Are you desperately needing a break from pumpkins, witches and goblin fun? Then you’re in luck! San Diego and Orange County have lots on the calendar this weekend that has nothing to do with Halloween. You can celebrate 100 Years of Magic with your favorite Disney characters. Watch the marvels of flight at the Miramar Air Show. Get a dose of Polish culture at the Polish Festival. Make it a family weekend and participate in the American Diabetes Step Out Walk at Knott’s Berry Farm, or the Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Irvine.

San Diego

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Be a part of the festivities with Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic. More than 60 of Disney’s captivating characters and their unforgettable stories come to life in this commemorative celebration. Mickey and Minnie Mouse take audiences on a fun-filled adventure, sharing memories with Disney friends including Goofy, Donald Duck, the beloved Disney Princesses, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Mulan, Timon, Pumbaa, Stitch, Nemo, the Incredibles and many more! Wed – Sun., Times vary, Valley View Casino Center, All ages. Prices vary. Event details.

Miramar Air Show
Celebrate 50 years of space exploration at the MCAS Miramar Air Show. Lots of flyovers and events, including performances from The Blue Angels, F-22 Raptor, Robosaurus. Fri. – Sun., Times vary, MCAS Miramar, All ages. Free. Event details.

5th Avenue Auto Showcase
Are you ready for more than 150 makes and models of Italian exotics such as Ferrari and Maserati, to the American Classics including the Thunderbird and Corvette? Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Gaslamp Quarter, All ages. Free. Event details.

Polish Festival
Bring the family for a traditional Polish festival featuring performances by Polish folk dancers, musical bands, street dancing with live music, Polish food and drink, arts and crafts, and vendors. Sun., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, St. M. Kolbe Roman Catholic Polish Mission, All ages. $3 (16 and under free). Event details. 

North County

Family Art Day
Enjoy Free Family Art Day immersed in Asian-inspired art projects from origami to koi fish paintings. Drawing inspiration from Facing West/Looking East, an exhibition in which artists reach across the Pacific to Asia for their content and imagery. Projects are designed to engage kids of all ages. No art experience is required for the art activities. Healthy refreshments and kid-centric docent tours will be provided. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Oceanside Museum of Art, All ages. Free. Event details.

East County

Pumpkin Express
Board the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Families will enjoy the one-hour train ride, then tour the Haunted Train, where each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it. Advance reservations for this popular event are required. Sat. – Sun., Times vary, Campo Depot, All ages. $5 – $15. Event details.

Orange County

American Diabetes Step Out Walk
Debut those cute little Halloween costumes early at the Step Out Walk to stop diabetes!  Kids’ costume contest, live entertainment, food, health screenings, and other activities are just the tip of the iceberg. The fundraising walk starts at the Independence Hall and makes it way around the park and past Soak City. A shorter course is also prepared for those who feel the full course is a bit much. Sat., Knott’s Berry Farm, All ages. Free. Event details. 

Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Walk to fund research to unravel those questions and help millions of kiddos fight autism.  The perfect opportunity to explore the Great Park as well as visit information booths packed with information and fun activities for the little ones.  Don’t forget to ride the free giant orange balloon and have fun! Sat, El Toro Field, All ages. Free. Event details. 

— Leah R. Singer

Photos Courtesy of Miramar Air Show and Feld Entertainment