San Diego’s Fall Cultural Festivals

San Diego sports its own version of autumn. Even when the summer festival season ends, the warmer October temperatures allow outdoor activities to continue into the fall. If you’re looking for an affordable and educational activity for the whole family, why not visit a local cultural fair? Check this list of upcoming festivals in San Diego and nearby, and enjoy the unique foods, music, art, and traditions of different cultures!



When: Every weekend in October 2022

Where: San Diego Zoo

Price: Included with the cost of admission/membership 

Come and join in all the festive fun as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates fall with “special activities, entertainment, and culinary comforts.” 



Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday featuring gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember deceased loved ones. San Diego is ripe with Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, which typically feature handmade altars in honor of the departed, live music and dancing, food, arts and crafts, local vendors, and other family-friendly activities. Check out this list of Dia de Los Muertos activities in October and November!



When: November 6, 2022

Where: Carlsbad, CA

Price: FREE

Browse over 750 artisan booths selling crafts, clothing, and more while enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast and watching the kids go on fun rides! 



When: November 18-20, 2022

Where: San Diego Waterfront 

Price: See the pricing page

This 7+ stage, 80+ band, 3-day music, culinary, and arts festival is one of the year’s most anticipated events. Two-day passes are sold out, but one-day and three-day passes are still available. 

Scripps AMG Tip: We still have those warm San Diego temps during the day, but the nights are getting chilly. Festivals in San Diego usually take place outside, so bring a jacket or sweater if you plan to attend an evening celebration.


With such a long list of family-friendly festivals to choose from, you’re sure to find one in your neighborhood! Check our Local Activities page for more inspiration.

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