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.

Escondido Grape Days Festival

Celebrate Escondido’s rich history with an old-fashioned grape stomp. This festival joins neighbors together to create a feel of small-town charm. There’s lots for the whole family to enjoy: face painting, a pie-eating contest, chili cook-off, music, beer and wine garden for adults, craft vendors and free grapes. Don’t miss the interactive arts experience with working artists. You can start the day here with the Festival's Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, Walk & Stroll as well.

Dates/times: Oct. 7; 5K 7:30 a.m.; Festival: 2- 8 p.m.
Cost: Festival is free; 5K $30-$50/runner
321 N. Broadway
Escondido, Ca 92025
Online: visitescondido.com

Photo: Friends of Grape Day Park Facebook Page 

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

––Cherie Gough