Credit: Amanda San Martin / Coronado Island Film Festival
Credit: Amanda San Martin / Coronado Island Film Festival

It’s Festival Szn! Add These 8 Fall Festivals in San Diego to Your Calendar

From Film Festivals to Foodie Fests, We’ll See You in SD This Fall

Sure, it’s nice—but fall is so much more than pumpkin spice. The weather cools down and the happenings heat up, and San Diego would never be caught with a shortage of activities and events, no matter the season. The warm yet crisp Southern California autumn weather is ready to be relished—and these six festivals are right around the corner to help you seize every moment. Perfectly reflective of the city’s diverse offerings in all things fun and relaxing, these fall festivals incorporate everything from mouthwatering cuisine and brews to in-depth art, well-known performers and cultural celebrations! Fall Events San Diego


Coronado Island Film Festival

When: Nov. 9-13

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Just as alluring as the hills of Hollywood, Coronado Island has been a destination for Hollywood’s finest since the golden days of film. Since its opening in 1888, the city’s famous Hotel Del Coronado has welcomed the world’s greatest producers, directors and actors alike. This charming island just over the bridge from downtown San Diego is almost a world of its own, and each year showcases works from creatives all over the world at the Coronado Island Film Festival. For the seventh year in a row, the festival will draw in industry leaders and hopefuls for in-person screenings of independent films vying for cash prizes and awards. The festival will be held over five days from Nov. 9-13 with screenings, special engagements, panels, parties and the red carpet celebrity awards gala. Whether you’re there to enjoy the magic of filmmaking or connect with industry professionals, this is one of the finest film festivals there is. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Beachside Fall Fest at Belmont Park

Date: Now through Oct. 31

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Beachside Fall Fest at Pacific Beach’s iconic Belmont Park runs through Oct. 31 on Mission Blvd and is the ultimate family fall experience. Free trick-or-treating every Sunday in October, some live acoustic music and seasonal beers on Friday nights give us the weekend autumn energy we need! The seaside amusement park’s Go Kart track will also be open, and there will be a variety of sweet treats to savor, like fall-themed, caramel-dipped apples!



Wonderfront Festival

When: Nov. 18-20

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Free yourself through the sounds of funk right on the waterfront. Wonderfront Festival is the city’s newest music festival and will feature a wide mix of artists to satisfy every kind of music enthusiast. This year’s lineup boasts well-known artists like Gwen Stefani, G-Eazy and Zac Brown Band to be heard all up and down downtown San Diego. Go all-in or just get a taste of the tunes: single-day and weekend passes are available and include access to yacht parties, silent discos and, of course, top-notch food and drink options. Wonderfront takes place Nov. 18-20, so it’s the perfect way to spend the weekend before Thanksgiving!



Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

When: Oct. 7-8

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Find the biergarten at the beach once a year at OB Oktoberfest, a fun and festive weekend featuring unique vendors, activities and plenty of beer to go around. Find family-friendly happenings or hang out in the 21+ beer garden surrounded by sounds of live music. This year’s lineup includes artists like Shwayze and Electric Waste Band, but you’ll also get the chance to get up on stage yourself! Try your hand at a cornhole tournament or classic bratwurst eating competition and watch the crowd go wild. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of OB Oktoberfest on Oct. 7-8.

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: Oct. 8-9

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Art, wine and an overall great time come together at the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival! This free event takes place on Oct. 8-9 in downtown La Jolla, where guests of all ages can enjoy two leisurely days of live music, gourmet food, wine and art. Once you’ve found your home’s newest piece at the eclectic art booths, take a pit stop in the beer and wine garden or get a front-row seat in front of the stage for the next performance.



Taste of North Park 2022

When: Oct. 8

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Set your sights on the most supreme cuisine at the Taste of North Park 2022 on Saturday, Oct. 8, where your ticket gets you immediate access to samples from over 35 restaurants and 12 breweries. Known for some of San Diego’s best brunch, breweries and vegan-friendly menus, North Park is the perfect place to treat your taste buds. Sample, sip and stroll as you please, enjoying live music, art and boutique-style vendors. Don’t forget to make note of your favorite samples so you can visit later!

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

When: Nov. 9-13

We’re eating our very best every day, so why limit food festivals to a weekend? The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival boasts an entire week of food, wine and culture located at the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park in downtown. Find unique wine tastings, education sessions, expeditions and late-night parties from Nov. 9-13, and each day offers a new culinary experience. Go all-out on grub with a weekend pass, or choose your own adventure and purchase tickets per event; check their site for full event details! Fall Events and Festivals in San Diego


Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Date: Nov. 6

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Carlsbad Village Street Faire returns for its 39th year as the nation’s most significant one-day street fair on Sunday, Nov. 6. Over 900 vendors will sell everything under the sun; clothes, plants, antiques—you name, they got it! Guests can also enjoy a food court boasting more than 50 booths full of delicious options to nosh on, a beer and wine garden to get lost in and fun for the kiddos (think bounce house, games, face painting and more)! Grand Avenue to Carlsbad Blvd to Jefferson Street and all the streets in between will be closed for the event.

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