Are you ready to enjoy the last weekend of September before it’s all pumpkins, witches, ghosts and goblins? Luckily there is lots to do with different events throughout the county. Bring the family to Point Loma for the Cabrillo Festival. Head north to the Oceanside Harbor Days and Vista Viking Festival. The every-popular Farm Education Day takes place during opening weekend at the Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch. There’s also Bonitafest in South Bay and Trolley Dances in East County.
Watch Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he stops ashore in a reenactment of his discovery of San Diego Bay. Explore Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures, and lots more. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Ballast Point Naval Base Point Loma, Free. All ages. Event details.
Oceanside Harbor Days
Bring the family to the Oceanside Harbor for the Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, Pirate Village, dock tours, bands, food and military vehicle display. Sat. – Sun., 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Oceanside Harbor, Free. All ages. Event details.
Bates Nut Farm Education Day
Take the family to Bates Nut Farm for the Farm Education and Scout Day at the famous pumpkin patch. Learn about the life of a pumpkin along with 25 agriculture educators. The day also includes tractor rides, science and lots more. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.
Vista Viking Festival
Bring the family for a day of entertainment on two stages by musical performers and acts. Also partake in arts and crafts, ethnic food, fine spirits, a kids zone, competitions, ax throwing, archery, spear throwing, and lots more. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Norway Hall, $7 (kids 12 and under free). All ages. Event details.
Oktoberfest El Cajon
Enjoy this traditional German festival with live music, German food, folk dances, contests and a Kids Fun Zone. Fri. – Sun., 5:00 pm, German American Societies of San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.
The 14th Annual Trolley Dances is a one-of-kind ride to see site-specific dance. Two-hour tours leave every hour from 10 am – 3 pm. See dance set in unexpected places as your family hops aboard and travels through six stop along the MTS line featuring site-specific dance New work to be performed by 50 of San Diego’s most adventurous dancers! Featuring choreography by Jean Isaacs, Monica Bill Barnes, Joe Alter, Greg Sample. As an added twist, this year’s event will feature WillyGood, a French circus duo featuring Natalie Good, a former high school champion gymnast from La Mesa. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Grossmont Transit Center, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
Enjoy fun for the entire family at Bonitafest 2012, a fun tradition where families, community, and business to celebrate the heritage and spirit of Bonita and the Sweetwater Valley. Enjoy parades, high school bands, performances, entertainment, and lots more fun. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Bonnie Brae Shopping Center, Free. All ages. Event details.
— Leah R. Singer
Photos courtesy of San Diego Dance Theater and Bonitafest.