It’s the first weekend of October and there’s no shortage of family fun to have! If you’ve been wanting to explore a San Diego museum or park, October is a great time to do it with Kids Free Month. Take a lesson in San Diego history and have fun at the annual Cabrillo Festival. Celebrate Oktoberfest in La Mesa and El Cajon. Or head to Balboa Park for the amazing Maker Faire where young scientists and engineers will have a blast. Have a great weekend!


photo: San Diego Maker Faire

San Diego

Cabrillo Festival
The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods. The highlight of the Cabrillo Festival is the live re-enactment at 1 p.m. of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo’s landing on the shores of San Diego Bay on Ballast Point. “Cabrillo,” his soldiers and a priest sail into the bay aboard the San Salvador (The Californian), and once again claim the land for Spain. Sat. Event details.

San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks
This fun-filled, family-friendly event will help fund research, raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society. The event will include activities for children, entertainment, light refreshments and a resource fair. Sat. Event details.

Maker Faire
Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. More than 200 local and regional makers will display their creations in Balboa Park, mostly inside participating museums. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Pacific Beachfest 5K
Runners will move back onto the sand for the final quarter mile to the finish. All participants in the kids race will receive a tank top, sunglasses and finisher’s medal. Pacific Beachfest will also be hosting a pro surf competition, pro volleyball competition, loads of food vendors, kids’ activities, and more. Sat. Event details.

Kids Free in October
It’s never been a better time to be a kid! Throughout October kids go free at over 40 museums around San Diego County. Kids Free in October, presented by ScholarShare, invites kids 12 and under to go free with a paid adult using the coupon on the website. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North County

Pumpkin Festival Arts ‘n Crafts Fair
More than 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art at the annual “Pumpkin Festival” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. See beautiful jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys, and many other handmade and one-of-a kind items. Get an early start on your holiday shopping! Bates’ famous Pumpkin Patch will also be open with a variety of family friendly activities including hay rides, a straw maze, pony rides, and numerous food vendors. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

East County

La Mesa Oktoberfest
Revel in the hustle and bustle of the beer garden with your kids and enjoy festival favorites such brats, potato pancakes, and funnel cakes. Be sure to get your chicken dance on with the kids and make it a family tradition. Enjoy the kiddie rides and carnival games too. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Oktoberfest El Cajon
Enjoy this traditional German festival with live music, German food, folk dances, contests and a Kids Fun Zone. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer