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 Garden Fun: Alta Vista Gardens Fall Fun Festival

Love to get out into nature? This festival is a great chance to get the whole family outdoors, dig into gardening, and share art and music. Little ones will enjoy old-fashioned games, face painting and a scarecrow decorating contest. For $2, your family can create its own scarecrow to add to the garden’s fall ambience and win prizes.  Adults will enjoy the live music, a huge plant sale, and the garden’s extensive art exhibits. Kids can explore the features in the Children's Garden: the Enchanted Garden Tube Tunnels are just their size, the Children's Music Garden rings with chimes and drums, the Turtle and Dino Dig for playing in the sand, and the Incredible Edibles Garden to look at cotton and strawberries.  Ample parking is available in the adjacent Moonlight Amphitheatre parking lot.

Date/Time: Oct. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: Free.

1270 Vale Terrace Dr.

Vista, Ca 92084



Photo: Courtesy of Alta Vista Gardens

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– Cherie Gough