Experience the spirit of the season in San Diego during mid-October, when you can make the most of Kids Free San Diego, revel in spooky festivities, enjoy outdoor sports and check out these other top things to do.
When: Now – Oct. 31, 2023
Join us in San Diego this October, when kids eat, stay and play for free. With dozens of deals on hotels, activities, attractions, restaurants and more, it’s the perfect time to create unforgettable family memories in San Diego.
When: Oct. 13, 2023
Dive into the ultimate Oktoberfest experience aboard the William D. Evans sternwheeler boat on Mission Bay! Picture yourself in lederhosen and dirndls, savoring bratwursts and giant pretzels while enjoying refreshing beers against the scenic backdrop of the bay. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, dancing to folk tunes on one floor and grooving to the hottest hits on another. With complimentary party favors and an onboard photo booth, this cruise promises an unforgettable night of festivity and fun.
When: Oct. 15, 2023
Indulge in a culinary adventure as this event takes you on a delectable journey featuring tastings from the city’s finest restaurants, bars and shops. In this self-guided experience, you’ll join 800 fellow enthusiasts from Coronado and beyond, savoring exquisite food and drinks while supporting the local community and businesses. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Coronado, all while contributing to the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club’s noble mission of enhancing the spirit of the city through education, civic initiatives and philanthropy.
When: Oct. 15, 2023
Brace yourself for a heart-pounding match under the Snapdragon Stadium lights, where San Diego Wave FC take on Racing Louisville FC. Be part of the electrifying atmosphere, cheer for your favorite players and witness sportsmanship at its finest. Don’t miss this action-packed evening – it’s the perfect opportunity for any soccer enthusiast to feel the excitement of the game in its purest form!
When: Oct. 15, 2023
Run into the heart of triathlon history at the 36th Annual XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon! This event promises an exhilarating experience for all levels of athletes. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a beginner, there’s a race tailored just for you, from the traditional Swim/Bike/Run triathlon to unique options like the Duathlon and Aquabike. Embrace the spirit of inclusivity, challenge your limits and join competitors from across the globe in celebrating the legacy of triathlon at Mission Bay.
When: Oct. 18 – 22, 2023
Immerse yourself in the magic of the silver screen at the 22nd Annual San Diego International Film Festival. Enjoy a diverse array of studio premieres, independent features, documentaries and short films, all while savoring delectable dishes inspired by San Diego’s renowned chefs during the Culinary Cinema event. Mingle with filmmakers, indulge in the finest films and celebrate the power of cinema under the skies of San Diego.
When: Oct. 19 – 22, 2023
Get ready for the ultimate showdown in North American ultimate frisbee at Surf Cup Sports Park in Del Mar. The USA Ultimate National Championships are where elite teams from the USA and Canada collide in an adrenaline-fueled battle for the championship title. Witness the best of the best, as the top 16 teams in Men’s, Mixed and Women’s divisions compete, showcasing unmatched skill, teamwork and determination. Be a part of this thrilling event, where sportsmanship reaches its peak and champions are born, making it a must-see spectacle for any sports enthusiast.
When: Oct. 20, 2023
Get ready for a thrilling family adventure at HauntFest on Main in Downtown El Cajon! This annual event promises an unforgettable experience, with a vibrant pumpkin patch, lively costume contests, exhilarating carnival rides and captivating live performances. Dive into the festive spirit with candy challenges, face painting and an array of craft and game booths. Don’t miss out on the surprise movie night under the stars, making HauntFest on Main the ultimate destination for a fun-filled outing with your loved ones.
When: Oct. 21, 2023
Get ready to raise your glasses at the Rancho BEERnardo Festival, the ultimate beer lover’s paradise in Rancho Bernardo! Experience a day of pure indulgence with unlimited pours of your favorite brews, local wines and delectable food offerings that will satisfy every craving. Opt for VIP admission to enjoy exclusive one-hour early entry, VIP area access, preferred parking and complimentary gourmet delights. With live music, free parking and a vibrant atmosphere, this 21+ event promises an unforgettable day of festivities that no beer enthusiast should miss.
When: Oct 21, 2023
Prepare for a spooktacular night at the Haunted Hangar Halloween Bash! It’s a “boo-tiful” extravaganza filled with family-friendly fun, from costume contests to magic shows and crafts. Indulge in tasty treats and magic-potion cocktails for the adults while immersing yourself in the eerie ambiance. Don your best costume and step into a world of Halloween delights, where big prizes await the bravest souls.
When: Oct. 21-22, 2023
Prepare for an unforgettable weekend at the 57th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival! Experience the thrill of live bands and a mind-bending Comedy Hypnosis show, and explore a wealth of local talent at art exhibits. With a lively kid’s zone, food vendors and an adult beer garden, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget the exciting “Shine & Show” Vehicle Show and the chance to mingle at the popular Beer Garden. This family-friendly festival in Borrego Springs promises nonstop fun.
When: Oct. 22, 2023
Step into a world of vibrant tradition at the 22nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downtown Oceanside, happening on October 22, 2023! Experience the rich cultural heritage of Mexico through intricately designed altars, captivating arts & crafts and the fascinating “Por Siempre” car show, showcasing automotive artistry. Wander through a mesmerizing chalk cemetery and experience the colorful celebration of life and remembrance.