The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and we’re falling hard for autumn. Leap into the new season at one of these eight fall festivals all over the city. From grape stomping and corn shucking to edible gardens, pony rides and patches full of pumpkins and scarecrows, go reap the rewards of harvest time! Read on to find out the details and start filling your calendar now.

Maker Faire

Do your kids constantly think outside the box? The Maker Faire in Balboa Park gives future engineers the ultimate thrill.  Besides free admission to twelve Balboa Park museums that day, including all the ones you love, kids will marvel at fire-breathing robots, building with electronic blocks that light up, make sounds and create motion, constructing video games from everyday items and so much more to engage your little movers and shakers.

Insider’s Tips: Admission is free for Balboa Park Explorer Pass Holders. Park early at Inspiration Point and take the free tram.

Dates/times: Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Cost: Discounted Tickets online $18-$38; Military discounts available.

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: sdmakerfaire.org

Photo: Maker Faire

Where are you celebrating the fall season? Tell us in the comments.

––Cherie Gough