Ready to have some fun before the weekends start getting busy with all-things turkey and holiday? Head downtown for the annual Fall Back Festival. Get artsy at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Family Drop-in Day. Learn about Native American traditions at the Acorn Harvest Festival. And take part in a pumpkin toss at the University Heights Urban Harvest Festival. Have a great weekend!


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San Diego

One Book for Kids Event and Literacy Fair
Join KPBS and its community partners for an exciting event featuring a presentation by William Joyce, author of “The Fanstastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” the 2015 One Book for Kids selection. This event will begin with a presentation at 11 a.m., and end with a celebration of literacy in the courtyard. Enjoy literacy-related crafts, snacks and a special demonstration of how drones fly by the SDSU Engineering Department. Be sure to RSVP! Sat., 11 a.m., Francis Parker School Mission Hills Campus, Free. All ages. Event details.

Tinker All Day at the B&N Mini Maker Faire
Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Make Magazine to host a Mini Maker Faire. Three days of creativity, tinkering, construction, design, coding, 3D printing and more. Meet local inventors and artists, explore new mediums and connect with your local community. Fri. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., All Barnes & Nobles stores, Free. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

University Heights Urban Harvest Festival
Celebrate community and urban gardening at the 3rd Annual University Heights Urban Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Trebuchet Toss. This family-friendly event features live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, games, and pumpkin tossing. Bring your old Halloween pumpkins to smash into compost for Birney Elementary’s award-winning school garden. Birney’s 8-foot-tall catapult throws pumpkins as far as 258 feet! Sat., 12 – 4 p.m., Birney Elementary School, Free. All ages. Event details.

Fall Back Festival
This fun event teaches kids about the historical significance of San Diego in a fun and interactive way. Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter, Free. Ages 3 – 10. Event details.

Family Drop-in Day at the Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Family Drop-In Days take place every Sunday afternoon. Monthly themes are explored and weekly activities present projects using a variety of media and inspired by the works on view in the galleries. Join the art-making activities in The Studio, engage in family-friendly, docent-led tours, play with games and touchable objects, and Search-and-Find activities. Sun., 1 – 3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free with admission. Ages 6 – 12. Event details.

Imaginate Exhibition
Imaginate aims to inspire the spirit and practice of innovation in you. Use collaboration to create a musical masterpiece, and employ perseverance to make a stop-motion animated video. Observe the way your heartbeat affects the behavior of a sculpture, and bring your own invention to life in a combination tinkerer’s workshop/artist’s studio. Immerse yourself in the methods of innovative thinking through hands-on, interactive exhibits that use unique materials, sounds and light. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Reuben H Fleet Science Center, $16.95 to $19.95/Person. All ages. Event details.

East County

Acorn Harvest Festival
Take a journey to the past for a celebration of the acorn harvest. Come explore Kumeyaay traditions, and learn how they lived off the land. The activities include, acorn grinding, a mock archaeological dig, Native American storytelling, crafts, and more! Sat., 1 – 4 p.m., Louis A. Stelzer County Park, $3/parking. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Cirque du Soleil Gets “Kurios”
This tale is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?” Fri. – Sun., various times, OC Fair Center, $40-$260. Ages 5 and up. Event details

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

– Leah R. Singer