We’re welcoming another fun weekend full of great events in San Diego. Let the outdoor fairs and festivals continue. From experiencing all things Italian in downtown to getting in the fall spirit in San Marcos, you and the fam can soak up culture, play games and enjoy good eats. If you’re little ones are fascinated by fire trucks, be sure to check our events calendar, as open houses are taking place at fire stations all over San Diego County.

San Diego

Little Italy Festa (pictured)
Don’t miss the largest Italian festival on the West Coast. You’ll find over 150 arts and craft vendors, a stickball exhibition game and an interactive children’s area with fun, hands-on activities for kids. Sun, 9:00 am. Little Italy in Downtown San Diego. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Fall Swap Meet
Looking for great deals on children’s gear? Stop by the Fall Swap Meet. Families with infants, young children & parents with a baby on the way will find something special – and for a fantastic price. Sun, 9:00 am. Canyon Crest Academy. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Family Festival Day At The Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Get up-close-and-personal with the king of instruments. Activities include backstage tours, demonstrations by young organists, and booths with coloring, hands on activities and music makers. Children will be invited onstage, too! Sun, 1:00 pm. Balboa Park. Free. All ages. Event Details.

North County

San Marcos Fall Festival
Be a hero – make everyone in your family happy. The San Marcos Fall Festival features adult entertainment (including the American Muscle Classic Car Show, the largest in San Diego County) and kids’ entertainment, like rides for children of all ages. The Festival route is dotted with delicious international food vendors. Sun, 9:00 am. Via Vera Cruz, between Grand Ave. & San Marcos Blvd. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Out of town

Bonsall Country Fair
This fun family event features food, crafts, information booths, live music, cultural performances and a kids’ entertainment area with crafts and games. Sat, 9:00 am. River Village Shopping Center, Bonsall. All ages. Event Details.

— Laura Willard