San Diego may be the only place in the country where it’s hot enough to wear flip flops and tank tops to the pumpkin patch. This fall, no matter your style, try on a festival that suits your family to a tee. Whether fall means just one more beach day, getting a head start on holiday shopping, Oktoberfest, or dressing up in a fabulous costume, we’ve found a festival that you’ll fall for. Here are eight to get you in an autumn state-of-mind.

For Beach Lovers: Oceanside's Harbor Days

Bring your swashbuckling crew to this super fun event held right at the water's edge. Dress like pirates and hunt for treasure in the sand, join in the costume contest, and have your picture taken with Captain Jack in the extensive Pirate Village. Always wanted to take the kids fishing?  Start your Saturday at Harbor Days’ Fishing Derby at the Fishing Pier on North Harbor Drive. The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. and all kids will receive a prize. Little rescuers will love hanging with the firemen, climbing on the truck and posing for pictures. Don’t miss the thrilling police dog demonstrations.

The event is free, but bring a little cash to try some of the fun, unique rides, including a shark jump house, zip line, and bubble rollers which make kids feel like they are walking on water!

Insider’s Tip: Parking is free for the weekend; meters will not be enforced. Or park at Oceanside Transit Center Parking Structure and take the free double decker bus to Harbor Days.

Dates/times: Sept. 24 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sept. 25, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Cost: Free; Bring cash for rides and food.


Photo: Courtesy of Oceanside Harbor Days

Did we miss your favorite fall festival? Tell us in the comments!

– Cherie Gough