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Fall Festivals, Parades and More in San Diego

Enjoy a variety of fun-filled fall activities

When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region's sunny mild weather and enjoy a number of fun-filled Fall activities to enhance their vacation getaway. During San Diego's shoulder season, visitors can find a variety of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment.

Below is just a few of the festivals, parades and more that San Diego has to offer this Fall:

September | October | November


Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show

When: September 23-25, 2016
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year's theme is Celebrating 100 Years of the Marine Corps Reserves.

22nd Annual Pacific Islander Festival

When: September 24-25, 2016
Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 24-25, 2016
Adams Avenue Street Fair is SoCal's largest free two-day music festival held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights.

Oceanside Harbor Days

When: September 24-25, 2016
Oceanside Harbor Days are two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf including a Sandcastle competition, entertainment, Nail 'n' Sail Competition, and more.

Julian Apple Days Festival

When: September 24-25, 2016
The Julian Apple Days Festival is a two-day celebration featuring music and dancing, children's activities, a beer and wine garden, contests, and apple pie.

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego

When: September 24-25, 2016
Experience a world full of colorful art, crafts and entertainment, delicious international food, tasty tequilas, and a craft beer and wine garden at the Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: September 28 - October 2, 2016
Be part of the scene with five days to immerse yourself in engaging films, the hottest parties, intriguing panels, celebrity sightings, and industry events.

Fashion Week San Diego

When: September 28 - October 2, 2016
We are bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year we are featuring 26 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in La Jolla.


CRSSD Festival

When: October 1-2, 2016
CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers.

San Diego Maker Faire

When: October 1-2, 2016
Balboa Park is host to Maker Faire San Diego, a celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.

Cabrillo Festival

When: October 1, 2016
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego's Cabrillo Festival.

Grape Day Discovery Festival

When: October 1, 2016
The Grape Day Discovery Festival includes a wine and beer garden, entertainment that includes dance battles by local dance crews, music, and a pie-eating contest!

Annual Pacific Beachfest

When: October 1, 2016
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volley ball, craft beer, kids activities and music!

San Diego Italian Film Festival feStivale

When: October 5-16, 2016
The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries.

Gaslight Gathering

When: October 7-9, 2016
Gaslight Gathering is a convention to promote Steampunk and Victoriana aesthetics as it relates to dress, art, music, crafts, pop culture, and literature.

Polish Festival

When: October 7-9, 2016
The annual Polish Festival in San Diego is a wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and cuisine.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 8-9, 2016
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival features the works of 150+ artists, entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the Family Art Center, and a wine and beer garden.

Old Town's Fall Festival

When: October 8, 2016
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival.

Little Italy FESTA!

When: October 9, 2016
Little Italy FESTA! offers a full palette of Italian cuisine is complemented by traditional and modern Italian music, arts and crafts as well as a tribute to San Diego's rich Italian American heritage.

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

When: October 15-16, 2016
The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

When: October 16, 2016
Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children's rides and activities, and food.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

When: October 21-23, 2016
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone.

Borrego Days Desert Festival

When: October 21-23, 2016
Borrego Days Desert Festival s filled to the brim with inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more!

Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy

When: October 22, 2016
During The Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy, the streets will become the home to over 40 fine Italian bulls; the famous Lamborghini.


San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: November 3-12, 2016
Experience the largest Asian Film Fest on West Coast with 100+ films from 15 countries with a movie genre for everyone and meet/greets with film cast and crew.

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

When: November 3-6, 2016
Art San Diego features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, art labs, events, and talks focused on collecting.

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 6, 2016
Take in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

Union Bank Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

When: November 6, 2016
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hay ride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, saddle up on pony rides enjoy two stages of live entertainment.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

When: November 11, 2016
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran's Day Parade.

California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

When: November 17-19, 2016
The California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade

When: November 20, 2016
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego's East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.