula Valley which offers picturesque vineyards and wineries. Sip on a glass of wine and enjoy the scenic landscapes during the harvest season.
San Diego's autumn is a season of celebration and adventure. Whether you're strolling through colorful pumpkin patches, attending seasonal festivals, or embarking on thrilling adventures, the city has something special in store for everyone. Make the most of your fall and fall in love with San Diego all over again.