10 Things to Do in Fall in San Diego

With a year-round average temperature of 70 degrees, we still enjoy the outdoors in San Diego, even in fall. As an added bonus, the beaches are less crowded even though it's sunny.

Tide pooling is a popular activity in fall and winter during daylight minus tides. Cool little sea creatures reveal themselves in exposed rocky habitats like hermit crabs, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, octopi and more. Two good places for this are La Jolla Shores Beach near Scripps Pier and the Cabrillo National Monument.

We also have a couple of very popular, county-wide events in fall. The first is Kids Free San Diego, which happens in October. During the promotion, kids are free with a paid adult to various museums, theme parks, restaurants, tours, hotels and other fun activities around town. This makes fall one of the most economical times for families to visit San Diego. And, there are also Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations to enjoy.

The bottom line is that fall in San Diego equals good weather, less crowds, annual events and some pretty major discounts.



Del Mar horse racing has been a tradition ever since Bing Crosby helped found the track and first greeted fans on opening day in 1937. The fall horse racing season is called Bing Crosby Season in honor of the Hollywood celebrity and horse racing...  Read More



There is so much to do here that it's hard to begin and the beach overall is less crowded in fall. It's one of the best beaches to learn surfing, scuba and stand-up-paddle boarding because of the sandy bottom and ease of getting into the ocean....  Read More



If it's major league baseball time, as fall is, why not grab some tickets to a Padres home game at PETCO park if they're in town? Not only does PETCO park have the best sight lines in baseball, there are also great views of San Diego from some...  Read More



San Diego Beer Week kicks off with Guild Fest at the Embarcadero South in downtown San Diego. Here, guests will enjoy samples from more than 60 San Diego County breweries and feel good about doing so. The event raises funds for local charities...  Read More

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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Old Town celebrates Dia de los Muertos in style this year between November 1-4. Visitors will be able to take a look at numerous altars of remembrance presented in both traditional and contemporary ways. Museum altars will also commemorate the...  Read More

East County


Five generations of the Bates family have owned and operated the Bates Nut Farm. It started out as a walnut farm but they now sell nuts from all over the world in addition to other old-fashioned delights. Shopping is part of what you do here and...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
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Don't leave San Diego without visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, perched high on the cliffs at the end of the Pt. Loma peninsula. You'll be awed by the spectacular view onto San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the mountains looming...  Read More



The picturesque town of Julian, itself a registered historic landmark, got its start during a minor gold rush in the 1870s. Located about an hour out of San Diego, it's a great destination for a day trip especially in fall when it's apple...  Read More

LEGOLAND California
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Brick-or-Treat Party Nights happen on Saturdays at the end of September and throughout October. Kids can get another wear out of their costumes here and participate in dance parties, crafts, safe trick-or-treating and much more. Note that a...  Read More



Kids Free San Diego is an annual event where kids go free with a paid adult to over one hundred theme parks, museums, tours, restaurants, hotels and other attractions around town for the entire month of October. This includes LEGOLAND...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie