Just when you thought there’s nothing to do in Southern California this weekend, think again! This weekend features Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farm; fall festivals galore in City Heights, Nobel Park and Rancho Bernardo; and witchy-themed puppet shows. There’s something for every member of the family with no shortage of fall fun.

San Diego

Fall Harvest Fair
Venture out to City Farmer’s Nursery for their annual Fall Harvest Fair and witness the results of the kids pumpkin growing contest. How big will this year’s squash be? Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, City Farmer’s Nursery, All ages. Free. Event details.

Fall Harvest Festival
The Parent Connection Fall Harvest Festival will be filled with lots of fun including a live performance by Hullabaloo, art for kids provided by Art Soup, kids yoga by San Diego Yoga Kids, facepainting, food trucks, meet babysitters from UrbanSitter, Sandra Kay Photography, and more. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Nobel Park, All ages. Free. Event details.

Witch’s Brew Puppet Show
Gilda’s plan to become a nice person gets derailed when her older sister accidentally spoils her special brew with a hand puppet performance. Sun., 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, All ages. $4/$5. Event details.

East County

Alpine Fall Festival
Please join us and learn more about the Foundation and have a memorable family experience at the farm. Activities include 4-H farm animal exhibit, face painting, air jump, balloons food and treats. All money raised at the booths at this event will go the schools! Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Summer’s Past Farm, All ages. Free. Event details.

North County

Craft Fair and Carnival
Enjoy more than 60 local artists selling kids items, home and holiday decor, jewelry and crafts, and more. The day also includes carnival rides and a bake sale. Fri, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church Preschool, All ages. Free. Event details.

San Diego Kids Expo
Bring the family to see the largest inflatable slide, live music, exhibit booths and themed hands-on activities. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Del Mar Fairgrounds, All ages. $6 (kids 12 and under free). Event details.

Not-So-Scary Estuary
Learn secrets of the native owls, spiders, bats, and other critters that “spirit” the lagoon after sunset and discover they’re not so scary after all. Arts and crafts for kids, bat cave display and trick-or-treating along the reserve’s loop trail. Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 pm, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, All ages. Free. Event details.

Escondido Street Fair
This fun family fair features more than 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world. Sun., 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Downtown Escondido, All ages. Free. Event details.

South Bay

Pumpkin Palooza
Take the family to the cornerstone event of Suzie’s Farm pumpkin harvest season — the 4th annual Pumpkin Palooza. Kids can pull their pumpkins right from the vine in the field where they are grown. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Suzie’s Farm, All ages. Free. Event details.

— Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of City Farmers Nursery and San Diego Kids Expo Facebook pages