Fall is in full swing in San Diego, and there’s no shortage of harvest festival fun to enjoy. Head to Little Italy for their famous fall Festa! Enjoy some old-fashioned harvest entertainment at the Fall Festival in Old Town. Get the whole family involved in scarecrow building and enter the competition at Bates Nut Farm (then stay for the day and play at the pumpkin patch). Have some fun with The Cat in the Hat at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Or enjoy Tarzan the Musical under the stars at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Fall Festival in Old Town
Enjoy pumpkin-carving demos, pumpkin games, races, free crafts and activities reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration. Sat., 12 – 4 p.m., Old Town San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Pumpkin “Paint by Numbers” for Kids
Join us for an enjoyable and artistic afternoon at Casa Artelexia, as you learn about Day of the Dead and paint your very own pumpkin! Sat., 12 – 2 p.m., Casa Artelexia, $20/kiddo. All ages. Event details.

Target Dollar Sunday
Enjoy admission to the New Children’s Museum for just $1, thanks to Target! Sun., 12 – 4 p.m., The New Children’s Museum, $1/person. All ages. Event details.

Little Italy Festa!
Enjoy Italian food, music on three stages, Kids’ Fun Zone, chalk art for kids, a stickball exhibition game, a bocce tournament, cooking demonstrations, vendors, and more. Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Little Italy, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Disney’s Tarzan the Stage Musical
Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure, “Disney’s Tarzan the Stage Musical,” features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins, exciting flying effects, incredible costumes and sets, and musical hits like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds” make “Tarzan” an unforgettable theatrical experience. Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m., Moonlight Amphitheatre, $16-$35/person. All ages. Event details.

Scarecrow Contest
Are you ready to join the tradition of building a scarecrow for the annual Bates Nut Farm Scarecrow contest? You or your group can start your own fall tradition. Your scarecrow can be any theme you like—traditional, scary, a movie character, even your favorite teacher! Each entry will receive a free jack-o-lantern pumpkin and a certificate of participation. Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bates Nut Farm. Free. All ages. Event details.

KPBS Kids Workshop: The Cat in the Hat
Join San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and KPBS for a special kids workshop featuring Cat in the Hat. Bugs and insects are good friends to have to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. In this hands-on workshop, explore these beneficial creatures and make your own insect house. Special visit by a costume character. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free with museum admission. Ages 0-10. Event details.

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
This family-friendly festival features the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond. Be sure to check out the Geppetto’s Family Art Center where kiddos can paint a car, watch performances, make crafts and enjoy games and a scavenger hunt. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., La Jolla Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

Fall Fun Festival at Alta Vista Gardens
Create scarecrows, decorate pumpkins, bob for apples, make crafts and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Alta Vista Gardens, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Little Italy FESTA!