20 Ways to Celebrate Fall in San Diego

The time has changed, the weather is cooling down (kind of), and we are looking forward to fall here in the San Diego office. Here are some ways you can get in a fall frame of mind!

1. Vote: Get out and exercise your very important right to have a say in how your local, state and federal governments are run. Democracy is the best way to kick off the fall season!

2. Drink: (Maybe best to do this after you cast your vote). San Diego Beer Week takes place November 2 -11 this year! The countywide festival highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs; event dates, times and locations vary throughout the week. Visit http://sdbw.org/events/ for details.

3. Fall Back: The week after the time change can leave you feeling a little out of sorts. Before your body completely adjusts to the change, get a jump on that early morning sunshine by waking up for a quick pre-work-workout.

4. Give Gifts: The spriit of holiday gifting can be rewarding and fun – if you do it right! If you give yourself enough time to ask yourself the who, what, and how much questions, you will be sure to avoid long lines and an empty wallet. Remember, gifts don’t have to be expensive! We suggest checking out Pinterest for tons of amazing ideas for heartfelt gifts on a budget.

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5. Give Back: There are so many ways you can give back to your community in the fall season! Adopt a Family with your co-workers (Home Start is a great local organization that can facilitate this), organize a food drive to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner, or contact your local foodbank or homeless shelter to see if there are any shifts available.

6. Work It: For a fun and dirty San Diego event, try the San Diego Mud run on November 10th, 5K plus 1K youth mini-mud run. The event includes obstacles, hill climbs, mud pits and lots of fun!

7. Tide One On: November 12-16 is the optimum time to visit San Diego’s tidepools. It’s free and a great weekend activity for kids. The following link gives a list of the best times and beaches to visit: http://www.san-diego-beaches-and-adventures.com/san-diego-tide-pools.html

8. Play Date: Opening November 13-18, see Broadway’s Peter Pan, played by Cathy Rigby. Peter Pan shows at various times at the Civic Center. http://broadwaytour.net/peter-pan-san-diego-civic-theatre

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9. Taste Test: The 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival takes place November 14-18. This is the region’s largest wine and culinary event, held on the Embarcadero Marina Park North, located next to Seaport Village, and other venues throughout downtown San Diego. The festival features gourmet food, celebrity chefs, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and more.

10. Pick a Pie: The popular Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest goes through November 15th. This San Diego tradition is “as American as apple pie”, celebrating this historic mountain town’s famous homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, apple picking in local orchards, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment.

11. Flip Out: Dralion Cirque Du Soleil opens November 15-18, enjoy the “harmonious blend of Eastern and Western acrobatic prowess” at the Valley View Casino Center.

12. Splash & Dash: Join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club on November 17th for the Thanksgiving Turkey Splash & Dash Swim, a non-competitive swim at La Jolla Cove.

13. Highway 101 Happenings: The laid back and charming beach community of Encinitas along Historic Highway 101 is home to the Encinitas Fall Festival this November 18th. Visitors can stroll along the coastal highway and soak up the vintage surf culture while enjoying more than 450 unique booths featuring arts & crafts, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment, beer garden and more.

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14. All that Jazz: The 33rd Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival will be showcasing more than 25 bands from throughout the U.S. and Canada during November 21-25. The festival will take place at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley where they will present nationally acclaimed musical performances to kick-off the holiday season.

15. SoCal Skate: Ice Skate by the Sea November 21 through January 1 at The Del, Hotel del Coronado. Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Daily sessions from 2-5, 6-9 and weekend and holidays/school break from 11-1. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids for three-hour sessions, and $15 adults and only $10 child ticket for two-hour matinee. Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a festive San Diego holiday activity.

16. Bay Cruise: On Nov. 22, Hornblower Cruises & Events offers a Thanksgiving Day Buffet Cruise that is perfect for entertaining guests without all the hard work in the kitchen. The traditional Thanksgiving buffet is decorated in the holiday spirit and includes all the Thanksgiving favorites, including a glass of champagne upon boarding.

17. Start Your Engines: November 23-25 is this year’s Del Mar Nationals Car Show. The show will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972. There will also be nostalgia stage shows, exhibitors midway and family fun. The event is located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a short distance from Del Mar Village.

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18. Rock Out:  The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has a full calendar of shows this November. See Boz Scaggs on November 19th at 8 PM in one of San Diego’s most loved live music venues. Tickets are on sale now!

19. What’s Cookin’: Fall months are a perfect time get in the kitchen and experiment. Whether you’re trying out a brand new recipe (Paleo is sooo trendy) or perfecting your world famous Holiday dishes, make sure to savour the experience of cooking just as much as you do the food itself! You can also take advantage of the many cooking classes offered in San Diego (our favorites are Harvard Cookin’ Girl in La Jolla and Hip Cooks in North Park).

20. Be Thankful: Every day, every minute, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Healthy minds, able bodies, and kind people are just a few of the many things we take for granted every day. We encourage you to make your own “Top 20” list of blessings and post them somewhere you can see them everyday!