We’re starting off October with lots of family fun this weekend in Southern California. Get ready for pumpkins, trick or treating, and toys! Bring the family to Geppetto’s Toys in UTC for an amazing grand opening celebration. Head up to Bates Nut Farm for the annual Pumpkin Festival Arts n’ Crafts Fair, or trick or treat through Sea World. There is lots of celebration in store at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Family Fall Festival. Of course if Halloween isn’t your thing, you can enjoy fun at the Old Town Art Festival or at Tustin Tiller Days.


San Diego

Free Admission to San Diego Museums
San Diego Museum Council is proud to bring back its popular program, “Kids Free in October.” Kids under 12 years old can enjoy free admission to 38 museums across San Diego County with an adult ticket purchase. Oct. 1 – 31, Museum times, San Diego County Museums, Free. Ages 12 and under. Event details.

Friday Night Liberty
Bring the family out for the first-Friday event, featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 pm, NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Park Walkabout
Bring the family to South Park for their annual fall walkabout celebration. Today’s walkabout features autumn-inspired decor and activities. Participating business will be open for browsing, product demonstrations, snacks and more. Sat., 6:00 – 10:00 pm, South Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Sea World Spooktacular
Trick or treat your way through Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular. Kids come in costume and enjoy treats, performances and lots more. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sea World, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Old Town Art Festival
The Old Town Art Festival celebrates the beauty and culture of art! For the second year, we are adding a Children’s Art Area to the festival! This area will feature and showcase the artwork of children ages 6-17 and their art will be entered into art competitions. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Old Town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Geppetto’s UTC Grand Opening
Geppetto’s Toys is opening a new location in UTC and they want you to celebrate with them! Come to the grand opening for free crafts, activities, entertainment, food and goody bags. You can also enter to win lots of prizes. Plus a percentage of every sale will be donated to one of four San Diego charities. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Geppetto’s UTC, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Pumpkin Festival Arts ‘n Crafts Fair
More than 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art at the annual “Pumpkin Festival” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. Bates’ famous Pumpkin Patch will also be open with a variety of family friendly activities including hay rides, a straw maze, pony rides, and numerous food vendors. Sat. and Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages.  Event details.

Family Fall Festival
Don’t miss the annual Fall Family Festival at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. This fall tradition includes live music performances, food and craft vendors, hands-on activities, a bounce house, pumpkin patch, and much more. Sun., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, $5 members, $10 non-members, free for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Tustin Tiller Days
This popular festival is an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage and an opportunity for local non-profit groups to raise funds. The festival includes a carnival, parade, entertainment and lots more. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Tustin, Admission free. All ages. Event details.

Are you attending fall-themed events this weekend? 

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Geppetto’s Toys.