Fall Happenings You Won’t Want to Miss in San Diego

As summer draws to a close, so does the hiatus from our normal schedules: School resumes, vacations come to an end, and preparations begin for the holiday season. To keep things from becoming too routine, spend this fall celebrating the unique events and vivacious cultures of San Diego! Each festival has its own distinct vibe, reflecting the unique personality of the neighborhood in which it takes place. Read on for a list of our favorite community events – guaranteed make the next few months anything but regular!


Downtown | September 28th-30th and October 6th & 7th

This innovative event takes after the flash dance trend, inundating six different trolley stations with theatrical performances by “60 of San Diego’s most adventurous dancers.” Traveling along the Green Line, the Trolley Dances are a one-of-a-kind celebration of the unexpected that you won’t want to miss!


Julian | October 6th & 7th

Celebrated since 1909, this two-day festival captures the essence of fall with music, dancing, games, antique tractors, gold panning demos, contests, food, a beer and wine garden, and of course, lots of apples. Apple Days was first held to honor the hardworking ranchers of Julian and their award winning harvests. Today, the celebrations have attracted more than 45,000 visitors.


Little Italy | October 14th

With over 120,000 attendees, this celebration is easily the largest Italian American Festival on the West Coast. Bursting with Italian culture, Festa includes Italian food served al fresco, music, cooking demos, Italian chalk art, a Bocce Ball Tournament and plenty of entertainment for kids. Get ready to wine, dine and enjoy the finest that Little Italy has to offer. 


La Jolla | December 2nd

Start off your holidays right at La Jolla’s Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival. This year will be the 55th annual celebration, drawing over 20,000 people. Watch as marching bands, floats, equestrian units, and vintage automobiles and go by. For a nightcap, make sure to catch the tree lighting ceremony at the end!

Mark your calendars everyone, festival season is approaching fast! If you want to learn more about a specific neighborhood in San Diego, our walking tours are the perfect way to relax and enjoy the local cuisine and culture of each community.

Which upcoming festival are you looking forward to attending?

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