Get out and explore San Diego County! Here’s some great events for the weekend.
Old Town Fall Festival
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park kicks off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival. The museums and merchants in the state park will be decorated and host family-friendly games, activities, and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration including a pumpkin-carving demonstration from noon to 4 pm under a large shade tree in the center town plaza, musical entertainment and face painting in the central plaza, and pumpkin painting, corn shucking, and environmentally friendly bird-feeder making in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Participating merchants will also have craft activities inside their stores.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Fleet Week San Diego
Fleet Week San Diego (Oct. 11-17) runs through this weekend, a tradition that honors and celebrates the men and women of the U.S. military through public events that support our heroes. Events open to the public include Friday’s USO Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. at North Embarcadero Marina Park. The USO Show Troupe will perform songs from the 1940s to present day, while the second half of the show features the “beach country” sounds of Tim Hurley.
When: Oct. 11 – 17
Where: Various places
Cost: Tickets to the concert cost $10.
Harvest Festival: Original Art and Craft Show
This traveling, 3-day shopping and entertainment festival brings more than 24,000 handmade, American arts and crafts to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from jewelry and pottery to clothing and more. Between booths, grab a bite from food vendors and enjoy live entertainment.
When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 for adults, $4 ages 13 – 17, free for 12 and younger
Stars at Mission Trails
The San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the east end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s day use parking lot. The three-hour event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to use during the event.
When: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 – 10pm
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad
It’s the third annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad. The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper.
Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am – 6pm
Where: The Forum Carlsbad by The Wine Loft | 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
The Boardwalk Craft Market
This unique festival, now in its 25th year, offers Poway residents the chance to shop for unique and useful handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The event is free and fun for the whole family.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14 | 8am – 2pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Grand Avenue Festival
More than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Saturday and Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Downtown Escondido
If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!
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