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Festivals, parades, fairs this fall in San Diego County

Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 17:05:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Fall is packed with places to be and things to see in San Diego.

In addition to the annual Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving parades, a variety of fall festivals and street fairs are on deck in the coming months.

San Diego's Festival of Beer, MCAS Miramar's annual Air Show, Carlsbad's Fall Village Faire, and more will return celebrating the highlights that make San Diego America's Finest City.

Here's a look at the festivals, fairs, and parades heading to town:


24th annual San Diego Festival of Beer

When: Sept. 22; Where: Broadway Pier

More than 50 breweries pouring 120 varieties of brews will return to Broadway Pier during San Diego's Festival of Beer this season. Check out live entertainment, delicious food trucks, vendors, and fun games!


Saltdog Classic Beach Festival

When: Sept. 22; Where: Seaside State Beach

Live music, art, beach games, and more highlight Solana Beach's annual Saltdog festival, all the support local non-profit organizations.


MCAS Miramar Air Show

When: Sept. 28 - 30; Where: MCAS Miramar

Miramar's annual air show honors San Diego's rich military history with performances by active airmen and women, equipment showcases, and military musicians.


55th annual Cabrillo Festival

When: Sept. 28 - 29; Where: Naval Base Point Loma

The annual Cabrillo Festival commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's first steps onto San Diego's Ballast Point in 1542. The event features family-friendly activities, cultural demonstrations, and performances highlighting the Age of Exploration.


37th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: Sept. 29 - 30; Where: Adams Avenue

More than 80 musical acts will line Adams Avenue across six stages during Normal Height's annual street fair. Between those stages: More than 300 arts, vendors, and food booths and carnival rides.



San Diego Maker Faire

When: Oct. 6 - 7; Where: Balboa Park

Celebrate technology, science, arts, and a DIY attitude during San Diego Maker Faire. More than 250 local makers with display their creations and celebrate the "maker movement."


San Diego International Film Festival

When: Oct. 10 - 14; Where: Various locations

San Diego will host more than 100 independent and studio film premieres at its annual international film festival. Documentaries, short films, and more will be highlighted by discussions with filmmakers and industry experts.


Borrego Days Desert Festival and Parade

When: Oct. 19 - 20; Where: Borrego Springs

Live music, parades in the air and on the street, and an array of artists and food will take over Borrego Springs for two days of desert fun.


San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

When: Oct. 20 - 21; Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds

It's all about learning and creativity at San Diego's Kids Expo and Fair. Companies spanning fun and games to health and wellness will head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to show off their latest gadgets and services at the expo. Games and live performances will highlight an outdoor fair.


Fleet Week San Diego

When: Oct. 22 - 28; Where: Various locations

Fleet Week returns to celebrate our men and women in uniform with ship tours, a military family day, an innovation zone at the Broadway Pier, and more to recognize military members and their families in San Diego. 


Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

When: Oct. 21; Where: Grand Avenue

Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports or enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment in Escondido's historic downtown.



Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: Nov. 4; Where: Carlsbad Village

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the fair during Carlsbad's annual Village Fair. More than 800 vendors featuring art, shopping, and food will crowd the Village for the largest one-day street fair in the U.S.


16th annual Fall Back Festival

When: Nov. 4; Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Travel back in time and relive the Gaslamp District's early years at the Fall Back Festival. Pan for gold, hop on a pony, and enjoy live entertainment during this fall showcase of San Diego's famous district.


San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

When: Nov. 10; Where: San Diego Embarcadero

Honor San Diegan and U.S. military veterans at San Diego's Veteran's Day parade. The parade route travels along the Embarcadero and USS Midway, celebrating this year's theme of "Lift Your Voice For Veterans."


72th annual Mother Goose Parade

When: Nov. 18; Where: El Cajon

East County's annual holiday kick-off of the holidays comes this November, with the 72th annual Mother Goose Parade. Check out the whimsical floats, bands, and entertainment in San Diego County's largest parade.