We love October, the leaves begin to fall and cooler weather finally arrives. Here are some great October events coming to San Diego.
Sep. 29–Oct. 31, Haunted Trail Balboa Park
Enter the mile-long Trail through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks to experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. This year, the Trail begins with a maze of Purge-inspired terror, and the Stranger Things house, Upside-Down World, and Krampus return. You’ll also get up close and personal with Pennywise, Leatherface, Freddy Kruger, and Michael Myers.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego
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Oct. 1–31 (select dates), Boomont Park
Celebrate Halloween with family-friendly festivities all month long! Activities include trick-or-treating, Zombie Laser Tag, Pumpkin Patch & Painting, Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall, and costume contests.
Entry is free, with small fees for some rides and activities.
Time: 5–10 pm
Location: Belmont Park, Mission Beach
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Oct. 1–31, Kid Kingdom San Diego
Receive great deals from more than 100 participating partners: during the entire month of October, kids eat, stay, and play for free. Locations include the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, The New Children’s Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and many more.
Time: Refer to individual locations for hours
Location: Refer to website (San Diego County)
San Diego International Film Festival
Oct. 4–8, San Diego International Film Festival (SDIFF)
Be among the first to see the best that independent filmmakers and studios have to offer; the 100+ films selected for SDIFF are among the finest in the world. Hear from filmmakers, actors, and industry leaders. And don’t forget the parties, too!
Time: Refer to website
Location: Refer to website
(Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego & ArcLight Cinemas, La Jolla)
Oct. 7, Pacific Beachfest
Discover a one-day event that is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. The family-friendly ‘fest has something for everyone, including a “Best of the Beach” Fish Taco Contest, live music, Kids Action Alley, Craft Beer Garden, local vendors, and the Beachfest BeerCup contest! This is a free event.
Time: 8 am–Sunset
Location: Pacific Beach Boardwalk, Pacific Beach
Mira Mesa Street Fair
Oct. 7, Mira Mesa Street Fair
Enjoy a full day of family fun with crafters, food from around the world, two stages of entertainment, a carnival, kids’ crafts and games, a solar telescope, and more! This is a free event.
Time: 10 am–5 pm
Location: Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St.
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Oct. 7–8, La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (LJAWF)
Featuring the work of over 150 established artists from San Diego and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone. In addition to the art, there will be a silent auction, entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, a family art center, and a wine and beer garden. All profits will benefit programs for local public elementary and middle schools.
This is a free event.
Time: Saturday 10 am–7 pm, Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Location: Girard Ave., La Jolla
Taste of Coronado
Oct. 11, Taste of Coronado
Spend an evening on Coronado Island indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by local chefs. You can take a culinary trip around the world by sampling from our local bistros, meander along Orange Ave., or ride on the complimentary trolley.
Time: 5–9 pm
Location: Refer to website (Coronado)
Oct. 12, Brews By the Bay Fall Social
Join I Love a Clean San Diego at this annual fundraiser for an evening of beer and wine tastings. There will be Oktoberfest beer pairings with pretzels and sausage, an awards ceremony, a silent auction and raffle, a photo booth, and live music. Proceeds will help keep San Diego’s beaches, bays, and canyons clean.
Time: 5:30–8:30 pm
Location: The Catamaran Hotel, 3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach
Grand Avenue Festival
Oct. 15, Grand Avenue Festival
Browse goods from over 400 vendors while you enjoy live entertainment and food from around the world at the Grand Avenue Festival—a family tradition since 1989.
Time: 9 am–5 pm
Location: Grand Ave. from Centre City Pkwy. to Juniper, Escondido
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Oct. 15, Taste of North Park
Sample food from over 50 restaurants and craft beer from 15 local breweries. North Park chefs highlight unique ingredients and flavors, and many offer vegetarian and farm-to-table creations.
Time: 11 am–3 pm
Location: Refer to website (North Park)
Borrego Days Desert Festival
Oct. 20–22, Borrego Days Desert Festival
Bring the whole family for an inspiring weekend that will feature a vintage plane flyover, a parade, artists, retail vendors, food offerings, live entertainment, an auto show, an off-road show, and the Kids’ Carnival. This is a free event.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Christmas Circle Community Park, Borrego Springs
Coronado Art Walk
Oct. 21–22, Coronado Art Walk
Find that one-of-a-kind artwork you’ve been looking for at this juried art show featuring paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, woodworking and more. There will also be live music, food, and other vendors, as well as free art activities for all ages.
Time: 10 am–5 pm
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st St., Coronado
Oct. 27, Harvest Howl
Enjoy food from over a dozen restaurants, a hosted bar, live entertainment, and a fantastic silent auction. All proceeds benefit
The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Youth Housing Project.
Time: 6–9 pm
Location: San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
Oct. 28, Rancho BEERnardo Festival
Taste over 50 craft beers and regional wine selections, as well as live music, gourmet food truck offerings, and other fun activities. This is the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to numerous charities, schools, and other non-profit organizations.
This is a 21+ event.
Time: 2–5 pm
Location: Webb Park
16826 Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo
Celebrate the Craft
Oct. 29, Celebrate the Craft
Indulge in food and drinks from all over California, prepared with natural ingredients and careful craftsmanship. Some of California’s most renowned growers, vintners, brewers, and culinary artisans will share their skills and enthusiasm at this premier showcase. A portion of proceeds will go to Slow Food Urban San Diego.
Time: 11:30 am–3 pm
Location: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla