Fall has officially arrived in San Diego, and what better way to kick off the new season than with a ton of great events? From the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival to Celebrate the Craft and the luxurious La Costa Film Festival, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy all month long. Here are our top 10 things to do in San Diego this October!
October 8 & 9
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its 8th year on October 8th and 9th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California, and features the works of over 150 established artists from all over the world. There will also be a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries. Girard Ave & Prospect St, La Jolla 92037.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival! Various museums and merchants in the state park will host family friendly games, activities, and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration. A pumpkin-carving demonstration will take place from 12pm-4pm. Free craft activities include pumpkin painting, corn shucking, and corn husk doll making in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Musical entertainment will be provided all day! Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; 2415 San Diego Ave.
The Little Italy Association of San Diego is proud to host the 22nd annual FESTA!, the largest Italian cultural festival in the Western U.S! The streets of Little Italy will be filled with over 120,000 visitors from all over the world to pay tribute to Italian heritage and culture. The event will feature Italian food, al fresco dining, authentic Italian music on three difference stages, a Sicilian flag procession, street stickball and bocce ball tournaments, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and more. India & Date Streets, San Diego 92101.
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Spend a night away from the city on Coronado Island, indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by local chefs. Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends! Tickets are $40-$50 and can be purchased online. Orange Ave, Coronado Island.
The 4th Annual La Costa Film Festival returns to the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa this year, a long-time favorite Hollywood getaway. Film-lovers will enjoy a broad and impressive slate of films, ranging from documentaries and shorts to full features. They also feature a special sports film competition with a celebrity panel of judges selecting the best narrative, documentary and short film for recognition. Walk the red carpet to the opening night Gala, and then watch the starlit screenings on the beautiful grounds of the Omni.
Taste of North Park is back and bigger than ever! Grab a ticket and take a self-guided walking tour as you sample food from over 50 restaurants and sip craft beer from 15 local breweries. North Park’s chef specialties are known for highlighting unique ingredients and flavors, and many vegetarian and farm-to-table creations served up by the finest restaurants. In between courses stop into participating galleries and boutiques to complement your palate with rich brews from local breweries. University Ave & 30th St., San Diego 92104.
San Diego is home to a colorful and hip street art scene, and it’s coming to the San Diego Museum of Man for one night only! Snack on street tacos, sip craft beer, and discover art all over the Museum: hear street opera and spoken word art, watch break dancing and drumming up close, see yarn bombs going off, help create a chalkboard mural, check out graffiti art, and view rarely-seen objects from the Museum’s collections on display. Don’t miss out on all this street art in one place! Tickets are $30. 1350 El Prado, San Diego 92101.
The Del Mar International Horse Show takes place at one of Southern California’s finest horse show venues, the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Known for its incredible atmosphere and exciting competition, the Del Mar International Horse Show encompasses multiple weeks of world-class show jumping, which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders. If you love horses, this is the event for you; bring the whole family! 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014.
The 51st annual Borrego Days Desert Festival kicks off this October; head to beautiful Borrego Springs for two days of art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and more. The Parade starts the weekend off at 10am on Saturday, followed by a showcase of artists, retail vendors, delicious food offerings, and tasty treats. There will be live entertainment throughout the day and into the night, as well as a beer and wine garden. The Borrego Days Car Show will be on Saturday, followed by the Off-Road Show on Sunday. Christmas Circle Community Park, Borrego Springs.
For the past 14 years, “Celebrate the Craft” has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking. The celebration features the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum. Growers, vintners, brewers, and culinary artisans from some of California’s most renowned farms, bakeries, wineries, and breweries will be on hand to share their skills. Tickets are priced at $135 per person and available online. Lodge at Torrey Pines; 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla.
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