Fall is finally in the air! We had our first (sort of) rain, the temperatures dropped and perhaps we can begin thinking about our winter coats. Okay, fine, our lightweight sweatshirts. It’s fall, San Diego-style. Get out and have some fall fun this weekend. Stop by the New Children’s Museum for a block party, hit up a Halloween carnival for an old school cake walk or jump aboard the Pumpkin express for a train ride to the pumpkin patch. If you’re in the mood for cultural activities, check out an Armenian Food Festival or the Arts & Culture Fest.

San Diego

New Children’s Museum Block Party
Celebrate the newest exhibit at The New Children’s Museum, following a closure to prepare. TRASH is an exhibit created to change the way we think about, well, trash. Enjoy a street fair complete with entertainment and food. Sat and Sun, 10:00 am. New Children’s Museum. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Armenian Food Festival
Food and culture, all in one place! Enjoy a celebration of Armenian culture and heritage with delicious Armenian food and pastries, music and dancing, crafts and games for children. Sun, 10:00 am. St. John Garabed Armenian Church. All ages. Event Details.

Arts & Culture Fest
Get involved with cross-cultural education and sharing, cultural workshops, fine art displays and art workshops, entertainment, and an International Market alongside a children’s activity zone and community resource booths. Sat, 12:00 pm. Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater. Free. All ages. Event Details.

North County

La Costa Meadows Halloween Carnival
Ready to get in the Halloween spirit? Stop by the Halloween Carnival, where you’ll find rides and inflatables, a haunted house, games and prizes, food, a bake sale, chili cook-off, crafts, face painting, a cake walk and more. Sat, 10:00 am. La Costa Meadows Elementary School. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Out of town

The Pumpkin Express
All aboard the Pumpkin Express! Hop on the train at the Campo Depot and enjoy an hour-long ride, followed by the fun you’ll have picking out a pumpkin. You can then decorate it at the Display Building. Happy Fall! Sat, 11:00 am. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Campo. All ages. Event Details.

— Laura Willard