Your San Diego Fall Events Guide
As summer gives way to fall, “America’s Finest City” gears up for an enchanting autumn filled with an array of captivating events. From family-friendly festivities to music and culinary celebrations, the city offers an irresistible array of great goings-on. Whether you’re a local or planning a visit, you won’t want to miss these fall events that showcase the best of San Diego’s culture, entertainment, and natural wonders.
Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1 – 4)
Labor Day might be seen by many as the unofficial end of summer, but hey — this is San Diego, where summer is never truly over. Even so, Labor Day is chock-full of amazing things to do! Why not check out a movie under the stars? Or take in the San Diego Symphony as they perform Tchaikovsky at the waterfront Rady Band Shell? Or even hunt for bargains at the city’s best pop-up flea market? It’s your weekend, live it to the fullest!
CRSSD Music Festival (Sept. 23 – 24)
For music lovers, the CRSSD Music Festival is an event that simply cannot be missed. Held at stunning Waterfront Park, this two-day electronic music extravaganza showcases an impressive lineup of both established and emerging artists (including Basement Jaxx, Flume, Underworld, Fatboy Slim, Ladytron, and Röyskopp). The picturesque location coupled with infectious beats creates an unforgettable atmosphere. So, put on your dancing shoes and groove to the rhythm at CRSSD Music Festival, where music and nature blend harmoniously.
Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101 (4.2 miles)
San Diego Restaurant Week (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1)
Fall is the perfect time to indulge your taste buds with San Diego’s copious culinary delights. During the autumn installment of this twice-yearly city-wide event, the city’s top restaurants showcase their talents through specially curated menus at discounted prices. Savor delectable dishes, ranging from fresh seafood to mouthwatering desserts, all crafted by renowned chefs. Whether you’re a foodie or simply love exploring new flavors, San Diego Restaurant Week promises a “foodventure” you won’t soon forget.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream (Sept. 29 – Oct. 31)
Prepare to be thrilled and chilled at SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream every weekend in October! This haunted experience takes the park to a whole new level, with haunted houses, scare zones, and spine-tingling entertainment shows. While adrenaline junkies can take on heart-pounding rides in the dark, those seeking lower-key thrills can enjoy live music, delicious treats, and costumed characters throughout the grounds. Here’s where the Halloween spirit truly comes alive!
500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 (4.5 miles)
Oktoberfest Celebrations (Various Dates)
No fall season would be complete without the lively festivities of Oktoberfest. San Diego embraces this German tradition with numerous celebrations happening across the city. From traditional beer gardens to polka dances and bratwurst feasts, these events capture the essence of Bavarian culture and provide an opportunity to revel in the spirit of community and camaraderie. You can’t go wrong stopping at any of the following:
- German Club San Diego — Sept 29 – Oct. 1st / Oct. 6 – 8
- Ocean Beach Oktoberfest — Oct. 6 – 7
- La Mesa Oktoberfest — Sept. 29 – Oct. 1st
San Diego Kids Free Month (October)
If you’re planning a family getaway to San Diego, fall is the ideal time to visit. Reason being, every October as it’s Kids Free Month! Various attractions, museums, and theme parks throughout the city offer free admission for kids, making it both an affordable and exciting vacation for families. From exploring interactive museums to witnessing marine life wonders, there’s an abundance of family-friendly activities that will keep the little ones enthralled throughout the month. Humphreys enjoys getting in on the fun, too — we offer a free kid’s meal (with purchase of an adult meal) at our own Humphreys SoCAL Dining & Music. So don’t miss out!
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Autumn Festival (Weekends in October)
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes visitors to immerse themselves in the spirit of fall at this incredible annual event. The park’s fall fest happens during October weekends, and offers a range of exciting activities. Get lost in the park’s pumpkin patch, embark on a hayride, and witness incredible animal encounters. Enjoy the vibrant fall foliage while strolling through the landscapes, all inspired by natural habitats. Don’t forget to experience the thrill of watching cheetahs sprint during the Cheetah Run! Above all, embrace the season’s magic amidst captivating wildlife.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 (35.6 miles)
San Diego Zoo HalGloWeen (Weekends in October)
For a Halloween experience you’ll never forget, head to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo! The Zoo’s HalGloWeen event transforms the grounds into a bewitching wonderland during the spookiest of seasons. Younger guests can partake in safe trick-or-treating, encounter creepy-crawly critters, and explore themed animal exhibits. From playful pandas to slithering snakes, the zoo’s inhabitants get into the festive spirit as well! So don your favorite costume and join the fun-filled festivities for a night of delightful frights.
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (8.2 miles)
San Diego Beer Week (November 4 – 12)
November is a beer enthusiast’s favorite month in “America’s Finest City”. San Diego Beer Week is a 10-day event that celebrates the brewing culture of the “Craft Beer Capital of America” by highlighting local breweries, and their finest beverages. Expect beer tastings, brewery tours, beer-pairing dinners, and special events to fill the week, offering an unforgettable experience for beer novices and aficionados alike. Raise your glasses and toast to the diverse and rich craft beer scene of San Diego!
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (November 8 – 12)
For connoisseurs of wine and food, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival in November promises an unforgettable culinary journey. This week-long extravaganza is home to a series of can’t-miss events, including wine tastings, cooking classes, and gourmet dinners prepared by world-class chefs. Set against the backdrop of stunning San Diego Bay, this festival celebrates the art of gastronomy and showcases some of the finest wines and cuisines from around the world.
San Diego comes alive with an enchanting array of fall events that cater to diverse interests and passions. Heading here to experience them? You can’t beat a stay at Humphreys Half Moon Inn! Not only do we offer competitive rates, stellar service and exceptional amenities, but our central Shelter Island location is convenient to every event on the list. Plus, our resort is also home to Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, the city’s most renowned concert series. Upcoming fall shows include performances by The Temptations and Four Tops, Three Dog Night, Styx, Natalie Merchant, ZZ Top and The Cult. we’re also planning a full schedule of all fun activities, including kids’ activities, and a Thanksgiving brunch. So check out our Special Offers page, and reserve your fall visit today!