Even though San Diego usually lives up to its reputation for perfectly sunny year-round weather, its residents still look forward to fall. Our Southern California destination hosts many events during the autumn months to get you in the mood for scarves, stretchy pants, and pumpkin spice everything. Here is Taryn’s take on a few “unexpectedly San Diego” fall traditions that you should add to your social calendar:
1. A Slice of Autumn in Julian
A scenic day trip to the charming and historic city of Julian (our friendly neighbors to the Northeast) is the perfect way to fall into fall. Choose from picnics, horseback-riding, wine-tasting, museums, or window-shopping on Main Street. You can also opt to wander the apple orchards and learn how to make delicious cider. Whatever you decide, do not, we repeat, do not leave town without eating a slice (or three) of Julian’s famous apple pie. The great news? It’s never too cold to order a la mode.
2. Take Your Pick at Bates Nut Farm
Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. From now until October 31, family and friends can enjoy tractor hayrides, a straw maze, a petting corral, and pony rides for the kiddos. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from a variety of pumpkins, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment, food trucks, and other family-friendly activities.
3. Go for the Gridiron
Padres regular season is set to end next week, but don’t fret, sports fans. You can take that foam finger and head across town to Qualcomm Stadium to cheer on your Chargers or the San Diego State Aztecs. Stick around til December to watch top teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences compete in the 36th annual National University Holiday Bowl (December 30th) or Mountain West champs square off against the Army Black Knights in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (December 23). Stay afterwards to witness the Stadium Spectacular fireworks show.
4. Cheers to Beers
Okay, you picked out a pumpkin, you pet some farm animals, you had your family fun. Time to drop off the kids and put on your party pants. We take our beer-brewing seriously in this town, so it’s no surprise to see local Oktoberfest events popping up all over San Diego. We suggest that you call up your favorite designated driver and hop all over town to see which neighborhood can out-German the other. Prefer your pints without a polka overdose? Hold off until November and go to San Diego Beer Week instead.
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As you can see, San Diegans make up for a lack of seasonal weather with sheer enthusiasm and commitment to sweating profusely in our cutest boots. If your corporate group is visiting town this fall, don’t hesitate to contact The Event Team destination management company for a selection of autumn-themed event, decor and activity ideas. But don’t worry…we solemnly swear to never take surf lessons or beach parties off the table.