Congratulations, you survived Halloween! Before you get knee-deep in holiday celebrations and winter festivals, enjoy the first weekend of November with a variety of things to do in San Diego. Participate in one of the Day of the Dead celebrations taking place throughout the County. Head downtown for the Fallback Festival. Or take a sunrise stroll at the San Diego Zoo.

San Diego

Dia de los Muertos
This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, includes Day of the Dead sugar skull decorating, mask and paper flower making; and face painting. Workshops will be free or cost a small fee to cover materials. Fri. & Sat., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Old Town, All ages. Free. Event details.

Fallback Festival
This annual Historic Children’s Street Faire falls on the Sunday that ends daylight savings time. Come enjoy the world’s only festival that celebrates history by “falling back” in time. Tons of activities for the kids, entertainment, food, demonstrations and lots of family fun. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Downtown San Diego, All ages. Free. Event details. 

Sunrise Surprise Stroll
Get an insider walking tours of the Zoo and you’ll find out that it’s called “surprise” for a reason. You won’t know where you’ll go until you get there! Sun., 7:30 am – 9:00 am, San Diego Zoo, Ages 12+, $16 plus Zoo admission. Event details.

Join in on DNA extractions with the Salk Institute in the “Cellular Journeys” exhibition. Get up close and personal with the polymers that are the blueprint of life. Join the Salk Institute to extract DNA from a cell and find out what color DNA really is. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Ages 7+, Free with admission. Event details.

North County

Carlsbad Village Street Fair
The Village Faire features more than 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts & crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Kids’ rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast round out this family-friendly event! Sun., 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Carlsbad Village, All ages. Free. Event details.

Alive Artwalk
This event will include craft vendors, a chalk art contest, art demonstrations and displays, a community mural painting project and plenty of hands-on art projects. Entertainment will include performances by local schools and music groups on two stages. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Old California Restaurant Row, All ages. Free. Event details.

South Bay

Day of the Dead Festival
Bring the family to this traditional celebration that includes a dance performance by the Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca troupe from the WorldBeat Cultural Center, sugar skull and face-painting crafts, and refreshments. Sat., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Bonita-Sunnyside Library, All ages. Free. Event details.

What is your family doing this weekend? Are you heading out to a San Diego event?

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos’ Facebook page