Welcome to fall! Saturday is the official first day of the season, and the events taking place around San Diego County certainly reflect the autumnal spirit. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum kicks off its annual pumpkin patch days on Saturday, and the Balboa Park Club presents the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Of course, there is also regular family fun. Enjoy a fun day at the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival at Liberty Station, or head north to ArtSplash in Carlsbad. Whether you’re looking for activities to start off the fall season or want some San Diego outdoor fun, there’s something for everyone this weekend.

San Diego

Kid Ventures Family Fun Festival
Kid Ventures is opening our doors to our favorite community vendors and local businesses to share their valuable services with YOU! Come to play, connect with friends, browse vendor booths and take advantage of amazing day-of-deals! Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kid Ventures (Pacific Beach), $5 per child (free for members). All ages. Event details.

Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival
Bring the entire family for a day of music, art, dance and storytelling for kids. Performances and hands-on activities take place throughout the day and family-oriented local businesses will gather to create a lively marketplace. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Liberty Station NTC Promenade, $7 per child (1 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Oktoberfest Balboa Park
Enjoy the Balboa Park Club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration that includes performances, handmade crafts, German food and kids’ activities. Sun., 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Balboa Park Club, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Family Pumpkin Patch
Celebrate the start of fall at the first day of San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Family Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy kids’ activities, pumpkin patch photos, pumpkin decorating, family garden programs and live music every Saturday. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, $6 (kids 12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Bring the family for a fun day of art and sweets. Enjoy chalk art masterpieces, live entertainment, cake decor, culinary treats and more. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am, Armada Dr. 
Cannon & Palomar Airport Rds., Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Harbor Days Festival
Tour the tall ship Californian and the historic steam yacht Medea while watching boat races and take a SEAL tour of South Bay. Kids will love the Kids’ Zone with music, art and pirates. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Chula Vista Bayfront Marina, Free. All ages. Event details.

Coronado Speed Festival
The Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s signature event, featuring fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations — Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Sun., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, North Island Naval Air Station, $25 – $45; kids 12 and under and Active duty Military & immediate dependents (with ID) are free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Kids Care Fest
Ready to learn about kids health and safety? Bring the kiddos out to visit a Fire Safety Trailer, learn about water safety, take health care screenings, meet firefighter and police offers, and much more. The event also includes pony rides, arts and crafts, and free books. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Briercrest Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

— Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and Hullabaloo