It’s the first weekend of October––and the fall fun is in full force! From Oktoberfests and Kids Free in October to Belmont Park’s Beachside Fall Fest, there’s a bounty of autumnal entertainment just waiting for you. Read on for the details!

photo: Belmont Park

La Mesa

La Mesa Oktoberfest
Let the good times roll! The largest San Diego Oktoberfest has a Kinder Karneval for little festival-goers with a giant Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall and an inflatable slide. Even more, you’ll find a brat-eating contest and interactive art, a stein-holding contest and scavenger hunts to watch and play. For eats, there are over 50 food vendors including pizza, bratwurst, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Finally, visit Dachshund Village and watch the wiener dog races, a dog fashion show, howling contests and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Diego

Kids Free in October
It’s never been a better time to be a kid! October 1-31, kids 12 and younger get free admission to over 40 museums around San Diego County. Download your coupon here. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to San Diego at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. For ages 7 and older. Everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mission Bay

Belmont Park’s 8th Annual Beachside Fall Fest
Belmont Park returns with its 8th annual Beachside Fall Fest in Oct. and Nov. Formerly known as ‘Boomont Park’, Beachside Fall Fest will offer festive-themed rides and attractions like the Giant Dipper, Tiki Town Mini Golf and Laser Tag; plus, the new fall Hay Maze. Fri.-Sun. in Oct. from 5 p.m.-close, plus Thurs. Oct. 31st, guests will participate in activities like free trick-or-treating starting at 6:30 p.m. (while supplies last) with thousands of treats distributed throughout in-park locations. On Saturdays in Oct. at 5:30 p.m. (sign-ups start at 5pm), guests in the park can showcase their spirited creativity at free Costume Contests and win big prizes! In Nov., Belmont Park will participate in the season of giving by offering special promotions for community organizations and groups in San Diego like first responders, military veterans & more. The Hay Maze as well as festive-themed rides and attractions will continue until Nov 30. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Rendezvous in Poway
Stroll back in time to the 1800s as history comes alive at the annual Rendezvous at Old Poway Park. Cowboys and pioneers put on family-friendly reenactments of gun fights and train robberies. Pan for gold and ride the speeder train. An old time craft fair, the Nelson House and the Heritage Museum are open to explore as well. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND® California Resort transforms into a monster mash bash for the ultimate family fun Halloween celebration during Brick-or-Treat Party Nights filled with sweet treats, exciting entertainment and not-so-spooky thrills. Enjoy live entertainment and new shows, character meet and greets, a costume contest and treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy. Sat. Event details.

Carlsbad Oktoberfest & Family Fall Fest
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is a family tradition among locals. Join the revelry and eat apple strudel, visit the pumpkin patch, enter the yodeling contest and Halloween costume contest. You’ll also enjoy face painting, a bounce house, fire engine and a stage dedicated to children’s music. Sat. Event details.

Valley Center

Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market
Head to Bates Nut Farm for handmade arts and crafts where up-cycled, recycled, restored, vintage, antique, and handmade wares will be offered with a large variety of jewelry, woodworking, candles, soaps, fine art, and more. Additionally, the famous Pumpkin Patch will be open so little ones can take a tractor hayride, run through the straw maze, hop on the pony rides, pet the animals, and eat up from the many choices of food. Even more, you can score fall decorations and food to take home with you. Admission is free, parking is $5. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Welk Resorts’ 2nd Annual Oktoberfest
Pull out your lederhosen and dirndl and join the fun at Welk Resorts’ 2nd Annual Oktoberfest! The family-friendly festival features delicious German-themed food, rides, games, live music, and of course bier. Local breweries including Stone, Wavelength, Legacy Brewing Co and more will be available to enjoy. Sink your teeth into delicious German classics like bratwurst and pretzels or stop by the food trucks to devour items like chicken and ribs! Test your skills at classic German-themed contests like Barrel Racing and Beer Stein Holding. Grab your finest lederhosen and enter the German Costume Contest then head over to the always entertaining Chicken Dance Contest. Enjoy live music from local acts including classic rock from JX3 and the Killer Dueling Pianos. Be sure to stay for the fire show as Circus Mafia will be sure to light the night on fire. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea