Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Oct. 4 - 7

Oktoberfests, beach fun, and DIY works on display!
Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 15:07:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It's officially fall, San Diego! Time to celebrate with seasonal treats and fun happening across the county.

Whether it's a special bite at Taste of Mesa, Mesa College's special cooking fundraiser, or a brew or two at Oktoberfest, happening in Carlsbad and El Cajon, your taste buds will be satisfied.

The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival brings the fun of fall with a 6-foot hay maze, pumpkin patch, and more fun for families. In Pacific Beach, fall tends to slip into the background and summer continues at Pacific BeachFest, featuring tons of free fun on the sand.

Not interested in anything here? Check out the 10News community events calendar for a look at even more things to do!

Fern Street Circus continues its free neighborhood tour with circus feats on display this weekend, while the talents of local tinkerers will be on display at Maker Faire San Diego in Balboa Park.

Here's a look at this weekend's events:


The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival

Where: Children's Nature Retreat, Alpine; Cost: $15 - $25

Head out to Alpine to welcome in the fall season during The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival at Children's Nature Retreat. Kids can navigate a 6-foot hay maze and pick out your own pumpkin!


Taste of Mesa

Where: Mesa College; Cost: $50 - $75

Mesa College hosts their annual "Taste of Mesa" fundraiser, featuring a cooking-show style competition between alumni, students, and an advance baking team! And, of course, there will be food! 



Friday Night Liberty

Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free

Meet working artists, enjoy some dance, theatre and musical performances, visit local museums and galleries and explore the rest Liberty Station during one of San Diego's biggest monthly art walks!


The Fall Home Garden Show

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $6 - $8

(Friday - Sunday) Check out three days of home gardening and decor tips and inspiration at the annual Fall Home Garden Show. Guests can speak with design experts and check out the newest products and trends for their home this fall.



Carlsbad Oktoberfest Fall Family Festival

Where: Holiday Park; Cost: Free - $20

The Oktoberfest fun continues this weekend in Carlsbad, which couples their celebration with a fall family festival, all of which benefits the local Rotary Club. In addition to great food and beer, check out live musical performances, carnival games and rides, yodeling contests, and fun for kids!


Pacific BeachFest

Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk; Cost: Free

Pacific Beach is celebrating all things "PB" during BeachFest, featuring an early morning 5K run, volleyball tournament, three stages of live music, a fish taco contest, silent disco yoga, and more!


Fern Street Circus Neighborhood Tour

Where: Teralta Park; Cost: Free

(Saturday - Sunday) Fern Street Circus invites the community out for a free circus show as their way to give back to the community. The circus troupe will perform for free and even provide a puppetry-making workshop and parade before each show!



La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

Where: La Jolla Village Square; Cost: Free

(Saturday - Sunday) Check out two of La Jolla's most known attributes: fine art and delicious wines. But the art and wine festival boasts more, including live music, craft beers, and delicious food — another big part of La Jolla.


Maker Faire San Diego

Where: Balboa Park; Cost: $8 - $39

(Saturday - Sunday) It's all about creating at Maker Faire San Diego, where you can check out locals' achievements in the DIY engineering realm. Animatronics and robotics, metalwork, mathematics, virtual reality, and so much more powered by San Diegans with a knack for creating!



Where: German American Societies, El Cajon; Cost: Free - $10

(Friday - Sunday) Enjoy authentic German food and beers, watch traditional dancing performances, and enjoy vendor booths and a kids zone over two weekends at El Cajon's Oktoberfest.