With the approach of fall, festivals are happening all over town. Enjoy a full family day centered on apples (yes, apples!) in Julian. Not ready to give up your flip flops? No worries. Fall in San Diego doesn’t mean boots and scarves, especially this early in the season, so stop by the Pacific BeachFest, where your kids will have a fabulous time. If your family is in the mood to soak up some culture, there’s a festival for that, too. Of course, there’s more happening around town, including the annual Miramar Air Show. Have fun with your family this first weekend of October!
Discover the Action at this year’s Pacific BeachFest, where you’ll get your fill of beach volleyball, music, food, fine arts and crafts, fireworks and more! This event has something for everyone: Rides for the kids, shopping for adults, fish tacos from the best at the beach and a fireworks display that the whole family can enjoy together. Sat, 11:00 am. Pacific Beach Boardwalk. Free. All ages. Event Details.
Cabrillo Festival (pictured)
Experience a cultural festival packed with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and fun performances. Food lovers, don’t miss the booths featuring delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Sun, 11:00 am. Naval Base, Point Loma. Free. All ages. Event Details.
Miramar Air Show
If your family loves airplanes, you don’t want to miss the Miramar Air Show. Watch the best military and civilian pilots in the world, including the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Appropriate for all ages, but remember to protect your kiddo’s ears! Sat-Sun, 9:00 am. MCAS Miramar. Free. All Ages. Event Details.
Free Family Art Day
Need a nice, calm indoor activity? Stop by the Oceanside Museum of Art on Sunday for Family Art Day, where both you and your kids will learn how to design small works of art. Sun, 1:00 pm. Oceanside Museum of Art. Free. All ages. Event Details.
Worth the Drive
Julian Apple Days Festival
Visit the beautiful town of Julian and immerse yourself in all things apple! Enjoy apple displays, music and dancing, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, contests, and, of course, apple pie. Sat-Sun, 10:00 am. Menghini Winery. $5 for Adults; Free for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event Details.
— Laura Willard