Autumn Festivities In San Diego

With Autumn just around the corner, La Jolla is getting ready for crisp fall temperatures, trees changing to bold colors, and the years primary harvest. Back-to-school, holidays, and sports are all things people look forward to during the following four months. Whether you prefer attending Oktoberfest, or taking the kids to a Haunted House, there is something for everyone! Here is a look at some festivities to get enthusiastic for as we say goodbye to summer:

1. Encinitas Oktoberfest 2013
The 18th annual Encinitas Oktoberfest will be taking place on Sunday, October 22 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The family fun filled event will include live music, Bavarian dancers, a fun zone, and street craft faire including over 200 vendors. All of which should help you and your family feel the authentic German celebration. Taste one of the many authentic German bratwurst or try an authentic German beer from national and local breweries. Admission and parking are both free for the event.

2. Julian Apple Days
The Julian Apple Days festival will be held on October 5th & 6th this year. Autumn would not be complete without freshly harvested apples. In 1907 Julian apples won the distinguished Wilder Medal. Wanting to celebrate, Ranchers and town leaders organized what is now known as Apple Days. An estimated 3,000 people attend annually for the honorary event. Activities, games, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and apple pie, are all on the agenda for the weekend long event. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. The events run from 10:00am to 5:00pm and the first 250 people through the gate will receive a free slice of pie!

3. Haunted Houses
For years Haunted Houses have been a staple for Halloween. In San Diego especially, Haunted Houses have become a popular tradition. Known for their creative designs, San Diego’s spook houses have become known nation wide. From the infamous Haunted Hotel downtown in the Gaslamp Distrct, to our own local La Jolla attractions, keep an eye out for a Haunted House near you. Be sure to check out the Haunted Birch Aquarium Shipwrecked! On October 25 & 26, the Birch Aquarium will be decorated and themed for a spooktacular weekend!

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4. Pumpkin Patches
Almost every child’s favorite memory involves going to the pumpkin patch and finding the largest pumpkin to take home! Heading to your favorite patch is one of the best and entertaining activities for families of all ages. You will find dozens of pumpkin patches across the county this year filled with scarecrows, mazes, and apple cider. A San Diego tradition for over 40 years, Bates Nut Farm, includes a tractor hayride, straw maze, and general store filled with a wide range of harvest delectables. The Pumpkin Patch is open from September 28 through Halloween. Check out their website for more details, batesnutfarm.biz.

5. Holiday foods
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the smells and taste of our childhood such as pumpkin pie, apple cider, and well almost anything with apples! Look forward to seasonal culinary dishes inspired from harvested ingredients such as squash and pumpkin. To help you with the demand in the kitchen, make sure you stop by Meanley & Son Ace Hardware or Sur La Table, which recently just opened in the village. There you will find autumn inspirations such as Pumpkin pancake & waffle mix, maple pumpkin butter, and mulling spices.

With so many exciting things to look forward to this Autumn, what will you decide to do? Let us know your favorite traditions this time of year by commenting below.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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